Google is expected to debut the latest iteration of its Google Pixel 7a and its first foldable device, the Pixel Fold, at the Google IO 2023 event on May 10.
Google Pixel 7a and Fold Price
Although speculation regarding these smartphones has been circulating for some time, their prices have already appeared online before the official unveiling. As per Jon Prosser, a reliable tipster, the Pixel 7a will have a starting price of $499 (approximately Rs. 40,000), which is $50 more than the launch price of the Pixel 6a.
Meanwhile, the Pixel Fold is rumored to start at $1,799 (roughly Rs. 1.47 lakh). Google is yet to make an official announcement regarding the launch of these two smartphones.
According to Prosser’s tweet, customers will have the option to select from Charcoal, Snow, Sea (light blue), and Coral Blue color variants for the Pixel 7a. Following its unveiling, the phone is expected to be available for purchase right away. Conversely, the Pixel Fold may not be immediately available for purchase and could be released later this year.
The availability of the Pixel Fold in India remains uncertain. However, given Google’s past history of launching Pixel A-series phones in the country, the arrival of the Pixel 7a seems likely. Although the tipster has not shared the specific pricing for India, it is anticipated that the Pixel 7a will cost over Rs. 40,000. In the previous year, the Pixel 6a was launched in India at Rs. 43,999 for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. Once the Pixel 7a arrives in India, it is possible that the Pixel 6a will also receive a price reduction.
The Pixel 6a is currently available on Flipkart for Rs. 28,999.
Meanwhile, the Pixel 7a is anticipated to receive significant upgrades this year. While its design may appear similar to that of the Pixel 6a, minor modifications are expected. This suggests that the phone will feature a hole-punch display and a rectangular bar on the back for its dual rear cameras, as opposed to the three cameras found on Google’s flagship 7 Pro.
In terms of specifications, the Pixel 7a may feature a 90Hz OLED display, an upgrade from the Pixel 6a’s 60Hz display. It is also rumored to include Google’s custom Tensor G2 chipset, coupled with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage technology. A leak suggests that the phone may come equipped with a 4,410mAh battery with support for 18W wired charging technology. However, the phone may not include wireless charging, a feature that is absent from most Android phones in this price range. Conversely, its competitor, the Nothing Phone (1), supports wireless charging technology.
Additional noteworthy features of the Pixel 7a include 5G connectivity, a primary Sony IMX787 sensor with 64 megapixels, and an ultra-wide Sony IMX712 sensor with 12 megapixels. The device is also rumored to come with stereo speakers. Additionally, Google is expected to promote the phone’s stock Android capabilities, pledging at least three years of updates.
The Pixel Fold will likely include three rear cameras and two selfie cameras, similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 4. The phone is expected to operate on Android 12 or 13L, which is a customized operating system for foldable devices and tablets.