It’s believed that Google will release a lot of phones this year — in addition to the Pixel 8 series, we’ll likely see the Pixel 7a and Pixel Fold, and at least one of the latter two could launch soon.
Both phones were rumored to arrive around the middle of the year, likely in May, and now an unnamed Google phone has been listed with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the US, something that usually happens within a few months. . than ever.
In fact, as 9to5Google — which spotted the list — points out, the FCC’s secrecy ends in six months. This secrecy hides the images and other revealing information from the public, so whatever this phone is, it is likely to be launched in less than six months.
This pretty much rules out the Google Pixel 8, as we’re pretty sure the phone will land in or around October.
So we’re almost certainly looking at the Google Pixel 7a or the Google Pixel Fold here. but who? The FCC listing doesn’t disclose model numbers, specifically the G0DZQ, GHL1X, and GWKK3. Looking at the embedded text, it looks like all of these things are the same phone, with differences regarding connectivity — some offer mmWave 5G and some don’t.
This tells us that the phone offers 5G, more specifically mmWave, which – if supported – could be faster than 6GHz 5G. But the Pixel 6a already offers 5G, and there’s a mmWave version for Verizon, so that doesn’t tell us much, since the Pixel Fold will almost certainly offer 5G, too.
However, the only real clue we have are the serial numbers, which start with “28291FQHN” or “8251FQHN”. As 9to5Google notes, this is very similar to the “2A281FQHN” serial number that was visible in a recent leak of my Pixel 7a work.
So with that in mind, the Google Pixel 7a is most likely to be in the FCC database, but we can’t rule out the possibility that it is the Google Pixel Fold.
Analysis: When could this phone be launched?
Whether this is the Google Pixel 7a or the Pixel Fold, we can pretty well guess when this next phone might land.
As noted, its presence in the FCC’s database means Google will likely want to get it out of doors in less than six months – so before September, but we can be more specific. The most likely timing is probably this year’s Google I/O.
This is the company’s annual developer conference, and sometimes products are announced there. Dates for this year’s event haven’t been announced yet, but it usually takes place in May.
Not only would that be in six months, but it would leave a long hiatus before the potential Pixel 8 launch in October, which might be preferable to Google rather than lumping all of its product launches together.
Additionally, as noted, we’ve seen a number of leaks that point to early or mid-year launches for both the Pixel 7a and Pixel Fold, specifically pointing to May. So we may soon have one or even two new entries in our best Pixel phones guide.