In all the Apple iPad noise, Google quietly unveils Pixel 8a: same Tensor G3 chip and AI features

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Key notes

  • Google Pixel 8a launches at $499 with Tensor G3 chip and AI features like Magic Editor and Audio Magic Eraser.
  • Pixel 8a boasts a 6.1-inch 120Hz OLED display, dual rear cameras, and 7 years of software updates.
  • Larger 256GB storage option available for the first time in a Pixel A-series phone.

Google today announced the Pixel 8a, its latest mid-range smartphone. The Pixel 8a is powered by Google’s Tensor G3 chip and features a number of AI-powered capabilities.

Key Specifications:

  • Processor: Google Tensor G3 chip
  • Display: 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED display, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Rear Cameras: Dual camera system with 64MP main sensor and 13MP ultrawide sensor
  • Front Camera: 13MP selfie camera
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR5x
  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB UFS 3.1
  • Battery: 4500mAh with wireless charging support
  • Durability: IP67 water resistance, Gorilla Glass 3, matte aluminum frame
  • Security: Titan M2 security chip, built-in VPN
  • Software: Android, with seven years of software updates promised

AI Features:

  • Magic Editor: Allows users to edit photos by adjusting objects or backgrounds.
  • Audio Magic Eraser: Removes unwanted noise from videos.
  • Gemini assistant (coming soon): An on-device AI assistant for tasks like note-taking and idea generation.

Other Features:

  • Available in four colors: Obsidian, Bay, Porcelain, and Aloe (limited edition)
  • 256GB storage option available for the first time in a Pixel A-series phone
  • Improved setup and controls for families with Family Link features
  • Pre-orders start today, with availability beginning May 14th at Google Store and select retailers


  • 128GB model: $499
  • 256GB model: $559

Best Buy is offering a $100 gift card for pre-orders placed before May 19th. Google also announced the availability of the Pixel Tablet in Spain and Italy, along with pre-orders for the standalone tablet starting at $399.

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