Google may kill its best Pixel smartphone next year

We expect the Pixel 7a to launch later this year. However, a recent leak suggests that it may be the last of its kind.

The Pixel A series is Google’s budget-friendly version of its annual Pixel flagship models — and has consistently been some of the best devices the company has in its lineup. Despite the success of the Pixel A series, it looks like the Pixel 7a will be the last device in the A series.

Pixel 7a render OnLeaks/MySmartPrice

According to passenger Yogesh BrarThere will not be a Pixel 8a due to how similar the Pixel A series is to its base model counterparts. While this news is certainly disappointing for Pixel A fans, it makes a lot of sense when looking at the rumors surrounding the Pixel 7a.

Current rumors about its specs suggest that the 7a is essentially the same phone as the Pixel 7, albeit with a slightly smaller screen and slightly different cameras. In terms of price, rumors also suggest that the Pixel 7a will get a $50 price increase from the Pixel 6a — at a cost of $499, just $100 less than the Pixel 7.

With how close the two devices are, it doesn’t make sense for Google to continue offering both, especially since the Pixel A series costs less than the base model while offering very similar specs.

Pixel 6a phone Joe Maring/Digital Trends

Despite this understanding, it’s still very hard to lose sight of the A Series since it has always been one of the most budget-friendly devices on the market. There are plenty of other options when it comes to cheap phones, sure, but the Pixel A always felt like the first winner.

According to Brar, Google will replace the Pixel A series in its lineup with a foldable device annually — an iteration of the upcoming Pixel Fold. Unfortunately, that will leave fans out of luck when it comes to picking up Pixel devices under $500. Brar also mentions that Samsung may adopt a similar practice, however, with the sheer volume of budget devices Samsung produces each year, it’s unclear which line might have ended.

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