Samsung’s Galaxy A series and Apple’s iPhone SE could be among the no longer sold mid-range phones in the world, but that doesn’t mean they bring the betterassess! This could be especially true in 2023, when Google is expected to launch the new Pixel 7a.
What makes Google’s 2023 mid-range phone particularly intriguing is that, according to leaks and rumorsit should now arrive much earlier in the year compared to its predecessors, which would already be a big gain…
In reality, Amazon is now allowing users to subscribe to the upcoming “Google Pixel 7a Family Launch Announcement”, which indicates that the launch of the Pixel 7a could be well advanced. Amazon’s “Pixel 7a family” reference might even mean there’s more than one Pixel 7a model, which could be a larger Pixel 7a XL, but that’s neither here nor there (yet) .
But that’s not where the leaks and rumors end, as developer Kuba Wojciechowski dug deep into Google’s code to find out virtually. everything about the new Pixel 7a, and the news is amazing! After this leak, I actually wonder… why would anyone buy the vanilla Pixel 7 or…any other Android phone instead of the Pixel 7a?
So, let’s take a look at the specs of the Pixel 7a! Spoiler: This device is a strong contender for the 2023 phone before the year even begins!
Outrageous camera upgrades and a 90Hz flagship-grade display mean the Pixel 7a might be the best Android phone deal… already
The biggest update in Pixel history?
According Kuba WojciechowskiPixel 7a screen should now match Pixel 7 regarding the refresh rate (90Hz), answering my biggest complaint about the Pixel 6a and its 60Hz panel. It was about time Google caught up with the Android competition, as all phones in this price range are now equipped with 90-120 Hz screens.
Importantly, the Pixel 7a is expected to have a smaller 6-inch display, which would make it the go-to choice for many people over the Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro. A compact phone is a valid selling point for users who don’t want to carry a brick in their pockets (my primary phone is an iPhone 13 mini).
Big camera upgrades are coming to the budget Pixel 7a
What’s equally exciting is that the Pixel 7a is expected to launch with the Sony IMX787 primary camera sensor that debuted in early 2022, along with two Sony IMX712 sensors – one for the ultra-wide-angle camera and one for the selfie shooter (again, all as per Kuba code leaks) Pixel 7 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra for size (not megapixels)! That would be an absolutely massive improvement over the Sony IMX363 that Google used in this year’s Pixel 6a and 2017’s Pixel 2 and challenge the big flagships in a big way!
Google’s plan to compete with Apple and Samsung starts with Pixel 7a, not Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro?
Forget flagships; Google’s biggest weapon is the A-series.
Competing with Apple and Samsung for sales and market share is tough. Only a few phone makers (Huawei, Xiaomi) have managed to compete properly with the American and South Korean giants over the past decade, which means that no matter how hard it tries, Google will need time to catch up.
However, if there’s a way to make an impression, grab attention, and sell phones, it’s precisely by making and delivering affordable devices that deliver incredible value. Huawei and Xiaomi took the same route to the top a few years ago, entering the global market with mid-range phones, and now Google may be trying to pull off the same feat!
Massive Pixel 7a upgrades leak, excited beyond belief Android users vouch to buy it
Watch out, Apple and Samsung! The Pixel 7a may be the best phone deal we’ve ever seen; even Pixel 7 has no chance (which doesn’t make sense, Google)
Frankly, it’s kind of hard to believe what Google claims to be doing with the Pixel 7a. I mean, the leaks we have are from reputable sources with a good track record of providing reliable information, but it all seems Too good to be true…The Pixel 7a should more or less match the Pixel 7 for specs, except for a smaller screen (which many will prefer) and a slightly different camera arrangement that might turn out to be just as good, or even better, than the vanilla Pixel seven! Of course, the 7a will also include three years of timely software updates and four years of extended security support, which makes it all the more appealing.
The main question is whether the Pixel 7a will manage to maintain the same $449 price tag as the Pixel 6a, given all the big upgrades on the horizon. If so, the 7a could not only become the best mid-range phone on the market, but also one of the best Android offerings we’ve ever seen. Like always!
Speaking of competition, the Pixel 7a’s main challenges are shaping up to be next Galaxy A54 (we already know what this one will look like), Nothing Phone 2 (we still haven’t heard anything about this one) and the iPhone SE 4. Apple’s mid-range is a bit of a wild card, given that it is not 100% certain that it will make its debut next year. Either way, none of these phones will be able to match the Pixel 7a when it comes to overall value, at least on paper and if the rumors about them come to fruition.