The Google Pixel 6a established itself as one of the best budget Android phones of 2022 due to its powerful technology, excellent cameras, and luxury build quality. Anyone looking for a low-cost phone with flagship-level performance couldn’t go wrong with Google’s latest offering, especially given the hefty discounts we’ve seen in the run-up to the holidays.
As one may assume, next year’s Pixel 7a will be inspired by this year’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Google’s most recent flagship gadgets are the greatest yet, paving the way for the next A-series tablet to be a budget homerun. Here’s everything you need to about the Google Pixel 7a.
Google Pixel 7a Design
We expect the Pixel 7a to look nearly identical to the Pixel 7 at first sight, just as the Pixel 6a did with the distinctive rectangular camera visor.
With the Pixel 7, Google replaced the camera bar with a single aluminum bar that houses the main and ultrawide angle cameras, as well as the flash. That will most likely be the case with the Pixel 7a.
However, if Google wants to save a little money on manufacturing and so keep the Pixel 7a’s price low, the aluminum might be replaced with polycarbonate, which Google does an excellent job of making feel robust rather than cheap. And, as with the Pixel 6a, we expect the glass back of the Pixel 7 to be replaced by a plastic rear for the a-series device.
The Pixel 7a will most likely have an OLED display that measures 6.1 inches and has a resolution of 2400 x 1080. We’d want to see a higher refresh rate for the display, which has been stuck at a now-slow-for-2022 60Hz. Given that many low-cost phones aim for refresh rates of 90Hz, we’re hopeful Google upgrades the Pixel 7a.
Aside from that, Google done an excellent job with the Pixel 6a’s display. So we should expect the Pixel 7a’s panel to be very similar to that of its predecessor, albeit it may receive the brightness improvement that the Pixel 7 received.
There’s no word on colors yet, but expect them to be slightly modified versions of the Pixel 7’s Obsidian, Snow, and Lemongrass hues, perhaps with a muted green or orange thrown in for good measure.
Google Pixel 7a Camera
According to a report, the Pixel 7a may receive significant camera upgrades. According to 9to5Google, the Pixel 7a could use the same Samsung GN1 50MP sensor that debuted on the Pixel 6, as well as two extra sensors: the Sony IMX712 13MP ultrawide lens and the Sony IMX787 64MP telephoto camera.
This seems a little far-fetched, but Google might chose to redesign the Pixel’s camera hardware.
Depending on the camera hardware used by the Pixel 7a, video quality could be improved through software and AI rather than upgraded physical stabilization.
Google Pixel 7a Release Date and Price
The Pixel 7a is expected to be released in the first half of 2023, which corresponds to the release dates of previous Pixel a-series phones. For example, the Pixel 6a was announced at Google I/O in May and released on July 28; we expect the Pixel 7a to follow suit.
The Pixel 7a, on the other hand, could arrive even sooner, as Amazon was allowing consumers to sign up for notifications about the phone’s arrival(opens in new tab) in late October.
In terms of pricing, the Pixel 6a cost $449/£399/AU$749, and given that the Pixel 7 costs the same as the Pixel 6, we would anticipate the Pixel 7a to follow suit. And the price appears to be a relative sweet spot for a phone that offers a slew of smart features, excellent camera performance, and a stylish design for less than $500.
In an ideal world, Google would reduce the US pricing to $400, putting it in the same price range as the fantastic Pixel 4a. However, it appears that Google’s price increase, which began with the Pixel 5a, is here to stay. Just keep in mind that Pixel phones are frequently discounted a few months after their release, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the Pixel 7a became available for less than $400 at some point.
Google Pixel 7a Specs and Performance
You might be noticing a pattern here, but much as the Pixel 6a used the Tensor processor from the Pixel 6, we anticipate the Pixel 7a will employ the Tensor G2 chip from the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
Features like Photo Unblur, which may sharpen up blurry images, are made possible by the Tensor G2. Check out our Photo Unblurr test to see how well this tool performs.
To save money, RAM is probably limited to 6GB, a 2GB decrease from the Pixel 7—even though 6GB is more than enough for typical smartphone use. And storage will likely be 128GB, similar to the Pixel 6a’s storage. We anticipate Google to only offer one storage option in order to reduce production costs and to entice customers to purchase the Pixel 7 if they prefer 256GB of storage.
Google Pixel 7a Battery Life
The Pixel 7a’s 4,410 mAh battery is believed to be very similar to that of the Pixel 6a. According to the Battery Test, which entails nonstop web browsing, that resulted in a battery life of 6 hours and 29 minutes.
So, in order to get the Pixel 7a to last longer than its predecessor, we’re hoping Google works on battery optimization. Hopefully the Tensor G2’s intelligence will be useful.
The Pixel 7a may be the first Pixel phone to offer wireless charging, claims a developer.
Google Pixel 7a Outlook
We could be looking at one of the finest Android phones of 2023 if the Pixel 7a follows the Pixel 6a’s lead, thanks to a number of clever features, excellent photographic capabilities, and a reasonable pricing.
The notion of a telescopic camera and the potential inclusion of wireless charging particularly pique our interest.
Although the competition for sub-$500 phones is becoming more intense, we anticipate that the next-generation Samsung Galaxy A-series and an updated version of the iPhone SE will both offer strong smartphones at competitive prices.
However, if Google keeps improving the Pixel a-series formula, the Pixel 7a should be very popular.