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The Weekly Authority: 👀 Everything Google I/O

Plus Motorola Razr 40 Ultra leaks, Sony's Xperia 1 V launch, and pricing, specs, and a release date for the ASUS ROG Ally.

Published onMay 13, 2023

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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 244th edition here and it’s that time of year again, Google I/O! If you missed Wednesday’s big event, we’ve got all the updates. Also in this week’s TWA, we’ve got loads of Motorola Razr 40 Ultra leaks, Sony’s Xperia 1 V launch, the latest on Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard deal, and Google and Wendy’s AI drive-through makeover — plus pricing, specs, and a release date for the ASUS ROG Ally.

🖌️ Since hearing about Sony’s shutdown of PixelOpus, I’ve started playing Concrete Genie, and it’s such a colorful, addictive little game; plus, it’s currently included with PS Plus Premium.

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Grab a cuppa and settle in as we’re about to dive deep into everything from Google I/O 2023, which took place on Wednesday.

All things Android 14

First up, some Android 14-related announcements.

Hardware highs

Of course, there was a ton of hardware revealed at the event, too, including the Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, and Pixel Tablet.

Google Pixel 7a

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We already knew a ton about the phone thanks to the constant stream of leaks and rumors, but in a first for A series Pixels, the Pixel 7a revealed its 90Hz display refresh rate and wireless charging — even if it is super slow at just 7.5W).

  • Otherwise, there were no great surprises on the specs front: Under the hood, the Pixel 7a‘s powered by Google’s Tensor G2 chip, with a plastic back to keep costs down and the dual-lens camera system we’d expected, though the main lens gets an upgrade to 65MP.
  • There are no pre-orders, and the Pixel 7a is available to buy now, but it’ll cost you more than the Pixel 6a did at launch, with a $50 price hike. It’s $499 in the US, just $100 less than the Pixel 7, $599 (CAD) in Canada, £499 in the UK, and €509 in the rest of Europe.

Google Pixel Fold

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We finally saw the Pixel Fold, which Google claims is the thinnest foldable on the market (well, in the markets it’s sold in, at any rate). It also sports a more compact form factor than the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

  • Specs-wise, it’s powered by the Tensor G2 chip, with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB or 512GB of onboard storage, plus a 120Hz FHD+ 2,092 x 1,080 OLED display.
  • Like Samsung’s foldables, the Pixel Fold has a Flex Mode-style ability, and you can also take selfies with the main camera, using the cover screen as a viewfinder.
  • As for battery life, it packs a 4,821mAh battery with 30W fast charging and wireless charging.
  • Pre-orders are now open, though the phone isn’t yet available: general sales start in June.
  • It’s only available in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan, and anyone pre-ordering will get a free Pixel Watch (unless you’re in Japan).

Google Pixel Tablet

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We first laid eyes on Google’s Pixel Tablet at last year’s Google I/O, and pre-orders are now live, with in-store availability coming June 20.

  • You can grab the Pixel Tablet in Porcelain, Hazel, or Rose, with 128GB or 256GB of onboard UFS 3.1 storage.
  • It’s available in the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, the UK, and the rest of Europe, starting from $499/£599/€679/CA $699 for the 8GB/128GB model — around $20 more than the OnePlus Pad.
  • As for other specs, the Pixel Tablet packs a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution LCD display, Tensor G2 chip, 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB or 256GB of onboard UFS 3.1 storage, and 8MP front and rear cameras.

Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro

We expected to see a teaser of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro at Google I/O 2023, but it wasn’t to be. However, here’s everything we know about the Pixel 8, and what we want to see.

Google Pixel Watch 2

There was also not so much as a peep about the Pixel Watch 2 at Google I/O this year, but you can check out everything we know so far while you wait.

What else?

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There was also a whole slew of the usual other announcements outside of hardware:

Tech Calendar

  • June 1 (TBC): Motorola’s two Razr foldables launch?
  • June 1: Meta Quest VR gaming showcase
  • June 5: Apple WWDC (Reality One or Reality Pro mixed-reality headset?)
  • June 8: Summer Game Fest
  • June 11: Xbox Games Showcase
  • June 12: Ubisoft event
  • June 13: ASUS Rog Ally Z1 Extreme model on sale
  • June 20: Pixel Tablet goes on sale in stores

Tech Tweet of the Week

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Something extra: Check out these cute photos of the Westminster Dog Show, where Buddy Holly won Best in Show.

Have a great week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.