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Google has unveiled its latest addition to the Pixel series with the Pixel 7a at its annual I/O conference on Wednesday. The Pixel 7a offers a more affordable version of the popular Pixel 7 phone while still maintaining the key features and capabilities that the Pixel series is known for.
The phone features the Tensor G2 chip, with two 2.85 GHz Cortex-X1 cores, two 2.35 GHz Cortex-A78 cores, four 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55 cores, and 8GB of RAM. This offers a reduction in capabilities compared to the Pixel 7, but still provides a powerful and capable smartphone experience for users.
The camera system of the Pixel 7a has been revamped to offer new and impressive features to a wider audience. The primary camera has been upgraded with a sensor that is 72% larger than that of the Pixel 6a, providing a 44% increase in light sensitivity. Additionally, the phone comes equipped with a new 13-megapixel ultra-wide lens that allows users to capture a wider perspective in photos. Night Sight is also twice as fast compared to its predecessor, the Pixel 6a.
The phone features a 6.1-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1080 by 2400 pixels, delivering a 429 ppi density. The screen also features the 90Hz Smooth Display for improved scrolling and transitions.
One of the standout features of the Pixel 7a is its Long Exposure capability, which enhances texture and vitality in images of moving objects such as waterfalls. Furthermore, the phone features Tensor G2, which allows for Super Res Zoom up to 8x, enabling users to capture sharp, high-quality images, even when shooting from a distance.
In terms of design, the Pixel 7a boasts an appearance similar to that of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, complete with the trademark Pixel camera bar and sleek, contoured surfaces. The device’s midframe architecture ensures that the Pixel 7a is the sturdiest addition to the A-series lineup. Additionally, the aluminum casing is made entirely from 100% recycled materials.
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The Pixel 7a will be available for $499. Users can choose from four colors to suit their style: Charcoal, Snow, Sea, and the online store exclusive Coral. Preorders made early will be delivered as soon as May 15.