Best Google Pixel 7a plans in Australia (April 2024)

Google Pixel 7a on orange background
(Image credit: Future)

The Google Pixel 7a is now available to buy in Australia, with prices starting at AU$749. That’s the same price as the Google Pixel 6a when it launched, but this latest version has been treated to some key upgrades.

Key among them is the Tensor G2 processor, which makes the 7a almost as fast as the premium Pixel 7 Pro. It’s received a huge bump in camera specs too, going from a 12MP sensor to a massive 64MP. Photo quality has dramatically improved, and the improved processor gives you the power to remove fuzziness from your snaps, using Photo Unblur.

Best Google Pixel 7a plan: our pick

Best overall Google Pixel 7a plan

Google Pixel 7a (128GB)30GB data24 monthsAU$80.20p/m

<a href="https://optus.sjv.io/c/338476/1378182/16505?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.optus.com.au%2Fmobile%2Fphones%2Fgoogle%2Fpixel-7a" data-link-merchant="optus.com.au"">Google Pixel 7a (128GB) | 30GB data | 24 months | AU$80.20p/m

Since Vodafone isn’t selling the Google Pixel 7a, we think Optus is the best place to buy it on a plan. We recommend pairing the phone with <a href="https://optus.sjv.io/c/338476/1378182/16505?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.optus.com.au%2Fmobile%2Fplans%2Fshop" data-link-merchant="optus.com.au"" data-link-merchant="optus.com.au"">Optus’ AU$49 Small plan, which sets you up with 30GB of data and 5G network access. Pair that plan with the handset on a 24-month contract and you’ll pay AU$80.20 each billing.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$1,924.80

Google Pixel 7a: new features and overview

Google Pixel 7a phone showing screens camera and Android 13

(Image credit: Future / Philip Berne)

New features

  • Google Tensor G2 chip (same as the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro)
  • 64MP camera
  • Better low-light photography
  • New long exposure mode
Google Pixel 7a specs

Display: 6.1-inch 90Hz Full HD+ OLED
Chip: Google Tensor G2
RAM: 8GB
Capacity: 128GB
Camera: 64MP wide, 13MP ultra-wide, 13MP selfie
Software: Android 13

Looks-wise, the design of the Google Pixel 7a is similar to the Pixel 6a, but the majority of improvements have been made to its internal hardware.

You’re still getting a 6.1-inch screen with a refresh rate up to 90Hz, which lags behind the 120Hz display of the Pixel 7 and the similarly priced Samsung Galaxy A54. At 6.1-inches, the Pixel 7a is the smallest device in the current line-up, with the Pixel 7 coming in at 6.3-inches and the Pixel 7 Pro stretching out to 6.7-inches.

One of the most significant upgrades for the Pixel 7a is the rear camera’s sensor, which has been upgraded from just 12MP to a whopping 64MP. Along with improved resolution, it’s also a bigger sensor in terms of physical size, bringing improvements to photography in low light.

Physical improvements to the camera hardware are accompanied by fantastic software features that bring the full suite of Google’s photo-taking tricks to the A series for the very first time, including Photo Unblur and an extended exposure mode.

Google Pixel 7a phone showing screens camera and Android 13

(Image credit: Future / Philip Berne)

Under the hood, the Tensor G2 chip has been added to the Pixel 7a, which is the same chip that powers the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. It’s a significant power boost, and means the Pixel 7a gets an edge over its competition – like the Galaxy A54, for example. 

All this power comes with a big drawback, however, and that’s a mediocre battery life. During our testing, we found that the device drained its battery quickly during intensive tasks, so you might need to carry around a phone charger if you frequently perform power-hungry tasks such as gaming or video calling.

Unfortunately, it’s weak battery life is compounded by a somewhat sluggish charging speed, which lags behind the latest mid-range devices from Samsung and Motorola.

The Pixel 7a runs on Google’s own clean version of Android 13 – a distinct advantage for those who want to avoid the usual bloatware found on third-party devices. As with all Pixel devices, you get three years of guaranteed software updates, which should see you through to the next upgrade (it’s still nothing on Apple’s guaranteed six years of updates, however).

Jasmine Gearie
Ecommerce Editor

Jasmine Gearie is an Ecommerce Editor at TechRadar Australia, with a primary focus on helping readers cut through the jargon to find the best mobile and internet plans for their needs. She crunches the numbers to maintain dedicated guides to the latest phones, NBN and broadband plans of all types, and covers the important telco industry news. She also hunts down tech deals on laptops, phones, gaming consoles and more, so readers know where to buy the products they want for the cheapest prices.

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