We expect to see a Google Pixel 7a arrive in the next few months, assuming Google sticks to its usual schedule of releasing mid-range handsets among the flagships – and the phone has just been mentioned on Amazon.
As reported by GSMArena (opens in new tab)The retail site is allowing users to sign up for updates on the Google Pixel 7a announcement, which suggests the device is indeed on its way and could show up sooner rather than later.
We haven’t received any information about the Pixel 7a or any images of it – and there’s no real indication that Amazon has any advance details of the device – but it seems unlikely that you can sign up for updates on a phone that doesn’t exist.
Something of note is that Amazon’s website mentions a “family” of products – does that mean more than one Pixel 7a device is on the way? We haven’t seen this for this range of phones since the Google Pixel 3a XL in 2019.
Rumors surrounding the Pixel 7a have been pretty thin so far. There’s been mention of a more compact, mid-range phone in the works at Google, but it’s not certain that the handset in question is actually the Pixel 7a.
We saw the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro have their big reveal earlier this month, and all indications are that a Google Pixel 8 will arrive next year. The Google Pixel 7a would therefore fit perfectly in the middle.
Analysis: getting the timing right
Assuming a Pixel 7a is indeed on the way, it will be interesting to see what Google does in terms of timing. The past may give us some indication: the Google Pixel 5 was announced in September 2020 and was followed by the Google Pixel 5a in August of the following year.
Then we got the Google Pixel 6 in October 2021 and the Google Pixel 6a in May 2021 – the latter phone was actually revealed at the Google IO 2022 event, so perhaps we should expect the Google Pixel 7a to show up at Google IO 2023.
Considering the supply chain was so significantly disrupted by the global pandemic in 2020 and 2021, the Pixel 6a is perhaps a better indicator of timing than the Pixel 5a (which only launched in the US and Japan, don’t forget).
The Pixel 7 smartphones were shown in full in October of this year, so maybe May 2023 is the time when the Pixel 7a is likely to appear. Google hasn’t announced any dates for IO 2023 yet, but there’s little doubt that it will happen – and of course we’ll cover it in depth as usual.