Google’s latest entry-level smartphone, the Pixel 7A, has recently been launched, and it seems to be one of the best options for those looking for a phone under $500. With a 90Hz screen for smoother graphics and scrolling, wireless charging, and face unlock, the Pixel 7A bridges the gap between its predecessor, the Pixel 6A, and the Pixel 7. The phone is equipped with the Tensor G2 processor, a new 64-megapixel main camera, and a 6.1-inch screen, just like the Pixel 7, with many of the same Pixel-specific features. The phone is available in Charcoal (black), Sea (baby blue), Snow (white), and Coral (orangey pink).
The phone’s frame is made of recycled aluminum, and the back is a plastic composite, making it eco-friendly and durable. The front is made with Gorilla Glass 3, making it resistant to water and dust. The phone’s performance is top-notch with Google’s Tensor G2 chipset with 8GB of RAM, which is the same as the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The Pixel 7A also comes with wireless charging, a feature that is rarely found in cheaper phones.
Software-wise, the Pixel 7A boasts a plethora of Pixel-exclusive Android features like Call Screen, which filters out spam calls, Hold for Me, which saves you from listening to hold music, and Assistant Voice Typing, which makes sending out a message with your voice much faster. The camera system is also upgraded from the Pixel 6A, with a 64-megapixel primary camera, a 13-megapixel ultrawide, and a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, making it the best camera system on a phone for under $499.
The Pixel 7A is priced at $499, which is a higher price compared with the Pixel 6A at launch, and only offers three generations of Android OS updates compared with Samsung’s four-generation pledge. However, with its top-notch features and specifications, the Pixel 7A is definitely one of the best options for those looking for a phone under $500.