Google’s latest flagship phones are the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro, but a leaked roadmap gives us an idea of the tech giant’s Pixel plans for the next few years — until 2025. We’ll also be seeing foldable phones, spec upgrades, and a lot more besides. , Seemingly.
This intriguing glimpse into the future comes courtesy of Android Authority (Opens in a new tab), though keep in mind that this is by no means official, and it doesn’t cross the possibility that Google will change its plans even if this report is currently accurate. Even the same source says that the road map is not set in stone.
With those caveats out of the way, we can dive in. Around Google IO 2023 in April or May, it looks like we’ll be getting a Google Pixel Fold (priced at $1,799, that’s roughly £1,495, or AU$2,675) and a Google Pixel 7a (price seems to be identical to this year’s Google Pixel 6a at $449). $ / £ 399 / AU $ 749).
Furthermore, we will have the Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 8 Pro later in 2023. This roadmap suggests that the Pixel 8 will be smaller than its immediate predecessor, although the Pro model is said to match the Google Pixel 7 Pro in terms of dimensions. and display size. It is said that both phones will be powered by Tensor G3.
Apparently, 2024 will bring three Pixel 9 models running on the Tensor G4, with two Pro versions: the current 6.7-inch size and the new 6.3-inch size (to closely match the Apple iPhone series). However, the launch of the Google Pixel 8a is dependent on sales of the Pixel 7a – Google may turn a two-year cycle for the mid-range phone.
This road takes us to 2025, and that’s when planning is more flexible – a lot depends on how sales of the 2023 and 2024 phones go. The report says that Google may launch a foldable clamshell to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip series, and may expand the Pixel 10 range to four phones, And it may launch Google Pixel Fold 2.
Analysis: Follow Apple and Samsung
As Android Authority also noted while reporting on its experience, Google is clearly looking to follow the lead set by Apple and Samsung — the two phone makers that dominate sales in the US. By 2025, Google could have two foldables (like Samsung) and four major phone models (like Apple).
Switching Pixel A series phones to a launch every two years would match Apple, too — it’s what’s happening with the iPhone SE. Where power and performance aren’t so important, upgrades aren’t quite as urgent, and a change of course could help Google stick to a flat price point on these phones.
What remains to be seen is whether or not ramping up Pixel efforts will lead to higher device sales for Google. It’s been working hard to build out its ecosystem of devices — we launched the Pixel Watch this year, and next year we’ll have the Pixel Tablet, giving consumers more pieces of hardware that work seamlessly together.
Meanwhile, the Pixel phones’ main selling points have remained the same for years: excellent photos and videos, and a clean, constantly updated version of Android. However, in the US at least, Google still needs to do something about people’s reliance on iMessage to get a large number of users to switch.
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