We expect Google to finally launch the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro next month, having confirmed their existence in May – but now we have news of a smaller Pixel variant that could also be arriving in the not-too-distant future.
it comes from digital chat station (opens in new tab), an informant with a respectable record of accurate leaks. Unfortunately, we haven’t received much information about the device other than a codename: Neila.
The phone will apparently have a single cut-out circular hole for the selfie camera, which is in line with the Pixel 7. The back of the phone will also follow the trend of recent Pixels, apparently, with an extruded bar on the back that houses the rear cameras.
What we don’t have here is any indication of how compact this smaller phone will be. The Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch display and the Pixel 6 Pro has a 6.71-inch display, while the flagship Pixel 7 handsets should match those dimensions.
Could this new phone be the Google Pixel 7a? After all, the Pixel 6a has a smaller 6.1-inch screen – but the leak uses the word “flagship” (via Google Translate anyway), which suggests it won’t be a more affordable mid-ranger like the Pixel 6a.
There have been rumors about a smaller Pixel 7 and a Pixel 7 Ultra in previous months, but so far Google has only confirmed the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. We’ll have to wait and see what else might appear in the same series.
Analysis: small does not usually sell
As insider Digital Chat Station points out, there is some volatility when it comes to smaller phone sales across different markets. It’s worth remembering that Apple released the iPhone 13 mini last year, but this year replaced it with the much larger iPhone 14 Plus.
Phone sizes continue to grow into what would previously be described as “phablet” territory. The original Google Pixel, launched just six years ago in 2016, came with a 5-inch screen that would look small by today’s standards.
A smaller screen means a phone takes up less space in a bag or pocket; it also means it’s easier to operate with one hand. Against that, it means less can fit on the screen at once – be it a document, a website, or a social media feed.
Foldable phones could be the answer, offering larger screens when open and more compact form factors when closed. If rumors are to be believed, Google is preparing a foldable Pixel phone, as well as this more compact Neila model.