Leaks and rumors are no strangers to the smartphone industry, but when it comes to Google Pixel, the extent of information that comes to light is unmatched. Despite the fact that the launch of the Pixel 7a is still a few months away, we have already been treated to a sneak peek, with several leaks providing us with hands-on images and detailed specifications.
Over the past few days, there has been a flurry of leaks about this upcoming midrange phone, and to add to the excitement, a prototype of the Pixel 7a has now surfaced on eBay, with a current asking price of $2,550.
According to the eBay listing, the seller “nikoskom-94” initially tried to auction off the Pixel 7a prototype for an exorbitant price of $5,000. However, unsurprisingly, there were no takers for such a high amount. As a result, the seller lowered the price to $2,500, and subsequently further reduced it to $1,650. Nonetheless, the device still remains considerably overpriced for a mid-range smartphone that is expected to retail for less than $500. Currently, the seller is listing the device at $2,550, and the auction is set to end on Saturday.
Despite the fact that the current asking price for the Pixel 7a prototype on eBay is several times higher than its expected retail price at launch, the listing does offer four additional images of the smartphone. As per the images, the back of the phone sports the typical prototype indicators used by Google, including a distinct line pattern and symbol in place of the “G” logo.
The newly released images of the Pixel 7a prototype offer a detailed view of the smartphone’s bottom edge, which clearly shows the presence of a USB-C port. In addition, the port is flanked by two pill-shaped cutouts, which are most likely meant for the speaker and microphone, respectively.
Although the Pixel 7a prototype available on eBay cannot be used since it does not turn on, the “Fastboot Mode” screen provides some valuable information. The screen indicates that the device is an EVT1.0 model. Moreover, the listed phone is equipped with 8GB of Samsung LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of storage from SKHynix. Additionally, the barcode screen reveals that the SKU of the Pixel 7a prototype is GHL1X.
According to recent reports, the Pixel 7a is expected to make its first appearance in May during Google’s annual I/O conference. Previous leaks suggest that the phone will be equipped with a 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It is also expected to feature the Tensor G2 chipset, similar to the Pixel 7 series, along with 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB UFS 3.1 storage. As for its operating system, the device is likely to run on the latest Android 13 OS. At the same event, Google may also showcase its upcoming Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet.