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Google announces Pixel 8a for $549

The Google Pixel 8a features a Tensor G3 chipset, a 120Hz display, 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage.
Google Pixel 8a green

Google has finally unveiled the Pixel 8a, the company’s latest A-series device and the cheapest option in the 8 series. It features an updated design over the Pixel 7a, more in line with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. However, the square edges are no longer present and are replaced by more rounded corners. The plastic back and aluminum frame have a smooth, matte texture. The front is made of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. The smartphone is also dust and waterproof to IP67 and, according to Google, is the most robust model in the A series to date. There are four color options – laurel, aloe, porcelain and obsidian.

The Google Pixel 8a features a new 6.1-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The display can shine brightly up to 1,400 nits while supporting HDR content with a peak brightness of 2,000 Play nits. There’s a dual camera system on the back consisting of a 64-megapixel f/1.89 primary camera and a 13-megapixel f/2.2 ultrawide camera. There’s a 13-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera on the front.

All cameras are capable of recording 4K videos at 30 frames per second. But the main cameras also manage 4K with 60 frames per second. In addition, astrophotography time-lapse, 240 frames per second slow motion, fused video stabilization, cinematic pan, 5x digital zoom and optical image stabilization are available on the main camera. The Magic Editor, Best Take, Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur, Face Unblur, Real Tone, Top Shot, Live HDR+ and Ultra HDR are also on board.

The Google Pixel 8a is powered by Google’s Tensor G3 chipset with the Titan M2 security chip. There is 8GB of LPDDR5x RAM and you have the choice of 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The Google smartphone has a 4,492 mAh battery, which Google says offers more than 24 hours of battery life. There is 18 watt wired fast charging and support for Qi wireless charging.

Circle to Search, Pixel Call Assist, Audio Emoji and Gemini AI

The Google Pixel 8a ships with Android 14. Like other Pixel 8 devices, it gets seven years of operating system, security and feature drop updates. There are also other exclusive Google functions such as Circle to Search, Pixel Call Assist, Audio Emoji and Gemini AI. There are also stereo speakers, an in-display fingerprint sensor, Wi-Fi 6e, Bluetooth 5.3 and USB 3.2 connectivity, NFC and dual SIM support (Nano + eSIM) on board.

The Pixel 8a costs $499 / €549 / INR 52,999 for the 128GB model and $559 / €609 / INR 59,999 for the 256GB model. Pre-orders in the US begin today and the device will be available from May 14th. Pre-orders in India begin on May 7 at 9:30 pm IST on Flipkart. The sale begins on May 14 at 06:30 AM IST.


Mats Hellqvist
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