In the world of smartphones, which is always evolving, there is a never-ending hunt for a device that successfully blends performance, style, and value. The Pixel 7A, the most recent competitor from Google, has finally arrived to take the crown. This brand-new piece of technology features a sleek appearance, outstanding photography capabilities, and a battery life that lasts for a very long time. Because of its attractive price point, the Pixel 7A is going to be a well-liked option for tech-savvy. Let’s have a look at the reasons why the Google Pixel 7A is the best smartphone you can buy for 40,000 Indian Rupees.
Unboxing Pixel 7A
First and foremost, the unboxing experience is sublime. As you slide open the box, you are greeted with the stunningly sleek Pixel 7A. Accompanied by a fast charger, a USB-C cable, and the obligatory documentation, the presentation is as premium as it gets. The device itself feels solid and well-built in your hand, with a satisfying weight that conveys a sense of quality. The attention to detail in the packaging is awesome. The presentation sets the tone for what promises to be an exceptional user experience.
Here are the things that you get after unboxing the device.
- 1 m USB-C to USB-C Cable (USB 2.0)
- Quick Switch Adaptor
- Support Manuals
- Sim Tool
Before going to full review. Here are some of the important specs of Pixel 7a . Take a look
- Display: 6.1″ OLED, HDR, 90Hz, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 429ppi; Always-on display
- Body: 152.0×72.9×9.0mm, 194g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminum frame, plastic back; IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 min).
- Processor: Google Tensor G2 (5 nm): Octa-core (2×2.85 GHz Cortex-X1 & 2×2.35 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G710 MP7.
- Software: Android 13.
- Connectivity: 5G; eSIM; Wi-Fi 6e; BT 5.3; NFC.
- Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.9, 26mm, 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 13 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 1.12µm.
- Front camera: 13 MP, f/2.2, 20mm (ultrawide), 1.12µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, OIS; Front camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps.
- Battery: 4385mAh; 18W wired, PD3.0, 7.5W wireless.
- Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); stereo speakers.
Review: Design & Screen
The Pixel 7a’s design is similar to that of the more expensive Pixel Sevens. Glass vs. plastic, the only difference you observe between the two in terms of design. If we set aside the materials, you can’t help but be impressed with the Pixel 7A’s flawless design when you first see it. A sturdy frame and a lovely matte finish that is simple to hold protect the phone. Furthermore, the weight distribution is perfect, making holding the phone a joy. The Pixel 7A sports a stunning 6.1-inch 90-hz OLED display that is a visual feast.
This screen has a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. Its great quality and colour accuracy make watching videos a delight. Because of the high quality and refresh rate, browsing social media or watching videos in 7A is an unparalleled experience. Google has clearly gone to considerable lengths to offer a screen capable of competing with high-end competitors. Furthermore, the display supports HDR, which improves the contrast and colour depth of compatible material. This function enhances the viewing experience, particularly whether watching movies or playing games.
In contrast to its predecessor, the Pixel 7a features a refresh rate of up to 90 Hz. The 7a uses the same HRR control as the Pixel7, and it’s a pretty basic one: when you touch the screen, the refresh rate jumps to 90Hz, and when you leave the display idle for a couple of seconds, the system drops it down to 60Hz. The 7a also uses the same HRR control as the Pixel7. That sums it up nicely. By turning off the ‘Smooth Display’ toggle, you will be able to restrict the refresh rate to a maximum of 60 Hz.
Pixel 7A Review: Performance That Speaks Volumes
When it comes to performance, the Pixel 7A shines through with flying colors. The phone’s blisteringly quick speeds are a direct result of its cutting-edge 5nm Google Tensor G2 processor. Whether you’re playing games or switching between apps, the Pixel 7A breezes through it all with ease. On top of that, the Pixel 7A comes equipped with a generous amount of RAM support totaling 8 GB, and the performance does not fluctuate even when subjected to heavy use. The most impressive feature of the Pixel 7A is its Mali-G710 MP7 graphics processing unit (GPU), which is capable of producing spectacular graphics and improving the user experience as a whole. Tensor G2 is a relative powerhouse, particularly in the GPU industry, and that’s before considering its difficult-to-quantify AI capabilities. In particular, the GPU field has been revolutionized by this product.
The geek-bench score of the Pixel 7A is on par with that of the Pixel 7. It has scored over 1051 points. Ironically, the multi-core performance of the Pixel 7A even surpassed that of the Pixel 7 Pro. It has scored over 3191 points for multicore. Even with the AnTuTu score of 765281, the Pixel 7A has surpassed the likes of the Pixel 6a, Motorola Edge 40, and Samsung S21 FE. When it comes to GPU scores, the Pixel 7A totally left some of the flagship phones in the dust. With an impressive score of 50, the Pixel 7A totally surpassed the POCO F5, which has the Snapdragon 7 Gen 2 under its hood.
RAM was one of the aspects of the Pixel 7a that I found to be lacking. 7A only includes the capability for 8GB of storage space. Because it does not come in a 16GB variant, unlike many of its rivals, it may not perform as well when juggling many apps or other labor-intensive activities.
Pixel 7A Review: Camera – A Shutterbug’s Paradise
Google’s prowess in camera technology is well known, and the Pixel 7A is no exception.
A 13MP ultrawide camera and a 64MP main unit, the first Quad Bayer-type sensor on an A-series phone, are both installed in the back visor. Over on the front, another 13 MP camera is in charge of selfies. Every shot you take is a masterpiece thanks to the rear camera setup and Google’s AI improvements.
Photos taken on the Pixel 7a’s main camera in good light are excellent, as expected. The colors are vibrant, and the details are sharp. The 7A provided us with consistently accurate white balance, and Pixel smartphones capture color that is vivid and true to life. The presentation of detail is mature and avoids oversharpening. Due to the additional resolution, the 7a could be said to be superior to its more expensive stablemates in that regard (16 MP vs. 12.5 MP is not a small difference). Even when zoomed digitally, the Pixel 7a does a fine job of zooming in on objects. The ultra-wide lens also met expectations. The images captured through the lens have excellent sharpness and detail.
In low light, the Pixel 7a’s Night Sight feature performs impressively, producing brighter and clearer photos than most smartphones in its price range. Even at night, colors are able to convey a sense of emotion, and the automatic white balance function worked perfectly with all different kinds of artificial lighting. The night sight feature is a gem. The features totally captured the scenery with amazing details, sharpness, and color.
Additionally, the camera’s portrait mode produces stunning photos with natural-looking bokeh. There will be consequences for disabling it on your device. In darker locations, particularly, the details may become less distinct.
When it comes to video, the main camera on the Pixel 7a is capable of recording video in up to 4K at 60 frames per second (even when zoomed in by two times), but the ultrawide camera can only record in 4K at 30 frames per second, and you will need to switch to 1080p if you want to shoot ultrawide video at 60 frames per second. The resolution of the front-facing camera may go up to a maximum of 4K30, and it is also capable of recording in 1080p60. The video quality is good and captures every detail with clarity. However, I personally feel the contrast is high.
Overall, the Pixel 7a’s camera is a strong feature of the phone and will satisfy most users’ photography needs. Even in low light, the night mode performs wonders. Similarly, the front camera is perfect for those selfie enthusiasts out there.
Without a doubt, the Pixel 7A is a photographer’s dream come true.
Software – The Soul of the Device
The Pixel 7a comes with Android 13 out of the box. Running on the latest Android version, the Pixel 7A offers an experience that is smooth, secure, and feature-rich. There are other manufacturers that provide a “stock” Android experience, but the Pixel approach is distinctively its own. Not to mention, being a Google device, you’ll be among the first to receive software updates. Besides, the nifty features Google adds make everyday tasks more manageable and enjoyable. For instance, the Pixel’s camera is renowned for its exceptional quality, and the device also comes with Google Assistant, which is an AI-powered virtual assistant that can help you with a wide range of tasks. Whether you’re looking for a phone that’s easy to use or one that offers cutting-edge features, the Pixel is an excellent choice.
Overall, the usage experience on this smartphone is unparalleled, and it’s a great option for those who want a pure Android experience. Additionally, the camera quality is top-notch, and due to that, the battery life is impressive, making it a reliable device for everyday use.
The battery that comes with the Pixel 7a has a capacity of 4,385 mAh. This is a difference of 25mAh compared to the 6a, but a difference of 30mAh compared to the Pixel 7. This aspect is where Pixel 7a doesn’t shines when it compare with its competitors such as Motorola Edge 40 and Nothing Phone 1. I observed the battery was descent, not spectacular like any other aspects that discussed so far. The phone has scored over 76h endurance rating conducted by GSMArena.com. The rating felt too low when compared to Nothing Phone 1 and Motorola Edge 40. They managed to score over 100 in those tests.
When it comes to charging speeds, Google specifies a maximum power rating of 18W. The charging speeds are mediocre when it was pitted against its rivals such as POCO F5 and Phone 1. It also supports 7.5W wireless support.
I think this is the aspect where 7a lets its users down.