Google announces the Pixel 8a… and it is difficult to differentiate it from the Pixel 8, in price and features

Google expands its line of devices Pixel with two new models. On the one hand, we have the Pixel TabletEven though arrives for the first time in Spain It is a device that Google launched last year in other markets. On the other hand, and this is the main novelty, the expected Pixel 8a that completes the family Pixel 8 with a third model that, traditionally, is the most affordable in the series. We say traditionally, because this will arrive at a price of 549 euros when the Pixel 8, launched last October at a price of 799 euros It can now be easily found for the same price, or even slightly lower, than the Pixel 8a.. It's not just a question of money, but also of features.

Pixel 8a

Google has reduced the differences between the a series and the model immediately above to the minimum. So much so that for most users the choice between the Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8a will be decided exclusively for the price. Both have the same SoC G3 Tensioner with 8 GB of RAM and security coprocessor Titan M2. The screen, in both cases OLED, with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels, 120 Hz refresh rate and maximum brightness of 2,000 nits. Like the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, it will have Android and security updates for 7 years. They differ in a slightly smaller diagonal, 6.1 inches in the 8a vs. 6.2 in the 8; the protection, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 versus Corning Gorilla Victus, and the HDR that reaches HDR10+ in the 8.

Pixel 8a.Google.

If we go to the cameras, the main hallmark of the Pixel range, there is an improvement in specifications in the new model. The main rear camera goes up from 50 MP to 64 MP while the ultra wide angle goes up from 12 to 13 MP and the front passes from 10.5 MP to 13 MP.

Other news is that, for the first time, the Pixel A series will have a 256GB storagein addition to the 128, and new colors with which to give more variety to the Pixel: Aloelimited edition tone, and Sky bluealong with neutral tones Obsidian and Porcelain. Regarding the design, it maintains the aluminum frame and changes the glass back for a 'composite material' that does not specify. Yes, protection against dust and liquids decreases from IP68 to IP67.

The new Pixel 8a is, for all intents and purposes, a mobile difficult to distinguish from Pixel 8 and the proximity in price is explained, although Google maintains the €799 Pixel 8 in its store. As for the software, the 8a will enjoy of the majority of AI tools available to their older brothers. Among them, the Magic Eraser for Audio, the Magic Editor and Best Version for images, Circle to search and Gemini Nano artificial intelligence. This, as in the Pixel 8, can be enabled from the mobile developer options and will run locally on the device.

The Pixel 8a is a mobile phone as recommended as the Pixel 8, with few differences, none of them substantial, and a very similar price. Yes, it is a leap forward when compared to the 7a, but for that price the logical comparison is with its older brother, the Pixel 8. It can now be reserved from today and will be available for purchase on May 14.

Pixel Tablet

The Google tablet was launched a year ago in the United States, but it will be possible to have it in Spain starting May 14, and it can now be reserved on the Google website. The only novelty in this landing is that it will be able purchased independently from the dock or charging base with smart speaker with which it was sold until now in other markets. As a standalone tablet, its price is 499 euros, 599 together with the dock.

Pixel Tablet.
Pixel Tablet.Google.

It has a screen 11 inch LCD and 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution, rear and front cameras 8MP each one, aluminum casing with rounded edges, four speakers and integrated Chromecast and the SoC inside G2 Tensioner and 8 GB of RAM. This is the one that accompanied the previous generation of Pixel phones and, although not as powerful or as focused on AI as its successor, it also allows the use of editing functions such as Magic Eraser and Sharpen Photo. Google has optimized more than 50 applications for use in Tablet format and is available in two colors, porcelain and lichen green.