Google’s mid-range Pixel A models aren’t all that different from flagships in terms of performance, but in order to achieve a lower price point, the company usually has to make some compromises. But it seems that the Google Pixel 7a, the model that is expected on the market only next year, will be equipped with more powerful components, which could lead to an easier recommendation over the more expensive models.
Pixel 7a could offer the advantages of the “standard” model at a lower price
According to Kuba Wojciechowski, a software developer who has previously provided information about future products in Google’s portfolio, the Pixel 7a will benefit from better cameras and an improved display over past A models.
On the camera front, the Pixel 7a will adopt a Sony IMX787 main sensor while the ultra-wide camera will use a Sony IMX712. This brings the base Pixel phone up to 64-megapixel resolution, up from 12-megapixels.
Google Pixel 7a to come with 90Hz screen, wireless charging, brand new dual rear camera setup – details below 👇🧵 pic.twitter.com/IWy77Kwsmd
– Kuba Wojciechowski⚡ (@Za_Raczke) November 11, 2022
Then the display, which has been a 60 Hz display until now, will make the switch to 90 Hz refresh rate. This means that the Pixel 7a and the base Pixel 7 have similar screens in terms of performance, with Full HD resolution and OLED panel. Given that it will also most likely use the same Tensor G2 processor, as well as wireless charging, there will be little reason to choose a more expensive Pixel 7 over the Pixel 7a.
In general, Pixel A models start at $400 or $450 US, while the Pixel 7 starts at around $700, and the advantages are minimal. Presumably for the higher price you get a metal and glass construction, and… that’s about it. Of course, by then, the Pixel 7’s price will drop, but the 7a will stay on the market longer, even after the Pixel 8 launches.