Google's thriftiest phone of the year has been revealed. Here's everything you need to know about the Pixel 7a.
Google Pixel 7a: Price, specs and cheapest plans
The new Google Pixel 7a has just been announced and could be one of the most value-packed mid-rangers of the year. This year's instalment of the company's affordable A-Series is so promising that you have to wonder what Google has planned for its next flagship.
Here's everything you need to know about Google's upcoming thrifty handset, from the biggest upgrades and camera improvements to the asking price and cheapest plans available in Australia.
Cheapest Google Pixel 7a plans in Australia
Unlike its Samsung Galaxy A counterpart, the Google Pixel 7a is refreshingly only available in one storage and network variant: 128GB of internal storage with 5G connectivity. The Pixel 7a is available in three colours in Australia: Sea (light blue), Charcoal and Snow (white).
The Google Pixel 7a is available on a plan through Telstra and Optus on 36 and 24-month payment plans.
At launch, the cheapest Google Pixel 7a plan in Australia is the $49 Optus Choice Plus Plan. That plan nets you 5G connectivity, unlimited calls and text and 30GB of monthly data. On a 36-month plan, that plan should come to approximately $70 per month in total when factoring in handset repayments.
Google Pixel 7a colours
Google Pixel 7a release date in Australia
The Google Pixel 7a will be available to order today, the 11th of May 2023.
In previous product cycles, Google announced its Pixel a phone at its I/O developer conference and shipped the finished product a month or two later. For example, last year's Google Pixel 6a was announced on May 12 and launched two months later on July 28th.
However, this time around, Google has opted not to waste a second and launch the phone at the same time that they announce it. That’s good news if you’re itching to buy one, but bad news if you’re the kind of consumer who likes to make the most of a good pre-order promotion.
Google Pixel 7a price in Australia
In Australia, pricing for the new Google Pixel 7a starts at $749. At launch, the device will be available through JB Hi-Fi, Optus, Officeworks & Harvey Norman.
It'll also be available on a plan through Optus and Telstra.
For comparison, here's what the Australian launch pricing of each previous A-series Pixel phone looked like:
- Google Pixel 3a - $649
- Google Pixel 4a -$599
- Google Pixel 6a - $749
- Google Pixel 7a - $749
This year, the Google Pixel 7a will come in around $200 less than the Pixel 7, which still costs $999 in Australia.
Google Pixel 7a design
Google doesn't usually treat the A-series as an opportunity to experiment with new tech, and that isn’t changing this time around.
The Pixel 6a had a lot in common with the Pixel 6 and the same looks to be true of the Pixel 7a and Pixel 7. In comparison to Google’s last flagship, softly squared-off edges and a more compact size promise to make the Pixel 7a much more pocket-friendly than most modern flagship smartphones.
The OLED screen here is the same style and size as the one found on last year’s A-series device at 6.1 inches, featuring a familiar display cutout containing the selfie camera. Meanwhile, the rear-facing half of the leaked Pixel 7a sports a similar bar-shaped camera bump to the one found on its 2022 counterpart plus a few of the design tweaks introduced in the last year's Google Pixel 7.
Compared to its predecessor, the display on the Pixel 7a is both brighter and clocked at a faster 90Hz refresh rate. That second spec is a first for the A-series that puts it on par with the screen on Google’s past flagships.
The Google Pixel 7a is also the first affordable Pixel phone to feature wireless charging. That’s far from the only premium feature here, with the usual Face Unlock and in-display fingerprint sensor in the mix alongside an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance.
Google Pixel 7a tech specs
When it comes to tech specs, a lot of what's here represents a clear improvement on last year's Google Pixel 6a. The new budget-friendly Pixel handset touts the same Tensor G2 processor seen in last year’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Like last year’s A-series Pixel phone, that inclusion means you’re getting a flagship-worthy processor at a much more affordable price point.
Beyond that, you’re looking at 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage and a battery that's roughly the same size as the one in its predecessor. Those numbers aren’t exactly earth-shattering, but they are fairly competitive for a mid-ranger like this one.
Google Pixel 7a camera
The Pixel 6a broke the pattern established by its predecessors opting for a more low-key camera setup rather than one that matched that of its flagship counterpart. Fortunately, the Pixel 7a is set to reverse this trend.
While it doesn’t come kitted out with a triple-lens camera on par with last year's Pixel 7 Pro, Google is trading up from 12MP on the main lens to a 64MP sensor. The wide-angle lens that complements the primary one is also getting bumped up from 12MP to 13MP.
While megapixels don't tell the whole story, that upgrade will put the new A-series device squarely between the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro when it comes to its camera capabilities.