XidipityReviews - Google Pixels 2023
March 21, 2023
Is it too early to talk about 2023 Pixels?

Pixel Watch

Probability of 2023 update: 100%

Sales data from the introduction of the Pixel Watch won’t be available until January; however, it is hard to imagine a scenario where it doesn’t go forward in 2023. A likely upgrade we may see is a Tensor processor replacing the Samsung. But like the Pixel phone, most updates will be incremental.

What will it look like?

4 colors


  • 4G LTE and UMTS2
  • Bluetooth® 5.x
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
  • NFC


  • GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo


  • Wear OS /Android


  • Custom 3D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
  • 320 ppi AMOLED display with DCI-P3 color
  • Brightness boost up to 1000 nits
  • Always-on display


  • Samsung Exynos SoC
  • Cortex co-processor

Storage and Memory

  • 32 GB eMMC flash6
  • 2 GB SDRAM


  • Compass
  • Altimeter
  • Blood oxygen sensor
  • Multipurpose electrical sensor
  • Optical heart rate sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Ambient light sensor

Water Resistance

  • 5 ATM

Pixel 7a

Pixel 7a

Probability of 2023 release: 99%

The introduction of the Pixel 7a  will be closely linked to the success, or failure, of the Pixel 6a. During Alphabet’s Q3 2022 earnings, Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat credited the Pixel 6a as being “primarily” responsible for “solid growth in hardware revenues.” Based on those comments, the 7a looks like a sure thing.

What will it look like

  • 6.1 in display
  • 3 colors choices
  • Over 24-hour battery life
  • 128 GB storage UFS 3.1 storage
  • Google Tensor G2 Processor
  • 50 MP dual pixel wide camera rear camera
  • 10.8 MP front camera
  • 4K video recording at 30 FPS, 60 FPS
  • 1080p video recording at 30 FPS, 60 FPS
  • Fingerprint Unlock with under-display fingerprint sensor
  • Dual SIM (Single Nano SIM and eSIM) 
  • 5G
  • Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) with 2.4GHz+5GHz+6GHz, HE160, MIMO
  • Bluetooth® v5.2 with dual antennas for enhanced quality and connection

When will it arrive?

  • July - 2023

Pixel Fold

Pixel Fold

Probability of 2023 release: 90%

Some would say this is a moonshot project and it probably is. The only real competitor is the Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 and 3rd quarter data indicate sales are strong for this device. I assume Google has already invested heavily into development and design. Early leaks suggest it will use a Tensor G2 processor. If true, this may indicate an early release date or an attempt to keep the price down. But regardless of the intent, it will most likely be Google’s most expensive phone. Things that could scuttle the release are unresolved engineering issues, supply chain issues, price issues. 

Pixel 8 / Pixel 8a

Pixel 8 / Pixel 8 Pro

Probability of 2023 update: 100%

In many ways the Pixel phone is a bread and butter product and there will definitely be a Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. The design language will remain the same and updates to the technology will be incremental.

What will it look like?

3 Colors


  • Full-screen 6.7-inch (170 mm)1 display
  • QHD+ (1440 x 3120) LTPO OLED at 512 PPI
  • Smooth Display (up to 120 Hz)
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™ cover glass
  • Always-on display with At a Glance and Now Playing
  • Up to 1000 nits (HDR) and up to 1500 nits (peak brightness)
  • >1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
  • HDR support
  • Full 24-bit depth for 16 million colors

Memory and Storage

  • 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB UFS 3.1 storage


  • Google Tensor G3
  • Titan M3 security coprocessor

Rear Camera

  • 50 MP Octa PD Quad Bayer wide camera
  • 12 MP ultrawide camera13 with autofocus
  • 48 MP Quad Bayer PD telephoto camera

Front Camera

  • 10.8 MP


  • Rear camera - 4K video recording at 30 FPS, 60 FPS
  • Front camera - 4K video recording at 30 FPS, 60 FPS


  • Fingerprint Unlock with under-display fingerprint sensor
  • Face Unlock
  • Pattern, PIN, password


  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyrometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Barometer


  • Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) with 2.4GHz+5GHz+6GHz, HE160, MIMO
  • Bluetooth® v5.2 with dual antennas
  • Ultra-Wideband chip
  • NFC
  • Google Cast


  • 5G Sub 6GHz20 Model GP4BC
  • LTE
  • 5G Sub-620
  • 5G mmWave + Sub 6GHz20 Model GE2AE
  • eSIM

Pixel Tablet

Pixel Tablet

Probability of 2023 release: 100%

Given the fact that Google announced the Pixel Tablet at I/O 2022, then announced it again, and posted an article to the Google store blog, this is a sure bet. Some folks are already saying it is better than the iPad although I believe it’s a little premature to go that far. By reviewing Android source code updates many facts are becoming clear in the tea leaves.

Anticipated specs are as follows.

  • Size - 11.0 inches
  • Resolution - 1600 x 2560 pixels, 16:10 ratio (~274 ppi density)
  • Processor - Google Tensor G2 (same as Pixel 7)
  • Memory - 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM
  • Main camera - 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps
  • Front camera - 1080p@30fps
  • Wlan - Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth - 5.0
  • USB - Type-C
  • Sensors - Accelerometer, gyro

Pricing has yet to leak but surveying competing products would place the price in the $349 range. It’s important to note an optional base will be sold containing speakers, charging station, and USB-C hub. The price for the base will probably be in the $149 range.

Pixelbook Go

Google Pixelbook

Probability of 2023 update: 0%

The Chromebook project has been an interesting ride. The stock of the Google branded Pixelbook Go will probably reach the point of “final clearance” in 2023. Some suggest the reason the Chromebook did not disrupt the laptop market as hoped, is the fact it suffered from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Or to put it another way, it tried to serve too many masters. 

  • Is it a tablet, or a laptop? 
  • Is it for education, or business? 
  • Is it for entertainment, or development?
  • Is it too cheap, or too expensive?

Whether other manufacturers will continue to produce Chromebooks will ultimately depend on demand. Google supports Chrome OS, but Android continues to dominate. And then there is Chrome OS Flex, the cloud first operating system for the PC or Mac. This is a page from the Linux play book where Linux vendors suggest bringing new life to older hardware by installing Linux OS. And then there is Fuchsia, the modern operating system to enable direct access to the Internet of Things. It is currently used in the Nest product line.

Stay tuned.