The Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro, Google’s flagship smartphones for 2022, will be introduced later this year. Rumors and leaks about the next Pixel phones have been circulating since Google I/O 2022 in May when a brief official teaser was shown. Keeping this in mind, we’ve gathered all the information you’ll need about the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro ahead of their official release.
Google Pixel 7: Release Date
During Google I/O 2022 last month, the company confirmed that the Pixel 7 series will be released in the fall of this year. That means that it will take place from September to December of 2022. Google first unveiled the Pixel 6 at its Fall launch event in October of last year. This year’s Google Pixel 7 is expected to be released in October, based on the company’s previous launches.
Google Pixel 7: Price
However, there is no official word on the price at this time. Since the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro launched at $599 and $899, we can expect Google to keep the same price for the Pixel 7 and discontinue the Pixel 6 lineup.
According to these rumors, the Google Pixel 7 could start at $599 and the Pixel 7 Pro could cost $899 when it launches. Even if the price rises by just a few dollars, don’t be alarmed!
Google Pixel 7: Specifications
The Pixel 7 is likely to feature 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128/256GB of internal storage, just like the Pixel 6. LPDDR5 RAM and 128/256/512-gigabyte storage options are all possible on the Pixel 7 Pro.
Google Pixel 7 & Google Pixel 7 Pro 2022 Detailed Review
Google Pixel 7 – Design
Google isn’t making big changes to the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro’s design like it did with the Pixel 6 line. Instead, the company is starting with the design of the Pixel 6 and making small changes to it to make a new flagship phone. And that’s not a bad thing, either. It’s great to see Google choose a design that stands out and gives the Pixel phones a new look.
The Pixel 7 series will have a shiny glass back instead of the matte finish that many people wanted. In the Pixel 7 lineup, the camera module is back, but the sensors are in a slightly different place. The sensors are now in the pill- and hole-shaped cutouts, which is different from the rumored pill-and-hole cutout on the iPhone 14 Pro. Also, the camera bar now matches the metal frame of the phone.
The leaked sizes of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are for people who like numbers and want to know how the devices feel in their hands. CarHP recently said that the Pixel 7 is 155.6 x 73.1 x 8.7 mm, which is smaller than the Pixel 6, which is 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9 mm. So, yes, both the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 6 are smaller and thinner than the Pixel 6.
On the other hand, the Pixel 7 Pro is thinner than the Pixel 6 Pro but is built the same way. A recent Smartprix x OnLeaks report says that the Pixel 7 Pro is 163 x 76.6 x 8.7 mm, while the Pixel 6 Pro was 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm.
Even though the company hasn’t shown the front of the phone, it’s likely to have the same punch-hole selfie camera as the prototype that leaked recently.
Google Pixel 7 – Display
According to rumors, the Pixel 7 will have the same displays as the Pixel 6 series, with only minor changes. So, the Pixel 7 is likely to have an AMOLED screen that is 6.3 inches, which is 0.1 inches smaller than the Pixel 6’s 6.4-inch screen. Like last year, it could have a screen with 1080 x 2400 pixels and a refresh rate of 90Hz.
On the other hand, the Pixel 7 Pro is likely to come with the same 6.7-inch LTO AMOLED screen. With a resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels and a refresh rate of 120Hz, the panel can have both. Early leaks of the Pixel 7 Pro’s display driver show that you may also be able to switch to 1080p mode to save power.
If there’s one thing we can expect Google to fix about the Pixel 7’s screen, it’s the fingerprint sensor under the screen. One of the most common problems with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro was that the fingerprint sensor was slow and didn’t work well. In fact, Google has already told Android Central that the Pixel 6a has a different fingerprint sensor built into the screen than the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. When the Pixel 6a starts shipping on July 28, we’ll know how reliable the new sensor is. Let’s hope that Google’s Pixel 7 series has a fast and reliable fingerprint sensor this time.
Google Pixel 7 – Performance
Google made a big change when it switched to its own chips for the Pixel 6 series, which came out last year. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro had the first-generation Google Tensor chipset, which was based on Samsung’s 5nm architecture. The first Tensor was a 5nm chipset with two Cortex-X1 cores that could go up to 2.8GHz, two Cortex-A76 cores that could go up to 2.25GHz, and four Cortex-A55 cores that could go up to 1.8GHz.
In terms of performance, Google Tensor couldn’t keep up with Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset from last year, but it did have a few AI and machine learning tricks up its sleeve. Now that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 has throttling problems, everyone is looking forward to the next-generation Google Tensor chipset.
Moving to a chip design that is unique to a company has its advantages, and Google will build on this with the next-generation Tensor chipset. So, yes, the second-generation Tensor chipset will be the best thing about the Pixel 7 line. Even though we don’t know for sure, the second-generation Tensor will be made using a 4nm fabrication process, according to the Korean news site daily. The report also says that Samsung Electronics will use the Panel Level Package (PLP) method to make the next-generation Tensor SoC.
A new report from 9to5Google says that the second-generation Tensor chipset will be called GS201. Also, it might come with Samsung’s Exynos Modem 5300, which hasn’t been released yet. The Pixel 7 Pro prototype that someone bought from Facebook Marketplace recently confirmed this detail. In case you were wondering, the codenames for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are said to be “Cheetah” and “Panther,” respectively.
Google Pixel 7 – Camera
Despite the rear camera bar’s sensor positions being tweaked by Google, the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro are still using dual and triple-camera setups, respectively. Right now, we don’t know much about how the Pixel 7 series cameras work. But there are rumors that the Pixel 7 series might have the same camera sensors as the Pixel 6 series.
If that’s any indication, you can expect the Pixel 7 Pro to have a primary 50MP f/1.85 Samsung GN1 sensor, a 12MP f/2.2 Sony IMX386 ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 48MP f/3.5 Sony IMX586 telephoto lens with a 4x optical zoom and a 20x Super Res digital zoom. The basic Pixel 7 won’t have a telephoto lens, but it will have the other two sensors on the back. We don’t yet know much about the punch-hole selfie camera on either model.
Google Pixel 7 – Software and OS UI
When it comes to software, we expect the Pixel 7 series to come with Android 13 right out of the box. In short, Android 13 has small improvements over Android 12, such as more Material You color styles, themed icons for third-party apps, the ability to edit text from the clipboard, and a weekly view in the privacy dashboard.
Google Pixel 7 – Battery and Charging
We also don’t have confirmed information about the battery and how it charges. Since the Pixel 7’s battery is about the same size as the one in the Pixel 6, it’s possible that we’ll end up with the same battery unit.
As you may remember, the Pixel 6 has a battery of 4,600mAh, while the Pixel 6 Pro has a bigger battery of 5,000mAh. Fast wired charging is available at 30W, and fast wireless charging is available at 23W. We could expect the Pixel 7 series to charge faster.