Google Pixel 8a hands-on review

GSMArena Team, 16 May 2024.


Affordable, Accessible, and depending on your region, Available. There are many ways to interpret the A in Google's A-series devices. Starting first with the Pixel 3a, the A-series has been the entry point for Pixel phones, bringing some of the things people love about the more expensive models at a more affordable, accessible price. And for certain markets, it was also the only Pixel phone you could purchase for a while.

Pixel 8a hands-on review

The latest Pixel 8a continues the tradition of being the cheapest option in the latest generation of Pixel devices. This year you get a few more features, a faster chip, and an updated design that brings it in line with the other two models. But with a starting price of $499, is it still Affordable and Accessible or Awkward and Alienating? Let's find out.

Google Pixel 8a specs at a glance:

  • Body: 152.1x72.7x8.9mm, 188g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminum frame, plastic back; IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 min).
  • Display: 6.10" OLED, HDR, 120Hz, 2000 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 430ppi; Always-on display.
  • Chipset: Google Tensor G3 (4 nm): Nona-core (1x3.0 GHz Cortex-X3 & 4x2.45 GHz Cortex-A715 & 4x2.15 GHz Cortex-A510); Immortalis-G715s MC10.
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • OS/Software: Android 14.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.9, 26mm, 1/1.73", 0.8µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 13 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 1.12µm.
  • Front camera: 13 MP, f/2.2, 20mm (ultrawide), 1.12µm.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, OIS; Front camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 4492mAh; 18W Wired, PD3.0, 7.5W wireless.
  • Connectivity: 5G; eSIM; Wi-Fi region; BT 5.3; NFC.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); stereo speakers.


The Pixel 8a comes with barebones packaging typical for modern Pixel devices. You get the phone, a USB-C charging cable, and a USB-C to USB-A adapter.

Pixel 8a hands-on review

Reader comments

  • Kiril
  • 27 May 2024
  • S9j

Sure, it's actualy a much better option considering the price differences and that you can find the Pixel 7 much cheaper, for about 500$ the Pixel 8 is a much better option, especially long-term.

  • optional
  • 27 May 2024
  • 8kx

As per conclusion, vanilla Pixel 7 is also a good option to consider for buying instead of Pixel 8a.

  • Anonymous
  • 27 May 2024
  • Bkf

The form factor feel in your hand is great I have to agree. But the challenges on fixing modem issue on exynos chips is giving us less performance.