Google Pixel 8a: Here’s everything you need to know

Launch in May?

Google's new budget-friendly phone, the Pixel 8a, is set to debut at the annual I/O developer conference in May. We've already caught a glimpse of the successor to the Pixel 7a in renders, and now more details about the handset are popping up online.

A post by TechDroider gives us a sneak peek at both the front and back of the Pixel 8a. These images suggest that the phone will feature a matte frame and back panel. Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, the device is also expected to offer an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance.

A couple more leaked photos, courtesy of OnLeaks, reveal that the Pixel 8a will feature rounded edges, a departure from the rectangular-ish design of the Pixel 7a. The volume and power buttons remain on the right side of the phone.

According to Android Authority, citing an inside source, Google will make several improvements to the Pixel 8a over the Pixel 7a. The upcoming model is expected to feature a 6.1-inch full-HD+ (1,080x2,400 pixels) OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and 1,400 nits of peak HDR brightness, matching the specifications of the higher-end Pixel 8. The 120Hz refresh rate would mark a significant upgrade from the Pixel 7a's 90Hz screen.

More reports suggest that the Pixel 8a is expected to be powered by the Tensor G3 chipset, aligning it with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. The camera setup is likely to remain the same as the Pixel 7a, featuring a 64-megapixel primary camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS), a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle secondary sensor, and a 13-megapixel front camera. 

Additionally, the Pixel 8a may offer DisplayPort output support. The Pixel 8a is rumoured to feature a 5,000mAh battery with 27W wired fast charging support. More details about the device are expected to emerge leading up to its anticipated unveiling at Google I/O 2024, starting on May 14.