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Rumors about the launch date, price and specifications of the Google Pixel 7a
November 2, 2022
Google may have already revealed its latest Pixel flagship devices, in the form of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, but many eyes are focused on the cheaper model to come – the Google Pixel 7a.
Here’s everything we know so far about the model that could be the benchmark for mid-range Android phones next year.
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When will Google Pixel 7a be released?
At the time of writing, we don’t have an official Google Pixel 7a release date, but the company usually releases its Pixel series in July or August. Here is what the previous models looked like:
There are a few outliers, such as the Pixel 4a 5G, which made its debut in October, but this particular model was remarkable as it marked a move to 5G rather than the next generation of the product. The 5a 5G was also unique in that it was only launched in the US and Japan, unlike its siblings which received global releases.
We’d say it’s safe to assume the Pixel 7a will be announced in the summer of 2023, although a GSM Arena report revealed that Amazon is already allowing people to sign up for phone launch notifications, which could suggest arriving earlier than expected. There is also a report from Nikkei Asia that Google has ordered 4 million units of the new A-series device that could go live in early 2023. Time will tell.
How much will Google Pixel 7a cost?
Again, we don’t have any official word on how much the Pixel 7a will cost when it arrives, but we can take a look at the models that preceded it to give us a hint. Here are the prices for the premiere of the Pixel a series:
Google Pixel 6a: $ 449 / £ 399
Google Pixel 5a 5G: $ 449
Google Pixel 4a 5G: $ 499 / £ 499
Google Pixel 4a: $ 349 / £ 349
Google Pixel 3a: $ 399 / £ 399
As you can see, the price has varied a bit over the past few years, but on average it’s around the $ 449 / £ 399 we’ve seen on the Pixel 6a. The current inflation and fluctuations in world currencies mean it’s hard to be sure Google will offer the same deal from the Pixel 7a, but we hope so.
What features will we see in Google Pixel 7a?
With the release date of the Pixel 7a still months away, there is no strong rumor about the new features it will include. However, we saw some interesting tidbits, and 9to5Google presents an interesting theory. The site tracked the five devices appearing in Android’s code and almost certainly discovered what they were. Two are the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, two others are considered the yet unreleased Pixel tablet and Google’s first foldable tablet. One unexplained remains, codenamed Lynx.
9to5Google thinks it could be the Pixel 7a, but if it does, it will mark a significant upgrade over the Pixel 6a it replaces. There have been a few strange rumors, such as the ceramic coating of the case and wireless charging, neither of which would be associated with the A series. The latter is much more likely, however, as wireless charging is becoming much more common on mid-range devices these days.
It is assumed that the Google Tensor 2 SoC will make its way to the Pixel 7a as it is normal practice to have the same chipset every generation and Pixel 7 and 7 Pro have Tensor 2 on board. The most interesting discovery, however, is the potential upgrades to the camera system.
Rumors say that the triple rear camera layout could appear for the first time in an A-series device. It would consist of a 1-inch Samsung GN1 with 50Mp resolution as the main shooter, which would be joined by a 1-inch Sony IMX787 64Mp (telephoto) and 13Mp Sony IMX712 (ultrawide). The front camera would also be a 13Mp sensor which would be a step up from the 8Mp on the Pixel 6a. This would make the selection arguably better than the dual cameras on the Pixel 7 and potentially even more powerful than the cameras on the Pixel 7 Pro.
It seems unlikely to us as it would essentially make the current Pixel 7 flagships a bit redundant, so we would take the rumors with a grain of salt. That being said, 9to5Google has a long-established reputation for doing these kinds of things well, so it could be that Google is having a very big treat for those looking to buy the new Pixel in 2023.
What would we like to see in Pixel 7a
In addition to the rumors we wrote above, we hope to see a few things on the Pixel 7a.
Higher refresh rate on the display
The refresh rate can make a big difference in keeping menus and web pages scrolling up and down the screen. The Pixel 6a currently has a panel that runs at 60Hz, while the Pixel 7 is 90Hz, and the Pixel 7 Pro runs at a butter 120Hz. While we don’t necessarily expect the Pixel 7a to hit Pro standards, an upgrade to 90Hz would be a welcome addition to keep pace with other mid-range Android devices.
Faster loading speeds
While the Google Pixel 7 peaks at 23W and gives 0% -50% in 30 minutes, it’s still a bit slow by modern standards, especially as Oppo recently announced 240W SuperVooc technology that can discharge a 4,500mAh battery from discharged to full in amazing 9 minutes. We don’t expect Google to go that far, but moving to 45W like the Samsung Galaxy S22 +, and even the 27W found in the iPhone 13, would be a welcome upgrade.
Keep it light and compact
The Pixel 6a isn’t the smallest phone on the market, but it’s much lighter and sleeker than the other Pixel 6 series entries. Since some of us don’t really like carrying a massive beast all the time, we’d like it to be kept in the new model. Or maybe, if possible, it could be even smaller, like the Pixel 4a? Our hands and wrists would appreciate it.
If you’re looking forward to the Pixel 7a launch, check out our roundup of the best Pixel 7 and 7 Pro deals and the best Pixel 6a deals to see if you can seize the opportunity.