Google Pixel 7: what can we expect to see?


September 24, 2022

We know that Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro are coming on October 6th. Google has been drip-feeding details about its new flagship phones and has already announced that it will be unveiling the new handsets in an insider event for “pixel superfans” very soon.

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were big hits among smartphone photography lovers. We tested both phones and were impressed with the sophisticated camera features they offer, especially for the price. In fact, we described it in our Google Pixel 6 review as arguably the best camera you can get for under £600.

Our review of the Google Pixel 6 Pro received similar praise. As we said at the time, “If you’re an avid photographer and want a device that lets you capture beautiful images at any time of day in a range of scenarios, the Pixel 6 Pro is hard to beat.”

Will the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro be more the same or something different? Here’s what we know so far…

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: design and features

One thing we do know is that the Pixel 7 and Pro will be faster than their predecessors. Google has confirmed that the two new phones will use the next-generation Google Tensor G2 processor. While this doesn’t necessarily mean a significant leap in performance, leakers believe we’re dealing with a phone that’s perhaps 10% faster than its predecessor.

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According to Google, the new chip should show what Android 13 can do and enable functions such as voice recognition and improvements to photo, video and security functions.

We can also see that the phone’s design will be a little different from the Pixel 6. Google has been a little reluctant to show the front of the Pixel 7 Pro ahead of the release. However, a banner posted in the private “Pixel Superfans” group on Facebook finally showed it, and we can see that its edges are less curved than the previous version

Pixel Superfans Insider Event Banner

Pixel Superfans Insider event banner posted on Facebook. Photo credit: Google.

This banner also includes images of the Pixel Buds and the Pixel Watch. According to Google, with the new generation of smartphones, the synergy between all these different devices will be more sophisticated than ever. Features like Fast Pair make it easy to connect, while Find My Device allows all of the different devices to find each other if one gets lost.

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What do we know about the cameras?

Short answer – not much yet. Aside from saying that the Tensor G2 chip will offer “even more helpful, personalized features” for photos and videos, Google hasn’t commented on the new phones’ camera capabilities.

If we look at the Pixel 7’s camera array, we can see that the wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lenses have been bundled together. There’s also an extra unit on the Pixel 7 Pro that’s missing on the smaller model – we can assume that’s the telephoto lens.

Comparison of the camera arrangement of Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro

The Pixel 7 camera array (left) and the Pixel 7 Pro (right) with its additional lens.

One thing we do know is that in 2021 Google filed a patent for an under-display camera (hat tip for Let’s Go Digital) to detect them. This could mean that the selfie camera for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro is an “invisible” type like we’ve seen on phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. If you look again at the image of the front of the phone, a front-facing camera isn’t immediately visible, suggesting it could be an under-display type. However, we’ll have to wait to know for sure.

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Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: Pricing

Google has not yet officially confirmed the prices of the two new phones. However, a leak has indicated that the pricing structure remains the same as the Pixel 6 series. If true, that would mean the Pixel 7 will have a retail price of £599, while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost £849. However, we’ll have to wait until the launch event to see if this succeeds.

However, the tech giant has confirmed that the color options will remain the same across the different phones. That means the Google Pixel 7 will be available in Snow, Obsidian, and Lemongrass (aka White, Black, and Yellow), while the Pixel 7 Pro will be available in Snow, Obsidian, and Hazel (a kind of grey-green).

The Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro will be announced at a special event on October 6th. Visit store.google.com for more information.


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