Google Pixel 8A: Leaks, Rumors and Everything We Know

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Google’s affordable Pixel A series has brought premium features to cheaper phones for years, and that’s likely to be the case again in 2024. If the company keeps the same strategy as last year, we could see the Pixel 8A debut at Google I/O 2024 on May 14. 

Given the Pixel A series typically inherits features from the latest flagship Pixel phone. That means some of AI tools from last year’s Pixel 8 series, like Best Take and Magic Editor, may arrive on the upcoming Pixel 8A. If that ends up being the case, it would be another effort by Google to bring new AI features to its cheaper phones, following its decision to expand Circle to Search to the Pixel 7A and Pixel 6 series. 

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Google’s phones typically focus more on advancing software than hardware, and the company has a habit of bringing newer features to older devices through software updates — as evidenced by Circle to Search’s expansion. With that in mind, there’s a good chance the Pixel 8A will continue to get new features trickling down from Pixel phones to come. 

Bundle this with a potentially extended shelf life should the Pixel 8A inherit the Pixel 8’s seven years of Android and security updates, and Google’s next affordable handset could bring a lot to the cheap phone market. 

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Here’s all the leaks and rumors we’ve heard about the Pixel 8A so far.

Google's Pixel 7A phone

The Pixel 7A (pictured) was launched at Google I/O 2023. We expect the Pixel 8A to be similarly revealed at this year’s Google I/O 2024.

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Pixel 8A colors, design and camera

Last year’s Pixel 7A felt like a bargain. It inherited many features from the Pixel 7 for $100 less. The upcoming Pixel 8A seems like it will follow in those footsteps, if rumors and leaks turn out to be true.

The Pixel 8A could inherit the Pixel 8’s Tensor G3 processor, the latest Google-designed chip that powers the phones’ AI capabilities, according to a March leak from Android Authority citing internal Google sources. The new phone may also get its premium sibling’s 120Hz refresh rate display, an upgrade from the Pixel 7A’s 90Hz screen, along with a brighter 1,400-nit display.

The same leak suggests the Pixel 8A will have the same camera array as the Pixel 7A: a 64-megapixel main camera, 13-megapixel ultrawide camera and 13-megapixel selfie camera. On paper, those sound better than the premium Pixel 8’s 50-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultrawide and 10.5-megapixel selfie camera. But when CNET Senior Editor Lisa Eadicicco pitted the Pixel 7 (which has similar cameras as the Pixel 8) against its cheaper Pixel 7A counterpart in a camera test, she couldn’t find much difference in camera capability

Moving on to colors, a recent April rumor from leaker TechDroider showed purported images of the Pixel 8A with a matte finish on the back in three hues: blue, porcelain (beige) and obsidian (black). By comparison, the Pixel 8 comes in obsidian, mint (green), hazel (a greenish gray, as my colleague Ian Sherr describes it) and rose (a peachy pink). 

Pixel 8A price

The Pixel A phones have increased in price over the years, and the Pixel 8A may follow in that direction. The original Pixel 3A launched in 2019 for $400, while the Pixel 4a followed a year later with a price cut to $350. But the Pixel 5A and 6A jumped to $450, and the Pixel 7A costs $500. 

A rumor by German site WinFuture cited by 9to5Google suggests that the Pixel 8A could raise the price further to $550. Given the Pixel 8 costs $700, the Pixel 8A would still be a bargain in comparison (depending on which features it inherited). But if true, it would still be a gradual increase in price compared to older A-series Pixel phones. 

All told, the Pixel 8A seems like it will be a slightly watered-down version of the Pixel 8. And that could be a good thing for Android fans looking for an affordable Pixel phone. We’ll likely know more once Google I/O takes place next month. 

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