A rumored 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 ahead of its slated fall release (via Android guru Mishaal Rahman).
Google just revealed the phone a few weeks ago at Google I/O, and what we can see in the prototype matches what Google has already shown. The distinctive camera bar is back, and this year it’s an aluminum bar with cutouts for the cameras. And the purported prototype’s casing is a deep black that resembles 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, although there’s not much to see that you can’t already spot on the official Google renders. . A photo of the phone turned on shows it has 128GB of storage, suggesting that Google will once again offer a 128GB model as an option for the final phone. A screenshot shows the phone model as 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 check them out for yourself:
In messages with The edge, the seller claims to have purchased the Pixel 7 prototype from a wholesaler without knowing what it was. The seller says he realized it was a Pixel 7 after researching and seeing images that looked like the phone he had. They also say they had a Pixel 7 Pro, but they already sold it.
The listing has been closed, so you will not be able to purchase this device for your collection. There was no bid for the prototype, and the starting bid was $450. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This Pixel 7 listing 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 to bear the name. A Pixel Watch prototype was apparently found in a restaurant shortly before the smartwatch was announced at I/O. A mention of the Pixel 6A appeared in a coloring book throughout 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 be waiting a few months before Google shares more on the Pixel 7. The phones aren’t expected to arrive until the fall, and if past years are any indication, we should expect some sort of launch event. in October. . Until then, these eBay photos might be our best look at the next phone… well, until it inevitably leaks again.