Big Pixel Fold and 7a leak suggest a summer of new Google hardware

Google I/O is officially scheduled for May 10, where the company will take an in-depth look at everything new in Android 14. If history is any indication, we’ll likely see several gadgets announced on stage ahead of product launches later this year . In addition to the Pixel Tablet shown off by Google last year, we keep our eyes on two upcoming smartphones: the Pixel 7a and the Pixel Fold. After months of mystery, a new leak has us circling dates on our calendar for both devices, and neither seems too far off.


The folks at WinFuture got their hands on leaked retail information, giving us a good idea about when Google’s next smartphones will arrive. While previous leaks for the Pixel Fold – which the site confirms is the official name – suggested a fall launch date timed with the Pixel 8, that no longer appears to be the plan. Instead, Google’s first foldable version will hit store shelves sometime in mid-June, just a month after the expected I/O reveal.

A summer launch makes sense, as the Fold is rumored to be powered by Google’s Tensor G2 chip. Arriving in stores alongside a G3-powered Pixel 8 would make for some odd timing. Currently, the Pixel Fold is only listed with a 256GB SKU, though we’re not ruling out higher storage options.

Google’s other semi-annual smartphone, the Pixel 7a, will arrive within that same June window. That’s a little less surprising, as it’s a hit in the usual time frame for A-series products. WinFuture says it will arrive in Carbon, Cotton and Arctic Blue. The first two colors are standard black/grey and white options, but it’s the Arctic Blue colorway that has our attention. We can only hope it lives up to the “Really Blue” variant of the original Pixel, but either way, we’re excited.

WinFuture also says it’s spotted a Jade-colored case for the Pixel 7a, suggesting a matching hue for the smartphone itself. That said, this retail leak only features the three colors listed above for the 7a, so hold off on any potential excitement for now. As usual, we’re looking at one 128 GB SKU, with a rumored starting price of 500 euros.

Meanwhile, 9to5Google managed to substantiate this information with its own report. In addition to confirming this leaked retail information, the site saw first-party cases for the Fold in Haze Midtone, Porcelain, and Sky. Three cases for two smartphone colors could prove that the Pixel 7a’s potential Jade color is an accessory exclusive, but we’ll have to wait for an official announcement – or, let’s face it, more leaks – to find out for sure. 9to5Google says those blue Pixel Buds A-Series that recently leaked are also timed for this launch window, a perfect match for the Pixel 7a.

That’s plenty of gadgets to look forward to in a post-I/O world, even discounting the Pixel tablet. We also got an early look at Pixel 8 Pro renders today, and if history is any indication, we’ll likely see Google’s next flagship smartphone teased on stage in May. Either way, it’s looking like a busy 2023 in the world of Pixel, and we’re only a few months away from kicking off.

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