The Pixel 7a has been the subject of numerous leaks, including teardowns and hands-on videos. Today, a new leak has revealed a pre-order bonus offer for the device: a pair of Pixel Buds. The information comes from a major French retailer who appears to have confirmed the pre-order dates as well.
A French retailer, Fnac, has jumped the gun by advertising the Pixel 7a in some of its stores ahead of Google’s official release of the smartphone. The Pixel 7a is expected to come with a price tag of €509 in the Eurozone, which is €50 higher than the current price of the Pixel 6a. Leaked information suggests that the price hike will also apply to the UK and the US markets, with the device expected to retail for £499 and US$499, respectively.
However, Fnac has revealed a pre-order bonus that could make the Pixel 7a more attractive to buyers. The bonus includes a complimentary pair of Pixel Buds A-Series earbuds, which are worth €99. While it is unclear if this pre-order bonus is specific to Google France or if it will be offered globally, Google has a track record of offering similar deals in other markets. Moreover, there are rumors that Google will offer a Pixel Watch with Pixel Fold pre-orders, so it is likely that the company will push the Pixel 7a globally in a similar vein. This pre-order bonus could make the Pixel 7a an even more compelling mid-range smartphone option.
Fnac also revealed that the pre-order period for the Pixel 7a will run from May 10 to May 22, with pre-orders opening on launch day, which coincides with Google’s I/O 2023 keynote. However, it is likely that Google will not start dispatching pre-orders until the fourth week of May. Despite the official release still being a few days away, a teardown of the Pixel 7a has already been published by PBKreviews, and a hands-on preview of the device has been shared by an YouTuber.
In terms of specs, the Pixel 7a is expected to feature a 6.1-inch FHD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 8GB of RAM, and a Tensor G2 chipset. The device is also said to have a 4,300mAh battery, which is slightly smaller than previously speculated but still in line with most of the other leaked specs.
While there have been a few discrepancies in the leaked information, most of the details match up with what we’ve heard so far. This latest leak adds more weight to the idea that the Pixel 7a is coming soon, and that Google is looking to offer some enticing pre-order bonuses to entice buyers.