Google Pixel 8a benchmarks are out — and it’s not good news

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The upcoming Google Pixel 8a may disappoint compared to past models in the company's a-series, according to a recent benchmark leak we've just seen. 

A newly-published Geekbench result suggests the Pixel 8a will have an underclocked version of the Tensor G3 chip expected in the standard Pixel 8. This breaks the theme of a-series Pixel devices using the same processors as the flagship models, just at a lower price point.

The Pixel 8a in the benchmark achieved underwhelming scores of 1,218 single-core and 3,175 multi-core, compared to 1,404 and 3,363 for the Pixel 7 Pro with last year's chip. This implies significantly lower performance than we would expect for a phone with the latest Tensor processor.

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On the bright side, the benchmark does confirm the Pixel 8a appears to be in development after some rumors suggested it might not launch. But with an underpowered chip, the 8a could struggle to continue the a-series’ reputation for flagship specs at a mid-range price.

With benchmarks seemingly on the decline, the key question will be pricing. If Google prices the 8a aggressively, the performance compromise may be justified versus paying hundreds more for the Pixel 8. 

Based on specs so far, the standard Pixel 8 or existing Pixel 7 phones seem likely to deliver better performance per dollar. That said the Pixel 8a will almost certainly be one of the best cheap phones of 2023 and 2024.

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Elliot Mulley-Goodbarne
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Elliot MulleyGoodbarne is a Staff Writer at Tom’s Guide covering news, reviews, buying guides with wit and charm. He has had a keen interest in mobile, tablets, laptops, and everything in between since his first phone, the Samsung U600. Starting at Mobile News, Elliot has been writing about mobile and the business of technology since 2016, and has edited four trade magazines in that time, attending award shows for three of them. He has attended a range of industry events including 5G launches, device announcements, and trade events, where he developed a nose for picking up on trends, interviewing executives, and networking with the tech community. In his spare time, Elliot can usually be found watching, playing, or attending sporting events. With season tickets to West Ham United and Surrey County Cricket Club he often spends weekends in winter in a foul mood and evenings in the summer with a smile on his face. Outside of sport Elliot enjoys cooking, pubs next to rivers, and chilling out with a G&T, Whiskey, or Port after a solid week of excellence.

  • Nolatechy
    I have to question the validity of these benchmarks. Given that the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will have a 4nm chipset vs the 5nm on the Pixel 7/7 Pro, I fail to see how it's possible to have a lower score on a faster SOC. Everyone knows that a 4nm SOC is faster and more efficient than a 5nm SOC, so how could it have a lower benchmark score?