Google Pixel 8a leaks: Budget-friendly powerhouse with AI features

Google Pixel 8a will support Google's Best Take function which swaps faces from several groups

An undated image of a girl holding Google Pixel 8. — Google
An undated image of a girl holding Google Pixel 8. — Google

Google is expected to unveil its upcoming budget-friendly smartphone, Google Pixel 8a, next month during the company's annual Google I/O conference, which is scheduled to take place on May 14.

Rumours regarding the Google Pixel 8a has surfaced online as only a few weeks are left until its expected release. Among several renders a promotional film showcasing the handset's AI functions has also leaked. Meanwhile, Pixel-exclusive features and software support for the impending Pixel 8a have also emerged online.

Taking to X (formerly known as Twitter), tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer (X: @OnLeaks) released a marketing video for the Pixel 8a in partnership with MySmartPrice, which revealed numerous Pixel-exclusive features.

Moreover, the video demonstrated that the Google Pixel 8a will support Google's Best Take function, which swaps out faces from several groups or burst photographs to 'replace' people with closed eyelids or undesirable emotions.

Circle to Search, which is already available on select Pixel and Samsung Galaxy smartphones, will be available on the Pixel 8a, according to the leaked video, which also suggests that the smartphone will include Google's Audio Magic Eraser feature, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to remove unwanted background sounds from recorded videos. Moreover, the Pixel 8a will also feature live translation for voice calls.

Meanwhile, Gadgets360 reported that the Google Pixel 8a will include the Best Take and Audio Magic Eraser capabilities. It will also include Call Assist, Circle to Search Support, and Google VPN support, which the company is planning to discontinue on June 10.

According to the leaked teasers, the phone will have a Tensor G3 chip and "seven years of security updates."

However, it is unclear whether the phone will receive the same number of Android OS updates as the more premium models in the Pixel 8 series, which also have the same processor.