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Google unveils Pixel 8a with flagship features at a midrange price

Google introduces the Pixel 8a, a midrange device featuring flagship-level performance and durability, advanced AI capabilities, and camera technology. It is available now in Singapore.

Google has officially unveiled the Pixel 8a today, introducing a powerhouse of features traditionally reserved for high-end models at a more accessible price point. This announcement comes just a week before the much-anticipated Google I/O developer conference.

Enhanced features in a sleek package

The new Google Pixel 8a is offered in an elegant Obsidian colourway, blending premium aesthetics with robust functionality. It shares the advanced Tensor G3 chipset with its high-end siblings, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, ensuring top-tier performance across the board. This chipset enables various AI-driven capabilities, setting the Pixel 8a apart in the midrange market.

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Durability and display that rival flagships

The Pixel 8a does not skimp on durability; it boasts IP67 water and dust resistance, closely matching the protective features of Google's flagship . The device features a crisp Actua Display with a 1080p resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, identical to the Pixel 8, albeit in a more compact 6.1-inch screen.

A full suite of cutting-edge technology

Google's commitment to bringing flagship features to its A-series is evident in the Pixel 8a. Users will enjoy advanced photo editing tools like Magic Editor, Best Take, Magic Eraser, and Photo Unblur. It also includes productivity-enhancing AI features like Gemini, Live Translate, and the innovative Circle to Search. Despite its classification as a midrange device, the Pixel 8a offers seven years of OS and security updates along with regular Feature Drops, providing long-term value.

Camera capabilities and connectivity

The Pixel 8a has dual rear cameras, featuring a 64MP main sensor and a 13MP ultrawide lens. The main camera offers up to 8x Super Res Zoom, and while it lacks the “2x Optical Quality” in-sensor zoom found in the Pixel 8, the comprehensive AI editing tools remain. Some aspects have been scaled down to fit its midrange status, such as the use of older Corning Gorilla Glass 3, a lower 18W wired charging speed, and a 5Gbps USB-C 3.2 port.

Availability and pricing in Singapore

The Pixel 8a is available in Singapore from May 14, 2024, at a starting price of S$799 for the 128GB model and S$899 for the 256GB model. It can be found online and in-store via the Google StoreAmazon SGCourts OnlineChallenger OnlineSingtel OnlineShopeeLazada, and Sprint Cass (Airport)

Google's latest offering in the Pixel lineup demonstrates that midrange phones can rival their flagship counterparts in many respects. The Pixel 8a promises to deliver an exceptional blend of performance, durability, and advanced technology, making it a compelling choice for smartphone enthusiasts looking for quality without the hefty price tag.

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Nurin Sofia
Nurin Sofia
Nurin Sofia is a news editor at Tech Edition. Her interest is in technology and startups, occasionally crunching news for gaming. Sofia enjoys playing video games, going on bike rides, and gardening when she isn't behind a keyboard.

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