We’re getting closer to Google I/O 2023, and it looks like this year’s event will bring new hardware. Google is expected to announce its latest flagship phone, the Pixel 7A, at its May 10 I/O keynote. The company has a long history of utter incompetence when it comes to leaks and product secrecy, and the 7A is no exception.
Now, we see (via 9to5Google) appear to be Google’s official marketing renders of the phone — and they show a new blue color option available alongside black and white. This is a more muted blue from the “true blue” original pixel. Google is very reluctant to go bold with colors again, which is a shame.
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Pictures posted MySmartPrice and OnLeaks, and they confirm that the Pixel 7A will be closer to Google’s flagship phones than any previous A-series. You get the same camera bar design with a cutout for the two lenses, and the side rails appear to be metal again (like the 6A). Most people would be hard-pressed to tell this apart from last year’s Pixel 7 if it weren’t for the very substantial display bezels.
The Pixel 7A is rumored to be powered by the same Tensor G2 chip as the 7 and 7 Pro. And Google appears Finally Add a 90Hz display to the pressure from Samsung, OnePlus and other competitors. This will be another specification that it shares with the Pixel 7.
There will be differences between them — including the camera hardware, most likely — but Google is ready to redo the Pixel 6A with some nice quality-of-life improvements. Remember that Pixel 7 is Still Currently on sale for $449with 6A base permit at $299, so the big question is where the price of the 7A will land. We’ll know more about that (and the rest of the new ones) in a few weeks. Personally, I’m very excited about the oft-rumored Pixel Fold, the upcoming next in the folding phone arena.