Google: ambition but also caution for future Pixels

Come on, let’s talk about 2022, which is coming to an end, and now let’s take a look at what’s in store for us in 2023 and the coming years for the Pixel series! The homepage Android Authority actually claims to have gotten its hands on Google’s roadmap until 2025 for its smartphones. This should be taken with a grain of salt, and things may still change (or not come to pass at all).

In 2023, therefore, in addition to the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro expected this fall, Google should launch two new smartphones: a Pixel 7a (codenamed “lynx”) and the famous Pixel Fold (“felix”). The first is obviously the “entry-level” version of the Pixel 7, and its price should also be in the same range as the (very good) Pixel 6a, i.e. €459. As for the foldable smartphone, it would still be slated for spring at a price of $1,799.

Pixel Fold: This is what Google's first folding smartphone would look like

Pixel Fold: This is what Google’s first folding smartphone would look like

The Pixel 8 (“shiba”) would have a smaller screen and be more compact than its predecessor. The Pro (“husky”) model, on the other hand, would retain dimensions close to the Pixel 8 Pro’s. However, we should not expect major changes compared to the Pixel 7 series.

It is in 2024 that Google intends to shake the coconut tree. Pixel 8a (“akita”) is planned in advance, but the release of the smartphone will be correlated with the sale of Pixel 7a. In other words, if the Pixel 7a doesn’t succeed, there might not be a Pixel 8a. Google would also consider a slower pace for this family of products: instead of a new model every year, it would be every two years.

Rendering of the future (and hypothetical) Pixel Fold. @OnLeaks

In the fall of 2024, Google would launch the Pixel 9, which would have three models: we would keep a standard Pixel 9 model, with in addition two units labeled Pro. The first would have a 6.7-inch screen like the Pixel 7 Pro and 8 Pro, the second a smaller 6.3-inch panel (these two Pixel 9 Pro would benefit from the same technical characteristics for the rest).

This would be a way for Google to get closer to the model implemented by Apple with the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. The three future Pixel 9 would work with a Tensor G4 chip.

By 2025, and depending on the feedback for all these different devices, Google would have in mind to offer a new foldable device that would borrow the “clamshell” design of the Galaxy Z Flip. However, if the Pixel Fold burns out, the search engine will not rule out stopping costs on this front by concentrating its efforts on four models with a “classic” design (non-folding), sticking a little more to the strategy of ‘Apple .

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