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iPhone 14 Pro vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: which flagship phone can win?

iPhone 14 Pro vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro showdown is only a few months away, but it’s already a matchup we’re excited to see. Apple and Google tend to make the best cameras you can buy, so any comparison between their flagships is often up for a hard fight. (Just look at the Google Pixel 6 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max comparison to see how the current phones stack up.)

Neither phone has been officially announced, but enough details have been leaked to give us an idea of ​​how this smartphone battle will play out. The iPhone 14 Pro, for example, will feature some noteworthy hardware changes — so much so that the updated display, cameras, and chipset could make Apple’s phone more expensive than the iPhone 13 Pro it replaces.

By contrast, the Pro version of the Google Pixel 7 Pro should be very similar to the Pixel 6 Pro, with the new chipset being the only major change confirmed by Google to date. That said, the Pixel 6 Pro was already a great top-tier phone offering, and with some refinement, it could continue to make the competition look overpriced while still matching them on key features.

Read on to find out how the iPhone 14 Pro differs from the iPhone 14 Pro. The Google Pixel 7 Pro comparison is likely to be shaken out along with our thoughts on how both phones are progressing based on current rumors. (For a more general idea, check out our iPhone 14 vs. Google Pixel 7 comparison.)

iPhone 14 Pro vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: possible release date and price

While Apple hasn’t said anything about the iPhone 14 yet, we’re quite happy with rumors of an iPhone 14 release date in September. This is the month that Apple introduced the iPhone 13 last year, as well as several other previous generations of Apple phones.

Google has already promised a Fall Pixel 7 debut, but nothing more concrete. Given that the Pixel 6 series launched in early October last year, we’ll be marking a similar time on our calendars this year.

The iPhone 13 Pro was already at a $100/£100 disadvantage compared to the Pixel 6 Pro, and we expect to see a similar gap between the iPhone 14 Pro and the Pixel 6 Pro. In fact, this gap could be larger as there are rumors of a $100 price hike for both iPhone 14 Pro models.

iPhone 14 Pro vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro: Design

Neither the iPhone 14 Pro nor the Google Pixel 7 Pro should be very different from their predecessors, although they will still be very different from each other.

We’re expecting another phone with flat sides and triangular rear cameras for the iPhone 14 Pro, with a choice of multiple matte finish colors. One new element to watch out for is whether the display cutouts for the selfie camera and Face ID sensors replace the iPhone’s notorious notch, as rumor has it. This sets the Pro model apart from the regular iPhone 14, which is said to retain the iPhone 13’s notch design.

rendering iphone 14 pro

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Google gave the Pixel 6 a completely different design from previous Pixels, but the Pixel 7 will replicate the look of its predecessor rather than shake it up again. There’s a slight change to the back of the camera to make the camera sensors stand out from the rest of the visor-shaped bump, and Google will likely offer a new color or two to help differentiate the new model. Otherwise, it will be very similar to the Pixel 6 series.

Google Pixel 7 unveiled at Google IO 2022

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iPhone 14 Pro vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro: Display

Like the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max should offer 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays, respectively. Both of them should use 120Hz ProMotion displays, just like before, except there are rumors of a lower minimum refresh rate and, as a result, a new always-on display feature.

The Pixel 7 Pro should also have a 6.7-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate, just like the Pixel 6 Pro before it. One possible upgrade could increase the brightness of the screen, making it easier to use the display in bright sunlight.

iPhone 14 Pro vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro: Cameras

Both the iPhone 13 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro are #1 and #2 on our best camera phones guide, and history suggests that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro will replace them as soon as we get a chance to test both devices. However, the maps are rumored to have only limited updates.

An unofficial render of the iPhone 14 Pro in purple on the front and back.

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According to rumors, the basic layout of the main, ultra-wide, telephoto and selfie cameras of the iPhone 14 Pro (plus a rear LiDAR sensor) does not seem to be different from the iPhone 13 Pro. The big update this year is the addition of a 48-megapixel sensor for the main camera, which allows for brighter and more detailed shots (as well as a larger camera array compared to the iPhone 13 Pro).

Google Pixel 7 unveiled at Google IO 2022

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We don’t expect any changes to the Pixel 7 Pro’s front or rear cameras, which isn’t surprising considering Google has changed a lot in the past year. We may see some new software updates to complement existing features such as Magic Eraser, as well as other small improvements to existing cameras.

iPhone 14 Pro vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro: Performance

Apple is likely to maintain a significant smartphone performance advantage over the Pixel 7 Pro and other Android phones with the new A16 Bionic chip. With that power surge, plus the faster LPDDR5 RAM that’s claimed to be coming to the new iPhone, it’s going to be hard for the Pixel to keep up.

Google Pixel 7 unveiled at Google IO 2022

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However, the chip in the Pixel 7 Pro will be interesting for its own unique reasons. Google has already said it will use a second generation Tensor chip to power its new flagship Pixels after it introduced the original Google Tensor on last year’s Pixel 6.

As with the first, Tensor 2 is focused on AI and machine learning applications rather than brute force, which should hopefully mean a lot of small improvements for Pixel users rather than a simple performance boost like Apple suggests.

iPhone 14 Pro vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro: battery and charging

According to the iPhone 14 series battery capacity leak, the iPhone 14 Pro will use a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 13 Pro, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max will use a slightly smaller battery. We can’t say if this will have a big impact on the battery life of any device as it will depend on the power consumption of other components. But that could mean that Apple’s smaller Pro iPhone lasts a little longer than the larger one.

There are no rumors or specific claims from Google about the battery size or durability of the Pixel 7 Pro. Instead of being more specific, we’re guessing the Pixel 7 Pro will use a 5,000mAh battery like the Pixel 6 Pro. We just hope it lasts a little longer than the 6 Pro, as disappointing battery life is one of the worst things about the Pixel 6 Pro experience.

There are minimal rumors about changes to iPhone or Pixel charging. If things stay the same, that will mean 20W MagSafe wired charging and 15W wireless charging for the iPhone 14 Pro, and 23W wired and wireless charging for the Pixel 7 Pro. Neither of these speeds are particularly impressive, but they should offer enough extra juice if you need to use them in an emergency during the day. However, a recent leek predicted 30W charging for the entire iPhone 14 lineup.

iPhone 14 Pro vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: Software

Here we have the biggest discrepancy between these two phones. Apple is introducing the newest version of iOS along with the iPhone for this year and this time it will be iOS 16. The iOS 16 public beta is already live and we are enjoying its new features such as customizable lock screens, editing and deleting options for your texts iMessage, tactile keyboard feedback, and more.

iOS 16

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Google is also introducing its latest flagship phone with the latest version of Android, which means it will be Android 13 this year. This software update is currently in its final stages of beta testing. The list of updates includes new customization options for OS stuff you’ve designed, a new Now Playing widget for the lock screen, editable copy/paste text, and more granular app permissions to keep your data as private as you want it to be.

Android 13 logo on smartphone

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iPhone 14 Pro vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro: Appearance

Neither the iPhone 14 Pro nor the Pixel 7 Pro look like a major departure from what it used to be, although that doesn’t mean we won’t get two impressive flagship phones. And we certainly expect the iPhone 14 Pro compared to the iPhone 14 Pro. The Google Pixel 7 Pro claims to be the best camera phone of 2022.

The updates announced for the iPhone 14 Pro are generally more interesting. Removing the notch, a new 48MP main camera, and an always-on display will be big upgrades, even if the phone doesn’t look much different from previous generations. However, the higher resolution camera sensor, AOD, and punch-hole display are something that the Pixel 6 Pro already has and will no doubt carry over to the Pixel 7 Pro. In addition, rumors of an iPhone price increase will make it more difficult for buyers on a budget to buy it.

The Pixel 7 Pro has its own set of upgrades that currently seem to be smaller in scope. Most likely, Google will introduce some fun software updates that we will only know about on launch day. Otherwise, the Pixel 7 Pro looks set to be a capable but unexciting upgrade to the Pixel 6 Pro. However, if you prioritize performance per dollar, the Pixel 7 Pro once again looks unbeatable for what you pay for it.

We’ll find out more as we get closer to the fall launch dates for both phones.

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