What is the best budget 5G phone a hardcore Google fan or Android purist can get right now? If you were quick to answer this year’s Pixel 7a mid-ranger, you’re… probably not wrong. But then there’s also last year’s Pixel 7 high-ender to consider at a big discount with no strings attached at the time of this writing, as well as the Pixel 6a
Also released in 2022 (July, to be exact), the latter device is of course inferior to both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7a, which is why it’s currently available at a significantly lower price. Specifically, $249, although you may need to hurry if that seems like an appealing deal to you.
Target appears to be the only major US retailer able to hook you up with such an ultra-affordable Pixel 6a unit at the moment in a single “Chalk” paint job for an undoubtedly limited time. Technically, this hot new online-only promotion doesn’t have an expiration date listed anywhere, but there’s clearly a reason why the likes of Amazon and Best Buy no longer sell this handset (at any price).
Google itself seems to have run out of “chalk” and “sage” stock (possibly for good), which means that you almost certainly don’t have a lot of time to take advantage of Target’s deal before that retailer’s inventory is also depleted (presumably forever).
It pretty much goes without saying that you don’t need to meet any special conditions or jump through any hoops to reduce the Pixel 6a’s $349 list price by a cool hundred bucks in an unlocked variant with 128GB storage, and despite its somewhat advanced age, the 6.1-incher arguably delivers more than enough value for $249.
We’re talking a compact but high-quality OLED screen with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, a flawed but reasonably powerful first-gen Google Tensor processor, two surprisingly capable 12MP rear-facing cameras, a more than decent 4,410mAh battery with 18W charging capabilities, IP67 water and dust resistance, and perhaps most importantly, Android 13 software with two more OS updates guaranteed to happen in a timely manner. That’s not something other $250 phones can rival right now.
Source: Phone Arena