Google’s hardware division has a well-earned reputation as one of the leakiest in the business, with multiple past devices making their way into the hands of bloggers ahead of their official announcements. And true to form, this year, people have managed to get their hands on both the affordable variant of the Pixel 7, the Pixel 7A, and Google’s first foldable phone, the Pixel Fold, ahead of Google even officially acknowledging that they exist.
We’re expecting to hear more about both devices at Google I/O on May 10th. But after a series of leaks, Google just went ahead and announced the Fold early, promising to share more details at the event.
Meanwhile, Google has effectively been front-running any Pixel Tablet leaks by pre-announcing it at least a year ahead of its official release date.
Here’s a roundup of all the major rumors about Google’s upcoming 2023 devices, including the Pixel 7A, Pixel foldable, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel 8 and 8 Pro flagships.
Google announces the Pixel Fold
The rumors are true: next week, Google will introduce its first foldable phone, the Pixel Fold, during the Google I/O 2023 event.Read Article >
Google hasn’t revealed any specs for the device, but a brief teaser video shows off a full-size outer display on a phone that opens up similarly to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold devices. The camera bar on the back is similar to other Pixel devices but doesn’t stick out as prominently, reflecting what we’ve seen in leaked marketing materials and even a hands-on video.
May 8Keep an eye out for the next Pixel Watch in the fall.
Google announced the Pixel Watch a year ago during its I/O event and launched the wearable last fall, delivering what Victoria Song called “a good-but-not-yet-great smartwatch for Android users.”
Maybe we’ll see more Wear OS updates this week during I/O 2023, but 9to5Google is already citing a source saying the Pixel Watch 2 will launch this fall along with the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro smartphones.
Google Pixel Tablet specs leak just days ahead of I/O
The expected launch of the Google Pixel Tablet is just days away, but its specs have already been leaked online, as spotted earlier by WinFuture. A now-removed listing from Amazon’s Japanese website reveals that the 11-inch tablet will feature Google’s Tensor G2 chip with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage.Read Article >
The listing also indicates that the device will come with an LCD display with a 2560 x 1600 resolution, 500 nits of brightness, up to 12 hours of video streaming, and USI 2.0 stylus support. Other notable features include two eight-megapixel cameras on the front and back of the device, quad speakers, three microphones, a USB-C charging port, and support for Wi-Fi 6.
- The Pixel Fold leaks aren’t over.
One more image and some specs just leaked out today. I added them to our story:
The Google Pixel Fold looks nearly gapless in first leaked marketing images
You’ve seen renders. You’ve seen a little footage. You’ve heard the marketing leaks. Now, you can feast your eyes on what are almost certainly the first images from Google itself of the leaked Pixel Fold. And if you haven’t looked at this story in a while, there’s a new third image as well:Read Article >
Those are the sorts of images that are the bread and butter of Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, and while his Twitter account is still private, he’s a friend of The Verge who’s happy to let us share them with you this fine evening. (Evening for me, anyhow, I’m in California.)
Apr 28The blue Pixel 7A looks really nice.
Leaker SnoopyTech has shared real-life photos of the blue and black Pixel 7A on Twitter. I desperately want to see the coral one. Also, maybe Google should announce this soon?
Reliable leaker Evan Blass just shared a picture of what appears to be a coral Pixel 7A on Twitter (his account is private, so you may not be able to see the pic on Twitter). I normally just go for black phones, but I think this coral color looks fantastic.
The unannounced phone is also rumored to come in blue, black, and white.
A real-life Pixel Fold has seemingly leaked for the very first time
You’ve seen renders and perhaps even a plastic mockup, but real-life footage of Google’s first foldable phone? Unless we’re getting the wool pulled over our eyes, behold the Pixel Fold!Read Article >
It’s true, there’s not a lot to distinguish this as the Google foldable in this video alone — no logos, no distinctive design touches like a big camera bar, just a selfie camera up front, internal bezels, and a folding screen with rounded edges. It looks like it could be a Samsung prototype as easily as a Google device.
The Pixel Tablet has been captured on video at a special Google event
The Pixel Tablet is supposed to launch sometime this year — Google I/O in May feels like a pretty good venue! — and ahead of its eventual release, somebody captured a video of the tablet in real life at Google’s “Shaped by Water” installation currently happening as part of Milan Design Week (via 9to5Google).Read Article >
In the Instagram video from Saori Masuda (you’ll need to browse over to the very last video in the gallery), you can see many Google and Pixel devices laid out along a table, including some Pixel Tablets, Pixel Watches, different versions of Pixel Buds, and Pixel phones.
- The Pixel 7A may have face unlock.
Google’s still-unannounced but leak-prone phone may let you unlock your phone with your face in addition to your fingerprint, according to an image shared by Twitter user SnoopyTech. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have face unlock as well.
With how much we’ve seen so far of the phone, the Pixel 7A seems like a lock for Google I/O, which takes place on May 10th.
Leak: Google will announce the Pixel Fold at I/O and beat Samsung on battery
When will we finally see Google’s first foldable phone? The smart money is now on May 10th, with availability in June. CNBC says it got hold of internal marketing materials showing Google will launch the repeatedly reportedly delayed smartphone at Google I/O.Read Article >
Most of CNBC’s report corroborates what leakers like Roland Quandt and OnLeaks have already told us. You should expect a closed-book 5.8-inch phone that folds out into a 7.6-inch tablet, powered by Google’s Tensor G2 processor, starting at north of $1,700 — making it a direct competitor to Samsung’s $1,800 Galaxy Z Fold 4.
The Pixel 7A might cost $50 more than the Pixel 6A
Google’s still-unannounced Pixel 7A might cost $499, meaning the rumored midrange phone will launch at a $50 premium over last year’s Pixel 6A, according to 9to5Google. While that price might be a bit of a disappointment, the new phone will apparently getting some big upgrades that could justify the cost.Read Article >
The cameras, for example, are moving up to a 64MP main camera (up from 12MP in the Pixel 6A) and a 13MP ultrawide camera (up from 12MP), 9to5Google reports. The phone will apparently also be getting a 90hz display, the Tensor G2 chip that powers the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, and wireless charging. Those all seem like nice improvements from the very-good Pixel 6A.
Google Pixel 7A leak reveals new blue color
We’re getting closer and closer to Google I/O 2023, and it’s looking like this year’s event will come with new hardware in tow. Google is expected to announce its latest midtier phone, the Pixel 7A, at the May 10th I/O keynote. The company has a long history of sheer incompetence when it comes to containing leaks and product secrecy, and the 7A has been no exception.Read Article >
Now, we’re getting a look (via 9to5Google) at what appears to be Google’s official marketing renders of the phone — and they show off a new blue color option that will be available alongside black and white. It’s a muted blue and still a far cry from the “really blue” original Pixel; Google seems very hesitant to go bold on colors again, which is a shame.
Apr 5Has the Pixel Tablet just been certified by the FCC?
9to5Google has spotted a new Google device in the FCC’s database that could be the Pixel Tablet. It appears to be an Android device that supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ultra wideband (UWB), but not cellular connectivity, which would be weird for a phone.
It suggests that a) the Pixel Tablet could launch soon (perhaps at Google I/O next month?) and b) it’ll support the short-range UWB wireless protocol.
Mar 16A Pixel 7a prototype has already popped up for sale on eBay.
Just like the Pixel 7 last spring, Google’s next phone has already appeared in an online auction without being released or even announced (via Android Police).
This device, which the seller said is not fully functional and could only load to the fastboot screen, appears to be a different one from the Pixel 7A that leaked a few days ago. Bidding reached as high as $2,550 before the auction was, inevitably, pulled.
Mar 15The Pixel 8 Pro’s younger sibling emerges.
Alleged renders of the Pixel 8 have leaked online, joining the images of the Pixel 8 Pro that emerged yesterday. On the outside, this year’s non-Pro model doesn’t look like a huge departure from the Pixel 7 that proceeded it. But it could be a different story on the software side, if rumors of an upgraded Tensor processor are accurate.
Pixel 8 Pro renders reveal redesigned camera and a flat display
Google’s upcoming Pixel 8 Pro may have a redesigned camera bar and a flat display, according to new renders of the unannounced device from OnLeaks and Smartprix. Similar renders have also been published of the non-Pro Pixel 8 by MySmartPrice, also in collaboration with OnLeaks.Read Article >
The most noticeable change to the Pixel 8 Pro’s camera bar is that all three cameras will be visible in one big oval cutout instead of being partially separated like they are on the Pixel 7 Pro. Per the renders, the 8 Pro’s camera bar will also have a mysterious new sensor under the flash. Smartprix speculates that the sensor could be a macro or depth sensor but says that its “specific function remains unknown.” The Pixel 8’s dual-camera setup, meanwhile, appears similar to that the one seen on the Pixel 7, with no obvious sign of the extra sensor.
The Pixel Fold is reportedly coming in June
The Google Pixel Fold could be available as soon as the second week in June, according to WinFuture’s Roland Quandt. The reliable leaker tweeted on Tuesday that the phone will come with 256GB base storage and that you’ll be able to get it in either a black / dark gray color or white.Read Article >
The foldable has been rumored for a long time, and there have been whispers that it would be announced sometime in the next few months. However, a January report from The Elec threw some cold water on that idea, saying that the screen wasn’t even set to go into production until July or August.
Someone obtained a whole-ass Pixel 7A before Google could even announce it
I can’t quite say it was inevitable, but — in some of the least surprising yet amusing tech news in the world — a Vietnam gadget enthusiast has managed to obtain a developer unit of the unannounced Pixel 7A smartphone.Read Article >
Seriously: we called the Pixel 4 the most-leaked phone ever — and that was after multiple Russian-speaking bloggers obtained the Pixel 3 XL. The Nexus 4 was fully reviewed before it was ever announced. The Pixel 4A and Pixel 5 leaked like a sieve, and Google itself tipped the 6A in a coloring book, not unlike how it accidentally revealed the Nexus 5 in a YouTube video. The Pixel 6 got unboxed, and the Pixel 6 Pro even got a teardown before the phone launched. It’s not hard to see why Google tends to tease its gadgets early now.
Mar 8Don’t expect much Pixel Fold at Google I/O.
We’re seeing headlines suggest the long-awaited foldable might show at Google I/O on May 10th, but I’m not holding my breath. Remember, TheElec reported Google wouldn’t even begin mass production of the most critical component — the foldable screen — ‘till July or August. That pub has good sources in the display industry.
I guess Google might give us a glimpse, though, alongside Android 14?TheElec (via Google Translate)
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New Pixel Fold leak lands in physical space
The Pixel Fold isn’t official yet, but it might as well be. Last month we got renders. Now the dude Dave2D got an alleged dummy model of the Pixel foldable and extrapolated a bunch of features out of the mostly featureless plastic.Read Article >
Jan 3Get ready for another six to nine months of Pixel Fold rumors.
Google’s attempt at a folding phone might be one of the longest running device rumors at this point, as we’ve heard reports about it for years.
Now a new report indicates that it is planned for a fall launch this year, a little later than the Google I/O timeline previously reported.
Of course, Google could very well announce it at I/O in May or June and then formally launch it in the fall — that’s exactly what happened with the Pixel 7 / 7 Pro and Pixel Watch in 2022.
Either way, we’re ready for some folding phone competition for Samsung here in the US.
Dec 23, 2022
Google’s alleged Pixel phone plans for the next three years have leaked
Google’s plans for its Pixel phone lineup from 2023 to 2025 have been leaked, if Android Authority is to be believed. On Thursday the outlet published a timeline full of information from a source it called “anonymous but trustworthy,” saying that it’s vetted the plans and warning that some outcomes were more likely than others.Read Article >
The whole thing is worth a read, but here are the top line items: Android Authority says that there’s talk within Google about moving the less expensive A-series phones to a once-every-two-years schedule, and there are plans to design a Pro Pixel for those who don’t want a massive 6.7-inch screen. The outlet is also repeating rumors that we can expect Google to finally reveal its $1,799 folding phone next spring, and says the company is considering launching a sequel in 2025 that’ll be closer to a Samsung Z Flip than a Z Fold.
Dec 8, 2022
Pixel Fold renders arrive with detailed size and spec rumors for Google’s foldable phone
New leaks appear to reveal what to expect from Google’s long-rumored foldable phone. Leaker OnLeaks has teamed up with the website HowToiSolve to share renders, a 360-degree video, and measurements of the foldable Pixel device.Read Article >
According to OnLeaks and HowToiSolve, the phone will apparently have a 5.79-inch cover screen and a larger 7.69-inch inner screen, meaning it will function more like Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4, which has a cover screen, than Microsoft’s Surface Duo phones, which do not. Unfolded, the Google’s device will be “roughly” 158.7 x 139.7 x 5.7mm. For comparison, the Z Fold 4 is 155.1 x 130.1 x 6.3mm, so the Pixel foldable could be a bit bigger than Samsung’s.
Nov 29, 2022This might be a preview of the Pixel 7A.
Now that the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Plus are freely available, and we’ve already seen hints about the Pixel 8, it’s time to get rumors going for the next budget Pixel smartphone.
Amazingly, this hardware hasn’t been found in a bar or on Facebook Marketplace yet, but typically reliable source @OnLeaks (you can see his previous Pixel 7 leak here) has produced rendered still images and videos of what the Pixel 7A might look like,