We think the Google Pixel 7a will break the cover in the next month or two, and recently leaked photos of the phone have surfaced: they show the Pixel 7a in three different colors, including a bright shade of blue that we haven’t seen before.
These images appear to be official Google promotional photos, although it’s hard to say for sure – they come from a recognized insider on Leaks (opens in a new tab) and blog My smart price (opens in a new tab), so we are led to believe that we are looking at authentic photos here. Dark gray and white are the other colors on display besides blue.
You can see the design language of the Google Pixel again, with a convex rear camera on the back and a small cut-out hole for the selfie camera on the front. There are some very minor changes, such as the bottom camera bar, from the Google Pixel 6a.
Blue is the color
This new pale blue color is probably the most interesting aspect of these new leaked photos. there was a shadow previously mentioned (opens in a new tab) for both the Pixel 7a and a future pair of Pixel Buds, but this is the first time we’ve seen it.
In addition to the images, we have a list of specs that match the earlier leaks: 6.1-inch display, 90Hz, Tensor G2 processor, 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and a 64MP dual lens + 12MP rear camera module on the back.
The handset is widely expected to be unveiled at the Google IO 2023 event, starting on May 10. At the same time, we should hear a lot more about Google’s plans for various software products, artificial intelligence, and other services.
Analysis: blue sky ahead
We’ve always been impressed with the mid-range Pixel phones Google releases mid-year, although the Google Pixel 6a turned out to be a bit of a let down due to poor battery life and slow charging speeds.
Let’s hope the Google Pixel 7a is something of a return to form, and a new shade of color certainly won’t hurt. As Apple recently demonstrated with the yellow iPhone, this can make all the difference when it comes to tempting potential buyers into buying.
Based on what we’ve heard so far, apart from the new color, the signs are good: internal specs suggest plenty of power, and while there’s only a dual-lens rear camera, Google’s image processing algorithms should ensure it gets very decent results.
The materials may not be at the same premium level as on the Google Pixel 8, but compromises have to be made somewhere. As always, the price a phone is sold for will be critical to its overall appeal.