Google debuts Pixel 7 and Pixel 6a smartphones at I / O conference

Google (GOOG, GOOGL) debuted two new smartphones during its annual I / O conference Tuesday: the Google Pixel 7 and the Google Pixel 6a. The Pixel 7 will launch later this fall alongside the Pixel Watch, and pricing is not yet available. The Pixel 6a, a less expensive version of the $ 599 Pixel 6, hits stores July 28 for $ 449.

Details at a glance:

Pixel 7

  • Next-gen Tensor chip

  • Three cameras

  • Android 13

Pixel 6a

Google was light on details for the Pixel 7 and its larger stablemate the Pixel 7 Pro, but the company did say that the phones will ship with Android 13, come with a triple camera setup, and run on Google’s next-generation in-house Tensor chip.

The Pixel 7 will launch later this year. (Image: Google)

As for pricing, you can likely expect something in the ballpark of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s original starting price of $ 599 and $ 899. And… well, that’s about all we’ve really got on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

We did, however, get a ton of information on Google’s Pixel 6a. The phone sports a 6.1-inch screen, smaller than the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro’s 6.4 and 6.7-inch screens. Like the Pixel 6, the Pixel 6a gets two camera lenses, a wide-angle lens and an ultra-wide angle lens. The Pixel 6 Pro has those plus a telephoto lens.

Inside, the Pixel 6a gets the same Tensor chip found in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, meaning you’ll get all of the same artificial intelligence capabilities of those pricier handsets. That includes the Pixel’s low-light Night Sight mode; Magic Erase, which lets you remove unwanted objects from your images; and speech recognition and live translation technologies.

The Pixel 6a runs the same chip as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.  (Image: Google)

The Pixel 6a runs the same chip as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. (Image: Google)

However, unlike the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, which get 8GB and 12GB of RAM, respectively, the Pixel 6a comes with 6GB of RAM. That means you might see a performance difference between the devices while playing intense games.

Impressively, though, the Pixel 6a does include an under-display fingerprint reader, something you do not find in most budget-friendly devices.

As far as storage, the Pixel 6a comes with 128GB of space. There’s no microSD card slot and no headphone jack.

Overall, the Pixel 6a looks like a truly solid budget smartphone for the price. It’s going up against Apple’s own iPhone SE, which starts at $ 429, but has a much smaller 4.7-inch display, so it should perform well for those looking for a powerful device at a good price.

In addition to its new smartphones, Google ‘also debuted its $ 199 Pixel Buds Pro. The wireless earbuds feature active-noise cancellation, are sweat and water resistant, and feature three microphones for use while making calls.

The Pixel Buds Pro get active-noise cancellation and cost just $ 199.  (Image: Google)

The Pixel Buds Pro get active-noise cancellation and cost just $ 199. (Image: Google)

What’s more, Google says they’ll last up to 11 hours on a single charge without active-noise cancellation and seven hours with it on. That’s better than Apple’s iPods Pro, which last 4.5 hours with active-noise cancellation on. They also cost $ 50 more than Google’s earbuds.

The Pixel Buds Pro hit stores July 28 along with the Pixel 6a.

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