Google’s upcoming phone, the Pixel 7a has already started making rounds on the internet before its expected launch at Google I/O 2023. The budget focussed A-series brings the same Tesnor G2 processor in addition to LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage in a cheaper variant of the Pixel 7 series.
Zing News has posted hands-on images of the upcoming phone and reported some of the specs we’ll be seeing. While the storage remains at around 128GB as expected from the A-series phones, the Pixel 7a is going to have 8GB RAM instead of the usual 6GB. A rubber gasket around the device’s SIM tray also hints at a certain level of water resistance much like the Pixel 7 lineup.
The device is expected to have a 6.1-inch OLED screen running at 90Hz, a first in the Pixel A-series as previous devices have stuck to a 60Hz refresh rate. The resolution, however, remains at 1800 x 2400 with a 20:9 aspect ratio.
There are a few suggestions floating around on the internet as to what camera the upcoming Pixel will feature. Leaks suggest that it could either use the 64MP IMX787 sensor found in the Pixel 7 lineup or the same 12MP sensor from the Pixel 6a as the main camera, paired with a 12MP ultrawide. The front camera, however, remains the same at 10.8MP trickling down from the more expensive Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
Finally, the phone is expected to ship with a 4410 mAh battery with support for 20W wired and 5W wireless charging. The design also largely resembles the Pixel 7 series as Google leans heavily into its back camera visor design implementation. That said, the headphone jack has reportedly been dropped from the phone.
The phone will ship with the latest stable Android version at the time of release which is expected to be Android 13. However, being first for software upgrades is one of the perks buying a Google phone gets you, so the phone will support Android 14 as soon as it becomes available.