Google I/O, the annual conference of Google, witnessed the unveiling of the Pixel 7a, a budget smartphone. The Pixel 7a offers several features on the company’s 2022 Pixel 7. The phone has been stripped of some of its expensive features to make it affordable.
The Pixel 7a inherits the performance of Pixel 7 with 2 Cortex-X1 cores at 2.85GHz, 2 Cortex-A78 cores at 2.35GHz, 4 Cortex-A55 cores at 1.80GHz, and Tensor G2 chip with 8GB of RAM, the same chip also powers new Pixel Fold. The phone features an upgraded camera system with a 72% larger sensor than its predecessor, the Pixel 6a, and a 44% increase in light sensitivity.
The main camera has been improved, and a new 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens has been added, allowing users to capture pictures with a wider field of view. Additionally, the Pixel 7a’s Night Sight feature is twice as fast as its predecessor.
The Pixel 7a also has a 6.1-inch organic EL screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and a density of 429 ppi. It uses a 90Hz “Smooth Display” for improved scrolling and smooth transitions.
One of the new features introduced on the Pixel 7a is “long exposure,” which enhances texture and vitality in images of moving subjects, such as waterfalls. The Tensor G2 enables a super-resolution zoom of up to 8x, enabling sharp and high-quality images even when shooting from a long distance.
The Pixel 7a has a sleek design similar to the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, with the trademark Pixel camera bar and smooth contoured surface. The midframe construction makes it the sturdiest in the A-series lineup. The housing is waterproof, antifouling, and scratch-resistant. The aluminum enclosure is made from 100% recycled materials.
The Pixel 7a will be available in four colour options (Coral, Sea, Charcoal, and Snow), starting at $499. As a pre-order incentive, buyers will receive 12 months of free YouTube Premium and a $150 store credit that can be used for their next purchase on the Google Store. The phone is expected to begin shipping on May 15th.
Overall, the Pixel 7a is a budget smartphone that packs a punch with its impressive camera system, sleek design, and a host of new features that are sure to appeal to users looking for a capable phone at an affordable price.