Google Pixel 7 Intro
What’s new about the device
- Smaller display
- Larger battery
- Newer Tensor chipset
- Refreshed design
- New Extreme Battery Saver
- New camera features
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Google Pixel 7 Specs
Pixel 6, is that you?
Google Pixel 7 Models
Aside from the Pixel 7, Google has another Pixel in the lineup, the Pixel 7 Pro, which differentiates itself with an additional camera, larger display and battery, as well as a slew of exclusive software features. Aside from that it’s got the same Pixel 7 DNA in it. Google is also rumored to be teasing a foldable Pixel during the event, so we’ll see how this goes.
Google Pixel 7 Design & Colors
Subtle changes here and there
Building on the design language established by the Pixel 6-series, Google will be subtly updating the Pixel 7 looks. All will be done in a stylish way, and will make the vanilla Pixel 7 much better, in our opinion. Gone will be the dual-tone design of the Pixel 6-series, which had the bottom and top parts of the rear (the one divided by the camera strip) in two slightly different color hues.
The new Pixel 7 will instead use a single color hue for its glass back, complemented by a polished aluminum camera bar in a complementary color. The camera bar will no longer be all-black, but bright and show off the camera cutouts that Google previously tried to hide away. Speaking of colors, the Pixel 6 will come in Black, White, and a cream/gold version that will resemble a champagne color.
Another relatively small but important change will be the overall size of the Pixel 7. The small phone will be just a smidgen narrower, thinner, and shorter than the Pixel 6. This would certainly make it a more compact handset, and it’s safe to say that we are in a dire need of compact phones in the Android space.
On the topic of biometrics, Google will likely reuse the under-screen fingerprint scanner that was used on the Pixel 6. As the latter was an optical one, we really do hope that Google goes for the faster ultrasonic one, which will allow for faster unlocking. There are some rumors that we might even see 3D face unlocking, which could be way more secure than regular 2D picture-based, in a way similar to Apple’s Face ID.
Google Pixel 7 Display
Due to the overall smaller size of the Pixel 7, its display will also be become slightly smaller than before. Indeed, down from the 6.4-inch display on the older device, the Pixel 7 will be coming in with a 6.3-inch screen, which would surely help it achieve a more manageable size.
Aside from this small (and welcome) change in the overall size, the rest of the Pixel 7 display specs seem to remain mostly unchanged. As such, Google’s next small phone will still come with a 90Hz flat OLED display, which would sit in a nice juxtaposition to the larger Pixel 7 Pro, which would feature 1-120Hz curved OLED display.
From a quality standpoint, we were quite satisfied with what the Pixel 6 offered in the display compartment. It was a bright, slightly colder display that featured three different display color profiles which let you fine tune the experience to your liking. Despite the slight color shift visible when looking at the display from an angle, overall the Pixel 6 satisfied us.
And that actually outlines out expectations for the Pixel 7! If Google could address the above shortcomings and slightly improve on all fronts, we’d have a great display experience on the Pixel 7.
Google Pixel 7 Camera
Well, it seems that not much will change on the camera front as well. Similarly to the Pixel 6-series, the Google Pixel 7 will be relying on a dual-camera setup, consisting of a 50MP 1/1.3-inch main camera sensor with an f/1.85 aperture (an ever-so-slight update over the Pixel 6’s f/1.9) and a ultra-wide 12MP camera that has an f/2.2 aperture. At the front, however, we will be getting a 10.8MP selfie camera, an improvement over the 8MP one on the Pixel 6.
And given that we will have a second iteration of the Tensor chip, which will put an even greater emphasis on AI and machine learning, it would make perfect sense to expect that the Pixel 7 will make full use of this computational prowess.
Features like Magic Eraser, Action Pan, Long Exposure, and Night Sight are likely getting joined by Cinematic Blur, which is emulating the cinematic look coming out of a film camera, and possibly more.
Google Pixel 7 Performance & Benchmarks
Same old, but better!
Okay, so the Pixel 7 will come with the Google Tensor G2 chipset on deck, its second-gen custom silicon. The first generation of the chip debuted alongside the Pixel 6 with a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning, which had to make up for its lack of raw performance in comparison with its closest Qualcomm, Exynoss, and Apple rivals.
The Tensor G2 will be using two performance Arm Cortex-X1 cores, then two mid-range Cortex-A76 cores, and four efficiency Cortex-A55 cores. The Pixel 7 Pro achieved a 10% better multi-core score than the Pixel 6 Pro in popular benchmarking app Geekbench, which suggests a slight improvement in performance. It’s more than welcome, as long as the overall efficiency does not suffer much.
Google Pixel 7 OS / Android version
The Pixel 7 comes forth with the latest episode of the Android saga—Android 13. This one comes with visual improvements that enhance the Material You design language, themed icons, multilingual app support, clipboard editor, dynamic spatial audio, more privacy and security options, and more.
Google Pixel 7 Battery
So, with the Pixel 7 being smaller, it’s natural to expect the battery inside to be smaller as well. Rumors point out that a 4,700mAh battery would be used inside the Pixel 7, a slightly denser cell than the 4,614mAh one inside the Pixel 6. In any case, the two phones should mostly offer the same battery backup.
Charging-wise, we don’t really expect any big changes—30W fast wired charging is what the Pixel 7 will most likely use, as well as wireless charging.
An intriguing battery feature called Extreme Battery Saver will reportedly let Pixel 7 users to enjoy up to 72 hours of battery life on their devices, though the regular functionality of the phone will be severely limited, with only a handful of apps being available in this mode.
Google Pixel 7 Competitors
The Pixel 7 is definitely punching blows with both the Galaxy S22 and iPhone 14, given that the trio is mostly in the same price segment and they now essentially act as their respective companies’ compact models. The Galaxy S22 comes with an extra telephoto camera and a completely different take on the Android interface. The iPhone 14, on the other hand, is the entry-level device in the iPhone 14-series and comes forth with A15 Bionic, dual-camera, and more.
Google Pixel 7 Summary and final verdict
We are merely two days to the unveiling of the Pixel 7, but it’s unlikely that many of these leaked specs and other details will change in any dramatic way. We expect the Pixel 7 to generally continue the strong legacy established by the Pixel 6 series, though we hope that the Pixel 7 doesn’t get as much negative press as the Pixel 6 did with the software bugs and issues that marred its release.