The first Google Pixel 8a cases suggest some big design changes


What you need to know

  • Poetic sent us four alleged Google Pixel 8a cases, including rugged and non-rugged case models.
  • The case shape matches up with leaks, showing a slightly smaller phone with rounded corners.
  • One case includes a MagSafe ring on the back, meaning Google likely hasn’t adopted Qi2 wireless charging with its new phone.

We’ve seen the leaks for months, and now we’ve got our hands on what could be the first batch of Google Pixel 8a cases from Poetic. These cases give us a proper idea of what the Pixel 8a should look like if Google unveils the new budget-priced phone at Google I/O 2024 next month, as we anticipate.

While the two rugged case models are great for folks who need extra protection, I’m particularly interested in what the other two case models reveal. The Poetic Neon Pixel 8a case showcases substantially rounder edges than the Google Pixel 7a has. As I noted in my Pixel 8 Pro review, rounded corners make phones much nicer to hold one-handed.

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