Let’s talk about the Google Pixel 8a

Google Pixel 8a

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The Google Pixel 8a is a mid-range smartphone that offers many of the same features as the Pixel 8, at a lower price point. Here are some things to consider when deciding if the Pixel 8a is the right phone for you.

We feel it is best to talk about the Pixel 8a in reference to the standard Pixel 8.

  • Price: The Pixel 8a is a more affordable option than the Pixel 8. However, carrier deals and other sales make the price difference negligible.
  • Camera: The Pixel 8a has a great camera system, with features like Magic Eraser and Audio Magic Eraser. However, the Pixel 8 has a slightly better camera.
  • Battery life: The Pixel 8a has all-day battery life. This usually means several hours of screen-on time, and is not remarkable as compared to the Pixel 8 or most any phone these days.
  • Storage: The Pixel 8a comes in 128GB and 256GB storage options. This is an exciting update for the line, previous ‘a’ phones were limited in storage.
  • Processing power: The Pixel 8a comes with the same Tensor G3 chipset as the Pixel 8! There are other factors in the SoC that play a part, we expect the Pixel 8a will run slightly slower than the base Pixel 8, but it’s nice to see a flagship chipset in a mid-range phone.

Overall, the Pixel 8a is a great option for users who are looking for a mid-range smartphone with a great camera and all-day battery life. While the Pixel 8a is a solid option for the price, and will truly shine when deals become available, we urge you to consider the more capable Pixel 8 at this time.

Google Pixel 8a hero image

Should you get the 128GB or 256GB model?

The Pixel 8a comes in 128GB and 256GB storage options. The best option for you will depend on your storage needs. If you take a lot of photos and videos, or if you like to download a lot of apps and games, you may need the 256GB model. Considering the price difference, we’d recommend splurging on the larger model regardless, but you can save about $50 with the 128GB model.

Should you buy the Pixel 8a, the Pixel 8, or the Pixel 8 Pro?

The Pixel 8a, Pixel 8, and Pixel 8 Pro are all great smartphones from Google. Here is a quick comparison of the three phones to help you decide which one is right for you:

FeaturePixel 8aPixel 8Pixel 8 Pro
Price$499 at Best Buy$699 at Best Buy$999 at Best Buy
Camera64MPBetter 64MPBest
Display6.1-inch 120Hz OLED6.2-inch 120Hz OLED6.7-inch 120Hz OLED
Storage128GB or 256GB128GB or 256GB128GB, 256GB, or 512GB
Water resistanceIP76IP68IP68

If you are looking for the most affordable option, then the Pixel 8a is the best choice. If you want the best camera possible, then the Pixel 8 Pro is the best option. The Pixel 8 is a good middle-ground option that offers a great balance of features and price.