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.
May 4, 2023Read 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.
Sep 25, 2023
Google will apparently give you a free Pixel Watch 2 if you preorder a Pixel 8 Pro, according to a promotional image posted by Kamila Wojciechowska. Wojciechowska also posted other leaks, including one published by 91mobiles with a promotional video that confirms previously rumored details about the Watch 2.Read Article >
The deal might soften the blow of a rumored price hike for the Pixel 8 Pro that puts the new phone at a $999 starting price. The original Pixel Watch starts at $349.99 for the non-cellular version, making the Pixel 8 Pro effectively a $650 phone with this deal, assuming the 8 Pro price rumor is accurate. Wojciechowska posted a screenshot over the weekend suggesting that, at least for business customers, the Pixel 8 Pro might keep the 7 Pro’s $899 price.
Aug 30, 2023
Continuing the storied tradition of Google’s Pixel devices being some of the most-leaked hardware ever, the as-yet-unannounced Pixel 8 Pro has popped up on a Google Store page. @Android_Setting on Twitter / X pointed out the image on a page promoting Google’s subscriptions and services (Pixel Pass is not among them), showing a man taking a call on a Pixel 8 Pro in Porcelain.Read Article >
Sure, the device looks like the renders and images that have already leaked, including from a supposed internal Google video, but how can we be sure it’s that phone in that color? In a win for accessibility, the tipster notes that the image’s alt-text description removes all doubt, reading, “A person takes a call on a Pixel 8 Pro phone in Porcelain.”
Jul 5, 2023July’s Google Pixel update is rolling out for the Pixel 4a, the Pixel Fold, and everything in between.
The bug fixes listed mention charging, battery usage, or thermal performance, as well as addressing some UI issues.
Jun 3, 2023A big Pixel 8 chip leak just dropped.
May 8, 2023Keep an eye out for the next Pixel Watch in the fall.
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.
May 8, 2023
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:
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 27, 2023Coral!
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.
Apr 22, 2023Read 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 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.
Apr 18, 2023
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.
Apr 18, 2023
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.
Apr 10, 2023
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 5, 2023Has 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 16, 2023A Pixel 7a prototype has already popped up for sale on eBay.
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 15, 2023The 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.
Mar 14, 2023
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.
Mar 14, 2023
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.
Mar 13, 2023
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 8, 2023Don’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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Jan 16, 2023
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 >