The Pixel 7a, Google's claimed affordable mid-ranger in the “A”-badged Pixel 7 series, is expected to in mid-2023, and it's been a long time coming. It was previously predicted that the Google Pixel 7a will feature a triple rear sensor setup, including a Samsung 50-megapixel sensor, a 64-megapixel telephoto sensor, and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor. This will be the first time a telephoto sensor has come to the Pixel A series. However, Kuba Wojciechowski, who previously revealed this information, now says that Google may have removed Samsung's 50-megapixel lens from the lineup.

The tipster also revealed new information about the display of the Google Pixel 7a. According to the latest hints, Google may be using a Samsung-made 90Hz 1080p OLED display for what it claims is an affordable product. This would make the device one of the best displays in the affordable segment.

Wojciechowski also went on to reconfirm his earlier hints about the processor being used in a smartphone codenamed Google Pixel 7a, codenamed “lynx.” The whistleblower confirmed that the search giant is using Qualcomm chips for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, rather than Google's own Tensor SoC, as the main driver for smartphones. According to a report from Android Police, this will be the first time a Tensor-powered smartphone has been paired with a Qualcomm chip for connectivity.

At the same time, the device is also expected to support wireless charging, which is also the first of its kind. However, according to the tips, the wireless charging speed will be limited to 5W. 5W is very slow, suggesting that wireless charging support may be used by the search giant as a marketing tool rather than a feature on the smartphone.

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Google launched its first A-series Pixel, the Google Pixel 3a), on the premise of delivering the flagship Pixel experience on an affordable device by using cheaper materials. Companies are gradually blurring this by repeating what is achievable under budget.

However, Google has yet to confirm any details of the speculated smartphone.

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