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Google Pixel 8a: The new Pixel Phone comes with better hardware and a long promise of updates

Google has officially introduced the Pixel 8a. With significantly more performance thanks to the Tensor G3 and a brighter display, Google's new mid-range car is once again a step ahead of last year's model. The Pixel 14a will be available in stores from May 8th for 549 euros.

Bright and fast display

The design of the Pixel 8a remains largely unchanged. Overall, it's a bit rounder around the edges, but the prominent camera bar on the back remains. When it comes to colors, you can choose between Obsidian (black), Porcelain (white), Aloe (green) and Bay (blue).

Significantly more has happened with the display. The smartphone is now equipped with a 6,1-inch Actua OLED display that delivers an impressive 2.000 nits at peak brightness and still shines at a strong 1.400 nits during continuous use. This makes it 40 percent brighter than the display of the Pixel 7a and achieves the same brightness values ​​as the more expensive Pixel 8.

Google has also tweaked the refresh rate and increased it to 120 Hz - a significant jump from the 90 Hz of its previous models.

More performance with Tensor G3

The Pixel 8a is powered by the Tensor G3 processor, which is also used in Google's current flagship models. Together with 8 GB of RAM, the processor ensures that the Pixel 8a can easily handle demanding apps and multitasking tasks.

One criticism of the Pixel 7a was the limited storage space of 128 GB. Google has also received this and for the first time an A-series model is offering a 256 GB storage version alongside the standard 128 GB version. It was about time, because you're still looking in vain for a storage expansion option.

Pixel 8a Lifestyle Aloe

Tried and tested camera with new software functions

The camera configuration remains unchanged from last year's model with the 64-megapixel main camera and the 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. What is new, however, are the improved software functions that were adopted from the more expensive Pixel models. Features like Magic Editor, Best Take and Magic Eraser are now an integral part of the camera package.

Google's decision to extend the seven-year update promise, which was previously only reserved for the flagship models, to the future A models is very welcome. The Pixel 8a would be the first A model to benefit from the extended update promise. Older devices like the Pixel 6a or 7a are limited to five years of updates.

Pixel 8a Lifestyle Obsidian

Pixel 8a Lifestyle Obsidian

Bigger battery

Google has added a few milliamp hours to the battery, which means that the Pixel 8a's battery now has 4.492 mAh. In comparison, the Pixel 7a had a slightly smaller 4.385 mAh battery. Even if the difference is not too big, in combination with the efficient energy management of Android 14, a longer runtime should be possible. Google itself promises a runtime of more than 24 hours.

The smartphone can be charged either wirelessly, with up to 7,5 watts, or wired with up to 18 watts. A wired charging process should take around 2 hours, which means that the Pixel 8a is guaranteed not to break any speed records.

Technical data

 Display  Size 6,1" Actua display (155 mm)
aspect ratio 20:9
Resolution and technology 1080 x 2400 with OLED at 430 ppi, Smooth Display (up to 120 Hz)
Glass Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Features Always-on display with live display, now playing, HDR, 1.400 to 2.000 cd/m2 peak brightness
contrast ratio > 1.000.000:1
color depth Full 24-bit color depth for 16 million colors
 measures and weight  Size 152,1x72,7x8,9mm
Weight 188 g
 battery and charging  Battery life More than 24 hours, up to 72 hours in extreme power saving mode
capacity Typical: 4.492 mAh, Minimum: 4.404 mAh
Features Fast charging function, wireless charging (Qi certified)
 RAM and internal storage  RAM 5GB LPDDR8x RAM
Storage 128GB / 256GB UFS 3.1 storage
 Processors and security  processors Google Tensor G3, Titan M2 security chip
Safety Google One VPN, End-to-End Security, Tensor Security Core, Titan M2 Security Chip, Trusty
Updates 7 years of operating system and security updates and feature drops
 Camera  reverse camera 64 MP wide-angle camera, 13 MP ultra-wide-angle camera, various functions such as HDR, night vision
Front camera 13 MP, fixed focus, field of view: 96,5° ultra wide angle
Rear camera video 4K video recording at 30/60 fps, 1080p at 30/60 fps
Front camera video 4K video recording at 30fps, 1080p at 30fps, slow motion video up to 240fps
 Connectivity and location  Technologies Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth® version 5.3, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou
mesh 5G Sub 6GHz, LTE and other bands
Colors and scope of delivery Obsidian, Porcelain, Bay, Aloe (limited), USB-C® to USB-C cable, quick switch adapter, SIM tool

Prices and availability

The Pixel 8a is now available via the Google Store can be pre-ordered. Prices start at 549 euros for the 128 GB storage option or 609 euros for the variant with 256 GB storage. The smartphone will be available in stores from May 14th. By the way, the Google I/O (developer conference) also takes place on that day.

Source: Google

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