The Pixel 7a, Google’s claim to be an affordable “A”-label mid-range product, is expected to launch in 2023 and is expected to be a major upgrade over all previous A-series Pixel smartphones. According to reports, the Pixel 7a will come with features like better cameras and wireless charging. Google’s first A-series Pixel, the Pixel 3a, comes on the premise that the search giant offers the flagship Pixel experience on a budget device made possible by using cheaper materials. However, with each new A-Series launch, the company closes the gap between flagship specs, quality and experience.

This strategy is reflected in the Pixel 4a 5G, which Google released alongside the Pixel 5, and both phones are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. The Pixel 4a 5G also features a 90Hz refresh rate support display, water resistance, a premium metal body, and wireless charging, which helps the smartphone stand out in a category where you don’t often see such features. The Pixel 5a also manages to lower the retail price while having a water-resistant body and metal casing. Most notably, both the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5a phones feature the same main camera sensor as their flagship models.

However, the Pixel 6a doesn’t feature the same camera sensor as the Pixel 6, and the search giant chose to keep the Pixel 5a’s camera sensor.

Google’s work on the Pixel 7a was initially confirmed by public conversations about Android’s open source code, which that the device codenamed “Lynx” would be the Pixel 7a, due to be released in 2023.

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Earlier this year, Weibo leaker Digital Chat Station shared details about Foxconn’s China-made Pixel devices, which will use the same Tensor G2 chip as the Pixel 7 series and feature a ceramic body. According to a report by 9to5google, the device is now known as the Pixel 7a. If true, the Pixel 7a would be the first Google phone in the Pixel lineup to feature a ceramic body.

Meanwhile, according to Android researcher Kuba Wojciechowski, the Lynx Pixel 7a will include a “P9222” chip for wireless charging. However, the aforementioned chip only supports 5W charging, suggesting that the Pixel 7a’s wireless charging might be more hyped than functional.

In terms of image capture and processing, the Pixel 7a may feature the same Samsung 50-megapixel sensor as the Pixel 6 series, in addition to a 64-megapixel telephoto sensor and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor. This will be the first time a telephoto sensor has entered the Pixel A series. In fact, only the high-end “Pro” Pixel models had a telephoto sensor before.

However, Google has remained mum, not revealing anything about the alleged Pixel 7a model, including name, design, specs, pricing or launch details.


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