The Pixel 7a is out and, as usual, comes in a variety of brand-new colors. Google has just updated everyone’s favorite series of low-cost smartphones, as was predicted. That also seems like a great deal!
Coming to replace the Pixel 6a is the Google Pixel 7a. It comes in three fresh colors: the baby blue-like Sea, the reddish Coral, and the well-known Charcoal and Snow. The Coral is only available via Google Store orders, so if you want one, avoid visiting your preferred shop. The good news is that if you get one from Google right now, you’ll also receive a limited-edition Pixel 7a case and a pair of Pixel Buds A-series headphones!
The Pixel 7a’s design is nothing out of the ordinary, apart from those lovely new colors. a Pixel 7-style clone with somewhat bigger bezels. Not too dramatic, please! In fact, the rear is more like a plastic composite than a metal and glass combination.
The front of the device also includes a 6.1-inch OLED screen with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. You may be wondering, “What corners were cut?” given that the phone costs $499. One of the reasons is that, unlike the “larger” Pixel 7 devices, it is covered by Gorilla Glass 3 rather than the newest Victus. We don’t yet know the actual maximum brightness that the Pixel 7a’s screen can achieve, although it falls short of that of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro peak brightness. Even so, it does support HDR, so it should be able to become bright enough.
The Tensor G2 processor that drives the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro is also included in the Pixel 7a. Moreover, it has 8 GB of LPDDR5 Memory, the same as the Pixel 7. A 128 GB UFS 3.1 storage layer is also included. It definitely seems like a big deal, then.
We’ll test the Pixel 7a and compare it to its parents, but as of right now, it seems like there aren’t many benefits to choosing the ordinary Pixel 7 over the 7a. Unless you specifically want the variant with 256 GB of storage.
Different cameras are used!
The Pixel 7a also cameras are unique! It features an ultra-wide lens with a 13 MP sensor and a 64 MP primary camera. With a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, the Pixel 7 also includes a 50 MP primary camera.
We all know that the sensor’s pixels are not the only important factor. Don’t simply accept those figures at face value since there is much more that goes into capturing a decent picture. The Pixel 7a, for instance, depends on contrast pixels instead of laser detection autofocus, which may or may not change the camera experience.
Then, several users lauded the Pixel 6a camera from the previous year as being superior to the Pixel 6 in certain situations. Thus, we are eager to get our hands on the new one.
Pixel 7a: price
The Google Pixel 7a is offered in 17 countries worldwide, which is about the same number as the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The whole list is shown below.
- Canada $599
- Australia $749 (no coral)
- India ₹43,999 (no coral)
- Japan ￥62,700
- Singapore SGD 749 (no coral)
- Taiwan $14,990 (no coral)
- Denmark 3.999 kr.
- France 509 €
- Germany 509 €
- Ireland €509
- Italy 509 €
- Netherlands 509 €
- Norway kr 5 490
- Spain 509 €
- Sweden 5 690 kr
- UK £449 (£499 for Coral)
- United States $499
Interestingly, the Pixel 7a’s “Coral” variant, which is available only via the Google Store, is rather constrained. Australia, India, Singapore, and Taiwan will not be able to purchase it will be offered in all other nations on this list. Also, for some reason, it costs £50 more in the UK than other colors.
Google Pixel 7a specs
Full-screen 6.1-inch (155 mm) display, up to 90 Hz
20:9 aspect ratio
FHD+ (1080×2400) OLED at 429 PPI
Smooth Display (up to 90 Hz)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 cover glass
Always-on display with At a Glance and Now Playing
High brightness mode
>1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
Full 24-bit depth for 16 million colours
|Dimensions and Weight||152 height x 72.9 width x 9.0 depth (mm)|
|Battery and Charging|
Over 24-hour battery life
Up to 72-hour battery life with Extreme Battery Saver
Minimum 4,300 mAh
Typical 4,385 mAh
|Memory and Storage|
8 GB LPDDR5 RAM
128 GB UFS 3.1 storage
Google Tensor G2
Titan M2 security coprocessor
64 MP Quad PD Quad Bayer wide camera
0.8 μm pixel width
80° field of view
1/1.73″ image sensor size
Super Res Zoom up to 8x
13 MP ultrawide camera
1.12 μm pixel width
120° field of view
Auto-focus with dual pixel phase detection
Optical and electronic image stabilisation
Fast camera launcher
1.12 μm pixel width
95° ultrawide field of view
Manual white balancing
Super Res Zoom
Dual exposure controls
|Video and Audio|
4K video recording at 30 FPS, 60 FPS
1080p video recording at 30 FPS, 60 FPS
4K video recording at 30 FPS
1080p video recording at 30 FPS
Slow-motion video support up to 240 FPS
4K timelapse with stabilisation
Optical image stabilisation
Fused video stabilisation
4K Cinematic Pan video stabilisation
4K locked video stabilisation
1080p active video stabilisation
Digital zoom up to 5x
Video formats: HEVC (H.265) and AVC (H.264)
Wind noise reduction
|Connectivity and Location|
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz, HE80, MIMO
Bluetooth v5.3 + LE, BT Diversity
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou, NavIC
[5G Sub 6GHz] Model GHL1X
GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA: Bands 1,2,4,5,6,8,19
LTE: Bands B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/21/25/28/32/38/39/40/41/42/66
5G Sub-6: Bands n1/2/3/5/7/8/12/20/25/28/38/40/41/66/75/76/77/78/79
|Security and OS Updates||Five years of Pixel updates|
Scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 cover glass
IP67 dust and water resistance
3D thermoformed composite back with tactile alloy frame and visor
The aluminium in the housing is 100% recycled content
The packaging uses 99% plastic-free materials
End-to-end security designed by Google
Multi-layer hardware security: Tensor security core, Titan M2 security chip and Trusty (trusted execution environment)
Minimum five years of security updates
Anti-phishing and anti-malware protection
Automatic security checks and privacy controls with security and privacy settings
Camera and mic toggles
Private Compute Core
Android System Intelligence
Android Messages end-to-end encryption and Android backup encryption