An alleged Pixel 7 prototype has surfaced on eBay — just weeks after Google officially revealed the phone at its I/O keynote earlier this month. While the Pixel 7 is slated to be available later this year, the seller has been able to put the purported prototype for sale. The prototype appeared with the distinctive design featured in the keynote, and it carries the unique camera strap at the back. It appears to have the dark, dark obsidian shade that Google itself showed off during the Pixel 7 premiere. Separately, it was found that Google is working on a new high-end Pixel phone that could be different from the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro and carry a premium viewing experience.
as such observer By Android commentator Mishaal Rahman, the alleged prototype of the Pixel 7 has been put up by an eBay seller. The phone appears to have the same design language that Google demonstrated at the I/O 2022 keynote.
The listing for the prototype, which was closed at the time of this article but was accessible through its cached version, included some additional photos of the phone to show its sides, front and back in detail.
Overall, the design of the prototype looks quite similar to the Pixel 7 that Google revealed earlier this month. One of the images also indicates that the phone, which appears to be in working condition, has 128GB of internal storage. This indicates that the Pixel 7 may come with a 128GB model.
An image appears in the list showing that the phone has the model number GVU6C. A glimpse of the Pixel 7 Pro – the premium variant in the Pixel 7 series – is also allegedly seen in one of the images where a reflection of what appears to be the phone’s camera strip appeared on the back of the prototype.
Exact details about how the seller was able to obtain the prototype are not available. However, in a conversation with The Verge, the seller claimed that he had bought the phone from a wholesaler.
The seller put the phone up for sale on eBay with a bid starting at $450 (about Rs 34,900). However, the list expired soon after it became public.
Notably, this isn’t the first time a Pixel device has appeared in detail on the web before it’s officially available. The Pixel family, in fact, has a long history of leaks and rumors.
However, this time Google has tried to comfort the rumor mongers by revealing how the Pixel 7 series is going ahead of the official launch that is slated for later this year – most likely in October. However, the eBay listing notes that the company still needs to work on tightening its control on the supply side to limit early appearances of its upcoming devices.
In addition to the appearance of the alleged prototype of the Pixel 7, it was found that Google has a new high-end Pixel phone in development. As reported by 9to5Google, the new device is codenamed G10 and its references have been spotted inside the Android kernel code. It is slated to have a first-class display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The display of the mysterious Pixel phone has been found to be made by Chinese BOE and has specifications that include a resolution of QHD + (1,440 x 3,120 pixels) that matches that of the Pixel 6 Pro. Moreover, the screen size is said to be 71x155mm.
And in this photo posted by the seller, you can see what they appear to be holding the Pixel 7 Pro to take the photo. pic.twitter.com/Q1xa3tl56T
– Mishaal Rahman May 30 2022
The screen resolution and size of the new Pixel suggest that it will be a phone and not a tablet or other device.
But with that said, there are no official details about the presence of the high-end Pixel phone reported. It may just be a prototype for internal testing or it may debut after the launch of the Pixel 7 series.