Among other things, the manufacturer officially unveiled the mid-range smartphone Google Pixel 7a at Google I/O. It comes with the Google Tensor G2 chip, supports wireless charging, and has a strong camera setup.
The Google Pixel 7a in detail
The manufacturer attacks the mid-range with the Google Pixel 7a. Many of the specs come from the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro (our review), including, for example, the in-house Google Tensor G2 chip that scores with its strong AI capabilities.
The 7a relies on a 6.1-inch OLED display that resolves in FullHD+ with 2,400 x 1,080 pixels and offers a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Thus, it is smaller than the Pixel 7, which is also reflected in the dimensions: A height of 152 mm compares to 155.6 mm here. In addition, the 7a is around 1.1 mm more compact in width.
The frame and bezel are made of matte aluminum, while the back is said to be particularly robust thanks to 3D thermoformed structure. In addition, the smartphone is certified according to IP67 and protected against water and dust. The Pixel 7a is offered with 8 GB LPDDR5 RAM and exclusively with 128 GB UFS 3.1 system storage.
The battery has a capacity of 4,385 mAh, which can be charged via USB Type-C and, for the first time in the a series, also wirelessly. Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3 and NFC are also part of the package.
Strong camera setup
As always with Google, the focus is also on the cameras in the new Google Pixel 7a. Here, the manufacturer combines a 64-MP wide-angle camera with Octa PD and Quad Bayer (f/1.89 aperture) with a 13-MP ultra-wide-angle camera (f/2.2 aperture; 120° field of view).
Connoisseurs will notice: 14 megapixels more are delivered by the main camera compared to the Pixel 7 Pro, and it is 1 megapixel for the ultra-wide-angle camera. However, Google does not provide the third camera in the form of a telephoto lens for the mid-range model.
In return, the selfie camera with 13 megapixels has a higher resolution than the Pro model with the same aperture of f/2.2 and a 2.2° larger field of view (95° compared to 92.8°). So, what Google has cobbled together looks pretty exciting.
Of course, there are also the familiar image modes like focus, night vision or the Super Resolution Zoom. However, the macro mode is exclusively reserved for the Pixel 7 Pro. Videos are possible in 4K resolution with up to 30 frames per second.
Price and Availability
The Google Pixel 7a is available for pre-order now from the Google Online Store. It comes in Sea (light blue), Charcoal (black), Snow (white) and Coral (orange-red) and is priced at 509 euros. Delivery will take place from May 13, 2023.