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Pixel 8a: Specs, Price & Surprises | Google's Budget Phone Unveiled!

Google's Pixel 8a will be priced at $499 for the 128GB variant and $559 for the 256GB option in the U.S. The Pixel 8a will feature a design similar to the Pixel 8, with rounder edges and a less boxy appearance. It will come with an improved 120Hz OLED display and a 64MP camera sensor.

Google's highly anticipated Pixel 8a smartphone is set to make its debut in just two weeks at the company's I/O developer event. While the official launch is still a few days away, leaks about the device have been surfacing, giving us a glimpse into its specifications, design, and even its price.


According to reliable tipster OnLeaks, via SmartPrix, Google has no plans to increase the price of the Pixel 8a in the U.S. The 128GB variant of the Pixel 8a will be priced at $499, while a new 256GB storage option will retail for $559. It's worth noting that the base model's price remains the same as last year's Pixel 7a, easing concerns about a potential price hike.


OnLeaks had previously revealed that the Pixel 8a will feature a design similar to the Pixel 8, with rounder edges and a less boxy appearance compared to the Pixel 7 series. In terms of specifications, the Pixel 8a is expected to sport an improved 120Hz OLED display with a maximum brightness of 1400 nits. It will also feature a 64MP Sony IMX787 camera sensor and will be powered by a slightly downgraded version of the Tensor G3 chipset found in the flagship Pixel 8 range, as reported by Android Authority.


In addition to the leaked information, promotional images obtained by Android Headlines suggest that the Pixel 8a will come with seven years of security patches. However, there is no mention of whether the device will receive seven years of Android updates and parts, as is the case with the main Pixel 8 phones. This raises the possibility that Google may differentiate between its main and budget lines in terms of software support.


While details about the Pixel 8a's AI capabilities remain unknown, there is speculation that Google will showcase its advancements in generative AI, particularly with its Gemini project, at the upcoming I/O event. It's possible that Google has some surprises in store for Pixel 8a users.


Update: More leaked renders of the Pixel 8a have surfaced on Twitter, courtesy of @MysteryLupin. These images align with previous leaks, showcasing the rounder design and dual camera setup on the back. Notably, there is a coral color case that hasn't been seen before, hinting at a potential new color variant for the Pixel range.


In another major leak, reliable tipster Evan Blass has shared screenshots of the Pixel 8a product page in another language. While the translations are not entirely accurate, it appears that Google plans to offer seven years of security updates and "feature drops" for the budget-friendly phone. However, there is some confusion regarding whether the Pixel 8a will receive seven years of OS updates as well.


In an effort to entice buyers, Google is offering several incentives with the Pixel 8a purchase. This includes three months of free YouTube Premium, six months of Fitbit Premium, and three months of the 100GB Google One plan. The device is also expected to come with AI features like Magic Editor, Audio Eraser, Magic Eraser, and Circle To Search, along with the Google One VPN service and a promising "24-hour" battery life.

 
  • Google's Pixel 8a will be priced at $499 for the 128GB variant and $559 for the 256GB option in the U.S.

  • The Pixel 8a will feature a design similar to the Pixel 8, with rounder edges and a less boxy appearance.

  • It will come with an improved 120Hz OLED display and a 64MP camera sensor.


Source: FORBES

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