The roadmap for future Google Pixel phones may have been leaked. An unknown source states, among other things, that the Pixel 8a will have a smaller screen than its predecessor and that several folds are planned, including a foldable model.
An “anonymous, but reliable” source reports to Android Authority The two Pixel devices will appear in April or May 2023, codenamed “Lynx” and “Felix”. These are the Pixel 7a and Pixel Fold, respectively. The Pixel 7a price will reportedly remain the same as the Pixel 6a at $449. In the Benelux, the device costs 459 euros. According to the source, the suggested retail price for the foldable will be $1,799.
Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro
The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are said to follow later in 2023. Except for the display, the source states that there are minor changes compared to the Pixel 7 series. The Pixel 8, codenamed “Shiba,” may have a smaller display than its predecessor. How much smaller is not clear. The Pixel 8 Pro or “Husky” keeps the same screen dimensions as the Pixel 7 Pro. The silicone for the Pixel 8 series is named “Zuma”. It may be Tensor G3-soc.
Pixel 8a and Pixel 9 series
In 2024, according to Android Authority, the Pixel 8a series, Pixel 9 series, and new foldables are expected. The arrival of the Pixel 8a, codenamed “Akita”, may depend on the Pixel 7a’s sales numbers. According to the source, Google is studying a similar release schedule that Apple uses with the iPhone SE series, with a new device in the series appearing every two years. The Pixel 8a is said to get a price increase from $449 to $499. It is not known if and how this translates to the price in euros.
In the fall of 2024, Google is expected to launch the Pixel 9 series. For the first time, it will consist of three devices, according to the source. This is for the vanilla Pixel 9 and two Pro models. These seem to be working on the Tensor G4-soc, codenamed “Redondo”.
The Pixel 9 is said to be the same size as the Pixel 8. So the device is again smaller than the Pixel 7. The One Pixel 9 Pro is codenamed “Komodo” and has a 6.7-inch display. The second Pro in the series has a 6.3-inch screen. Moreover, the specifications between the two are said to be the same, although it is not known yet. According to the source, Google wants to emulate Apple’s successful strategy in the field of device sizes, according to Android Authority.
It appears that Google is also considering a successor to the Pixel Fold in 2024. No further information has been learned about it. According to Android Authority, the tech giant may first be awaiting feedback on the first foldable.
Google’s release schedule in 2025 may depend mainly on the successes and failures of previous years. Android Authority says that Google is toying with the idea of foldable devices along the lines of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip devices. The arrival of this seems to depend on the sales numbers of the Pixel Fold and the foldable back.
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