Google might kill its best Pixel smartphone next year

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

The Pixel A series is Google’s budget version of its annual Pixel flagships, and they’re consistently 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.

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According to presenter Yogesh Brar, there will be no Pixel 8a due to how similar the Pixel A series has become to its base models. While this news is certainly disappointing for Pixel A fans, it makes perfect sense when you look 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. Price-wise, the Pixel 7a is also rumored to get a $50 bump over the Pixel 6a: it’ll cost $499, just $100 less than the Pixel 7.

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

Anyone out there have a Pixel 6a.  We see the back of the phone.Pixel 6a Joe Maring/Digital Trends

Despite this understanding, it’s still a great shame that we might lose the A-series, as it’s always been one of the most affordable budget devices on the market. Of course, there are plenty of other options when it comes to budget phones, but the Pixel A has always seemed like a winner.

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According to Brar, Google will replace the Pixel A series in its lineup with an annual foldable device, an iteration of the upcoming Pixel Fold. Unfortunately, this will leave fans out of luck when it comes to buying a Pixel device under $500. Brar also mentions that Samsung could adopt a similar practice, however, with the sheer number of budget devices Samsung produces each year, it’s unclear which line might be on the decline.

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