Google’s “a” series of smartphones has been a hit among many. And ever since Google launched the Pixel 7 series back in October, rumors about the Pixel 7a have been making their way online. And now, thanks to OnLeaks and Smartprix, we now know what the phone will look like as well. To no one’s surprise, the Google Pixel 7a looks almost identical to the regular Pixel 7.
Google Pixel 7a Rumors:
The 7a will sport the same color-matching side frames and visor-like metallic camera design as the Pixel 7, with a couple of camera sensors and an LED flash. But the most notable difference can be seen up front as the renders suggest quite thick bezels on the Pixel 7a. Especially on the chin.
Other than this, the phone’s dimensions measure 152.4 x 72.9 x 9.0mm (or 10.1mm with the camera bump). To compare, the Pixel 6a measured 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9mm. The phone will most like be available in two color options, white and grey.
Faster display, processor
Reports suggest that the Google Pixel 7a will ship with a 6.1″ 90Hz FHD+ display from Samsung. This is a welcome upgrade as the biggest downside of the Pixel 6a from last year was its 60Hz refresh rate display. If the Pixel 7a gets a faster screen, it will be a strong competitor in the midrange category.
And in terms of performance, the Pixel 7a is tipped to be powered by the new Tensor G2 processor as well. It doesn’t bring massive performance uplift compared to the first-gen Tensor chip, but it does bring some generous upgrades in the graphics and machine learning department. The phone will also feature an in-display fingerprint sensor for security.
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The Pixel 6a used the same old Sony IMX363 sensor we saw on older Pixel devices. However, according to reports from developer Kuba Wojciechowski, its successor will house an IMX787 primary sensor and an IMX712 ultrawide. This should translate to substantially better phone photos on the Pixel 7a.
According to Kuba, the Pixel 7a’s camera setup is called the “Pixel 22 Mid-range.” Codenamed “lynx”, the phone was rumored to ship with a GN1 sensor as well. But the leaked camera driver codes do not mention the GN1.
Slow charging speed was another factor that made the 6a less desirable for a number of people. While there is no news on faster charging, Google is reportedly adding support for 5W wireless charging on the Pixel 7a.
Google Pixel 7a Launch and Price
We can expect the Google Pixel 7a to launch in the first quarter of 2023. However, the exact release date and price are currently unknown. Nonetheless, if the rumored upgrades make it the device, it will be a tough-to-beat package in 2023.
- Meanwhile, check out our review of the Google Pixel 7