Google has unexpectedly launched the Pixel 8a, featuring the Tensor G3 chip like the Pixel 8 Pro, with a seven-year update

On the evening of May 7th, Google unveiled its latest mid-range phone called the Pixel 8a. While it’s a trimmed-down version of its predecessor, the Pixel 8, the device still boasts some highlights such as running on the Tensor G3 chipset, supporting updates for up to 7 years, and integrating the Gemini AI chatbot.

In terms of design, the Pixel 8a doesn’t differ much from its predecessor. The two rear cameras are housed in an elongated module that spans the entire width of the device. The back of the Pixel 8a is finished in matte glass, combined with a polished aluminum frame. The device has a thickness of 8.9mm, weighs 188 grams, and also features IP68 water and dust resistance.

As for the display, the Pixel 8a features impressive specs with a 6.1-inch OLED Actua panel, a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, a pixel density of 430ppi, and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The device has a maximum brightness of up to 2,000 nits, 40% brighter than its predecessor.

The biggest drawback on the device’s screen comes from its very thick bezels on all four sides. Even when compared to the Galaxy A55 5G, the bezels on the Pixel 8a feel thicker and less balanced. For a phone with a price tag of $499, this is a drawback that may be hard to accept.

In terms of performance, the Pixel 8a also features the Tensor G3 chipset, similar to its predecessors, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. The standard version of this product comes with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a 4,492mAh battery.

The Pixel 8a runs on Android 14 with a user interface that is almost pure Google. The device also integrates Gemini Nano, Google’s integrated AI assistant. This feature allows users to type, talk, and add images for various tasks. Additionally, the Circle to Search feature allows users to quickly search for information without switching apps. The Pixel 8a is also committed to receiving software updates for 7 consecutive years, similar to the Pixel 8 Pro or Galaxy S24 Ultra.

The rear camera on the Pixel 8a features two lenses with resolutions of 64MP (main) and 13MP (ultra-wide). The device also integrates many advanced AI features, such as Best Take, which helps create preferred group photos. Magic Editor allows users to reposition and resize subjects, while Audio Magic Eraser easily removes distracting sounds from your videos.

The Pixel 8a is priced at $499 for the 128GB version. The device will officially hit shelves on May 14th in some markets such as the United States or Japan, although Vietnam is not included.

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