Google needs to make a budget Pixel phone


The Pixel A series is the best way to get Google’s custom software features and terrific cameras for less, and the Pixel 8a takes things to a new level. It has considerable upgrades, including a 120Hz OLED panel, larger battery, Tensor G3, and it will get the same seven years of software updates as the regular Pixel 8 models.


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In Hardwired, AC Senior Editor Harish Jonnalagadda delves into all things hardware, including phones, storage servers, and routers.

But there’s a problem. All the new features come with an inflated price tag, with the Pixel 8a retailing at $499 — $50 more than the Pixel 7a and $100 more than the Pixel 3a. The Pixel 8a is still a good bargain considering you get most of the same features as the $699 Pixel 8, and if you need a mid-range phone, it is the best overall choice.

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