It's here folks. The latest mid-ranger phone from Google – the Pixel 7a – has finally been unleashed. Google is charging $499 for the phone in the USA, which is a pretty good deal for a market where there is barely any competition. In India, well, it's a terrible deal, especially when you know that brands like OnePlus, Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi, Poco, Realme... phewww.... exist right around the corner.

It's a flagship phone, if your definition of a top-tier device involves a top-end chip. By that extension, the Pixel 7a is a flagship because it uses the same Tensor G2 processor as the much pricier Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro. You know, the same way the iPhone SE is as fast as a flagship.

The rest of the package, well, it's decent, but not the best that you can get for the price. What you get with the Pixel 7a are some very reliable cameras that capture color-accurate photos and videos, and the promise of software updates for five years. Following are the rest of the innards:

|| 6.1-inch FHD+ (1080x2400) OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate
|| 4385 mAh battery with 30 wired charging and wireless charging support
|| Tensor G2 processor
|| 8GB RAM
|| 128GB onboard storage
|| 64MP main camera and 13MP ultrawide-angle camera
|| 13MP selfie camera
|| Photo Unblur, Magic Eraser, Long Exposure, Real Tone, Face Unblur, Top Shot
|| 4K capture at 60FPS

The Pixel 7a will be available in Charcoal, Sea, Snow, and Coral (exclusive to Google's online store). The body is IP67-rated for dust and water resistance, with Gorilla Glass 3 on the cover glass. Flipkart will be selling the phone for Rs. 39,999, but that's an early bird price for the phone, and the regular price will be even higher. As I said, not a very good deal, unless you really want a Pixel phone!

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