Google’s Pixel A series phones have earned a reputation for offering flagship-level specs at mid-range prices in recent years, and the Pixel 7a continues the trend. With a 90 Hz OLED display, a Google Tensor G2 processor, 8GB of RAM, and upgraded camera hardware for the first time in a pixel A series.

But it’s also the most expensive Pixel A series phone to date, with a $499 price tag. That makes it just $100 cheaper than an entry-level Pixel 7.

There are still a few reasons some folks might want to spend $599 or more to pick up the Pixel 7 instead. It has a slightly larger display, supports up to 256GB of storage, has a higher rating for water resistance, and features 3 microphones and support for spatial audio (the Pixel 7a has 2 mics and no spatial audio support.

But the biggest difference may be the materials the phones are made from: the Pixel 7a has a composite “plastic” body while the Pixel 7 has an aluminum frame and a Gorilla Glass Victus back cover.

Here’s how the the Pixel 7a stacks up against its older siblings:

Pixel 7aPixel 7 ProPixel 7
Display6.1 inches
2400 x 1080 pixels
429 ppi
Up to 90 Hz
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
6.7 inches
3120 x 1440 pixels
512 ppi
Up to 120 Hz
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
6.3 inches
2400 x 1080 pixels
416 ppi
Up to 90 Hz
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
ProcessorGoogle Tensor G2
UFS 3.1
128GB / 256GB / 512GB
UFS 3.1
128GB or 256GB
UFS 3.1
Cameras (rear)64MP primary
13MP 120° wide-angle
50MP primary
48MP telephoto (5x)
12MP 125.8° wide-angle (autofocus)
50MP primary
12MP 114° wide-angle
Cameras (front)13MP10.8MP
Dust/water resistanceIP67IP68
SecurityFace Unlock
Fingerprint unlock
Titan M2 security chip
Battery & charging4385 mAh
18W Fast Charging
7.5W Wireless Charging
5,000 mAh
23W Fast Charging
Up to 23W Fast Wireless Charging
Battery Share
4355 mAh
21W Fast Charging
Up to 20W Fast Wireless Charging
Battery Share

All three phones ship with Android 13 software, and all should receive Android 14 updates later this year.

But since the Pixel 7a is the newest model, it will also likely continue receiving software updates for around half a year longer than the other models: Google promises at least 5 years of security updates for all members of the Pixel family, but the clock starts ticking when Google releases a device, not when you buy it.

The Pixel 7a is available now from the Google store for $499. Or if you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, Google has dropped the price of last year’s Pixel 6a to $349, which is $100 off its original price. That makes the Pixel 6a the most affordable member of the Pixel lineup… although what you get for that price is a phone with a 1st-gen Google Tensor processor, a 60 Hz display, older cameras, and no support for wireless charging.

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  1. Google 6 and 7 have a lot of negative customer reviews. With the biggest thing googles lack of customer service resolutions. I won’t buy from a company like that. Google customer reviews.

    1. Just about every product has a lot of negative customer reviews. If you read forums for specific cars/trucks you’d never buy anything. The only Google product I’ve had an issue with was a first or second generation Nexus tablet.

      1. People, don’t listen to this probable Google paid phony cronnie. Check out the negative reviews, go to a store, look at the phone, use the phone, test the phone and if the reviews are true, my advice is don’t buy it.