Google’s Pixel 7a certainly proved to be an impressive affordable option from Google when it launched last year. It brought many new hardware features that were previously missing in the A-series devices. Ahead of Google’s software announcements scheduled to take place on May 14, 2024, the company has already announced its successor to the Pixel 7a, dubbed the Pixel 8a. The Google Pixel 8a gets a refreshed design, Tensor G3 SoC, and also brings all its AI smarts previously reserved for the flagship Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones.

Google Pixel 8a Price in India, Availability

Google’s Pixel 8a will be available in both 128GB and 256GB storage options globally. The brand continues to stick with 8GB of RAM for both storage variants. Google is also offering both variants in India with the 128GB variant priced at Rs. 52,999 and the 256GB version priced at Rs. 59,999. The handset will be available in all four colors – aloe, off-white, obsidian and porcelain. The phone is available for pre-order on Flipkart now, with sales starting at 6:30 am on May 14. Google is also offering bank offers of Rs. 4,000 and 12-month no-cost EMI on select bank cards. Those who pre-order the Pixel 8a can also buy the Pixel Buds A-series at just Rs. 999.

Google Pixel 8a Specifications

Google Pixel 8a offers a refreshed design made of glass (screen), polycarbonate (back panels) and aluminum (frame). Its design, which now looks very similar to the newer Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones, maintains its IP67 certification from the Pixel 7a as well. The handset measures 152.1mm x 72.7mm x 8.9mm and weighs 188 grams.

The newer, more rounded design has a flat 6.1-inch Super Actua display, which the brand claims is the first A-series device to feature one. However, that OLED panel now refreshes at 120Hz, up from the Pixel 7a’s 90Hz refresh rate. The display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 just like the previous model.

Like last year, Google has upgraded the Pixel 8a’s SoC to the latest Tensor G3 (along with the Titan M2 security coprocessor) and it brings a lot of features that weren’t previously possible on the A-series due to the Tensor G2. From Circle to Search to AI Image Editing (Magic Editor), Audio Magic Eraser, Best Take and more. The phone offers 8 GB of LPDDR5x RAM and up to 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

Google Pixel 8a pictured in one of its new colors, Aloe
Photo: Google

Communication standards include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, a USB Type-C port and support for the usual GPS navigation systems. The phone offers space for only one physical SIM card along with one virtual eSIM. The handset can be secured using the in-display fingerprint reader or face unlock.

The phone is powered by a 4492 mAh battery and supports 18W wired fast charging. Like the Pixel 7a, the Pixel 8a also offers wireless charging, but at the same 7.5W (Qi charging standard).

As for the cameras, Google kept everything from the previous model. It has a 64-megapixel (f/1.89 aperture) primary camera and a 13-megapixel (f/2.2 aperture) ultra-wide camera on the back. You also get a 13-megapixel front camera for selfies.

Google’s Pixel 8a ships with Android 14 with the usual Pixel user experience and is promised to receive seven years of software and security updates, which also includes its quarterly Pixel Feature Drops that add new software features.

Google I/O 2023 saw the search giant repeatedly tell us it cares about AI, alongside the launch of its first Pixel-branded foldable phone and tablet. This year, the company will load its Android apps, services and operating system with AI technology. We discuss this and more on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available at Spotify, Ghana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
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