Google Pixel 8a vs Pixel 8: Which one should you buy?

Pixel 8a and Pixel 8 equally support Google Tensor G3 chip along with 8GB of LPDDR4X memory
An undated image of Google Pixel 8a. — Freepik
An undated image of Google Pixel 8a. — Freepik

Google has been following a specific pattern for launching new devices for a long time now, it unleashes the new model right after the launch of an ordinary flagship duo and the same case is with the Pixel 8a.

If you’re already a Pixel 8 user then you can consider it, however, if you are confused between Pixel 8 vs 8a then at the end you will surely get a definite verdict on how different they are. 

Battery life

Pixel 8a supports a smaller battery life and is powered by a 4,442 mAh battery in contrast to Pixel 8, which supports a 4,575 mAh battery with a smaller display to light up. 

Charging speed

Pixels have never commanded in charging speed tests that exclusively apply to Pixel 8 also, but especially ‘a’ series doesn’t do well in this. Also, Pixel 8a supports 18W while Pixel 8 possesses 27W capability but, according to the users of 8a, this phone is comparatively slower in the initial steps of an entire procedure. Both of the phones support wireless charging. While 8a is increased to 7.5W. 

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Pixel 8a offers an ultrawide camera with 13MP, it outputs 16MP photos just to compete with the major camera’s resolution but Pixel 8 has adhered to 12.5 MP. The 8 Pro has AF selfies so the 8a and 8 are deprived in terms of camera. However, the Pixel 8 camera is sharper and provides a greater quality of image than the 8a. 


Both the Pixel 8a and 8 equally support Google Tensor G3 chip along with 8GB of LPDDR4X memory, whether 128GB or 256GB of USF 3.1 storage, so if you need increased storage mobile with 12GB RAM then the Pixel 8 Pro will certainly be a great fit for you. 

Additionally, Pixel 8a ships with the recently launched Android 14, but with the other recent Pixel releases, Pixel 8a is expected to receive 7 years of software updates. 

Pixel 8 vs 8a price

Pixel 8 pricing officially begins at $699, £699, AU$1,199 for the 128GB model while the double storage ones, which support 256GB storage are for $759, £759, AU$1,299. 

In contrast, Pixel 8a is less expensive and available at low prices and it's continuously getting discounts from the American tech giant Google. 

Size and weight 

Pixel 8a weighs almost 188g and it is available in a 6.1-inch OLED display, while Pixel 8 weighs 187g and is available in a 6.2-inch OLED display. 

Pixel 8 and 8a both possess great features but Pixel 8 has an edge at a few particular places that are briefly discussed earlier. However, Pixel users always recommend Pixel 8 over 8a. However, it's completely up to you whether you want to buy Pixel 8 or 8a.