Google’s annual keynote at Google I/O is over for another year and there’s plenty to talk about as always. Much of it is background discussion; hardware, however, is one of the more exciting discussions of the day for many. After the success of the previous “a” versions of the Pixel, say hello to the Pixel 7a.

Visually the Pixel 7a fits the Pixel look and feel with the horizontal camera bar, consistent placement of buttons and a really solid screen.

The Pixel 7a is powered by the Google Tensor G2 and the Titan M2, supported by 8GB of RAM. This is the same power at its core as the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. It’s got a 6.1-inch screen that operates at a 90Hz refresh rate. Google states that the battery can last all day, and now includes wireless charging.

There are several advancements in the camera capabilities, too, with the Tensor G2 onboard. This allows some of the AI features, such as Unblur, night site and Magic Eraser available on the device.

With only a slight decrease in screen space, from a user experience perspective, the Pixel 7a will produce largely the same end result as the Pixel 7 but at a lower price point. There’s little by way of durability sacrifice in the PIxel 7a too, as the frame is made from metal, minimising flex, the screen is Corning Gorilla glass and the device is IP67 rated.

The whole phone also includes at least 21% (by weight) recycled plastic, aluminium and glass, following market trends towards more environmentally friendly manufacturing of devices.

The Pixel 7a has an RRP of AU$749.00, and is available in Charcoal, Sea and Snow with sales starting today (May 11) at the Google Store, JB HI-FI, Telstra, Optus, Officeworks and Harvey Norman.