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Google Pixel 6a camera reportedly lacks motion mode

According to a new report from XDA Developers, Google’s next a-series smartphone may lack one of the camera features introduced with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Motion mode uses machine learning and multi-frame capture to generate a motion-blurred background with a bright subject.

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According to XDA DevelopersDeveloper Kuba Wojciechowski discovered in code showing Pixel tips relating to Motion Mode, the Pixel 6a’s codename “bluejay” explicitly excludes mention of Motion Mode.

Although the Pixel 6a will reportedly use the same Tensor chipset as the Pixel 6 duo, the unreleased mid-range Google smartphone is expected to use the Pixel 5a’s camera setup, including a main camera 12.2 MP and a 12 MP ultrawide snapper. This may indicate that the old 12.2 megapixel sensor of previous Pixels will not be compatible with this feature.

Render Pixel 6a

Render Pixel 6a

The Google Pixel 6a is expected to look like the Google Pixel 6 and will be powered by the Google Tensor chipset. It will also have a 6.2-inch OLED display. As mentioned earlier, it will have the older camera sensors to keep the cost lower on the mid-range Pixel.

The Google Pixel 6a is expected to arrive in the coming weeks. Chances are it will be announced at Google’s I/O conference, which will take place on May 11-12 with an availability date of July 28. Other rumors suggest that Google might be teasing the Pixel Watch at the same event.