As Google I/O 2023 draws near, it’s only a matter of time before we see all the techy goodness that Google has in store for Pixel fans, Android enthusiasts, as well as investors and developers. Despite all the leaks that we’ve seen, we can bet that there are things that will still surprise us once the big G makes its announcements.
With that said, we’re here to take a look at some of the stuff that we can expect to see at Google I/O, at least on the consumer side of things – let’s get started!
The A-Series Lives On
First up is the Pixel 7a, which at this point has been leaked into oblivion. After several photos, specs, and details about the phone were shared online, it seems that we already know all there is about the device. Of course, nothing is official until Google says so, but given the accuracy of the individuals involved with the leaks, it should be said that there’s a rather big chance that these end up being confirmed.
In any case, key highlights of the device include some big improvements from the Pixel 6a, including a 90Hz display, a larger 64MP main camera, Google’s Tensor G2 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and wireless charging. These new upgrades serve to only blur the line between the 7a and the 7, the latter of which shares some similarities with the upcoming midrange phone.
Also expected to make its debut at Google I/O is Google’s first-ever foldable – the Pixel Fold is designed to take on competing foldables such as Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold devices, and even entries from Oppo and Honor. With that said, it hasn’t been spared from online leaks, and we have some clues as to what secrets it might hold inside.
Cryptic musings aside, it’s very likely that the device might come with Google’s Tensor G2 SoC, alongside 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of internal storage, and a 4,821 mAh battery. It also comes with a camera setup which incorporates the design seen on the mainline Pixel phones, in addition to external and internal selfie cameras. There are rumors that it might be market-ready at a later date, but we’ll know for sure at the event itself.
Pixel 8 Series
While the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro have been revealed to the public as well via design leaks, there’s still a ton more that we don’t know about Google’s next mainline flagship handsets, other than a familiar design with possibly smaller display sizes. One sure thing though is that the third iteration of Google’s Tensor SoC will very likely power the Pixel 8 series, and we might get a sneak peak from Google about when we can expect this year’s Pixel flagships to launch.
Talk about Tablets
Originally teased at last year’s Google I/O conference, the Pixel Tablet is a comeback of sorts for Google, whose last Pixel-branded tablet was discontinued several years back (not counting the Nexus devices). The tablet is set to be launched as a hybrid device of sorts, with a dock add-on that can transform it into a smart home assistant similar to Google’s Nest Hub products. Google did mention earlier that the device is set to launch this year, so it’s very likely that we’ll see more details regarding its availability, pricing, and features during Google I/O.
Android and AI
Last but not the least on this list is Android 14, which is still currently in its beta phase. Regardless, Google is bound to give us updates regarding what features to expect once the public release makes its way to people’s devices, including the snazzy new features that have been introduced to Android 14.
Of course, it’s also highly likely that we’ll get updates on Google’s efforts into AI research and development, following the release of Bard a couple of months back. AI has been in the spotlight this year as far as mainstream tech goes, and it should be very interesting to see what new tricks Google has up its sleeve in the AI sector as it goes up against competitors like Microsoft.
Google I/O is scheduled to go live on May 10, and will be held via an in-person event and on livestream as well. In any case, we’ll be sure to give updates on the event, product announcements, and other possible surprises that we get on the day of the conference.