The Google Pixel 7 Pro is said to be the most impressive of the two phones released by Google this fall, and it should be. Given the size and likely specs of Google’s upcoming phone, we expect it to compete with the iPhone 14 Pro Max and Galaxy S22 Plus, not to mention more expensive devices like the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
To compete with these phones, the Pixel 7 Pro has to offer something special.
And the thing is, we don’t know yet what it will be. While Google has set a date for its fall event and even gave us a preview of the Pixel 7 lineup earlier this year, a more detailed report on the specifications and features of the Pixel 7 Pro has yet to materialize. We know the phone will get a new Tensor processor and a slightly redesigned look, but that’s about all Google has revealed so far.
The leaks about the Pixel 7 Pro fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge – we expect this to continue now that the phone’s likely launch is a month away. Here’s what we know about the Google Pixel 7 Pro, as well as what we hope to see in Google’s top phone this fall.
Google Pixel 7 Pro News and Rumors (Updated September 20th)
Google Pixel 7 Pro: release date and price rumors
Google has sent out invitations to an October 6 event in Brooklyn where it promises to “introduce the latest additions to our family of devices.” As such, we can expect to see the Pixel 7 Pro and other Pixel devices like the Pixel Watch. This will also be in line with Google’s past form for releasing Pixel products in October.
As for the release date for the Pixel 7 phones, according to the new advice, they are slated for October 18th, 12 days after the announcement, which is slightly later than the previously announced release date of October 13th.
Pre-orders for the Pixel 7 will begin on October 6, according to Google. (will open in a new tab)which coincides with the launch day.
The potential price of the Pixel 7 Pro isn’t as clear as the likely launch date. We can assume that Google will try to hit last year’s $899 starting price for the Pixel 6 Pro, especially now that Apple has confirmed that it’s sticking with the $999 starting price for its iPhone 14 Pro instead of the $100 price increase that was rumored. Google can still beat the iPhone 14 Pro and Galaxy S22 Plus in price if it offers the $899 Pixel 7 Pro.
However, costs are on the rise all around us, and it’s possible that this could affect Google phones as well. We expect to get a clearer picture of how much Google plans to charge for the Pixel 7 Pro as we get closer to the October 6 announcement.
Google Pixel 7 Pro: design and display
Google overhauled the look of its phones with last year’s release of the Pixel 6, and that signature look — a horizontal camera strip that stretches across the back of the phone — will carry over to this year’s models, based on images of the Pixel 7 shared by Google.
However, you can expect a few changes. Specifically, the camera panel on the new Pixels will be aluminum and the lens positioned in a slightly more prominent fashion, and we’re guessing the Pixel 7 Pro’s telephoto lens is separate from the main and ultra-wide cameras.
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A Pixel 7 Pro unboxing video confirms this slightly tweaked new look, and an early hands-on look at some Pixel 7 prototypes suggests the Pro is nearly the same size and weight as its predecessor. The Pixel 7 Pro is slightly wider – 76.68mm vs. 75.89mm – though it’s not a change you’re likely to notice with the naked eye. The new phone is also 0.2mm thinner than before.
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However, you would expect the screen size to remain unchanged at 6.7 inches. The OLED panel on the Pixel 6 Pro can change its refresh rate from 10Hz to 120Hz depending on what’s happening on the display, and we’re also planning to bring this feature back to the Pixel 7 Pro. Some new phones can scale down to 1Hz to extend battery life, and we won’t mind if Google adapts this feature for their future phone.
In terms of colors, the Pixel 7 Pro will be available in Snow, Obsidian Black, and Hazel. The first two are pretty easy to understand, while Hazel is a dark grey/green hue, which means there’s no lively color choice this year.
Google Pixel 7 Pro Cameras
The Pixel 7 Pro’s cameras aren’t expected to change much, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Pixel 6 Pro is one of the best camera phones around, so the same camera hardware in this year’s model should produce outstanding shots. However, given the changes Apple is making to the iPhone 14 Pro cameras, we’re especially interested in seeing how the iPhone 14 Pro compares to other cameras. Throwing in a Pixel 7 Pro will shake things up.
Until that happens, we can only look at the expected specs – the same 50MP main camera as the Pixel 6 Pro, complemented by a 12MP ultra wide-angle lens and a 48MP telephoto lens. The telephoto lens must have a 4x optical zoom.
The camera hardware is only part of the story with Google phones. The company also excels in computational photography, turning to software and machine learning to create great images. We’re unlikely to hear about such features until the announcement of the Pixel 7 lineup on October 6th, although we note that what could be revealed should be pretty impressive.
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Think back to last year’s Magic Eraser feature, with which you can remove unwanted people and objects with a single tap. Google has extended this capability with the Pixel 6a, adding the ability to hide distracting objects in photos by muting their color. That’s the kind of software we’re hoping to see in the Pixel 7 Pro.
Google Pixel 7 Pro: performance and battery life
The main change in the Pixel 7 Pro that we already know about is Tensor 2 silicon, which will work in new versions of Google Phone. Google introduced the Tensor chip last year as a way to extend the power of machine learning to its devices, and based on features like on-device translation and phone tree navigation, the move has paid off. We can’t wait to see what new features the improved Tensor chip brings.
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While performance isn’t the driving force behind Google’s move to Tensor, we’re interested to see how Google’s new chipset matches the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 that powers phones like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, improving the Snapdragon 8’s performance. generations. Since the original Tensor didn’t really struggle with A15 Bionic inside Apple iPhone 13 devices, we’re not too worried about Tensor 2 giving A16 Bionic inside iPhone 14 Pro.
The bootloader screen on the Pixel 7 Pro prototype suggests that Google could equip its phone with 12GB of faster LPDDR5 RAM, as well as 256GB of storage. However, it is not clear if these will be the characteristics of the base model, and not one of several options.
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In terms of battery life, the rumors haven’t given us any clues as to whether Google will match the Pixel 6 Pro’s 5,000mAh cell. Google better do something about the battery, as the Pixel 6 Pro disappointed in our battery test. Our Pixel 6 Pro test unit, which was tasked with continuously browsing the web over cellular until it ran out of battery, died at 7 hours and 49 minutes, two hours short of average.
Google Pixel 7 Pro: software
Just as there is no secret about which chipset will run on the Pixel 7 Pro, we have a very good idea of what software will debut on the device. Android 13 is already available for existing Pixel phones, so we expect the Pixel 7 Pro to ship with the new operating system installed.
Android 13 isn’t much different from what it was before, but you can expect new customization options for the stuff you develop, a Now Playing widget for the lock screen, editable copy/paste text, and more granular app permissions.
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The biggest question is whether Google will feel the pressure to expand support for its phones beyond three Android OS updates. Samsung is now supporting four such updates for key devices like the Galaxy S series, making it the best option for people who like to keep their phones as long as possible.
Google Pixel 7 Pro: what we hope to see
It’s hard to have too much of a wishlist for the Google Pixel 7 Pro when more features could arrive before October 6th. But we can find a few ways that we hope the Pixel 7 Pro will improve on its predecessor.
Battery life: All Google phones have been failing our battery test lately, not just the Pixel 6 Pro. We hope the new Tensor chip in the Pixel 7 series will break that cycle and help the Pixel 7 Pro equal some of its flagship competitors and earn a spot on our list of best phone battery life.
Fingerprint reader: Google’s in-display fingerprint scanner, used on Pixel 6 flagships, proved to be a rather finicky sensor, sometimes requiring multiple attempts to unlock the phone. Things seem to have improved with the Pixel 6a, and we hope the momentum continues after the debut of the Pixel 7 Pro.
New camera features: Google’s Pixel phones were all about cameras, as previous Pixel models gave the iPhone and its cameras everything they could handle. Since the camera hardware isn’t likely to change much in the Pixel 7 Pro, we hope Google has one or two special features up its sleeve that provide the Magic Eraser’s amount of wow.
Tensor Impressions. Just like the camera, the Tensor chip in the latest Pixel phones helps Google phones stand out from the crowd. We’re excited to see what new features the second generation Tensor chipset has to offer Pixel 7 Pro owners.
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