- New Pixel 8a spotted on Geekbench app
- The device is running on Android 14, with 8 GB RAM
- The phone is said to be powered by an underclocked Tensor G3 SoC
The anticipation for the launch of the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro is still building; however, leaks have begun circulating about the potential Pixel 8a. Following the tradition of its ‘a’ series, which offers more budget-friendly alternatives to Google’s flagship models, akin to Samsung’s FE series, the Pixel 8a might be on the horizon. The launch of the phone could take place at the Google I/O 2024 event as seen with the previous Pixel 6a and 7a smartphones.
Alleged Pixel 8a spotted on Geekbench
Even though the official launch is some time away, there’s a hint of what’s to come. An alleged Google Pixel 8a has been recently sighted on Geekbench, and this tidbit comes courtesy of MySmartPrice, which uncovered this Geekbench listing.
According to the details on the listing, the upcoming Google Pixel 8a, codenamed “Akita,” is slated to run on a slightly underclocked variant of the Tensor G3 chipset which is set to make its debut on the Pixel 8 series later this year. This processing power will be paired with up to 8GB of RAM. The benchmark data also reveals the device running on the latest Android 14 iteration, achieving a single-core score of 1,218 and a multi-core score of 3,175.
Rocky road ahead
However, it’s crucial to acknowledge the potential for fake Geekbench listings we will advise our readers to take this listing with a pinch of salt. The Pixel 8a’s launch itself is in a state of uncertainty, as reports have emerged hinting that Google might be considering a biennial release cycle for its A-series phones. Given the close pricing price gap between the Pixel 7 and 7a, Google could be mulling over the idea of discontinuing the ‘a’ lineup in favor of a more economical Pixel 8.
We will keep on updating this story as more details about the handset emerge. In the meantime do read our coverage of the upcoming Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro due to make their debut in October.