After announcing the Pixel 7. 7 Pro, Pixel Watch and the Pixel Buds Pro at I/O 2022, Google unveiled the aforementioned devices at its “Made By Google” event on October 6.
The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are powered by the next-generation Tensor G2 chip, which is accompanied by Titan M2, which takes care of on-device security. Like the Pixel 6, the 7 and 7 Pro also get up to five years of security updates and supports Protected Computing, a suite of privacy tools that the company has been working on for a while. The phones also feature a built-in VPN.
Both Pixel devices are available for pre-orders starting October 6. The Pixel 7 starts at $599, and the Pixel 7 Pro starts at $899.
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As mentioned before, the highlight of this year’s Pixel phones is the new Tensor G2 chip. That said, it doesn’t really offer a lot more when compared to its predecessor, with the company claiming moderately better battery life and slightly better performance. Outside of claiming that the new chip can run ML up to 60% faster and 20% more efficiently, Google didn’t really give us any numbers.
Both phones ship with LPDDR5 RAM and either 128 or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The only difference here is the amount of RAM offered — 8GB on the Pixel 7 and 12GB on the Pixel 7 Pro.
The Pixel 7 shares a lot of display characteristics with the Pixel 6. You get a 6.3-inch FHD display, although you do get a 90Hz screen that can go as high as 1400 nits in terms of screen brightness.
The Pixel 7 Pro gets a QHD+ OLED panel with 120Hz LTPO. | Source: Google
As for the better-specced out Pixel 7 Pro, you get a 6.7-inch QHD+ screen with a 120Hz LTPO OLED display that can go as low as 10Hz based on what’s going on with your phone. There’s a more subtle curve at the edge that helps visually hide the bezels better, and Google claims you get 20% higher peak brightness as compared to its predecessor.
Cameras are one of the biggest changes in this year’s Pixel phone lineup. The Pixel 7 gets the same 50MP main sensor paired with a 12MP ultrawide camera. That said, the Pixel 7 can do 2x ‘optical’ zoom by cropping in on the main 50MP camera and going as high as 7x in digital zoom. The front camera has been completely revamped with a new 10.8MP camera with face unlock capabilities.
Both phones get upgraded camera features this time around. | Source: Google
As for the Pixel 7 Pro, you get a 50MP main camera, 12MP ultrawide and an upgraded 48MP 5x telephoto zoom lens. The front camera has also been changed to an 11.1MP sensor, once again capable of face unlock.
The new Pixels also feature a lot of computational photography improvements thanks to the Tensor G2, including cinematic blur and 10-bit HDR for videos recorded on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Google’s suite of features, such as Photo Unblur and Magic eraser, will now also work on already-shot photos, regardless of the phone that shot them.
Battery, Charging and Software
The battery capacity on the Pixel 7 has dropped to 4355 mAh from its predecessor’s 4600 mAh. Charging speeds also remain the same, with 30W wired charging and wireless charging from the latest Pixel stand.
The Pixel 7’s battery capacity is slightly lower. | Source: Google
Both phones will ship with Android 13 out of the box and support five years of security updates with three years of version updates from Google.
As mentioned before, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro start at $599 and $899, respectively. The phones are available for pre-order starting October 6 on the Google Store and will be available in stores with all major US carriers starting October 13.
Both Pixels are launching at the same price as their predecessors. | Source: Google
Google hasn’t given us a delivery date yet but claims that deliveries will start later in October.