Google Pixel 7 — everything we know so far

Google revealed the Pixel 7 early. After a glimpse at Google I/O in May, we know the phone has revised camera lenses on the horizontal bar (which is now made of aluminum).

As expected, the Pixel 7 will feature the second-generation Tensor processor, unleashing AI and machine learning apps this autumn.

The Pixel 7 won’t come until later this year, so many uncertainties remain. More Pixel 7 speculations will surface in the following months to show how Google’s phone will compete with the Galaxy S22 and future iPhone 14.

Pre-orders for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro might begin on October 6.

Here’s all we know about Google’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, plus rumours. Compare the Google Pixel 7 versus Pixel 6a to get the ideal phone for you.

Google Pixel 7 news and rumors (Updated August 17)

Google Pixel 7 possible release date

A report from tipster Jon Prossor indicates the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro release date might be October 13 and pre-orders could start on October 6, when the event could be place.

Release date. Launch might occur in early October. Google posted a mysterious calculation that yielded the number 9, suggesting the new Pixel phone will be unveiled in September. The iPhone 14 is expected to ship in September, which may not be the greatest time. Google might introduce the Pixel 7 later this month, while Apple’s next-gen iPhone could come in September.

Google Pixel 7 price speculation

Google Pixel 7 reveal at Google

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Google may not reveal the Pixel 7 pricing until autumn. Pixel 6 costs $599 and Pixel 6 Pro $899. The Galaxy S22 begins at $799, $200 more than the Pixel 6.

We hope Google can keep Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro pricing stable. It’s helped Google’s phones stand out and made the Pixel 6 Google’s best-selling Pixel.

Google Pixel 7 models

Google announced the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro at I/O. Most people thought just these two Pixel 7 variants exist. Indications point to a third Pixel 7 model.

9to5Google discovered code for a third Pixel 7 model. This phone sports a 120Hz display like the Pixel 6 Pro (and perhaps the Pixel 7 Pro), but it’s taller and wider. Since the Pixel 7 Pro is expected to sport a 6.7-inch screen, it would be a Pixel with a bigger screen.

Is Pixel 7 Ultra likely? Until we get further proof, we’ll assume two fall models. According to FCC listings, both Pixel 7 variants (regular and Pro) will have two versions. This will enable sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G interoperability across carriers.

Google Pixel 7 design

Thanks to Google I/on-stage O’s reveal, we know most about the Pixel 7’s design. Google is preserving the Pixel 6’s horizontal camera bar, but adding some modifications. On the Pixel 7 Pro, the telephoto lens is separate from the primary and ultrawide cameras.

Google Pixel 7 reveal at Google IO 2022

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It has a bolder lens design than the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Pixel 7 and 7 Pro offer great cameras. Anyone who sees you holding up your phone will see the lenses.

I don’t like the new Pixel design. I prefer the Pixel 6 Pro’s concealed camera lenses to the Pixel 7’s new focus. The camera bar looks odd, and the new bright metal bar isn’t attractive. Before drawing final judgments, I need the phones.

Google Pixel 7 pricing at IO 2022

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The next-generation Pixel might also include an under-display selfie camera. Google’s patent advances the under-display selfie camera technology featured on phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 or the ZTE Axon 30 by employing a mirror system to reveal either the camera or a section of the display as needed.

This is simply a patent, so it might be years before it’s ready, if it ever is. It would make a terrific Pixel feature.

An unofficial render of the Google Pixel 7 Pro from the front and back, showing the phone from a sideways angle

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Pixel 7 rumours include black, white, coral, and blue. No leaks have revealed which colours the Pixel 7 Pro will be available in, although the graphic above suggests a sky blue possibility.

Pixel 7 Pro prototype

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Redditor AMC20 accidentally purchased a prototype Pixel 7 Pro. The phone functioned for three weeks before factory resetting. Remotely, according to Google. AMC20_ reports their Pixel 6 Pro screen cover worked, and the fingerprint sensor aligned up.

We think the Pixel 7 Pro will look like the Pixel 6 Pro. From dimensions to screen curve, it looks the major changes will be on the rear with the redesigned camera bar and camera cutout design.

Google Pixel 7 specs and features

Google is developing a second-generation Tensor chipset to replace the one in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. hasn’t disclosed the modifications, but we expect a performance gain and improved battery efficiency.

The Tensor chipset’s Machine Learning core will power AI experiences. Google hasn’t said.

A leaker has confirmed that Google won’t modify the Pixel 7’s cameras from the Pixel 6. If true, the Pixel 7 will include a 50MP primary camera and a 12MP ultrawide lens, while the Pixel 7 Pro would add a 48MP telephoto lens. That’s the Pixel 6 camera’s specifications. Google revamped the Pixel 6’s cameras, so it’s likely the forthcoming phones will have the same technology. Google’s computational photography talents and improved Tensor processor might lead to new camera functionality.

The Pixel 7’s front camera might change.

Based on Google Camera app code, the Pixel 7 might include a 4K-capable sensor. The Pixel 6 Pro previously had this function, but having it on the cheaper next-gen device is wonderful for anybody wishing to upgrade without paying for Pro features.

According to Ross Young, Google may decrease the Pixel 7 from 6.4 inches to 6.3 inches. The Pixel 7 Pro will be 6.7 inches, like the Pixel 6 Pro.

The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will employ the same screens as the Pixel 6 series with minor modifications, according to 9to5Google. Pixel 7 Pro’s display may upscale from 1080p to 2K to conserve battery life.

The Pixel 7 Pro will reportedly feature a different display than its predecessor, however the resolution (3120 x 1440) and adaptive refresh rate range (10Hz to 120Hz) will remain the same. The Pixel 7 Pro’s display brightness will increase from 500 to 600 nits at its default setting. Pixel 7 Pro’s high brightness option reaches 1,000 nits.

We’ve prepared a list of Pixel 7 vs. Pixel 6 differences, both official and speculated.

Google Pixel 7: What we want to see

The lack of more definitive Pixel 7 rumors hasn’t stopped us from coming up with our own wish list. If anything, we hope that Google is taking suggestions for its next phone beyond what it’s already announced.

A more reliable fingerprint reader

Our reviewers criticised the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s under-display fingerprint scanner. This is Google’s first effort to embed a fingerprint sensor under the screen; before, it was on the back. The scanner’s unreliability isn’t excusable.

Google’s optical fingerprint reader needs some work. Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner device (seen in the Samsung Galaxy S21) utilises soundwaves to identify prints and is less impacted by screen scratches.

Google might also delete the fingerprint scanner and utilise face recognition as on the Pixel 4. However, the method wasn’t fantastic either and needed refinement before it was as dependable as Apple’s Face ID. Google may need a wider top bezel to fit the sensors. We’ve heard reports that the Pixel 6 Pro might still receive face unlock, and if that occurs, so will the Pixel 7 Pro.

Better and brighter displays for all models

Google may enhance Pixel 7 screens in many ways. Brightness. Even at maximum brightness in direct light, Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have dull screens. If Google could boost the Pixel 7’s display brightness by a few hundred nits, that would address one of the Pixel 6 series’ biggest flaws.

The Pixel 7’s screen might also be improved. Pixel 6 Pro has 120Hz, whereas Pixel 6 has 90Hz. We’d want to see Google provide 120Hz like lesser phones like the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G and Redmi Note 10 Pro. Upgrading the Pixel 6’s FHD resolution to QHD like the Pro would also be helpful.

One of our authors who recently purchased a Pixel 6 Pro wants Google to forgo the curved display in the Pixel 7 Pro. If enough Pixel 6 Pro owners protest, Google may not employ curved displays again. Only ergonomics would be a concern, since curved edges assist people engage with the 6.8-inch display.

Another camera on the base Pixel 7

Google’s Pixel 6 only has two back cameras, which is a shortcoming. It’s the same number as the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4, and the standard iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 small, but it’s still disappointing considering that other luxury phones provide up to four cameras plus a depth sensor (like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra).

The standard Pixel 7 should include a telephoto lens, even if it can’t equal the Pro’s 4x zoom. A depth camera for more accurate portrait images and increased AR functionality or a macro camera for ultra close-up shots might be added.

Given suspicions that the Pixel 7 camera configuration won’t change from the Pixel 6, this wish list item may go unfulfilled.

Longer battery life

We’d want to see this with every new phone series, but it’s especially vital for the Pixel 7 series.

Despite having the biggest Pixel batteries ever, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have dismal 5G battery life. As 5G networks roll out statewide in the U.S., U.K., and abroad, relying on consistent and fast Wi-Fi connections will become more important.

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s batteries (4,614 mAh and 5,000 mAh) aren’t overly little. Instead, Google should use cell power effectively.

Faster charging

Google improved the Pixel 6’s charging speed, but it needs more effort to be competitive.

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro can charge at 30W cable and 23W wireless after years of 18W charging. Despite having a high charging wattage, the Pixel 6 only reached 29% after 30 minutes on a 30W charger. (Pixel 6 doesn’t include one). That’s not quick, considering phones like the OnePlus 9 series charge in 30 minutes.

The Pixel 6 may charge quicker with a Google connector, but as is, it’s sluggish. Google may increase the wattage of the Pixel 7 charger or use a twin-cell battery like the OnePlus 9 to speed up charging.

An alert slider

The alert slider is a key iPhone (and OnePlus) function. It instantly enables or disables notification sounds without unlocking or turning on the device.

We’ve never seen an alert slider on a Pixel phone, and it’s exclusively utilised by Apple and OnePlus. This would be a nice addition to the Pixel 7.

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