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New leaks show off the Google Pixel 9 prototype

We’ve got a first look at the Google Pixel 9 prototype as a new leak suggests the Pixel 8a will be more expensive than its predecessor.

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The Pixel 9 series phones are set to arrive around October this year, and in the run-up to their release, the rumors and leaks have been in full swing. The latest gives us an up-close and personal look at a Google Pixel 9 prototype.

The leak comes from Russian outlet Rozetked (via TechRadar) and the photographed design closely matches the renders we reported on a couple of months ago. The images come from an anonymous source, so the credibility isn’t certain, but the fact that the Google Pixel phone has a cracked display and matches the rumored design makes us feel quite confident about this one.

As expected, Google has replaced the signature camera bar with a pill-shaped island that protrudes from the rear of the phone. In addition, the sides are flatter and the corners are more rounded than they are on the Pixel 8 and other Google Pixel phones. The Rozetked report also confirms that the Pixel 9 is similar in size to the iPhone 15 Pro, and comes with a Tensor G4 chip, 16GB of RAM, and a periscope telephoto lens.

If that wasn’t enough Pixel news for you, another leak revealed the pricing of the upcoming Pixel 8a. PassionateGeekz reports that a Canadian retailer has accidentally leaked the pricing of Google’s more affordable handset.

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Unfortunately, this new leak backs up previous rumors that we’re looking at a price increase in 2024. In Canada, it would seem that the 128GB Pixel 8a will go for CA$708.99 and the 256GB model will cost CA$792.99. For reference, the Pixel 7a launched at CA$599 in Canada, so if accurate, this is a substantial price hike.

We’re expecting the big Pixel 8a official reveal in May at Google I/O, so we won’t be certain on pricing until then. If you want to see what the other Android brands have to offer, see our guides to the best Samsung phones, the best Xiaomi phones, and the best OnePlus phones. Or, if you can’t wait for the next Apple handset, check out all the latest in our iPhone 16 hub.