30 January 2023
When we talk about leaks, those are usually limited to next-gen and upcoming products. It is not every day that you come across a leak detailing the whole roadmap of a company for the years to come. The not-so-common occurrence has happened today as the Google Pixel roadmap until 2025 has been leaked by Android Authority.
The report cites anonymous sources to reveal Google's plans for the Pixel lineup for 2023, 2024, and 2025. It is important to note that not everything mentioned in the roadmap is guaranteed. It mentions some of the producers have a higher probability to arriving as claimed but there are some which can have a completely different path as well.
Starting with 2023, Google is tipped to release two Pixel smartphones codenamed lynx and felix first. The first one is said to be the Pixel 7a and the second will be the much-rumored Pixel Fold. These are expected to get official during Google I/O 2023 in April or May. Their pricing is expected to be around $449 and $1,799 respectively. It will then go on to announce Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro flagships in the second half of the year. The vanilla model is expected to have a smaller display and size as compared to the predecessor and no changes for the Pro model.
It is 2024 when Google is expected to make major changes to the lineup. It will begin with Pixel 8a which is codenamed "akita" but the launch is dependent on Pixel 7a sales. There are also plans of moving from the annual launch of "a" model to once in two years approach. As for the Pixel 9 series, Google is said to launch three models for the first time. The Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro will be as expected devices but there will be a new 6.7-inch "komodo" model. It is claimed to be similar to the iPhone 14 Pro Max in the lineup offered by Apple.
There are also plans for releasing a Pixel Fold successor in 2024 but details are scarce for now. As for 2025, Google has multiple plans lined up and the actual path will be based on what happens with the 2023 and 2024 plans. The first plan is to release a flip-styled foldable phone similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4. It will be joined by Pixel 10 and two Pixel 10 Pro models.
If the team decides not to go ahead with the flip foldable phone, it will then go on to release four non-foldable phones. These will be two Pixel 10 models and two Pixel 10 Pro models, differing only in display sizes. Google's future plans for foldables are heavily dependent on the success or failure of the Pixel Fold coming next year.