Google Pixel 7a rumored to feature wireless charging and flagship cameras

Google’s inexpensive mid-range Pixel 7a, which is set to debut in 2023, is rumored to feature a major upgrade over all previous Pixel A-series smartphones. The Pixel 7a is rumored to feature wireless charging and better cameras. The Pixel 3a, Google Pixel’s first A-series device, was introduced with the aim of bringing the flagship Pixel experience to a budget device, which the search giant has accomplished by using cheaper materials. The company has, however, narrowed the gap between flagship features, quality, and experience with each new A-series launch.

This strategy was demonstrated by Google’s decision to introduce the Pixel 4a 5G alongside the Pixel 5, with both devices sporting the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC. The Pixel 4a 5G also sported a 90Hz refresh rate display, water resistance, and a premium metal body that helped the device stand out in a market where they were in short supply. The Pixel 5a kept the retail price low while sporting a metal shell and water-resistant body. Most notably, the main camera sensor of the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5a phones was identical to that of the flagship models.

The search engine giant opted to use Pixel 5a camera sensors for the Pixel 6a, so it didn’t have the same camera sensor as the Pixel 6.

A public discussion of Android’s open-source code initially supported Google’s development of the Pixel 7a by revealing that the device codenamed “Lynx”, which will launch in 2023, will be the Pixel 7a.

Weibo leakster Digital Chat Station revealed information about a Pixel device earlier this year that would use the same Tensor G2 processor as the Pixel 7 series and have a ceramic body. The device was to be manufactured by Foxconn in China. According to a report from 9to5Google, this handset is now assumed to be the Pixel 7a. That said, this would be the first Google phone in the Pixel lineup to have a ceramic body.

Kuba Wojciechowski, an Android researcher, also claims that the Lynx Pixel 7a will have the “P9222” chip for wireless charging. The Pixel 7a’s wireless charging capabilities may be more of a promotional gimmick than revolutionary since the aforementioned chip can only offer 5W charging.

For photography, the Pixel 7a can use the same 50MP Samsung sensor as the Pixel 6 series, in addition to a 64MP telephoto lens and a 13MP ultra-wide shooter. It would be the first A-series Pixel smartphone to feature a telephoto sensor. Telephoto sensors were previously found exclusively in the most flagship Pixel “Pro” models.

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