Google Pixel 7a Prototype Listed on eBay Months Ahead of Launch: Report
Google Pixel 7a, the alleged mid-range successor to Pixel 6a, is set to hit the market in mid-2023. The design, key specifications and other details of the Google-branded handset were earlier leaked online. The design and dimensions of the Pixel 7a device are said to be similar to its predecessor Pixel 6a, but with some Pixel 7 features. Now an eBay listing of a handset purported to be a Google Pixel 7a prototype has hinted at the design and specifications of the alleged device.
The Pixel 7a prototype was listed on eBay by user nikoskom-94. However, the handset was not available for purchase at the time of writing. The smartphone appears to have the same design as previous leaks suggested. The only difference in design is that the Pixel smartphones have Google’s “G” logo on the back, but the prototype has a logo that looks more like a Pac-Man silhouette.
As per previous design leaks, the Google Pixel 7a is said to have a raised camera strip on the back panel, similar to the Pixel 7 lineup. The two rear camera sensors are seen close together, with the LED flash seen a little further away. It is said to have thin bezels on the front and a slightly thick chin. There is a hole-punch cutout in the middle of the front camera. The volume and power buttons were on the right edge of the device, while the SIM tray was on the left.
According to the eBay listing, Nicoscom-94 had sought to auction the alleged prototype model for $5,000 (roughly Rs. 4,12,200), but there were no takers. With the auction ending on Saturday, the price was reduced to $2,500 (roughly Rs. 2,06,100) and then to $1,650 (roughly Rs. 1,36,00). The Pixel 7a is expected to cost under $500 (roughly Rs. 41,200) at launch. As mentioned earlier, the handset is no longer available for purchase.
As per a previous report, the Pixel 7a is said to feature a 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. The same Tensor G2 chipset as the Pixel 7 series will most likely be used, along with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The handset is likely to boot Android 13 OS.
Furthermore, the Pixel 7a is expected to include the same camera setup as the Pixel 7. However, since Google is yet to reveal its release plans for the Pixel 7a, these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt. The Pixel 7a is expected to be unveiled alongside the Pixel Fold at the Google I/O developers conference on May 10.