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Rumor | Compact Google Pixel 7 variant with flagship specs could be in the works

"Google Original Chips" marketing campaign makes a comeback for the Pixel 7 phones. (Source: Google)
"Google Original Chips" marketing campaign makes a comeback for the Pixel 7 phones. (Source: Google)
With the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, Google moved away from the compact form factor of the Pixel 5. While many welcomed the bigger screens of the new flagships, some bemoaned the considerable size increase. Now, a new report from Digital Chat Station over on Weibo alleges that Google might be working on a small flagship again.

While Google is busy preparing the new Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro for an official unveiling on October 6, the rumor mill keeps on churning new information regarding the company’s plans for its smartphone lineup. The latest report, which comes to us courtesy of the Chinese leaker Digital Chat Station, reveals that Google might be working on a compact phone.

According to Digital Chat Station, Google is developing a flagship phone with a small, flat display. The device which is codenamed “Neila” will allegedly employ a solitary punch-hole selfie shooter. Additionally, the back design will follow the conventions set by the Pixel 6 and the upcoming Pixel 7 series. Unfortunately, there are no renders to go along with the rumor so you’re going to have to imagine what a small, flagship Pixel 7-inspired phone might look like.

If we were to guess, the device in question could be a Pixel 7a, as the current Pixel 6a is considerably small compared to its bigger brothers. But since the leak mentions the phone to be a flagship, the smartphone might be a smaller version of a regular Pixel 7 with the new Tensor G2 chip. While the former case is more likely, we hope it’s the latter since the Pixel 6/6 Pro are unwieldy for many people due to their fairly large footprint and many would like a smaller Pixel flagship.

Whether the rumor is accurate or not, one thing is quite clear: small phones are making a comeback. From the ASUS Zenfone 9 to the Sony Xperia 5 IV, more and more companies are returning to compact form factors.

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Fawad Murtaza, 2022-09-18 (Update: 2022-09-18)