The Pixel 7a, a budget version of the Pixel 7 series, is expected to be officially announced at Google I/O on May 10th and is gaining a fair amount of attention as the successor to the Pixel 6a in the domestic market. However, specific release dates have not yet been announced, with some suggesting it could be as early as mid-June.
Amidst this, interesting information has been posted on Reddit. According to this Reddit user, they asked Google’s recently announced conversational AI service “Bard” about the release date of the Pixel 7a, and received the following response:
According to the response from Google Bard, the Pixel 7a is expected to start accepting pre-orders from July 20th at places like the Google Store, and the release date is set for August 24th.
By the way, the release of the previous model, the Pixel 6a, was in late July, so the release of the Pixel 7a seems to be more than a month late compared to that. However, the Pixel 5a was released on August 26th two years ago, so it doesn’t seem like an impossible schedule based on this example.
On the other hand, according to information from 9to5Google, the Pixel 7a is expected to be released in mid-June, around the same time as the Pixel Fold, and this information seems to be quite reliable.
At this point, it is difficult to determine which information is correct, as there is a difference of more than two months between the “release dates” of both sources, which is very intriguing. However, if anyone has access to the Bard service, it might be worth trying it out.
The reliability of this information is also unclear, but it is interesting that the response came from Google’s official AI service. Google Bard has not yet been publicly released. Google Bard is currently in a testing phase and invitations are being sent out to select Super Pixel Fans to test Bard. Google is also using its Pixel, Nest, and Google One brands to invite people to use Bard.
There have already been a handful of leaked live shots and specs of the Pixel 7a that have surfaced online. It has also been reported that a prototype of the Pixel 7a has gone up for sale on eBay. Despite the lack of an official announcement from Google, these leaks have given us a sneak peek at what we can expect from the upcoming smartphone.