We’re starting to get a better idea of what the Google Pixel 7a will bring with it at some point in 2023, and the latest handset leak covers the screen, battery charging capabilities and camera.
According to some research done by the developer Kuba Wojciechowski (opens in a new tab)which has a better track record than most when it comes to phone leaks, the Pixel 7a is going to sport a screen with a 90Hz refresh rate – compared to 60Hz on the Google Pixel 6a.
The screen apparently remains at 1080p resolution, but a boost in refresh rate to match the standard Google Pixel 7 would be welcome, and would mean a smoother interface experience (the Pixel 7 Pro, as you may know). be, goes up to 120Hz).
Cameras and Charging
As for the rear camera, Wojciechowski says a 64MP Sony IMX787 sensor and a 13MP Sony IMX712 ultrawide sensor, which should amount to a significant jump over the 12MP + 12MP dual-lens camera on the Pixel 6a.
Finally, the phone is expected to feature wireless charging (albeit slow), another upgrade from its predecessor. There’s no word yet on the potential battery capacity, which was 4,4110mAh on the Pixel 6a released last year.
Google announced the Pixel 6a in May 2022, as part of the Google IO event. Chances seem high that Google will do something similar in 2023, although we don’t yet know the exact dates for the next IO conference.
Analysis: a promising mid-range
From what we’ve learned here, the signs are promising for the Google Pixel 7a. The upgrades all touch on key areas and should all make a real difference to the experience of owning and using the smartphone.
With the global pandemic we’ve all been experiencing, the mid-range Pixel series has stuttered a bit. The Google Pixel 5a only launched in the US and Japan and didn’t offer much more than the Pixel 4a that came before it.
The Google Pixel 6a was more widely available, although we felt its poor battery life and slow charging speeds limited its appeal. Google knows that in the tough mid-range segment, it takes a lot to stand out amidst the competition.
With the Google Pixel 7a, that could well happen: the key to this series of phones is keeping the price low while offering just a taste of the next-level specs and features, so it’ll be interesting to see how much the Pixel 7a sells out when it finally appears.