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Google Pixel roadmap leak sets next few years of hardware shocks

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The smartphone industry is in a strange position right now. Throughout 2022 we have seen bad news for manufacturers. Also as some great android phones entered the market, deliveries continued to fall due to economic turmoil and consumers held on to older devices longer. These rough waters will mess up plans for future devices, just like we did recently seen with Samsung’s plan you imitate it Apple’s success in the high-end. However, it looks like Samsung is not alone in this iPhone race. A leaked potential roadmap for Pixel to 2025 suggests Google has some big ideas in store for its future phones.

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The people of Android authority released a leaked version of Google’s plans for the next three years of hardware, starting with two new devices for Spring through Fall 2025. As with any leak – especially one this far away – it’s important to take all of this with one massive grain of salt. This roadmap shows that the company is looking to dramatically expand its pixel lineup while also reducing its focus on cheaper, more affordable models. It’s certainly a gamble for Google, but if this report is correct, we could consider a complete reinvention of its smartphones.

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2023: Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold and the Pixel 8 series

However, let’s start with 2023, which contains only a few surprises. Android Authority’s report begins with a scheduled launch of Google I/O for the Pixel 7a and the pixel wrinkle. This is in line with recent rumors about the company’s first-gen foldable device, while also fitting into the usual timeframe for the A-series. Both phones have seen significant leaks over the past few months Pixel 7a sounds like a great replacement for its predecessor. Despite the rumored addition of wireless charging and a 90Hz display, expect the 7a to stay at its $449 price tag for another year.

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As for the fold, it sounds like those reports of a price of $1,800 are actually true. Expect to shell out for Google’s futuristic foldable device – especially if you plan to see more refinements later.

The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will hit shelves next fall, and while we don’t know many specifics, it sounds like another generation of small changes for Google’s flagship lineup. Perhaps the only element of surprise is a smaller form factor for the Pixel 8; we have already seen that Pixel7 Declining from its predecessor, and this would be another step towards the small flagship. The Pixel 8 Pro would retain its larger size.

2024: Pixel 8a and the Pixel 9 lineup

Still with us? Great, because in 2024 things are starting to get complicated – and a little fuzzy in the author’s opinion. First, Google isn’t sure if it plans to launch a Pixel 8a (codenamed “akita”) or if it would shift the lineup to a semi-annual release schedule. It’s our first sign that the company is trying to mirror Apple’s strategy with the iPhone SE, and frankly, it’s a terrible plan.

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In any case, the A series was a huge hit for Google – in fact, it was the Pixel 3a that really got the ball rolling for the company. Stepping away from this series to focus on pricier flagships is sure to frustrate a dedicated fanbase of A-Series buyers. The Pixel 8a’s launch will reportedly depend on how the Pixel 7a sells, but when it launches in 2024, be ready for a price hike. While this roadmap says nothing about the phone’s specs, it would see a price increase of up to $500.

In the meantime, the Pixel 9 series is to be expanded. Alongside a regular Pixel 9 (no codename on it) and the Pixel 9 Pro (“komodo”), Google plans to release a small version of the Pixel 9 Pro. At 6.3 inches, this model (codenamed “Caiman”) would effectively be the size of the current Pixel 7, but with all the extras that often make users opt for the larger model. It’s another Apple-inspired move, as Google seeks to track the success of phones like the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.

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Oh, and as for a potential Fold successor? Google has a second-gen model in the pipeline – no surprise – but depending on how the Pixel Fold fares in 2023, it could be scrapped altogether. Given how rough the company’s first-gen hardware usually comes across and At $1,800, it’s hard to see how the Pixel Fold will be a hit, but you never know. That’s a question when hardware finally hits store shelves.

2025: A clamshell Pixel Fold and the Pixel 10 series

Finally, an outlook on what the year 2025 could look like. Of all the elements in this report, it is important to approach this lineup with the utmost skepticism. It’s almost three years away and presents the company with two divergent paths, meaning anything is possible.

In both scenarios, Google wants to launch four flagship phones, but what the lineup looks like depends on one more foldable device. This time it’s a Galaxy Z Flip-like Pixel Fold, set to launch in Fall 2025. That’s almost six years after Samsung’s original clamshell device, giving one of Google’s competitors a chance to iterate the concept across seven generations by then, which is arriving.

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It’s also in the air. When Google launches its Pixel Flip (for lack of a better codename), it would be carried by a standard Pixel 10 and two Pixel 10 Pros, available in larger and smaller sizes. When the clamshell device is scrapped, it’ll be replaced by a larger standard Pixel 10 – think iPhone 14 Plus. It’s an odd move considering how poorly Apple’s Mini replacement has sold. It’s rare for anyone online to clamor for a Pixel 7 Pro model without a telephoto lens and other Pro-exclusive features, but perhaps their stance on the Android market could lead to a different conclusion.

Another Pixel Fold successor could also appear in 2025, but again that depends on how well the first-gen unit performs.

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Personally, I think the focus on directly competing with Apple with its rival’s strategy is bound to be a messy move. Google ranks far behind Apple and Samsung in terms of revenue — a last report hinted that the company had sold fewer than 30 million pixels since the original launched in 2016. It’s hard to imagine how flooding the market with more (and more expensive) devices would boost the numbers when anything is possible with less Android competition than ever.

At the end of the day, the phone industry can change pennies by the penny. We are still in an economic downturn that many analysts expect will evolve into a full-blown recession over the next year. A focus on releasing more high-end phones could be risky — especially as consumers continue to keep their devices for longer periods of time. Ultimately, only time will tell how much of this report is accurate, but one thing is certain. Anyway, Google has big plans for the Pixel series; Don’t expect it to show up in the graveyard anytime soon.

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