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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you're looking for a more affordable option while still getting a good overall experience, the Google Pixel 7a may suit your needs with its plastic body and slightly smaller screen. However, if you prioritize having a more premium feel to your device with a glass back, a higher peak brightness display for better visibility in direct sunlight, and possibly slightly longer battery life and improved camera features, including Ultra HDR compared to Auto HDR for videos, the Google Pixel 8 is the better choice. Keep in mind that the newer Pixel 8 will likely have better long-term support and performance due to its newer processor, though both phones offer a good set of features for their price points. Give Feedback

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Cost

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$699
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The Google Pixel 7a has a price of $499 and the Google Pixel 8 costs $699.
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Key similarities

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Overall Camera Quality

8.0
Pixel 7a
Pixel 8
8.4
The Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 7a both have very good overall cameras quality.

Photo Quality

8.0
Pixel 7a
Pixel 8
8.5
The Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 7a both have very good photos.

Video Quality

7.3
Pixel 7a
Pixel 8
7.6
The Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 7a both have good videos.

Battery

6.9 Hours
Pixel 7a
Pixel 8
7.3 Hours
The Google Pixel 7a has 6.9 hours of battery life. The Google Pixel 8 has 7.3 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Google Pixel 7a has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Google Pixel 8 is 6.2 inches.

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How the Google Pixel 7a and the Google Pixel 8 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Google Pixel 7aGoogle Pixel 8
Google Pixel 7aGoogle Pixel 8

GENERAL

Price
$499
$699
Brand
GoogleGoogle
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
May 10, 2023October 12, 2023

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.2"
Resolution
2400 x 10802400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesYes
Pixels Per Inch
429428
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
TensorG2TensorG3
Internal Storage
128 gb128 gb
RAM
8 gb8 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8/108.4/10
Photos Score
8.1/108.5/10
Videos Score
7.3/107.7/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
64 megapixels + OIS50 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.9 hours7.3 hours
Battery Capacity
4385 mah4575 mah
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
7.5 w18 w
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.98" x 2.87"5.93" x 2.79"
Weight
6.84 oz6.60 oz
Back Material
PlasticGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.35.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e7
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 257, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78 (SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 257, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under DisplayFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
Yes (Except Verizon Models)Yes (Except Verizon Models)
Color
Sea, Snow, Coral, CharcoalRose, Hazel, Obsidian
Stock Android
YesYes
SD Card
NoNo

Comparison summary

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Better Camera Roughly equal
Better Battery Roughly equal

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Google Pixel 7a

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The Verge

Allison Johnson | May 2023
"The Pixel 7a is the best midrange Android phone — period. The camera doesn’t always nail it, but it’s impressively capable for this class. And even though it’s pricier than last year’s model, it comes with some serious upgrades not often seen in this class, like wireless charging."

Google Pixel 8

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The Guardian

Samuel Gibbs | October 2023
"The fit, finish and feel is top notch. The phone is responsive and smooth. The battery life is decent. The main camera is excellent but the lack of an extended optical zoom is slightly disappointing, even if it has been a similar formula for Google for several years. The 6.2in screen moves the Pixel 8 closer to the underserved market of smaller but top-end phones, of which there are only a handful to choose from. Google’s generative AI features are certainly novel, but it is the extended seven-year software support that truly sets it apart."

About Google

Google can be considered a relatively new player in the smartphone industry, joining as late as 2016 with their phone, the Google Pixel. Since then, the Pixel lineup has undergone many changes, but it has always been characterized by a focus on photography and clean software, by providing a pure Android experience. By virtue of Google being the creator of the Android operating system, Pixels are known for receiving timely software updates and for being supported with updates for a long time. Additionally, over the past few generations of devices, Google started designing their own processors. This allowed for the implementation of unique software features that are not present in any other phone, such as automatic call screening and unique voice transcribing capabilities.

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