Google's A-series phones have traditionally been some of the best cheap phones on the market, offering substantial value that brings the Pixel ecosystem to a more affordable price point. The Google Pixel 6a was given a commendable four-stars in our review, with our tester labelling it "a model example of a small-screen Android phone."
Now, the next generation of A-series Pixel has been revealed, thanks to leaked renders from SmartPrix. On the face of it, the design is pretty much as you'd expect. It's very marginally – were talking decimals of a millimetre – bigger in every direction, but otherwise follows the familiar Pixel design language.
There's a hole-punch cut-out for the front camera sensor, and some seriously chunky bezels. Hopefully that's just a fault of the render, because they look excessively large for a phone released in 2023.
We've already reported on a rumoured Google Pixel 7a spec upgrade, but let's just cover the basics again. An IMX787 sensor looks set to join the camera array. It made its debut earlier this year in a Chinese device called the Nubia Z40 Pro, and the results look fantastic. Images are vivid, without looking unnatural, and are crisp even under zoom.
Wireless charging is also slated to join the Pixel 7a, though this could be limited to just 5W. Still, it's a welcome addition on a budget device.
There's a 1080p Samsung display slated to appear, too. According to early rumours, it will feature a 90Hz refresh rate, offering a decent upgrade over the screen found on the Pixel 6a.
I'm very excited for the Google Pixel 7a to launch. If the rumours are to be believed, it could represent a great value alternative to devices like the Nothing Phone (1) and the Samsung Galaxy A53. The crucial point is going to be the price. We've seen Google maintain last years' pricing on their flagship devices, and if they can do the same here, despite the generous upgrade in specs, I think it will be a winning formula.