The Google Pixel 7a is the next big thing for the tech giant and for a good reason. Unlike the Google Pixel Fold, which is the company’s flagship offering for the time being, or the previously announced Google Pixel 7 series, the Pixel 7a makes the famed ‘Pixel experience’ more accessible. An updated design, along with a massive boost in performance and basic features, should make it more appealing than the Pixel 6a. In fact, the Pixel 7a’s specifications make it tempting for potential iPhone SE buyers to look at it as the more sensible pick.
The Pixel 7a was announced at the Google I/O 2023 event, alongside the Pixel Fold, Android 14, Bard updates and a host of other announcements. Google is bringing the Pixel 7a to its global markets, including India and Singapore. The phone is available in four colour variants, which include Charcoal, Snow, Sea and Coral (exclusive to the Google Store).
So, on that note, let’s deep dive into the Google Pixel 7a and take a closer look at its specifications and features.
Google Pixel 7a’s specifications
A familiar design
Doesn’t the Pixel 7a look almost identical to the Pixel 7? It looks like Google wants to build familiarity with its Pixel 7 lineup. Be it the camera visor on the back or the thicker bezels at the front, the Pixel 7a looks no different than the Pixel 7. There are a few changes though; there’s a light blue model (called Sea) and the rear is going to be made of plastic. The phone is also rated to have IP67 water and dust resistance, which means it can survive rain showers or an accidental dunk in the swimming pool.
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Tensor G2 powers it up
Google’s new smartphone borrows the Tensor G2 chip from the Pixel 7, which should guarantee top-notch performance. The Tensor G2 is also geared for AI performance and will offer a smooth user experience. The Titan M2 security chip also makes it to the Pixel 7a, thereby allowing for secure verification methods. Google is offering 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage. You also get a fast USB Type-C (3.2 Gen 2) port at the bottom, which can charge the 4385 mAh battery. If wired chargers are not your thing, you will be happy to see support for wireless charging here.
Flashier (pun not intended!) cameras onboard
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The Pixel 7a features a new 64-megapixel main camera (OIS assisted) alongside a 13-megapixel ultra-wide camera. This new main camera promises to offer better low-light imaging performance and capture superior details. For selfies and video calls, the Pixel 7a is using a 13-megapixel camera, nestled inside a small punch-hole cutout in the display.
Yep, Google’s new smartphone gets a 6.1-inch FHD+ resolution OLED display with a refresh rate of… (drum rolls) ….. 90Hz. Compared to the 60Hz display on the Pixel 6a, the Pixel 7a’s display should be easier on the eyes for most people. Google also brings the reliable optical fingerprint sensor from the Pixel 7, which should aid with more secure biometric verification.
A sublime Android experience
The Pixel 7a comes with the latest version of Android 13 and Google’s new ‘Material You’ design theme. The phone is also eligible for the Android 14 update in the near future.
Pixel 7a’s expected price
The Pixel 7a costs USD 499 and is coming to select markets. This makes it a more affordable and arguably a better alternative to the Apple iPhone SE 3rd Gen. At the same time, the Pixel 7a also takes on the likes of the OnePlus 11R and the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. In fact, it is only a bit cheaper than the Pixel 7, which is also selling at a discounted price at the moment.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answer: The Google Pixel 7a was announced at the Google I/O 2023 event on May 10.
Answer: The Google Pixel 7a comes with a 6.1-inch FHD+ 90Hz OLED display, a Tensor G2 chip, a Titan M2 chip, Android 13 OS and support for 5G connectivity.