The rumoured Pixel 7A, which could be announced as soon as Wednesday at the Google I/O developer conference

 will have a lot to live up to after the Pixel 6A, which was my favourite Android phone under $500 last year,

even though Google has not yet officially teased a Pixel 7A. 

Should a new midrange Pixel phone make an appearance,

it will have more competition in the budget phone segment from Samsung,

The Pixel 6A, which costs $449, is essentially a scaled-down,

less costly version of Google's flagship device from 2021, the Pixel 6.