Google’s latest mid-range Pixel phone, the Google Pixel 7a, was finally unveiled at Google IO 2023, after weeks of preparation where nearly all of the phone’s specs were leaked ahead of time.
We managed to get our hands on the new device – which is being positioned as the successor to the Google Pixel 6a – ahead of the event itself, so head over to our full Google Pixel 7a review to find out if Google’s latest Pixel offers life up to the hype of being one of 2023’s best cheap phones year.
In this guide, we’ll take you through all the key specs of the Google Pixel 7a – from the phone’s camera setup and battery life data to the processor and display technology.
To the point
- What is this? An affordable alternative to the Pixel 7
- when is it coming out? May 10
- How much does it cost? $499 / £449 / AU$749
Google Pixel 7a price and availability
The Google Pixel 7a was officially unveiled at Google I/O 2023 on May 10, with the phone on sale for $499 / £449 / AU$749 at the time of the announcement. Head over to our Google Pixel 7a deals page to see the best current deals.
By comparison, the Pixel 6a was $449 / £399 / AU$749 at launch, so Google has decided to raise the price of the 7a in the US and UK. That said, the new phone offers a set of improvements over its predecessor as you’ll see below.
The Google Pixel 7a comes in four colors – Charcoal, Snow, Sea and Coral (although the latter is only available direct from Google) – and only one storage option: 128GB.
Google Pixel 7a specs
Check out the full phone specs below:
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|Dimensions:||152.4 x 72.9 x 9mm|
|Screen Size:||6.1 inches|
|CPU:||Google Tensor G2 with Titan M2 security|
|Storage:||128GB (UFS 3.1)|
|Rear cameras:||Primary 64MP, Ultra Wide 12MP|
|Front Camera:||13 MP|
Google Pixel 7a features
On the design front, the Google Pixel 7a shares obvious DNA with the other two Pixel 7 phones – it has a smooth back, metal frame and camera strap – and this latest addition to the Pixel family is reportedly Google’s most durable A-series phone yet. Its display is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass and the phone is designed using many recycled materials including aluminum, glass and plastic.
The Google Pixel 7a packs a 6.1-inch OLED screen with a refresh rate of up to 90Hz – which, by the way, is a better refresh rate than the vanilla iPhone 14 – and the device uses Google’s Tensor G2 chip under the hood.
Combined with 8GB of RAM, this processor should allow the Google Pixel 7a to handle the demands of streaming, swiping, snapping and mobile gaming with ease – perhaps even as well as the standard Google Pixel 7 which uses the same chipset.
As for the cameras, the Google Pixel 7a has a dual rear camera setup that consists of a 64MP main lens – the largest ever seen on an A-series device – and a 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens. Super Res Zoom will allow for clearer close-up portraits from afar, and the Pixel 7a also has a long exposure (another newcomer to the A-series). On the front is a 13-megapixel camera with Face Unlock – an improvement over the Pixel 6a’s 8-megapixel snapper.
Google says the phone’s 4,385mAh battery will give you over 24 hours of use (or 72 hours if you turn on Extreme Battery Saver Mode), and the Pixel 7a reportedly learns your favorite apps so it doesn’t waste energy on those you rarely use. The device also supports 18W fast charging and 7.5W wireless charging on any Qi-certified accessories.