Google’s next affordable smartphone, the Pixel 7a, isn’t expected for several months, but we already know a little more about its specs. It could fix the biggest flaw of its predecessor.
Last summer, Google launched a new affordable smartphone inspired by the Pixel 6, the Pixel 6a. The latter had been a real hit, in particular thanks to its interesting technical data sheet and its relatively low price for a Google device. Nevertheless, many did not find it normal that the American giant still relies on a screen with a refresh rate of 60 Hzwhen most competitors were already adopting higher frequencies on their smartphones.
Google could fix this problem on the next generation, according to information unearthed by developer Kuba Wojciechowski. As a reminder, the Pixel 7a had already appeared in Google’s source code under its code name “Lynx”, and part of its technical sheet had already been revealed. However, Google seems to have made some changes.
The Pixel 7a promises to improve the display and the photo part
The Pixel 7a would be equipped witha Samsung OLED FHD+ screen with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, against only 60 Hz on the previous generation. It will therefore be at the same level as the Pixel 7, but a notch worse than the Pixel 7 Pro which benefits from a 120 Hz screen.
Contrary to what Google had led to believe, the Pixel 7a will ultimately only benefit from two rear cameras. It seems like the American giant will finally abandon its 12 MP IMX363 sensor, which has been used in its smartphones for many years now.
Indeed, the Pixel 7a will be equipped witha 64 MP IMX787 main sensor. At 1/1.37 inch in size and 0.70 micron individual pixels, this is Sony’s largest 64MP sensor to date. We should therefore benefit from much better performance than the old IMX363, and this in all light conditions. He will be accompanied bya 13 MP IMX712 ultra wide-angle sensor.
Finally, in addition to photo and screen improvements, the Pixel 7a will finally take advantage of the fast wireless charging, but this will only be limited to 5W. With all these changes on the horizon, it seems very unlikely that Google will manage to maintain a price of 459 euros.