Pixel 7 and 7 Pro: everything we know

At Google’s I/O Developer Conference in May, we got a glimpse of the company’s 2022 flagship, the Google Pixel 7, and its big brother, the Pixel 7 Pro, but during Made By Google in October, we’ll get a better look at the next generation of Pixel devices.

Google does not wait to generate enthusiasm. Here’s what we know so far.

Pixel 7, what do we know so far?

For one, Google is iterating on the current design language with a change to the camera module. Instead of a full-length black tint, the camera bar matches the phone’s trim while the lenses – dual on the Pixel 7 and trio on the Pro – are understated outlines. It makes this recycled polished aluminum and glass device look more luxurious, or at least that seems to be the intention.

Based on the provided images, the Pixel 7 family will be available in different colors. The unofficial descriptions are White/Silver, Black/Charcoal, Sage/Gold, and Citronella/Gold, but since the last batch of Pixels came in “Stormy Black”, “Kinda Coral”, and “Sorta Seafoam” for the Pixel 6, and ‘Stormy Black’, ‘Cloudy White’ and ‘Sorta Sunny’ for the Pixel 6 Pro, the 7 and 7 Pro will likely go down an equally dumb naming route.

What’s inside ?

Google tells us the Pixel 7 will run on a second-generation Tensor chip and promises camera, performance, and speech improvements. It’s expected to bring more “significant AI breakthroughs” in voice recognition, photography capabilities, and more of what the company has done for its flagships.

“They’re powered by the next-gen Google Tensor processor and designed to show you what Android 13 can do,” Google says.

According to the Android Open Source Project, through GSM Arena and 9to5Google, Google has created two new display drivers, one labeled C10 and the other P10. The Pixel 7’s codename is Cheetah (hence “C”), while the Pixel 7 Pro’s is Panther (hence “P”). Exploring the code they did also reveals that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro should have the exact same Samsung-made display panels as their predecessors, with model numbers S6E3FC3 and S6E3HC3, respectively.

What does that mean? the new Pixel will have a panel with a 1080×2400 resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, while the Pro’s display gets a 1440×3120 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Same as their predecessors.

A Pixel 7 appears on eBay

An alleged Google Pixel 7 prototype has appeared on eBay and features photos of the device turned on. The photos, XDA Developers said, appear to have been taken using a Google Pixel 7 Pro. The listing has since been removed from eBay, but head over to the XDA Developer Report to see the photos they saved.

Pixel 6 and 6 Pro specs

Since we don’t know much else, here’s a refresher on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro specs.

Pixel 6

  • 4 inch display (FHD)
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • 128GB and 256GB storage options
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 4620mAh battery
  • Dual camera system (50-megapixel main camera and 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera)
  • Fingerprint unlock
  • Overall size of 6mm x 74.8mm
  • 206 grams of weight

Pixel 6 Pro

  • 7 inch display (QHD+ OLED)
  • 120Hz refresh rate (with LTPO technology, the Pro can go down to 10Hz to save battery)
  • 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options
  • 12 GB RAM
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Triple rear camera system (50-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 48-megapixel telephoto camera with 4x optical zoom)
  • Fingerprint unlock
  • 9mm x 75.8mm overall size (making Pixel 6 Pro the largest Pixel yet)
  • Weighs 212 grams (just 6 grams more than the Pixel 6)
  • 5G Sub-6 and mmWave support.

Despite serious supply issues, the Pixel 6 outsold the collective Pixel 4 and Pixel 5. The Pixel 6 Pro was really great and we expect great things from the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.

Pixel 7 launch and availability

Google’s October showcase, named Made By Google, will take place on October 6 at 10 a.m. ET. For Australians it is 12:00 a.m. October 7 AEDT, 11:30 p.m. October 6 ACST and 10pm on October 6 AWST. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will be unveiled at this event.

Front Page Tech’s Jon Prosser said the Pixel 7 series will be up for pre-order on October 6 and will be available from October 13, citing “very reputable sources”. Prosser also suggests that the October 6 pre-order date will be the launch event date.

This article has been updated since it was first published.

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