Google’s Pixel 8a is the next budget Android phone to watch out for, and we have some new clues about its design thanks to a leaked retail box.
The Pixel 8a retail box shows a black version of the phone.
Google has been working on a new budget Android phone, the Pixel 8a, and we have seen some leaked renders of it in the past. Now, we have a more concrete proof of its existence and design, thanks to a couple of pictures of its retail box.
The pictures were posted on X (formerly Twitter) by @chunvn8888, who claimed to have obtained them from a Vietnamese Google Pixel Facebook group.
See more The retail box shows an unassembled Pixel 8a box, with the phone’s image on the front.
The image matches the previous leaks, showing a Pixel 8-like design with rounded edges and a hole-punch camera on the front. The model number is also revealed as G6GPR.
The phone looks similar to the Pixel 8, with rounded edges and a minimally raised camera bar on the back.
The Pixel 8a is expected to launch around May, but we don’t know much about its specs or features yet.
The previous leaks suggested that the Pixel 8a might come in a blue color, but the retail box shows a more conventional black version. The image is also clearer and more detailed, showing that the camera bar on the back is not connected to the side frame, but rather integrated into the plastic panel.
This is a distinctive feature of the Pixel A-series phones, which are known for their affordable prices and decent performance.
The retail box doesn’t reveal much about the Pixel 8a’s hardware or features, though.
We have heard rumors that the phone might have a 6.1-inch screen, similar to the Pixel 7a, but that’s not confirmed yet. We also don’t know what processor, battery, or camera the phone will have, or what new features it will offer.
The Pixel 8a is likely to debut at Google’s I/O event, which usually happens around May.
The big question is, how much will it cost? The Pixel 7a started at $499, which was a bit steep for a budget phone. Will Google lower the price for the Pixel 8a, or will it stick to its strategy? We’ll have to wait and see.