Google Pixel 8a vs OnePlus 12R: How the two premium mid-range smartphones compare

Pixel 8a launches in India for Rs 52,999, exclusively on Flipkart from May 14, offers OLED display, Tensor G3 chip and 64MP main battery… Read More
Google expanded its latest Pixel 8 series by launching a new premium mid-range smartphone, the Pixel 8a, in India earlier this week. Launched at a starting price of Rs 52,999, it is the latest addition to the company's more affordable A-series lineup that replaces the Pixel 7a, launched in May 2023.

The smartphone will be available exclusively on Flipkart's e-commerce platform from May 14 and is now available for pre-order. The Pixel 8a will be available in four colors Aloe and Bay (limited edition) and Obsidian and Porcelain. The smartphone features an OLED display and is powered by Google's latest Tensor G3 chipset.

For photography, the Pixel 8a sports a 64MP main camera, a 13MP ultrawide lens, and a 13MP selfie unit. The smartphone also supports several AI-based camera and audio features.

In this price range, the Pixel 8a competes with OnePlus' latest premium mid-range smartphone, the OnePlus 12R, which was launched earlier in January this year. Launched at a starting price of Rs 39,999, the smartphone is available in Cool Blue and Iron Gray color options.

The OnePlus 12R features a 120Hz AMOLED display and a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, backed by 16GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The smartphone has a triple rear camera setup and a 16MP selfie camera. The OnePlus 12R comes with a vapor cooling chamber for better performance and supports 100W fast charging. Here's how the two premium mid-range smartphones compare to each other:

Google Pixel 8a vs OnePlus 12R: A comparison

Speciality google pixel 8a oneplus 12r
colour's aloe, bay, porcelain, obsidian Cool Blue, Iron Gray
Display – 6.1-inch OLED display at 1080 x 2400 resolution – 20:9 aspect ratio – Up to 120Hz refresh rate – Corning Gorilla Glass 3 cover glass – HDR support – Always-on display – >1,000,000:1 contrast ratio – Full 24-16 Bit depth for million colors – up to 1,400 nits (HDR) and up to 2,000 nits (peak brightness) – 6.78-inch AMOLED ProXDR display with LTPO4.0 – 2780 x 1264 resolution, 450 PPI – 1-120 Hz dynamic refresh rate – Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 – HDR10+ support – Screen-to-body ratio: 94.2% – Nature tone Display – Bright HDR Video Mode – Dark Mode – Screen Color Pro Mode – Auto Brightness – Manual Brightness
DIMENSIONS 152.1 mm (height) x 72.7 mm (width) x 8.9 mm (depth); 188 grams Height: 163.3 mm, Width: 75.3 mm, Thickness: 8.8 mm, Weight: 207 grams
Battery – 4,492 mAh battery – Up to 72 hours of battery life with Extreme Battery Saver – Fast Charging – Wireless Charging – 5,500 mAh battery (dual-cell 2,750, non-removable) – 100W SuperVOOC fast charging
Memory and Storage – 8 GB LPDDR5X RAM – 128 GB/256 GB UFS 3.1 storage – 8GB/16GB LPDDR5X RAM – 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
processor Google Tensor G3, Titan M2 security co-processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform, Adreno 740 GPU
rear camera – 64 MP Quad PD Wide Camera – 13 MP Ultra-Wide Camera – Up to 8x Super Res Zoom – 50 MP main camera with Sony IMX890 sensor – 8 MP ultra-wide camera – 2 MP macro lens – Multi autofocus (all pixel omnidirectional PDAF + LAF + CAF) – OIS support – EIS support – Flash: LED flash – Zoom: 0.6 – 20x
front camera 13 mp 16 MP
Operating System Launched with Android 14 OxygenOS 14.0 based on Android 14
connectivity – Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) – Bluetooth v5.3 – NFC – USB Type-C 3.2 – Wi-Fi 7 – Bluetooth 5.3, aptX & aptX HD & LDAC & AAC & SBC & LHDC – NFC enabled – USB 2.0, Type-C
Security – Fingerprint Unlock with under-display fingerprint sensor – Face Unlock – In-display fingerprint sensor – Accelerometer – Electronic compass – Gyroscope – Ambient light sensor – Proximity sensor – Sensor core – Color temperature sensor – Infrared blaster – Barometer

The Pixel 8a also supports AI-powered camera features, including:

  • Take the best: This ensures you get the perfect group shot by choosing the best expressions for everyone.
  • Magic Eraser: Easily removes unwanted objects or distractions from your photos with just a few taps.
  • Audio Magic Eraser: Eliminates background noise like wind or crowd, resulting in clear and crisp audio in your videos.

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