Alleged Google Pixel 7a prototype goes on sale on eBay with a hefty price tag


HIGHLIGHTS

  • The alleged Pixel 7a prototype appeared for sale on eBay before launch.
  • The seller initially tried to sell the prototype for $5,000 (approx Rs 4,12,482.50).
  • The Google Pixel 7a is expected to be unveiled at the Google I/O 2023.

Google plans to unveil the Google Pixel 7a in the coming months. A recent report indicated that the smartphone would be unveiled at the company’s upcoming Google I/O 2023 event. Well ahead of the official launch though, an alleged Google Pixel 7a prototype was spotted on eBay with an initial selling price of a whopping $5,000 (approx Rs 4,12,482.50). The seller goes by the name “nikoskom-94” and was first spotted by tipster Debayan Roy. As of writing this story, the sale on eBay has ended as the product is no longer available.

Google Pixel 7a prototype on eBay

The Pixel 7a device that was sold on eBay had a design similar to what the actual Pixel 7a will look like based on several leaks and rumours, but with one difference – the branding. Google’s “G” logo appears on the rear of Pixel devices, but this prototype contains a logo that looks more like a Pac-Man silhouette.


The listing on eBay showed that the seller tried to sell the prototype device for USD 5,000, but no one was interested in the price. So, the seller brought it all the way down to a starting bid of USD 1,650 (approx Rs 1,36,123.35). To keep things in perspective, the Pixel 7a’s rumoured price is said to be under USD 500 (approx Rs 41,000), as per a GizmoChina report.

As per the eBay listing, the Pixel 7a prototype is not functional and there’s no SIM tray. It goes into fastboot mode but the buyer could probably make it work. This Google Pixel 7a has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, as per the listing.

Google Pixel 7a launch timeline, specifications

A recent report says the Google Pixel 7a will likely be unveiled at the Google I/O 2023 on May 10th. Like the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, the Google Pixel 7a will likely have a punch-hole screen and a rectangular strip-shaped camera island at the top of the back panel.


The smartphone is expected to have a 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED screen with a refresh rate of 90Hz and a cutout in the middle for the front-facing camera. It will probably sport a dual rear camera setup, comprising a 64MP Sony IMX787 main sensor and a 12MP secondary camera.

The Google Pixel 7a will probably be powered by the Tensor G2 chipset and paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which may not be expandable. The Google Pixel 7a should work with Android 13 out of the box, but it should get an update to Android 14 when it’s stable.

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