Pixel 6a launches in India

One of the biggest challenges facing Google’s Pixel lineup is its limited distribution, but it looks like Google is finally ramping things up a bit. The Google Pixel 6a will be available in India, the first smartphone to be sold by Google in the country in nearly two years.

Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are available in 12 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States. The upcoming Pixel 6a, according to Google’s documentation, will come to those same regions and return to Puerto Rico after Google skipped US territory with its Pixel 5a.

But talk to Android Central, the company has also confirmed that the Pixel 6a will go on sale in India “later in 2022”. The delayed launch marks Google’s first release in India in nearly two years. The company’s last new smartphone for India was the 2020 Pixel 4a, which also made a delayed debut in India in October 2020.

The Pixel 4a has apparently been a success in India, to the point where in early 2021 Google said it intends to “further increase focus” on the Indian market. That didn’t pan out though, as the Pixel 5a was only launched in the United States and Japan, and the Pixel 6 series also skipped the Indian market due to “delivery issues.”

With the more powerful Tensor chip under the hood and an affordable price tag to boot, Google could do well in the Indian market today dominated by Xiaomi, Samsung, OnePlus and others.

The exact price for the Pixel 6a in India is yet to be confirmed.

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