Google Pixel 8a May Start at the 7a’s $499 Price

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Google’s Pixel 8a will start at the same price as its predecessor, according to OnLeaks and Smartprix.

The upcoming mid-range Android phone will reportedly start at $499, just like last year’s Pixel 7a. Unlike that model, though, there would also be a 256GB Pixel 8a available at a higher $559 price.

The leakers also claimed that the Pixel 8a will have a larger 4,500mAh battery versus the 7a’s 4,385mAh power pack. The extra capacity might help offset the 8a’s faster 120Hz, 6.1-inch display.

The handset is expected to deliver a few upgrades beyond the smoother refresh rate. It should use the Tensor G3 from the higher-end Pixel 8 family, and support similar AI features like Circle to Search and Best Take portraits. A new email summary feature would come through a summer update.

The design will otherwise remain familiar apart from a slightly more rounded design. You’d get the 7a’s 64MP main camera, a 13MP ultra-wide, and a 13MP front camera for selfies. It should run Android 14 with seven years of updates.

Google is believed to be unveiling the Pixel 8a at its I/O 2024 conference on May 14th. Sales might start as soon as May 16th, if not earlier.  It’s not clear if the price will change in other regions, but the Pixel 8a should be available in more countries than the earlier model.