At the I/O 2023 event held yesterday, Google unveiled a ton of AI-powered updates to its existing software services. Among all this, there were quite a few hardware announcements too. Including the much-awaited Pixel 7a, whose rumors have been circulating ever since the launch of the Pixel 7 series. And compared to last year’s Pixel 6a, it brings a lot of impressive upgrades. So let’s take a look at the new Google Pixel 7a, alongside its features, specs, expected price in Nepal, and more.
Google Pixel 7a Overview:
Design and Display
Pixel 7a features the same color-matching side frames and metallic camera design as the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. It is available in four color options: Sea, Charcoal, Snow, and Coral; the latter of which is exclusive to Google Store in a few markets like the US. Google also says it has used 100% recycled aluminum for the phone’s frames, while the Pixel 7a is IP67 dust and water-resistant too. But compared to its predecessor, this guy is notably heavier as it weighs 192 grams, against Pixel 6a’s 178 grams.
Coming to the front, Google has finally updated to a higher refresh rate in its “a” series of smartphones as the Pixel 7a refreshes at 90Hz. Just like the regular Pixel 7. Protected by Gorilla Glass 3, this 6.1″ FHD OLED display has HDR support as well. This screen also embeds an optical in-display fingerprint scanner for biometrics.
Another considerable upgrade on this phone lies in the camera department. Here, Google has replaced the dual 12MP sensors of the Pixel 6a with a 64MP 1/1.73″ primary (with OIS) and a 13MP ultrawide sensor. The company says this 64MP camera has a 72% larger sensor size than the 12MP 1/2.55″ main shooter on the 6a. To put things into perspective, every other Pixel “a” series phone before this had a 12MP primary camera.
So this upgrade should have a substantially better camera performance—especially in low-light conditions. That 13MP ultrawide sensor is also to look out for. It brings a wider field of view (120° vs 114°), whereas it also supports autofocus now. The selfie camera has been upgraded from 8MP to 13MP with a wider FoV too. Besides the hardware itself, Pixel 7a’s camera setup even borrows all the software-based features of the regular Pixel 7 series, like Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur, Real Tone, and more. And it will be getting Google’s new AI-powered “Magic Editor” feature later this year as well.
In terms of performance, the Pixel 7a is now powered by the Tensor G2 chip and Titan M2 security coprocessor like other phones in this lineup. And apart from the chipset upgrade, Google has also bumped RAM capacity from 6GB to 8GB this time. This has been paired with 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage, with no option to expand the storage with an external micro SD card. The phone boots on Android 13 by default, and it’s slated to receive 3 major OS upgrades and up to 5 years of security updates.
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Battery and Others
Pixel 7a brings a slightly smaller 4385mAh battery that supports 18W wired charging. More importantly, Google is also introducing wireless charging for the first time on its “a” series of smartphones. But of course, you’re gonna have to buy both of them separately since Google doesn’t ship either one in the box itself. Other than this, Pixel 7a gets dual speakers for audio, whereas its wireless connectivity options include WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, and NFC.
Google Pixel 7a Specifications:
- Body: 152.4 x 71.12 x 10.16mm, 192.77 gm, IP67 rated
- Display: 6.1″ FHD+ OLED, 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 3
- Chipset: Google Tensor G2 5G (5nm)
- Memory: 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
- Software: Android 13
- Rear Camera: Dual (with LED flash)– 64MP f/1.89 primary sensor, 1/1.73″, OIS– 13MP f/2.2 ultrawide sensor, 120° FoV
- Selfie Camera: 13MP f/2.2 sensor, 95° FoV
- Battery: 4385mAh, with 18W wired and 18W wireless charging
- Security: Fingerprint sensor (optical in-display)
Google Pixel 7a Price in Nepal and Availability
Pixel 7a costs USD 499 in the US and INR 43,999 in India. To compare, it’s priced exactly the same as Pixel 6a in the Indian market—while it is USD 50 more expensive in the US. There’s also INR 4,000 off if you have an HDFC Bank card. We expect the Google Pixel 7a price in Nepal to be NPR 80,000 if and when it launches here.
|Pixel 7a||Price in India||Price in the US||Price in Nepal (Expected)|
|8/128GB||INR 43,999||USD 499||NPR 80,000|
- Meanwhile, check out our Google Pixel 6a review