Oct 6th, 2022

It’s finally come together – after several months of what seemed to be endless leaks, speculation, and online debates, Google has officially unveiled its newest smartphones – the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro – during its Fall launch event. The new handsets were shown alongside the Google Pixel Watch and tablet, which are also new additions to the growing line of Pixel devices. As such, the new phones come with some interesting hardware upgrades, with regards to design and performance – let’s take a closer look!

Display and Design

As is the norm with Google’s new phones, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro come with updated designs of the hardware styling that was first seen on last year’s Pixel 6 series. The new handsets maintain a similar rectangular look, with glossy finishes on the rear panels and metal sides. One major change though is with the camera window on the back of the phones, which now merges seamlessly with the sides, unlike the camera panels on last year’s phones which were completely made of glass.

The Pixel 7 now comes with a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution, while its larger sibling comes with a 6.7-inch LTPO AMOLED screen with a 1440 x 3120 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Both phones do feature in-display fingerprint scanners as with their predecessors, as well as face unlock, which is a much-welcome addition in terms of biometrics. Additionally, the phones also come with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, and there’s Gorilla Glass Victus all around for better protection from damage.

Internal Specs

The biggest change with this year’s flagship Pixels is with the processor – Google has equipped the new phones with the second-generation Tensor G2 chip, which it has co-developed with Samsung much like the original Tensor SoC.

According to Google, the new chip comes with an increase in performance, improvements to machine learning, as well as better battery efficiency and overall stability. Of course, we still have to see how the new chipset fares in real-world usage, but it would indeed be terrific if it manages to address the issues found on the first-generation Tensor chipset.

As for internals, the Pixel 7 comes with either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage, and 8GB of RAM (same as its predecessor), and the Pixel 7 Pro also comes with either 128 or 256GB of storage, with a larger serving of 12GB of RAM. Powering the Pixel 7 is a 4,355 mAh battery, while the 7 Pro packs a 5,000 mAh battery, similar to its predecessor.

Both will now come with support for 30W fast-charging, which according to Google can get you up to 50% charge in 30 minutes. Of course, the new Pixels also come with Google’s Titan M2 security chip for additional data protection and privacy.

Cameras

Camera performance is a major highlight of Google Pixel phones – with that said, Google has announced some upgrades for the computational photography capabilities of its new smartphones, thanks in part to Tensor G2. Features like Photo Unblur, Cinematic Blur for videos, Active Stabilization, autofocus and speech enhancement are all made possible thanks to the new chipset.

As for hardware, Google revealed that the 7 Pro will have enhanced zoom capabilities, with up to 10x zoom, and an ultrawide lens that’s 21% wider than the one on the regular Pixel 7, and will come with autofocus as well. It will come with a 50-megapixel main camera, a 48-megapixel telephoto lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 10-megapixel ultra-wide selfie camera. Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 will feature a similar set-up (sans telephoto lens), with a 50-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens, and a 10-megapixel ultra-wide selfie camera.

Pricing

If you’re wondering how much the phones will cost, the Pixel 7 will be priced at $599, while the Pixel 7 Pro will come in at $899, mirroring the prices of last year’s Pixel 6 series, and placing them well below the price range of more expensive smartphones like offerings from Apple and Samsung. It will also be available in more regions now, meaning folks who missed out on purchasing a Pixel phone before will now be able to do so.

The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are available for pre-order, and will be released on October 13.

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