Pixel 7A Review: Basically Google’s Pixel 7 for $100 Less #GeekLeap


Google Pixel 7A


  • Wonderful digicam

  • Lots of the similar options because the Pixel 7 at a less expensive worth

  • Engaging design

  • Positive aspects wi-fi charging, face unlock and excessive refresh price

Do not like

  • Display screen nonetheless appears dim outside

  • Greater worth in contrast with Pixel 6A at launch

  • Solely three generations of Android OS updates in contrast with Samsung’s four-generation pledge

Excellent news, Pixel followers: the Pixel 7 simply obtained $100 cheaper. Effectively, probably not. Nevertheless it would possibly as nicely have. Regardless that Google nonetheless costs $599 for its flagship Pixel, it simply launched the $499 (£449, AU$749) Pixel 7A — which incorporates lots of the similar advantages at a lower cost. (See our full Pixel 7A preorder information for the present finest offers, together with a $50 reward card at Amazon, and a free case and headphones on the Google Retailer.) 

Google introduced the Pixel 7A at Google I/O, its annual developer convention the place it usually introduces new merchandise and updates to current ones. Aside from the Pixel 7A, which is on the market now, Google additionally debuted the Pixel Fold, a brand new Pixel Pill and a slew of latest AI-powered options for search and different companies.  

Google clearly took suggestions on the Pixel 6A into consideration with its newest entry-level cellphone. The Pixel 7A good points a 90Hz display for smoother graphics and scrolling, together with wi-fi charging and face unlock. Although these is probably not must-haves for everybody, they’re frequent options that the Pixel 6A lacked. 

In any other case, the Pixel 7A has the identical Tensor G2 processor because the Pixel 7, a brand new 64-megapixel most important digicam and a 6.1-inch display similar to its predecessor. Because the Pixel 7A runs on Google’s cell processor, you may count on lots of the similar Pixel-specific options seen on different units, just like the cellphone app’s Maintain for Me setting, Google’s Recorder app and the corporate’s Actual Tone picture processing tech, which is supposed to render pores and skin tones extra realistically. 

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Google’s Pixel 7A stands as much as the Pixel 7.

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Taken collectively, these modifications assist bridge the hole between the Pixel 7A and the Pixel 7. On the similar time, it could possibly additionally make the shopping for resolution extra difficult in case you’re looking for a brand new Pixel system. 


Watch this: Pixel 7A Overview: A Step Ahead for Google’s Finances Cellphone

Google Pixel 7A appears loads just like the Pixel 7 

Just like the Pixel 6A, the Pixel 7A borrows design cues from its pricier predecessor. That features the digicam bar, which has a matte metallic end that just about matches the one on the Pixel 7. The Pixel 7A’s digicam strip is barely thinner than the Pixel 7’s, marking one of many few noticeable bodily variations between the 2 units. The Pixel 7A can also be out there in several colour choices in contrast with the Pixel 7. You may choose up Google’s cheaper cellphone in white, black, mild blue or  brilliant orange, whereas the Pixel 7 is available in white, mild yellow or black.

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The Pixel 7A has a digicam bar that is just like the Pixel 7’s.

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The Pixel 7A is enticing for a cellphone on this worth vary, very like the Pixel 6A. A part of me wonders if Google’s strategy to design with its A-series telephones motivated Samsung to up its sport, too. The Galaxy A54 5G, which prices $450 and is Samsung’s direct competitor to the Pixel 7A, has a shiny end that makes it really feel extra premium than final yr’s Galaxy A53 5G.  

The Pixel 7A has a 6.1-inch display; the identical measurement because the Pixel 6A’s and barely smaller than the 6.3-inch display on the Pixel 7. When you want smaller telephones, you might discover the Pixel 7A simpler to make use of with one hand in contrast with the Pixel 7. I personally discover 6.1 inches to be the proper display measurement for a cellphone, because it offers sufficient house to comfortably learn and watch movies with out feeling overwhelming to function. 

The largest change Google made to the Pixel 7A’s display is its capability to change the refresh price between 60Hz and 90Hz relying on what’s on the display. With this setting turned on, navigating the working system and scrolling by apps felt clean and slick. Honestly, I did not at all times discover an enormous distinction in contrast with the Pixel 6A, which has a normal 60Hz display.

However there have been some circumstances when flipping by my Twitter feed felt noticeably speedy on the Pixel 7A. Regardless, it is nice to see Google incorporating extra premium options into its inexpensive units, particularly as increased refresh charges are beginning to turn out to be the norm.

It additionally helps Google keep extra aggressive with Samsung, which regularly trickles high-end options all the way down to its personal price range Galaxy telephones. The Galaxy A54 5G can enhance its refresh price as much as 120Hz, for instance, just like Samsung’s high-end Galaxy S units. 

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The Pixel 7A can enhance its display’s refresh price as much as 90Hz.

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Google additionally says it bumped up the Pixel 7A’s brightness, which might deal with one in all my largest complaints concerning the Pixel 6A. Sadly, I did not discover a lot of a distinction. Although I had no downside utilizing the Pixel 7A at 50% brightness or decrease indoors, I nonetheless needed to crank it as much as between 75% and 100% outside.  

Each the Pixel 7A and Galaxy A54 5G are able to reaching 1,000 nits of brightness at their most setting. Nevertheless, even at decrease settings, the Galaxy A54 5G’s display regarded noticeably brighter alongside the Pixel 7A’s. 

Pixel 7A’s digicam takes nice photographs

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The Pixel 7A’s digicam is similar to the Pixel 7’s.

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The Pixel 7A has a formidable digicam that produced outcomes just like the Pixel 7’s. The Pixel 7A has a 64-megapixel most important digicam and a 13-megapixel ultrawide digicam, as proven beneath, each of which have the next decision than the Pixel 7’s most important and ultrawide digicam.

Pixel 7A digicam vs. Pixel 7, Pixel 6A and Galaxy A54 5G

Google Pixel 7A Google Pixel 7 Google Pixel 6A Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Rear digicam 64MP most important; 13MP ultrawide 50MP most important; 12MP ultrawide 12.2MP most important; 12MP ultrawide 50MP most important; 12MP ultrawide; 5MP macro
Zoom 8x digital zoom 8x digital zoom 7x digital zoom 10x digital zoom
Entrance digicam 13MP 10.8MP 8MP 32MP

Regardless that the Pixel 7A’s most important digicam has extra megapixels than the step-up mannequin, Google says the Pixel 7’s most important digicam is extra mild delicate and, extra importantly, has a bigger sensor. However more often than not, I may barely inform the distinction between photographs taken on the Pixel 7A and the Pixel 7. There have been some cases the place the Pixel 7 captured extra element, however I needed to zoom in on my monitor to inform. I even thought the Pixel 7A did a greater job than the Pixel 7 at capturing a portrait of my husband close to a window in a mixture of indoor and out of doors lighting.

The Pixel 6A has an excellent digicam that snaps crisp and colourful photographs, particularly for a cellphone underneath $400. Nevertheless, I seen the Pixel 7A generally uncovered the topic higher, as proven within the zoomed picture of a cease signal beneath and the picture of my husband. The Pixel 6A was additionally noticeably slower than the Pixel 7A when taking photographs in Evening Mode. (Because the Pixel 6A was slower, my cat moved midshot, as you may see beneath). 

I usually want the Pixel 7A’s digicam over the Galaxy A54’s, since Samsung’s cellphone made colours look over uncovered when taking pictures outside. However the Galaxy A54 5G carried out nicely in a couple of of my assessments, particularly when taking pictures low-light photographs. It additionally has a more in-depth digital zoom than the Pixel 7A, Pixel 7 and Pixel 6A, although its picture got here out grainier.

The Pixel 7A’s 13-megapixel entrance digicam can take an excellent selfie. Throughout my testing towards the Pixel 7, Pixel 6A and Galaxy A54, the 7A’s selfie was my favourite as a result of it had the right combination of element, colour accuracy and softening to make my face look flattering. 

The Pixel 7A can shoot 4K video at as much as 60 frames per second, similar to the Pixel 7, and photographs shot on the 2 telephones regarded very comparable. 

You additionally get lots of the similar digicam taking pictures modes, backend tech and enhancing tips discovered on the Pixel 7, comparable to Magic Eraser, Photograph Unblur and Actual Tone, which you’ll be able to learn extra about in my Pixel 7 evaluate. Nevertheless, the Pixel 7A does not have the Pixel 7’s Motion Pan, which focuses sharply on a transferring topic and blurs the background. Nevertheless it does have Lengthy Publicity mode, in contrast to the Pixel 6A, which has neither of these options. 

The underside line: Regardless that the Pixel 7 technically has a extra superior digicam in keeping with Google, the Pixel 7A’s digicam will probably be simply fantastic for informal photographers. The Pixel 7A needs to be lots sufficient for the common cellphone consumer who primarily needs to take nice photographs of holidays, household gatherings and social events. Those that really need the perfect digicam on a Pixel cellphone ought to go for the Pixel 7 Professional, which has a devoted telephoto lens and different extras.

Pixel 7A has strong battery life and good points wi-fi charging

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The Pixel 7A has first rate battery life.

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The Pixel 7A can get by a full day on a single cost, although battery life will at all times fluctuate relying on the cellphone’s settings and which apps you are utilizing. My expertise assorted a bit of relying on my circumstances. 

On a lighter day of use spent principally at house, I used the Pixel 7A for primary duties like checking electronic mail, enjoying video games for 10 minutes, exporting a couple of movies and taking photographs for roughly 20 minutes. I had 41% of my battery left after about 16 hours. 

However on a busier day, after I commuted into the workplace, streamed music for about an hour throughout my subway journey and made a video name, the battery was down to twenty% after about 13 hours of use. I attempted to maintain the brightness at 50% on each days, however there have been instances on each events after I set it increased whereas outside. Throughout my testing, I additionally left the excessive refresh price setting turned on and the always-on show choice switched off — each of these can impression battery efficiency.

I ran a 45-minute endurance check that consists of streaming video, making a video name, enjoying video games, looking social media, and basic miscellaneous use to see how a lot these actions would drain the battery after a full cost. The Pixel 7A had 92% of its battery left after that check, which places it on par with the Galaxy S23 (91%) however decrease than the Pixel 7 (94%).

I additionally streamed a YouTube video to see how a lot doing so would drain the battery over the course of three hours. The Pixel 7A carried out barely higher than the Pixel 7 on this check, although the outcomes have been shut. 

Pixel 7A vs. Pixel 7 battery check

Pixel 7A Pixel 7
1 hour 96% 95%
2 hours 90% 88%
3 hours 85% 81%

One main facet new to the Pixel 7A is wi-fi charging. Although the power to energy up your cellphone by resting it on a appropriate charger has been customary on many telephones for years, it is usually lacking from budget-minded units. The Pixel 6A does not have wi-fi charging, for instance, and neither does the Galaxy A54 5G.

The Pixel 7A’s wi-fi charging pace is slower than the Pixel 7’s (7.5 watts versus 12W on the Pixel 7 with a appropriate qi-certified charger), and it took half-hour to cost from 37% to 47%. 

Pixel 7A efficiency and different options

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The Pixel 7A runs on Google’s Tensor G2 processor, just like the Pixel 7.

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The Pixel 7A runs on Google’s Tensor G2 processor, which feels clean and fluid when performing day by day duties, whether or not that is enjoying a cell sport, scrolling by apps or snapping photographs. 

Efficiency is never a priority on main smartphone releases from corporations like Apple, Google, Samsung and OnePlus. Nevertheless it’s value mentioning for a cellphone at this worth, as a result of cheaper telephones can generally include efficiency hiccups, as was the case after I reviewed the Galaxy A53 5G final yr.

On a regular basis efficiency felt speedy, however I did discover that the Pixel 7A exported video a bit extra slowly than Google’s different Pixels and Samsung’s Galaxy A54 5G. On common, it took about 22.5 seconds for the Pixel 7A to export a 30-second 4K video to 1080p in Adobe Premiere Rush, which is slower than the Pixel 6A (20.2 seconds), Pixel 7 (18.3 seconds) and Galaxy A54 5G (15.6 seconds).

Nonetheless, that Tensor G2 chip is extra concerning the Pixel-specific options you get, relatively than pace alone. These embody Google’s Recorder app, Stay Translate and Photograph Unblur. Google’s Pixel telephones even have some useful phone-calling options, like Maintain for Me, which permits Google to attend on the road in your stead. Methods like these assist set Pixel telephones other than different Android units, although Samsung is making an attempt to catch up by bringing extra Galaxy-specific tips to its personal units. 

The Pixel 7A launches with Android 13 and can get three years of Android model updates and 5 years of safety updates. That matches the Pixel 7 and seven Professional, however it’s nonetheless behind Samsung, which pledges 4 generations of Android OS updates and 5 years of safety updates. 

Pixel 7A, Pixel 7 or Pixel 6A: Which must you select?

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The Pixel 7A makes a tough case for purchasing the Pixel 7.

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Given all of the similarities between the Pixel 7 and 7A, deciding between the 2 may be tough. Google is retaining final yr’s Pixel 6A within the lineup for a newly discounted worth of $349, making it a tempting alternative for these on a price range.

My recommendation? After spending a couple of days with the Pixel 7A, I can not give you a compelling purpose to decide on the Pixel 7 as a substitute. The Pixel 7A has the identical processor, an excellent most important digicam and the identical quantity of reminiscence and storage. By including wi-fi charging and a smoother display to the Pixel 7A, Google fastened the 2 main options the Pixel 6A was lacking. 

The Pixel 6A nonetheless has lots to supply at its new worth, together with a succesful digicam and Google’s Pixel-specific software program options. When you want to save cash and do not thoughts sacrificing wi-fi charging, face unlock, and additional picture instruments like lengthy publicity mode, the Photograph Unblur enhancing instrument and sooner evening mode seize, then the Pixel 6A remains to be a worthwhile alternative.

Nevertheless, it is value contemplating Google’s software program replace cycle. Because the Pixel 7A launched later than the Pixel 7 and Pixel 6A, it’s going to get Android model updates for an extended time period. That might be a very good purpose to decide on the Pixel 7A over the 6A.

Pixel 7A general ideas

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The Pixel 7A looks like the perfect worth in a Pixel system.

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The Pixel 7A looks like the perfect worth for Pixel followers proper now. When you miss out on sure Pixel 7 extras, like battery share, the digicam’s Motion Pan mode, a bigger display and barely sooner charging, none of these omissions looks like a deal-breaker. In my expertise, digicam efficiency is comparable between the 2 — definitely sufficient to fulfill the common particular person. 

With the Pixel 7A, it is clear Google is leaning into aggressive pricing as a significant a part of its effort to convey extra Android customers into the world of Pixel. My solely concern is that Google could also be blurring the road a bit an excessive amount of between its A-series Pixel and common Pixel. Do not get me incorrect, I am glad Google introduced a lot of the options I requested for to the Pixel 7A. It simply means I will be anticipating extra from the Pixel 8.

How we check telephones

Each cellphone examined by CNET’s critiques workforce was truly utilized in the actual world. We check a cellphone’s options, play video games and take photographs. We study the show to see if it is brilliant, sharp and vibrant. We analyze the design and construct to see how it’s to carry and whether or not it has an IP-rating for water resistance. We push the processor’s efficiency to the extremes utilizing each standardized benchmark instruments like GeekBench and 3DMark, together with our personal anecdotal observations navigating the interface, recording high-resolution movies and enjoying graphically intense video games at excessive refresh charges.

All of the cameras are examined in quite a lot of circumstances from brilliant daylight to darkish indoor scenes. We check out particular options like evening mode and portrait mode and evaluate our findings towards equally priced competing telephones. We additionally take a look at the battery life through the use of it day by day in addition to working a collection of battery drain assessments.

We bear in mind extra options like assist for 5G, satellite tv for pc connectivity, fingerprint and face sensors, stylus assist, quick charging speeds, foldable shows amongst others that may be helpful. And we in fact stability all of this towards the worth to provide the verdict on whether or not that cellphone, no matter worth it’s, truly represents good worth. 

Google Pixel 7A vs. Pixel 7, Pixel 6A

Google Pixel 7A Google Pixel 7 Google Pixel 6A
Show measurement, tech, decision, refresh price 6.1-inch FHD OLED; as much as 90Hz refresh price 6.3-inch OLED; FHD+; as much as 90Hz refresh price 6.1-inch OLED; FHD+; 60Hz refresh price
Dimensions (inches) 2.9x6x0.35 inches 6.1×2.9×0.34 inches 6×2.8×0.35 inches
Dimensions (millimeters) 72.9×152.4x9mm 155.6×73.2×8.7mm 152.2×7.18×8.9mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 6.8 ounces; 193 grams 6.9 ounces; 197 grams 6.3 ounces; 178 grams
Cell software program (at launch) Android 13 Android 13 Android 12
Digicam 64MP most important; 13MP ultrawide 50MP most important; 12MP ultrawide 12.2MP vast; 12MP ultrawide
Entrance-facing digicam 13MP 10.8MP 8MP
Video seize 4K at 60fps 4K at 60fps 4K at 60fps
Processor Google Tensor G2 Google Tensor G2 Google Tensor
RAM/storage 128GB + 8GB 128GB + 8GB 128GB + 6GB
Expandable storage None None None
Battery 4,385 mAh; wi-fi charging 4,355 mAh; wi-fi charging 4,410 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Sure (underneath display) Sure (underneath display) Sure (underneath display)
Face unlock Sure Sure No
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack None None None
Particular options Magic Eraser, Actual Tone, Photograph Unblur, Face Unblur, Lengthy Publicity Mode, Maintain for Me, Wait Occasions, Direct My Name, Stay Translate Magic Eraser, Photograph Unblur, Actual Tone, Face Unblur, Lengthy Publicity Mode, Motion Pan, Maintain for Me, Wait Occasions, Direct My Name, Stay Translate Magic Eraser, Actual Tone, Face Unblur, Maintain for Me, Wait Occasions, Direct My Name, Stay Translate
US worth off-contract $499 ($549 for mmWave) $599 $349
UK worth £449 £599 £349
Australia worth AU$749 AU$999 AU$599

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