We’re starting to get a better idea of what the Google Pixel 7a will bring sometime in 2023, and the latest leak regarding the handset concerns the display, battery charging and camera capabilities.
According to some excavations done by developer Kuba Wojciechowski (opens in new tab)which has a better reputation than most when it comes to phone leaks, the Pixel 7a gets a display with a 90Hz refresh rate – up from 60Hz on the Google Pixel 6a.
The display will apparently stay at 1080p resolution, but an increase in refresh rate to match the standard Google Pixel 7 would be welcome, and mean a smoother interface experience (the Pixel 7 Pro, as you may know, goes up to 120 Hz).
Cameras and Charging
When it comes to the rear camera, Wojciechowski says a 64MP Sony IMX787 sensor and a 13MP Sony IMX712 ultra-wide sensor, which should equate to a significant jump from the 12MP + 12MP dual-lens camera on the rear camera. Pixel 6a.
Finally, the phone is tipped to come with wireless charging (albeit slow wireless charging), another upgrade from its predecessor. There is no word yet on the potential battery capacity, which was 4,4110 mAh on the Pixel 6a released last year.
Google announced the Pixel 6a in May 2022, as part of the Google IO event. It seems likely that Google will do something similar in 2023, although we don’t know exactly when the next IO conference will be held.
Analysis: a promising middle class
From what we’ve learned here, the signs are promising for the Google Pixel 7a. The upgrades are all in key areas and they should all make a real difference to the experience of owning and using the smartphone.
With the global pandemic we’ve all been through, the mid-range Pixel series has started to stutter 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 found its poor battery life and slow charging speeds limited its appeal. Google knows that in the hard mid-range it takes a lot to stand out from the competition.
With the Google Pixel 7a, that just might happen: the key to this phone series is to keep the price down while giving a taste of high-end specs and features, so it’ll be interesting to see how much the Pixel 7a sells for when it arrives. finally appears.