A purported prototype of Google’s upcoming Pixel 7 smartphone has been posted on eBay, giving us our first look at the new phone in the wild months leading up to its planned fall release (via Android guru Mishaal Rahman†
Google unveiled the phone at Google I/O a few weeks ago, and what we can see in the prototype matches what Google has already shown. The signature camera bar is back, this year an aluminum bar with cutouts for the cameras. And the case of the alleged prototype is a deep black that looks like one of the colors Google showed at I/O.
The eBay listing includes a few photos of the front, back, and sides of the device, though there’s not much to see that you can’t already see on Google’s official renderings. A photo of the powered-up phone shows it has 128GB of storage, suggesting Google will again offer a 128GB model as an option for the latter phone. A screenshot says that the model of the phone is GVU6C. And a photo indicates that this eBay seller may also have gotten their hands on a Pixel 7 Pro, as you can see the reflection of what appears to be the Pixel 7 Pro’s camera bar on the back of the Pixel 7 prototype.
We’ve collected images from the eBay listing in the gallery below, if you’d like to explore them for yourself:
In messages with The edge, the seller claims that they bought the Pixel 7 prototype from a wholesaler without knowing what it was. The seller says they realized it was a Pixel 7 after researching and seeing photos that resembled the phone they had. They also say they had a Pixel 7 Pro but had already sold it.
The offer is closed, so you cannot buy this device for your collection. There were no bids for the prototype and the starting bid was $450. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This Pixel 7 list is just the latest major pre-release leak of a Pixel device, which has a history of surprise appearances dating back to the very first phone with the name. A prototype Pixel Watch was apparently found in a restaurant shortly before the smartwatch’s announcement on I/O. A mention of the Pixel 6A appeared in a coloring book way back in January. Someone filmed what appeared to be a Pixel 6 Pro test unit a few weeks before Google officially launched the device. I could go on.
Unfortunately, we’ll probably wait a few months before Google shares more about the Pixel 7. The phones won’t arrive until the fall, and if the past few years are any indication, we can expect some sort of launch event in October. † Until then, these photos from eBay might be our best look at the upcoming phone… well, until it inevitably leaks again.