The Pixel 6a has just hit the FCC. Like always, details like images remain private, but the carrier band support is now available. At a minimum, one of the new Pixel 6a models will support mmWave (bands N260 and n261); however, other models will not.
The mmWave-compatible model that is the Pixel 6 has the model G1AXG, and it has the FCC ID A4RG1AZG. This information could indicate the Pixel 6a may be expected to follow the footsteps of the Pixel 6 in that only versions sold by carriers of the phone had mmWave-compatible connectivity or might be a variant for specific carriers that are being developed.
There’s a different version of GB62Z for this phone (FCC ID A4RGB62Z) that allows sub-6GHz 5G and even Wi-Fi 6E, something we haven’t yet seen get into the mid-range market until now. However, it excludes the mmWave.
Two other models included in the latest Google filing are the GX7AS and the GB17L (filed as a pair in FCC ID A4RGX7AS), Both of which are included in a few of the filings of A4RG1AZG and do not appear to be equipped with mmWave. The test reports stand-alone for this model seem only intended for NFC frequencies.
It’s not confirmed, but there could be an additional test for region-specific NFC similar to the Japanese FeliCA. Previous Pixels from their release of Pixel 3 sold in Japan are compatible with FeliCA.
In recent times, Pixels haven’t been sold in numerous markets worldwide, although some of the models might be made available to other countries.
Some sites have mentioned an additional listing for A4RGB17L at the FCC However. We can not find any evidence of the listing (and we’ll update it if and when we discover it).
In the end, at least four models are expected:
- G1AXG – G1AXG –
- No mmWave, sub-6 5G is the only option.
- GX7AS No mmWave GX7AS, only sub-6 5G
- No mmWave, 5G sub-6 only
A deeper dive could uncover more details about the phones. However, at the very least, one of the phones is expected to support mmWave for certain US carriers (barring carriers’ allowlists being manipulated). We could also see the 6a appearing in more markets.
There’s a lot of information regarding the Pixel 6a’s upcoming model, such as the Tensor chipset, which is expected to power the handset (with ostensibly similar benchmarking performance).
The Pixel 6’s hefty primary sensor won’t be travelling down the to the market, however, and the primary sensor for images will be able to compete with the older hardware of the Pixel 5a. However, an upgraded ultra-wide sensor from the Pixel 6 may be present.
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