Pixel 6a case on the left, Pixel 6 on the right. The Pixel 6 is just a bit too large to fit in the case. Image courtesy of Adam Doud and Digital Trends.
And since the Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch screen, this suggests that the Pixel 6a is likely to have maybe a 6.2″ or 6.3″ screen, judging by the tiny difference in size.
Pixel 6a will have the same button placement, with a power button above the volume keys. Image courtesy of Adam Doud and Digital Trends.
And judging by the writing on the screen protector that came with the case, the Pixel 6a will also have an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Fingers crossed that it works better than the sluggish one on the Pixel 6 duo, where you need to apply extra pressure for your fingerprint to register.
Also interesting is that the camera bar on the back seems to be narrower than on the flagship Pixel 6 series by about one third. This is probably because of the smaller camera sensors used in the budget model. An approximate measurement by the journalist shows that while the Pixel 6 has a 21mm tall camera bump, the Pixel 6a appears to only have a 14mm tall camera bar.
If you remove the frame that comes with the case, the Pixel 6 fits in, suggesting only a tiny difference in size. Image courtesy of Adam Doud and Digital Trends.
What does this leaked case tell us?
So what can we take from all of this? First, it confirms earlier leaks that Google will adopt the fancy new “Robocop” design with the camera bar for its budget model, but also having cases circulating around also suggests that a Pixel 6a launch might be just around the corner.