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No one likes to pay a premium for a good phone. In fact, no one likes to pay a premium for a premium phone.

Even though it turned out to be a great phone (after a few software updates), I still regret spending $900 on my Pixel 6 Pro, especially since I could have gotten it for half the price right now. At least, that’s why there’s a category of phones called “mid-range”. To be fair, it’s pretty hard to decide which phone qualifies as “mid-range,” but the general consensus is that they shouldn’t cost more than $500. while still managing to give you the best features and value possible.

The mid-range category is also often made up of “flagship killer” phones that push the value proposition a little higher in an attempt to compete with proper flagships at proper flagship prices ($700-$1,200). Some recent examples of very good-to-great mid-range devices include Google Pixel 6a, by Apple iPhone SE (2022) and Samsung Galaxy A53 5G. But as it turns out, those 2022 phones won’t hold a candle to what’s to come in 2023.

A clear contender for 2023’s mid-range phone (and perhaps just “phone of the year”) is expected to be the Google Pixel 7a. But the most interesting thing is that the $450-$500 average racing can also be only An Android phone you can buy regardless of price.

Could Google make: Samsung and: Apple’s $1,000 flagship phones look more expensive than ever. Or even shoots itself in the foot and does Pixel 7 and The Pixel 7 Pro seems out of place thanks to the Pixel 7a, which is (said to be) missing.nothing“They have those more expensive, flagship phones.

It is indeed possible.

$450-$500 Pixel 7a, which will offer virtually the same features as $1,200 Android flagships and iPhones for a fraction of the price

While Google, Samsung, and Apple (and of course other phone makers) have been making killer mid-range phones for a while now, they’ve always been missing something. will appreciate… For example, Apple’s iPhone SE has been carrying the company’s old design since 2016, while Samsung’s Galaxy “A” series mid-range phones lack the flagship processor that allows the phones to stay fast for long periods of time. run (or often even short-term).

In fact, Google’s own Pixel 6a, the company’s current mid-range contender, also lacks several hardware features found on more expensive phones, such as wireless charging, larger/newer camera sensors, and most notably, a flatter display with a 90 -120 Hz frequency.

If you want to dive deeper into what to expect from the Pixel 7a in terms of hardware upgrades, check out this story. In short, we are talking.

  • All-new, larger camera sensors, front and rear, for the first time since the first ‘a’ Pixel, the Pixel 3a.
  • A new 90Hz refresh rate screen, as opposed to the Pixel 6a’s 60Hz panel
  • Wireless charging

Given that the Pixel 7a is practically confirmed to come with Google’s flagship Tensor G2 chip, enhanced software with fast updates (straight from the source), IP67 water resistance, and a somewhat universal 6.3-inch screen size, it should will satisfy most. people, there really is nothing To complain here. If I were to be blunt, the only hardware feature of the Pixel 7a would be missing a dedicated zoom lens. I mention this because it is important to me. The good news is that most people don’t seem to find zoom cameras as necessary as I do.

A ‘flawless’ and affordable Pixel 7a could make 2023 useless/pointless

It turns out that the Pixel 7A could become the new “default” Android phone for people who want the best value, or even those who just want a really great package regardless of price.

Usually, when choosing a new phone, you have to choose whether pay less and get less or pay and get a little more for their money. But if the rumors are anything to go by, the 2023 Pixel 7a could flip the script on this narrative and make choosing your new Android phone an easier decision.

Honestly, if the only obvious feature the Pixel 7a will “miss” is a dedicated zoom camera (note that the 7a should still be able to do lossless zoom via software), I’d say there’s absolutely no reason to pay. 2-3 times more for similar phones Pixel 7 Pro, Galaxy S23 Ultra, or iPhone 14 Pro Max…

Cupertino’s gravitational pull has proven to be quite strong. Therefore, even if tempted by the incredible value, Apple users are far less likely to jump in and replace their old iPhone with an Android device, even if it comes from a well-known brand like Google.

If you use a MacBook, iPad, and AirPods every day, that makes you more likely to agree to pay the extra $300 and get an iPhone instead of a Pixel to make sure your new phone (like the rest of your gadgets) is made.. .by Apple.

The Pixel 7a will become the new “default Android phone”… unless two things go right for Google.

As I said before, I really think the Pixel 7a could be the new default Android device that I would recommend to family, friends and PhoneArena readers. Having said this. Google still has plenty of time to mess upand the first question mark on the horizon is tied right schedule!

The leaked Pixel 7a package looks absolutely amazing (the Pixel 7a will make the Pixel 7 look out of place), but we don’t know for sure. when Google’s mid-range champion is believed to actually be released.

Some rumors point to a very early (by Google standards) launch of Q1 2023, but as of now they’re not as convincing as I’d like. Although, I should also note that Amazon is now allowing users to subscribe to the upcoming “Google Pixel 7a Family Launch Announcement,” which indicates that the Pixel 7a may indeed be arriving sooner than expected.

The iPhone SE 4 could be the competition the Pixel 7a deserves

The other challenge for the Pixel 7a may actually come from Google’s biggest rival, Apple, and that’s the rumors. The iPhone SE 4, which is finally expected to be updated with a new design language similar to the iPhone XR.

Apple’s mid-range pricing shouldn’t be too different from the Pixel 7a. However, similar to Google’s case, we don’t know when the iPhone SE 4 will be released; it could be in March-April 2023 or late spring 2024…

Of course, another setback is expected for those looking to pick up the Pixel 7a limited availability. That said, at this point I’m resigned to Google’s (questionable) decision to only sell Pixel phones in 15-20 markets… It is what it is.

Anyway. Keep me posted! Waiting to get the flagship Pixel 7a for $450-$500? It’s almost impossible for me to find a slate phone that excites me these days, but Google’s new mid-range phone could be the best phone deal…ever, and that’s exciting.


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