Google Pixel 8a review in 10 Points

design

While the Google Pixel 8a has a compact screen size, it isn't the slimmest or lightest smartphone out there. The handset measures 8.9mm thick and weighs 188 grams. The in-hand grip and feel are comfortable but it would've been better if it was a little slimmer. 

display

The Google Pixel 8a features a 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. The display as well as the speakers are good for media consumption but the thicker bezels don't look very well. 

rear camera

The Google Pixel 8a features a 64MP+13MP dual rear camera setup that captures images with excellent details in a variety of lighting conditions. The colours are consistent too. We suggest checking out the full camera review. 

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front camera

The 13MP front camera of the Google Pixel 8a captures photos with accurate skin tones. However, the photos have high contrast levels due to which they appear a lot more dramatic than the actual scene.

performance

The Google Pixel 8a is powered by Google's Tensor G3 SoC paired with 8GB LPDDR5X RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. While the benchmark performance might not be the best, it performs well in day to day usage. 

software

The Google Pixel 8a runs on Android 14 out of the box and will recieve 7 years of OS updates. Apart from offering a clean Android experience, the software is loaded with several AI features. 

Battery

The 4,492mAh on the Google Pixel 8a offers all day battery life even when the device is set to its highest settings (AOD and 120Hz high refresh rate enabled). 

charging

The charging speed on the Google Pixel 8a is disappointing as it only supports 18W charging and takes more than a hour to charge even when we used a 67W charger. Moreover, the charger isn't provided in the box. 

verdict

Priced at Rs 52,999, the Google Pixel 8a offers reliable cameras, performance and is the cleanest Android experience paired with fastest updates, AI features and long software support. You can consider getting the Pixel 8a if your budget allows it or else the Pixel 7a is a great alternative. 

Editor's rating: 7.5/10

Cons

> Very slow charging

> Heating issues

> Pricing

> Compact build

> Reliable cameras and AI tools

> All-day battery

> Stock Android experience

Pros