Google Pixel 7a vs the competition: Pushing the boundaries of a budget phone | Engadget

    Google’s announced the Pixel 7a — and made it available for immediate purchase — during its annual I/O conference. Like other A-model Pixel phones, this is a budget version of what came before, namely the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. At $499, it’s $100 cheaper than either of its siblings but manages to meet or exceed many of their specs. It has a similar design, uses the same Tensor G2 processing chip, and offers 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage like the base model Pixel 7. The 7a also matches the water resistance and display refresh rate of that phone, but has a larger battery and higher-res cameras. One key difference is the smaller screen, measuring 6.1 inches versus the Pixel 7’s 6.3-inch display.  

    We know it stacks up nicely against other current-model Pixels, but how does it compare to other budget-model phones? It’s a little pricier than either the iPhone SE or the Galaxy A54 and falls between the two on battery capacity, screen size and number of cameras. The Pixel 7a beats both of its competitors on base-level memory and is also the only budget model to use the same processor as its top-end, flagship counterpart. Here are the specs for each phone side-by-side so you can see which one makes the most sense for you. 

    Google Pixel 7a vs. Apple iPhone SE vs. Samsung Galaxy A54 

    Google Pixel 7a

    Apple iPhone SE (3rd gen)

    Samsung Galaxy A54


    Starts at $499

    Starts at $429

    Starts at $450

    Release date

    May 10, 2023

    March 18, 2022

    March 24,2023


    6.0 x 2.87 x 0.35 in

    (152.4 x 72.9 x 9.0 mm)

    5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in

    (138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm)

    6.23 x 3.02 x 0.32 in

    (158.2 x 76.7 x 8.2 mm)


    6.81 oz

    (193 g)

    5.09 oz

    (144 g)

    7.13 oz

    (202 g)

    Operating system




    Screen size

    6.1 in

    4.7 in

    6.4 in

    Screen resolution

    1080 x 2400 at 429ppi

    1334 x 750 at 326ppi

    2340 x 1080 at 403ppi

    Screen type

    OLED (90Hz)

    Retina HD LCD (60 Hz)

    Super AMOLED (120Hz)


    Tensor G2

    A15 Bionic chip

    Exynos 1380

    Water and dust resistance





    4385 mAh

    2018 mAh

    5000 mAh




    6GB / 8GB

    Internal storage


    64GB / 128GB / 256GB

    128GB / 256GB

    Rear camera(s)

    Two cameras:

    Main: 64MP, ƒ/1.89 aperture

    Wide: 13MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture

    One camera:

    Main: 12MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture

    Three cameras:

    Main: 50MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture

    Wide: 12MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture

    Macro: 5MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture

    Video capture

    4K 60 fps

    4K at 60 fps

    4K at 30 fps

    Front camera

    13MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture

    7MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture

    32MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture


    WiFi 6E

    WiFi 6

    WiFi 6


    18W fast charging, 7.5W wireless

    20W fast charging, 7.5W wireless

    25W fast charging





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