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Google Pixel 7A vs. Pixel 7 vs. Pixel 6A: See How They Compare

The Pixel 7A has a lot in common with the Pixel 7, but it's a step up from the Pixel 6A.

Sareena Dayaram
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Now that the Pixel 7A has arrived, there's even more variety within Google's lineup. The Pixel 7A, which Google announced at its I/O conference on May 10, is $100 cheaper than the Pixel 7 but offers many of the same benefits. It also has a few additional features missing from the Pixel 6A, which Google continues to sell at a cheaper $349 price. 

New to the Pixel 7A is a 64-megapixel main camera, a higher refresh rate screen (90Hz), wireless charging and face unlock. None of those features were found on the Pixel 6A, although it shares the same 6.1-inch screen size among other features. That 64-megapixel camera represents a step up from the 12-megapixel main camera on the 6A. It's also a higher-res camera than the 50-megapixel main camera on the Pixel 7.

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Although megapixel quantity isn't always the most important factor when it comes to capturing a good photograph, Google phones are known for their solid image processing software to back it up. Even the Pixel 6A -- which had a lower price partly because of its 12.2-megapixel main camera -- takes great photos because of how its camera software optimizes every shot. You can read our Pixel 6A review here.

Watch this: Pixel 7A Review: A Step Forward for Google's Budget Phone

The Pixel 7A also received a series of incremental upgrades including a higher-res selfie camera, more RAM (8GB versus 6GB), and a next-gen processor, the Tensor G2, which is the same silicon that runs on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. 

If you're deciding between the Pixel 7 and 7A, the Pixel 7A feels like a better value. After testing the Pixel 7A, it's hard to come up with a compelling reason to recommend the Pixel 7 over the 7A.  Google's more expensive phone has a few extras, like the ability to wirelessly charge other compatible devices, slightly faster charging, a bigger screen and a more durable build. But for most people, the Pixel 7A feels like the right choice, while the Pixel 6A is ideal for those with a budget under $500. 

To learn more about how the Pixel 7A compares against the Pixel 7 and Pixel, take a look at CNET's specs chart below.

Google Pixel 7A specs vs. Google Pixel 6A, Google Pixel 7

Google Pixel 7AGoogle Pixel 6AGoogle Pixel 7
Display size, tech, resolution, refresh rate, brightness 6.1-inch FHD OLED; (1080 x 2400 pixels); 60/90Hz 6.1-inch OLED; (1080 x 2400 pixels); 60Hz6.3-inch OLED, FHD+ (1080 x 2400 pixels), 90Hz
Pixel density 361 ppi429 ppi416 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 2.87 x 6 x 0.35 in6.0 x 2.8 x 0.35 in6.13 x 2.88 x 0.34 in
Dimensions (millimeters) 72.9 x 152.4 x 9.0 mm152.2 x 7.18 x 8.9 mm155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7 mm
Weight (grams, ounces) 193g; 6.81 oz178g; 6.3 oz197g; 6.9 oz
Mobile software Android 13Android 12Android 13
Camera 64-megapixel (main) 4k @ 6fps; 13-megapixel (ultra-wide) 4k @ 30 fps12.2-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel ultra wide)50-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide),
Front-facing camera 13-megapixel 4K@30fps8-megapixel10.8- megapixel
Video capture 4K4K4K
Processor Google Tensor G2Google TensorGoogle Tensor G2
RAM/storage 8GB / 128GB6GB RAM/128GB storage8GB + 128 GB, 8GB + 256 GB,
Expandable storage NoneNoneNone
Battery/charging speeds 4,385-mAh; 18W fast charging; wireless charging 4,410-mAh; 18W fast charging; no wireless charging4,355-mAh; 30W fast charging; wireless charging
Fingerprint sensor SideUnder displayUnder display
Headphone jack NoneNoneNone
Special features 5G (5G sub6 / mmWave ), security updates for 5 years, Android OS updates for 3 years, IP67 rating5G-enabled, WiFi 6E, security updates for 5 years, Android OS updates for 3 years, dual SIM, IP67 water resistance5G-enabled, security updates for 5 years, Android OS updates for 3 years, IP68
US price off-contract $499 / $549 (mmW)$449$600
UK price £449£399£599
Australia price AU$749AU$749AU$999
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