According to the Vietnamese website Zing News, a prototype of an upcoming midrange phone was leaked online by its owner, who was likely using it as a test device. Google reportedly remotely locked the phone after the leak, but some details about the device were already revealed. The leaked photos showed that the phone was running Android 13 and had a 90 Hz screen option in the Settings app. It was also revealed that the device had 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.
The new phone has a camera bar similar to its previous versions, but it is made of metal with a matte finish, unlike the Pixel 6a’s glass bar or the Pixel 7’s polished aluminum one. Like the Pixel 6a, the device appears to have a pair of 12 MP cameras. One of them is touted to be a standard camera while the other is of the super wide angle type.
The phone case consists of two glass sides and a metal frame, with slots for the speakers and USB-C charging port. The edges of the phone case have a SIM tray slot for a single physical SIM card. The owner, who bought the device from an acquaintance, couldn’t confirm if it supports eSIM. When the screen is on, it’s apparent that the phone retains the Pixel 6a’s thick bezel and the large front camera cut out.
The latest leaked images and information corroborate earlier leaks that revealed the design of the phone that resembles the Pixel 6a. The previous leaks also indicated that the device would have a “Smooth Display” feature, enabling users to switch between 60Hz and 90Hz refresh rates, which would be a new addition to the A-series lineup.
Although Google has not yet officially announced the Pixel 7a, the company usually introduces its A-series devices during its annual I/O event. The developer conference’s keynote is scheduled for May 10th this year.