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Google Pixel 7a review - The near-perfect mid-range smartphone

Great big small phone. With the release of the Pixel 7a, Google have updated and improved on their mid-range series - not only in terms of processor choice, but also with brand-new features. Furthermore, the Android smartphone is sure to impress thanks to its great battery life and long update supply.
(photo: Daniel Schmidt)

The Google Pixel 7a is the direct successor to last year's Pixel 6a. As expected, the internet giant's mid-range smartphone has inherited both of its older siblings' SoC - a genuine high-end chipset. Aside from this, Google have improved on a whole lot more: The phone's OLED screen now has a higher refresh rate which will lead to a smoother picture, wireless charging capabilities - and the USB port has been given a makeover, too. This all means the phone isn't too far behind the Pixel 7 now.

The Pixel 7a can be had in a storage variant with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage, which has an MRSP of $499. This makes it exactly $50 more expensive than its predecessor. 

Google Pixel 7a (Pixel 7 Series)
Processor
Google Tensor G2 8 x 1.8 - 2.9 GHz, Cortex X1 / A76 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.10 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 431 PPI, Capacitive, OLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Screen to body ratio: 81 %, glossy: yes, HDR, 90 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 113 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, OTG
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19), LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71), 5G-Sub6 (Band 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12 ,14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9 x 152 x 72.9 ( = 0.35 x 5.98 x 2.87 in)
Battery
4385 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix (1/1.73", f/1.89, 26 mm, 0.8 µm, 80°, DPAF, OIS) + 13 MPix (f/2.2, 1.12 µm, 120°); Camera2-API: Full
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix (f/2.2, 20 mm, 1.12 µm, Fixfocus)
Additional features
Speakers: Dual, Keyboard: Onscreen, OTG-Adapter, USB-Cabel, SIM-Tool, 24 Months Warranty, IP67, DRM Widvine L1, Body-SAR: 1.30 W/kg, Head-SAR: 0.99 W/kg; GNSS: GPS (L1), Glonass (L1), Galileo (L1), BeiDou (L1), fanless, waterproof
Weight
193.5 g ( = 6.83 oz / 0.43 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
510 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
87.1 %
06/2023
Google Pixel 7a
Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7
193.5 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.10"2400x1080
86 %
05/2023
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5
202 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.40"2340x1080
89.2 %
10/2022
Apple iPhone 14
A15, A15 GPU 5-Core
172 g128 GB NVMe6.10"2532x1170
86.4 %
04/2023
Xiaomi 13 Lite
SD 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644
171 g256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.55"2400x1080
86.8 %
07/2023
Motorola Edge 40
Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9
171 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.55"2400x1080

Case - The Pixel 7a uses recycled aluminum

The Google Pixel 7a borrows its design from its predecessor, the Pixel 6a - but it is now available in the colors Sea (light blue), Charcoal (black), Snow (white) and Coral. The latter is our test device's color. It has a decent display to surface area ratio of 81 per cent - its bezels, however, are definitely thicker than both of the more expensive models. Even so, the Pixel 7a is a comparatively compact smartphone.

The back of the Google smartphone is now made of a 3D thermally formed plastic, which looks and feels similar to glass. Only when you compare them closely do you notice this material being a little more dull. The front is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the aluminum used in the case is 100 per cent recycled.

The phone's build is nice. If you try to twist it, it only creaks a little and there are no visible gaps on the device. Only the back of the case has a slightly bigger gab between the top of the camera module and the frame. The SIM card slot is almost seamlessly connected to the frame and the cover only differs slightly in color from the rest of the case.

The Pixel 7a's battery is firmly integrated into the case and cannot be switched out yourself. The smartphone is IP67 certified - meaning it is dust proof and protected against the occasional submersion in fresh water.  

 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)

Size comparison

159.2 mm / 6.27 in 72.7 mm / 2.86 in 7.23 mm / 0.2846 in 171 g0.377 lbs158.2 mm / 6.23 in 76.7 mm / 3.02 in 8.2 mm / 0.3228 in 202 g0.4453 lbs158.43 mm / 6.24 in 71.99 mm / 2.83 in 7.49 mm / 0.2949 in 171 g0.377 lbs152.2 mm / 5.99 in 71.8 mm / 2.83 in 8.9 mm / 0.3504 in 178 g0.3924 lbs152 mm / 5.98 in 72.9 mm / 2.87 in 9 mm / 0.3543 in 193.5 g0.4266 lbs146.7 mm / 5.78 in 71.5 mm / 2.81 in 7.8 mm / 0.3071 in 172 g0.3792 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Connectivity - The Google smartphone with a slimmed-down USB port

The spec sheet shows the Google Pixel 7a to have a USB 3.2 Gen. 2 connection, meaning it should support transfer rates of up to 10 GBit/s. In our copying test, however, we measured only 228.27 MB/s, which is about on the same level as slower USB 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports. In comparison: The ROG Phone 7 manages rates of almost 860 MB/s. Although OTG is supported, the phone neither supports NTFS nor exFAT for external storage media. Wired image output is just as difficult using this USB port.

Aside from this, the Pixel 7a continues to only features the bare necessities, including Bluetooth 5.3 and NFC.

top: microphone (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
top: microphone
left: SIM (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
left: SIM
right: power, volume (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
right: power, volume
bottom: speaker, USB, microphone (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
bottom: speaker, USB, microphone

Software - The Android phone with long update supply

The Google Pixel 7a comes with Android 13 installed and only with Google's own apps. Many features will already be well-known from the Pixel 7. Safety patches will be rolled out on a monthly basis for five years in total. Furthermore, the Pixel 7a will receive three big system updates, meaning it will still see Android 16.

Communication and GNSS - The Pixel 7a has mastered 6-GHz WLAN

The Google Pixel 7a supports a wide range of mobile frequency bands as well as all the usual standards, including 5G Sub6. In bigger cities, its reception should be fine.

Thanks to its Wi-Fi 6E support, the phone can make use of 2.4, 5.0 and 6.0 GHz WLAN connections. Especially it supporting the comparatively young 6 GHz network is something which is not found in many phones within this price range - usually, only high-end smartphones can do this. However, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro still have an advantage over the 7a, as they operate almost twice as fast in this frequency area.

Networking
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
957 (min: 475) MBit/s ∼66%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
819 (min: 499) MBit/s ∼47%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
930 (min: 471) MBit/s ∼61%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
934 (min: 915) MBit/s ∼68%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
843 (min: 813) MBit/s ∼59%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
750 (min: 546) MBit/s ∼43%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
iperf3 receive AXE11000
746 (min: 642) MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
894 (min: 834) MBit/s ∼51%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1440 (min: 1312) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1757 (min: 1611) MBit/s ∼100%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
839 (min: 774) MBit/s ∼58%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
942 (min: 912) MBit/s ∼54%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
897 (min: 449) MBit/s ∼62%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
946 (min: 459) MBit/s ∼54%
Average of class Smartphone
 
iperf3 receive AXE11000
684 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼48%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
712 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼41%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1526 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1367 (min: 668) MBit/s ∼100%
050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800850900950Tooltip
Google Pixel 7a Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø915 (471-958)
Google Pixel 7a Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø932 (915-946)
Google Pixel 7a Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø940 (475-963)
Google Pixel 6a Google Tensor, ARM Mali-G78 MP20; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø881 (449-907)
Google Pixel 7a Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø819 (499-922)
Google Pixel 6a Google Tensor, ARM Mali-G78 MP20; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø931 (459-973)
GPS test: supported GNSS
GNSS
GPS test: indoors
indoors
GPS test: outside
outside

The Pixel 7a may only support Single Band GNSS, however, it supports all the well-known satellite networks: GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou and QZSS. Satellite locating is even quite fast inside buildings and the Google phone retains a great signal outside despite its technical limitation.

We compared the Pixel 7a with a Garmin Venu 2 during a bike trip. Surprisingly, the smartphone showed a few weaknesses when it came to tracing our journey and was oftentimes a bit off-course. At the end of the day, this should still prove to be sufficient for everyday navigating.

GNSS test route: trip around a lake
GNSS test route: trip around a lake
GNSS test route: turning point
GNSS test route: turning point
GNSS test route: summary
GNSS test route: summary

Phoning functions and call quality

The Google Pixel 7a supports basic features such as VoLTE and WLAN calls - additionally, it supports a feature called "Clear Calling" which supposedly filters out background noises reliably even in loud surroundings. 

The Pixel 7a does, in fact, deliver good call quality in practice and it manages to filter out quite a few background noises - even in busy streets. The phone's loudspeaker mode does sound quite good, but its microphone doesn't have the widest reach.

The smartphone has space for one Nano SIM and you can additionally (or alternatively) set up an eSIM. 

Cameras - The Pixel 7a features a solid main camera

selfie on the Pixel 7a (Portrait Mode)
selfie on the Pixel 7a (Portrait Mode)

The Pixel 7a's front-facing camera has been upgraded to 13 MPix - however, with an aperture of f/2.2, it is nominally less light-sensitive than the Pixel 6a. You can record video in Full HD at 60 FPS or Ultra HD at 30 FPS using this lens. Selfies look good thanks to the camera's even lighting and Portrait Mode delivers nice bokeh levels which identify subject and background clearly.

The 64-MPix main camera - featuring optical image stabilization (OIS) - takes great photos too. Unfortunately, they have a slightly different color tint than the Pixel 7 Pro - but in low-light conditions, the difference remains surprisingly small. The phone only features a digital zoom which is capable of 8x enlarging, but unfortunately, the quality starts to deteriorate from the 2x-zoom mark. Its ultra-wide angle lens is also lacking a little: The image edges tend to be a little blurry, and distortions and grain become quite visible. 

Using the main camera, videos can be recorded in Ultra HD at up to 60 FPS and in practice, they looked quite good. Although, you can only choose between 30 and 60 FPS - 24 FPS isn't even an option.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main cameraMain cameraUltra-wide angle5x zoomLow light
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In controlled lighting conditions, the 7a has quite a natural color depiction - none of its DeltaE values reached 10. 

Our test chart was depicted nicely - only the corners were a little blurry. The only disappointing thing is that Google don't even make the 64-MPix mode accessible for users - instead, every photo uses pixel binning technology to achieve a total of 16.1 MPix. The same can even be said for optional RAW data.

ColorChecker
8.9 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
0.6 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
10 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Google Pixel 7a: 5.15 ∆E min: 0.59 - max: 9.98 ∆E
ColorChecker
19.5 ∆E
31.9 ∆E
25.8 ∆E
25 ∆E
28.7 ∆E
40 ∆E
30.8 ∆E
19.2 ∆E
20.9 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
39.6 ∆E
39.9 ∆E
17.6 ∆E
30.9 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
33.1 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
28.9 ∆E
29.6 ∆E
30.9 ∆E
33.1 ∆E
26.7 ∆E
21 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Google Pixel 7a: 26.78 ∆E min: 12.89 - max: 40.05 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - Slimmed-down scope of delivery

slimmed-down scope of delivery (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
slimmed-down scope of delivery

In the US, people who purchase the Pixel 7a are entitled to a standard one-year warranty, which cannot be extended. Its scope of delivery remains to be quite slimmed-down. This only includes a USB-C cable, an OTG adapter as well as a SIM tool.

Optional accessories for the 7a include a range of plastic cases in varying colors, a leather case, a transparent case, a matching 30-watt power supply and the Pixel Stand 2.

Input devices & operation - The Pixel 7a features a good vibration motor

The Google Pixel 7a has nice and smooth captive touchscreen protected by Corning Gorilla Glas 3. Inputs are registered quickly and precisely at all times. 

Biometric security is taken care of by an optical fingerprint sensor situated within the screen which works reliably and unlocks the phone in no time. Now, you can also switch to using facial recognition through the phone's camera, however, this option is a little less secure.

The device also masters well-known features such as Now Playing, one-handed mode and a limited always-on display, which can give you information on the time and date as well as the weather. The fingerprint sensor's positioning can also be accentuated using AoD, but this uses up more power.

Its linear vibration motor (z-axis) gives solid and precise feedback.

Display - The Google phone has a bright 90-Hz OLED screen

subpixel array
subpixel array

The Pixel 7a's display is 6.1 inches in size and has a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. Finally, Google have given their mid-range device a higher refresh rate: 90 Hz. Although, this first hast to be activated within the device's settings (Smooth Display). The phone also supports the HDR standards HLG, HDR10 and HDR10+.

In terms of screen brightness, the 7a even managed to overtake the Pixel 7 (947 cd/m²) - with activated ambient light sensor, the phone achieved an average of 1,010 cd/m² when depicting a pure white screen. With an even distribution of light and dark areas (APL18), the phone achieved values of up to 1,383 cd/m². If you would rather set the brightness manually, then you have access to 486 cd/m².

OLED flickering is quite noticeable on the Pixel 7a - at minimum brightness levels, the phone fluctuates between a restless 177 and 364 Hz, meaning photosensitive users may well have some issues using the phone.

998
cd/m²
1010
cd/m²
1027
cd/m²
1006
cd/m²
1006
cd/m²
1026
cd/m²
985
cd/m²
997
cd/m²
1032
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 1032 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 1009.7 cd/m² Minimum: 2.09 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 1006 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.1 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.97
ΔE Greyscale 1.5 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
98.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.25
Google Pixel 7a
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.1"
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Super AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.4"
Apple iPhone 14
OLED, 2532x1170, 6.1"
Xiaomi 13 Lite
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.6"
Motorola Edge 40
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.6"
Google Pixel 6a
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.1"
Screen
-34%
-19%
-12%
-34%
-7%
Brightness middle
1006
940
-7%
835
-17%
905
-10%
1023
2%
758
-25%
Brightness
1010
935
-7%
841
-17%
904
-10%
1042
3%
767
-24%
Brightness Distribution
95
99
4%
97
2%
99
4%
90
-5%
93
-2%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.1
2.4
-118%
1.05
5%
1
9%
1.6
-45%
0.9
18%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.5
3.2
-28%
2.81
-12%
3
-20%
4.3
-72%
2.5
-0%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.5
2.2
-47%
2.6
-73%
2.2
-47%
2.8
-87%
1.6
-7%
Gamma
2.25 98%
2.05 107%
2.034 108%
2.23 99%
2.27 97%
2.2 100%
CCT
6531 100%
6422 101%
6616 98%
6382 102%
6457 101%
6599 98%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 218 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 218 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 218 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17490 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
min.
25 % display brightness
25 %
50 % display brightness
50 %
75 % display brightness
75 %
maximum manual display brightness
100 %

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

The phone's color depiction and white balance are best tuned using the setting "Natural" and show no reason for critique -  the colors show no notable outliers. Using the "Adaptive" mode, the white balance remains similar, but the colors are a little more saturated. 

grayscale (colors: natural, target color space: sRGB)
grayscale (colors: natural, target color space: sRGB)
colors (colors: natural, target color space: sRGB)
colors (colors: natural, target color space: sRGB)
color space (colors: natural, target color space: sRGB)
color space (colors: natural, target color space: sRGB)
saturation (colors: natural, target color space: sRGB)
saturation (colors: natural, target color space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.58 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.7965 ms rise
↘ 0.781 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
3.1 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.325 ms rise
↘ 1.778 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 9 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.4 ms).

Outdoors, the Pixel 7a delivers good readability - even in sunlight. Only its glossy surface can occasionally be a bit annoying.

The ambient light sensor works very reliably and adjusts the brightness quickly.

(photo: Daniel Schmidt)
(photo: Daniel Schmidt)

The OLED panel's viewing angle stability is very good - as expected. Reflections become most annoying at very flat viewing angles. Contents are then depicted marginally cooler and the brightness decreases slightly.

the Google Pixel 7a's viewing angle stability
the Google Pixel 7a's viewing angle stability

Performance - The Pixel 7a has a Tensor G2

The Pixel 7a uses Google's top-of-the-range SoC from 2022, the Tensor G2, and has 8 GB LPDDR5 RAM.

The phone's performance is similar to that of both the other Pixel smartphones which use this SoC. However, under high load, the Pixel 7a falls short of its big brothers just a bit - presumably due to the SoC's less efficient cooling.

The system speed is nice and smooth thanks to the device's 90-Hz display.

Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (844 - 9574, n=86, last 2 years)
5383 Points +13%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
4800 Points +1%
Average Google Tensor G2
  (4771 - 4800, n=4)
4784 Points 0%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
4771 Points
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
3906 Points -18%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
3656 Points -23%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
3550 Points -26%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 26990, n=86, last 2 years)
14644 Points +21%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
12869 Points +6%
Average Google Tensor G2
  (12110 - 12946, n=4)
12684 Points +5%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
12596 Points +4%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
12110 Points
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
11682 Points -4%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
11130 Points -8%
Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Apple iPhone 14
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1732 Points +67%
Average Google Tensor G2
  (1036 - 1078, n=4)
1053 Points +2%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
1050 Points +1%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
1036 Points
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
1025 Points -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (126 - 2138, n=195, last 2 years)
939 Points -9%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
835 Points -19%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
791 Points -24%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
783 Points -24%
Multi-Core
Apple iPhone 14
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 6144
4733 Points +53%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
3310 Points +7%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
3265 Points +6%
Average Google Tensor G2
  (3093 - 3265, n=4)
3198 Points +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=195, last 2 years)
3122 Points +1%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
3093 Points
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
2940 Points -5%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
2894 Points -6%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
2817 Points -9%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average Google Tensor G2
  (1428 - 1480, n=4)
1452 Points +2%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
1428 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=126, last 2 years)
1372 Points -4%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
1120 Points -22%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=126, last 2 years)
3801 Points +12%
Average Google Tensor G2
  (3383 - 3967, n=4)
3638 Points +8%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
3617 Points +7%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
3383 Points
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 14
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 6144
829792 Points +26%
Average of class Smartphone
  (99654 - 1650926, n=132, last 2 years)
780468 Points +19%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
773655 Points +18%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
715338 Points +9%
Average Google Tensor G2
  (619727 - 773857, n=5)
692109 Points +5%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
687619 Points +5%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
657414 Points
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
581838 Points -11%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
507481 Points -23%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
16611 Points +42%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
13024 Points +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4609 - 21385, n=194, last 2 years)
12167 Points +4%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
11890 Points +1%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
11736 Points
Average Google Tensor G2
  (10530 - 11736, n=5)
11184 Points -5%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
10530 Points -10%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
9717 Points -17%
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPhone 14
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1180 Points +26%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
934 Points
Average Google Tensor G2
  (886 - 934, n=5)
900 Points -4%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
898 Points -4%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
865 Points -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (187 - 1474, n=156, last 2 years)
857 Points -8%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
703 Points -25%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
662 Points -29%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
620 Points -34%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
6247 Points +9%
Average Google Tensor G2
  (5704 - 6419, n=5)
6057 Points +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 11438, n=154, last 2 years)
6004 Points +4%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
5950 Points +3%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
5751 Points
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
4666 Points -19%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
4539 Points -21%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
4153 Points -28%
Apple iPhone 14
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 6144
Points -100%
System
Average of class Smartphone
  (2368 - 16475, n=154, last 2 years)
9911 Points +27%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
9601 Points +23%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
9109 Points +17%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
8961 Points +15%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
8797 Points +13%
Average Google Tensor G2
  (7803 - 9601, n=5)
8791 Points +13%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
7803 Points
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
6136 Points -21%
Apple iPhone 14
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 6144
Points -100%
Memory
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
6592 Points +29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (962 - 12716, n=154, last 2 years)
6504 Points +27%
Average Google Tensor G2
  (4556 - 6548, n=5)
5416 Points +6%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
5392 Points +5%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
5126 Points
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
4857 Points -5%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
4404 Points -14%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
4385 Points -14%
Apple iPhone 14
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 6144
Points -100%
Graphics
Average Google Tensor G2
  (15766 - 16375, n=5)
16151 Points +2%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
16001 Points +1%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
15766 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (764 - 58651, n=154, last 2 years)
15335 Points -3%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
14148 Points -10%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
8229 Points -48%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
7612 Points -52%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
7108 Points -55%
Apple iPhone 14
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 6144
Points -100%
Web
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
1838 Points +6%
Average Google Tensor G2
  (1720 - 1838, n=5)
1750 Points +1%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
1734 Points
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
1533 Points -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2145, n=154, last 2 years)
1533 Points -12%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
1476 Points -15%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
1445 Points -17%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
1337 Points -23%
Apple iPhone 14
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 6144
Points -100%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
43053 Points
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
42556 Points -1%
Average Google Tensor G2
  (37656 - 44323, n=5)
42050 Points -2%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
29413 Points -32%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
21840 Points -49%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
21639 Points -50%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=144, last 2 years)
19582 Points -55%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
5835 Points -86%
AImark - Score v3.x
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
44527 Points +5431%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 245629, n=118, last 2 years)
17072 Points +2021%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
11860 Points +1373%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
1002 Points +24%
Average Google Tensor G2
  (496 - 1008, n=5)
840 Points +4%
Google Pixel 7a
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
805 Points
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
622 Points -23%

The ARM Mali-G710 MP7 delivers good graphics acceleration and leaves its mid-range competitors in the dust. Only the iPhone 14 and iPhone SE's A15-GPU is a little faster.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
2776 Points +52%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1832 Points
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1800 Points -2%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1626 Points -11%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1228 Points -33%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
829 Points -55%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
799 Points -56%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
3005 Points +62%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2040 Points +10%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1860 Points
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1841 Points -1%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1262 Points -32%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
838 Points -55%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
813 Points -56%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
11779 Points +72%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7261 Points +6%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6855 Points
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6660 Points -3%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4405 Points -36%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3035 Points -56%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2853 Points -58%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5415 Points +27%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4277 Points 0%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4267 Points
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4227 Points -1%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4086 Points -4%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3325 Points -22%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
Points -100%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11491 Points +14%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10121 Points
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8957 Points -12%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8601 Points -15%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
6767 Points -33%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5129 Points -49%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
Points -100%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8192 Points +6%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7756 Points
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7606 Points -2%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7205 Points -7%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5501 Points -29%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4897 Points -37%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
Points -100%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
139 fps +54%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
113 fps +26%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
94 fps +4%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps 0%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps -33%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
59.9 fps -33%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
446.6 fps +80%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
252 fps +2%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
249 fps 0%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
248 fps
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
202 fps -19%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
147 fps -41%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
119 fps -52%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps 0%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
76 fps -16%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
69 fps -23%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps -33%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
59.9 fps -33%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
44 fps -51%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
253 fps +89%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
151 fps +13%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
134 fps
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
132 fps -1%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
88 fps -34%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
80 fps -40%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps -63%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
88 fps +57%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps +7%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
59.9 fps +7%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
59 fps +5%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56 fps
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
47 fps -16%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
41 fps -27%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
172.4 fps +78%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
100 fps +3%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
97 fps
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
89 fps -8%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
63 fps -35%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
52 fps -46%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
45 fps -54%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
62 fps +15%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
59.9 fps +11%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
54 fps 0%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
54 fps
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps -26%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
34 fps -37%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
26 fps -52%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
105.2 fps +64%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68 fps +6%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
64 fps
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
52 fps -19%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
43 fps -33%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
37 fps -42%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
31 fps -52%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
57.6 fps +31%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
48 fps +9%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
44 fps
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps -11%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
33 fps -25%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
24 fps -45%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps -55%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
38.2 fps +41%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
33 fps +22%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
28 fps +4%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
27 fps
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
21 fps -22%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
16 fps -41%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
13 fps -52%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65 fps +27%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps +18%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
51 fps
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
46 fps -10%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
43 fps -16%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
39 fps -24%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps -41%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
111.1 fps +98%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
71 fps +27%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps +4%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56 fps
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
50 fps -11%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
46 fps -18%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
34 fps -39%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
16.8 fps +29%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14 fps +8%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14 fps +8%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13 fps
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9.2 fps -29%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7.3 fps -44%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5.9 fps -55%

Browsing the web proves to be very fast using the preinstalled Chrome browser. The Pixel 7a also outperformed all Android rivals in our benchmarks.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 14 (Safari 16)
189.85 Points +81%
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=161, last 2 years)
112.4 Points +7%
Average Google Tensor G2 (96.3 - 117.8, n=5)
104.7 Points 0%
Google Pixel 7a (Chrome 114)
104.662 Points
Google Pixel 7 (Chrome 106)
96.314 Points -8%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (Chrome 112)
94.611 Points -10%
Google Pixel 6a (Firefox 1ß4-2-ß)
75.261 Points -28%
Xiaomi 13 Lite (Chrome 111.0.5563.115)
74.161 Points -29%
Motorola Edge 40 (Chrome 114.0.5735.57)
67.258 Points -36%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPhone 14 (Safari 16)
341 runs/min +173%
Google Pixel 7a (Chrome 114)
125 runs/min
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=146, last 2 years)
118.4 runs/min -5%
Average Google Tensor G2 (100 - 134, n=5)
118 runs/min -6%
Google Pixel 7 (Chrome 106)
100 runs/min -20%
Google Pixel 6a (Chrome 105.0.5195.79)
90.4 runs/min -28%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (Chrome 112)
70.5 runs/min -44%
Motorola Edge 40 (Chrome 114.0.5735.57)
69.9 runs/min -44%
Xiaomi 13 Lite (Chrome 111.0.5563.115)
67.2 runs/min -46%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Apple iPhone 14 (Safari 16)
188 Points +69%
Google Pixel 7a (Chrome 114)
111 Points
Average of class Smartphone (22 - 212, n=154, last 2 years)
104.3 Points -6%
Average Google Tensor G2 (90 - 111, n=5)
98.6 Points -11%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (Chrome 112)
97 Points -13%
Google Pixel 7 (Chrome 106)
93 Points -16%
Xiaomi 13 Lite (Chrome 111.0.5563.115)
79 Points -29%
Motorola Edge 40 (Chrome 114.0.5735.57)
78 Points -30%
Google Pixel 6a (Chrome 105.0.5195.79)
72 Points -35%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 14 (Safari 16)
65726 Points +46%
Average Google Tensor G2 (43817 - 47939, n=5)
45221 Points +1%
Google Pixel 7
45158 Points 0%
Google Pixel 7a (Chrome 114)
44948 Points
Average of class Smartphone (0 - 89112, n=205, last 2 years)
34153 Points -24%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (Chrome 112)
33801 Points -25%
Google Pixel 6a (Chrome 105.0.5195.79)
33046 Points -26%
Motorola Edge 40 (Chrome 114.0.5735.57)
28282 Points -37%
Xiaomi 13 Lite (Chrome 111.0.5563.115)
27804 Points -38%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Motorola Edge 40 (Chrome 114.0.5735.57)
1738.9 ms * -89%
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 10968, n=161, last 2 years)
1545 ms * -68%
Google Pixel 6a (Chrome 105.0.5195.79)
1531.6 ms * -67%
Xiaomi 13 Lite (Chrome 111.0.5563.115)
1384.1 ms * -51%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (Chrome 112)
1208.8 ms * -31%
Google Pixel 7 (Chrome 106)
1021.8 ms * -11%
Average Google Tensor G2 (920 - 1075, n=5)
992 ms * -8%
Google Pixel 7a (Chrome 114)
919.6 ms *
Apple iPhone 14 (Safari 16)
496.4 ms * +46%

* ... smaller is better

The Pixel 7a utilizes quick UFS 3.1 storage, which is considerably faster than the one in the Pixel 7. Of the devices we compared, only the Motorola Edge 40 delivered better speeds.

You are unable to expand the phone's storage using a microSD card.

Google Pixel 7aSamsung Galaxy A54 5GXiaomi 13 LiteMotorola Edge 40Google Pixel 6aGoogle Pixel 7Average 128 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-51%
-4%
16%
-16%
-11%
-7%
10%
Sequential Read 256KB
1624.39
528.32
-67%
1001.82
-38%
1876.88
16%
1312.64
-19%
1280.81
-21%
Sequential Write 256KB
996.44
335.39
-66%
871.96
-12%
1587.93
59%
712.94
-28%
879.39
-12%
Random Read 4KB
229.44
236.23
3%
277.33
21%
235.66
3%
219.53
-4%
210.47
-8%
Random Write 4KB
263.81
70.52
-73%
301.41
14%
229.44
-13%
225.61
-14%
253.92
-4%

Games - Not the smoothest despite top-of-the-range SoC

At this stage, we are unfortunately unable to show the usual FPS recordings which we usually do, as every time we tried to do this, the Pixel 7a heated up considerably and crashed. 

Even so, we still want to try to describe our impressions. Casual gaming shows to be no problem for the Google smartphone, whereas more complex games such as PUBG or Genshin Impact don't run as easily. While the shooter PUBG was only a little jerky using the highest graphics setting (Ultra HD), the phone struggled a lot more with Genshin Impact. We would suggest limiting the frame rate to 30 FPS, as the game will start to lag during fights if you don't.

Aside from this, the Pixel 7a does a good job at running games in landscape mode - but sometimes, your hand covers the ambient light sensor and the screen suddenly becomes very dark.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact

Emissions - Weak cooling and still hot

Temperature

In idle mode, the Google Pixel 7a's surface temperatures remained inconspicuous, but under load, they started to rise quite a bit. Although, it must be noted that we have started to switch to using the intensive Burnout benchmark to simulate high loads, meaning these values can only partly be compared. But still, these temperatures can even be reached in everyday use. This is quite warm, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

One thing became apparent during the 3DMark stress test, which we already began to see during the benchmarks: The Pixel 7a's SoC suffers from poor heat dissipation, meaning its long-term performance was considerably worse than more expensive models. 

Max. Load
 45.2 °C
113 F
43.2 °C
110 F
41 °C
106 F
 
 45.7 °C
114 F
48.3 °C
119 F
42.7 °C
109 F
 
 48.3 °C
119 F
47.6 °C
118 F
41.3 °C
106 F
 
Maximum: 48.3 °C = 119 F
Average: 44.8 °C = 113 F
38 °C
100 F
42.5 °C
109 F
42.8 °C
109 F
39.5 °C
103 F
42.5 °C
109 F
46.7 °C
116 F
39.2 °C
103 F
41 °C
106 F
41.7 °C
107 F
Maximum: 46.7 °C = 116 F
Average: 41.5 °C = 107 F
Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 44.8 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 48.3 °C / 119 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 46.7 °C / 116 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.2 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.6 % +83%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.2 % +83%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
98.8 % +82%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
84.1 % +55%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
54.3 %
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
42.9 % -21%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.6 % +64%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.5 % +64%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.3 % +64%
Apple iPhone 14
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe
75.5 % +25%
Google Pixel 7a
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60.6 %
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49.2 % -19%
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Google Pixel 7a Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø8.32 (6.73-11.1)
Google Pixel 7 Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø9.65 (8.06-11.1)
Apple iPhone 14 A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 0.0.0.0: Ø14 (13.2-17.5)
Google Pixel 7a Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø27.2 (21.4-39.5)
Google Pixel 7 Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø32.8 (25.8-39.3)
Apple iPhone 14 A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø49.9 (48.4-57.6)
Google Pixel 7 Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø34.4 (28.6-40.2)

Speakers

The two speakers on the Google Pixel 7a sound quite decent. Of course, bass and precise trebles are lacking, but the performance we observed is good for a smartphone.

Wired headphones can be connected via the USB-C port. Bluetooth 5.3 is available wirelessly, which features some positive surprises in terms of audio codec support. Besides the common codecs SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD and LDAC, LC3 and Opus are also supported.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.940.62526.235.23129.431.84028.736.85036.637.4632231.68019.730.610017.933.712518.541.816017.756.920015.156.125015.559.131516.559.84001358.650013.468.263014.271.38001376.6100012.881.3125013.877.6160013.773.9200013.677250013.278.131501479400013.582.8500013.682.1630013.976.4800013.672.21000013.676.31250013.873.41600013.164.4SPL25.890.4N0.784.7median 13.7median 73.9Delta0.8929.638.63029.724.525.225.826.737.537.925.228.120.222.920.43017.543.114.453.914.351.415.256.311.957.913.560.612.163.512.459.711.765.311.87211.475.912.376.312.276.312.178.312.27712.98013.479.813.277.712.977.913.675.213.466.113.264.924.888.70.673.3median 12.9median 720.99.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseGoogle Pixel 7aSamsung Galaxy A54 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Google Pixel 7a audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 91% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 37%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 23% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 72% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.4% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 10% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 37%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 31% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 61% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life - Very good, but not quite as expected

Power consumption

The Google Pixel 7a's power consumption was already very low with 90 Hz activated. It only became higher under load - presumably due to the more power-intensive Burnout benchmark.

The Pixel 7a supports fast charging at up to 18 watts, although "fast" is relative, as the Google smartphone needed over two hours for a full charge in our test. The 25 per cent mark was cracked after 20 minutes, the 50 per cent mark after 49 minutes, the 80 per cent mark after 84 minutes and the 90 per cent mark after 94 minutes.

A new feature is that the Pixel 7a now also supports wireless charging.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.02 / 0.07 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.62 / 0.87 / 0.95 Watt
Load midlight 6.11 / 11.81 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Google Pixel 7a
4385 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
5000 mAh
Apple iPhone 14
3279 mAh
Xiaomi 13 Lite
4500 mAh
Motorola Edge 40
4400 mAh
Google Pixel 6a
4410 mAh
Average Google Tensor G2
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-24%
8%
-17%
-24%
-23%
-57%
-30%
Idle Minimum *
0.62
0.75
-21%
0.6
3%
0.74
-19%
0.62
-0%
0.68
-10%
0.896 ?(0.62 - 1.33, n=5)
-45%
Idle Average *
0.87
1.51
-74%
0.8
8%
1.56
-79%
1.78
-105%
1.56
-79%
1.984 ?(0.87 - 4.67, n=5)
-128%
Idle Maximum *
0.95
1.62
-71%
1
-5%
1.59
-67%
1.85
-95%
1.58
-66%
2.07 ?(0.95 - 4.78, n=5)
-118%
Load Average *
6.11
4.91
20%
5.4
12%
3.33
45%
3.02
51%
5.37
12%
Load Maximum *
11.81
8.93
24%
9.2
22%
7.59
36%
8.23
30%
8.74
26%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Google Pixel 7a Google Tensor G2; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø5.07 (0.808-11.5)
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G Samsung Exynos 1380; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø5.7 (1.081-12.5)
Google Pixel 7a Google Tensor G2; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.751 (0.709-0.953)
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G Samsung Exynos 1380; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.084 (1.034-1.265)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

01234567891011Tooltip
Google Pixel 7a Google Tensor G2; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø7.6 (6.07-11.2)
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G Samsung Exynos 1380; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø4.32 (4.08-4.55)
Google Pixel 7a Google Tensor G2; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.751 (0.709-0.953)
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G Samsung Exynos 1380; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.084 (1.034-1.265)

Runtimes

At 4,385 mAh, the phone's battery is slightly smaller than that of the Pixel 6a, but its runtimes were better in our practical WLAN test with adjusted display brightness (150 cd/m²). Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the other tests. Google will certainly improve on this at some point, as our power consumption measurements showed that there is still a lot of unused potential.

However, the Pixel 7a already delivered very good results in its current state.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
22h 08min
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 114)
13h 41min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
20h 24min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 12min
Google Pixel 7a
4385 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
5000 mAh
Apple iPhone 14
3279 mAh
Xiaomi 13 Lite
4500 mAh
Motorola Edge 40
4400 mAh
Google Pixel 6a
4410 mAh
Battery Runtime
37%
36%
23%
27%
22%
Reader / Idle
1328
2591
95%
2689
102%
2240
69%
2272
71%
1878
41%
H.264
1224
1508
23%
1266
3%
1185
-3%
1235
1%
1318
8%
WiFi v1.3
821
941
15%
1010
23%
822
0%
924
13%
768
-6%
Load
252
284
13%
289
15%
321
27%
304
21%
360
43%

Pros

+ bright 90-Hz OLED screen
+ IP67 certification
+ 6-GHz WLAN and USB 3.2
+ wireless charging
+ good main camera
+ long update supply

Cons

- neither DC nor PWM dimming
- slow fast-charging
- limited USB port
- severe throttling under load

Verdict - In-house competition

Google Pixel 7a review (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Google Pixel 7a review

The Pixel 7a's competitors have a lot to live up to, as the Google smartphone has done a lot right. It features a bright OLED screen with accurate color reproduction - and it finally has a 90-Hz refresh rate. The phone's main camera takes great pictures and its battery runtimes are great too - although they do leave a little room for further improvement. Its features are completed by an IP67 certification, wireless charging and long update supply.

The Google Pixel 7a is a strong mid-range smartphone, making competition out of both its friends and foes within higher price ranges.

But even the Pixel 7a cannot escape criticism entirely: On its spec sheet, Google have named the phone's USB port as being 3.2 Gen. 2, however, it is missing a wired image output option and its transfer rates lie more within the range of a slower USB 3.2 (Gen. 1) connection. Furthermore, its OLED flickering is quite noticeable and the phone doesn't utilize any dimming technology to mitigate this. If you were looking forward to the Pixel 7a's fast SoC, you do have to take into consideration a slight limitation due to the phone's weak cooling performance. Its locating properties leave room for improvement, too.

At launch, the Pixel 7 proves to be a good alternative - the Xiaomi 13 Lite and Galaxy A54 both have some advantages which the Pixel 7a is lacking in.

Price and availability

The Google Pixel 7a can be bought directly from the Google Store for $499. Be careful using their trade-in option, as the prices they offer for old devices are sometimes very low. We would recommend comparing prices online first.

Alternatively, the device can be found on Amazon for $489.33

Google Pixel 7a - 06/16/2023 v7 (old)
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
66 / 75 → 88%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
58 / 70 → 83%
Weight
89%
Battery
91%
Display
94%
Games Performance
55 / 64 → 86%
Application Performance
82 / 86 → 96%
Temperature
84%
Noise
100%
Audio
77 / 90 → 86%
Camera
77%
Average
81%
87%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was freely purchased by the author at his/her own expense. The manufacturer did not receive a copy of this review before publication, nor was there any obligation to publish it.

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