Google Pixel 7a outshines Pixel 7 Pro in durability test
JerryRigEverything (JRE) has put the Pixel 7a through its paces, the third member in the Pixel 7 series. While Google's flagship models have been praised for their camera capabilities and comparatively low pricing, the Pixel 7 Pro performed poorly in JRE's tests. Arguably, the biggest issue with the Pixel 7 Pro is its camera bar, the construction of which resulted in the device failing JRE's bend test.
In comparison, the Pixel 7a proved itself a worthy adversary to JRE's tests, with no issues in his bend, scratch or burn tests. Although JRE has not published an accompanying teardown video yet, Google advertises the Pixel 7a as featuring a sturdier midframe architecture. Potentially, that explains why the Pixel 7a lacks the same weak point as the Pixel 7 Pro. In short, the Pixel 7a is stronger than the Pixel 7 Pro.
However, it is worth noting that the former's plastic back is easier to scratch than the glass equivalents on the Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro. Still, the inclusion of plastic makes the Pixel 7a more durable and lighter than if Google used glass. Please see our Pixel 7a launch article for more details, including a full specification sheet.