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Google Pixel 7: Everything we know so far

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Google’s Pixel 7 is a hotly anticipated Android phone that follows the huge success of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. After a massive overhaul in design and specs, which saw Google pump a lot of money into new marketing strategies, the Pixel 7 is set to continue the triumphs of the Pixel 6 as the best Android value ever.

While there were plenty of murmurings about the device already, Google shocked us by revealing the Pixel 7 during its Google I/O 2022 keynote and confirming a few details about the flagships. While the Pixel 6a could be Google’s biggest smartphone release of the year, the tech giant is likely to take the Apple and Samsung route to launching its next-gen Pixel phone. 

And what a phone it's gearing up to be. Google confirmed that it will feature a second-generation Tensor chip, but the Pixel 7 may also be equipped with an under-screen camera. Google gave us a few official details, but we are still dependent on rumors for others, so here's a look at what we know so far about the price, release date, design, and more of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

Pixel 7 release date 

Google confirmed that the Pixel 7 is coming this fall, but that obviously leaves the launch date pretty up in the air — but not completely. Given Google’s reliable annual phone releases and the similar amount of past rumors shown leading up to the announcement of the Pixel 6, all signs point to the launch of Google’s next Pixel this year. 

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We’ll likely see the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro in late October 2022. Google has a reliable track record of launches, with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 6 launching in October and the Pixel 5 releasing on September 30.

According to oft-reliable display analyst Ross Young, panel shipments will start one month earlier compared to last year, meaning they could arrive sooner or that Google is planning to sell considerably more of them. The latter now seems more likely as Google confirmed that the Pixel 6 series has already outsold the Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 combined.

Pixel 7 price 

Much like its release date, the price of the Pixel 7 isn’t certain. That said, it would be bizarre if Google decided to bump up the price of its affordably priced flagship smartphones. One of the most appealing Pixel features is the amount it offers at mid-range prices. 

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After the success of the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G priced from just $499, along with the Pixel 5’s price drop to $699 and the best Android value ever, the $599 Pixel 6, Google hit the mark for mid-tier smartphones bringing flagship capabilities. What’s more, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that Google has "definitely shown that Pixel 4a, Pixel 5 are a clear value proposition. We'll build on that."

Judging from the minimal differences the Pixel 7 boasts compared to the already radically different Pixel 6, it’s likely we’ll see the Pixel 7 starting at $599 and the Pixel 7 Pro priced from $899. While the second-generation Tensor chip is set to be a substantial upgrade, this shouldn’t change the price of the new phones, seeing as Apple rarely changes its price with each new iPhone and the powerful bionic chip that comes with it. 

Pixel 7 design 

If you’re a fan of the Pixel 6’s unique design, you’ll be happy to know the Pixel 7 will sport almost exactly the same rear camera array spanning the back panel with a two-tone finish above and below the module. It’s a controversial design that people love or hate, but there’s no denying its stand-out design elements beat many other Android phones on the market. The most notable change appears to be a slight reduction in thickness of the bar, the extension of the aluminum finish across the bar and a slight change to the lens array.

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We expect some other subtle differences to set the Pixel 7 apart from its previous generation, most notably its slightly smaller size and potentially under-display camera. According to Young, the Pixel 7 display will shrink from 6.4 inches to 6.3 inches, while the Pixel 7 Pro will stay at 6.7 inches. That’s good news for those who enjoy a smaller form factor and the look of the Pixel 6.

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Google may not want to stray too far from the revamped design of the last generation. Colors, including Kinda Coral, Sorta Seafoam and Stormy Black for the Pixel 6 and Sorta Sunny and Cloudy White from the Pixel 6 Pro, may make a return for the Pixel 7. We’re sure other colors will be introduced, but so far no reliable leaks or rumors have stated otherwise. 

Pixel 7 specs 

Google's custom Tensor chip was one of the more interesting details about the Pixel 6, as it was Google’s first shot at using their own processor on a smartphone without relying on Snapdragon chips. The company focused on superior performance through advanced on-device AI for faster and better speech recognition and improved image processing, and the second-gen Tensor chip is expected to improve on this with enhanced processing power and better power efficiency. That last one we’re hoping for, as Pixel 6 battery life claims were wildly varied

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Google has confirmed that the Pixel 7 will debut with the next Google Tensor chip. This isn't a shock and had been virtually confirmed already by 9to5Google. That teams spotted a Pixel-related codename, “Cloudripper,” believed to be a baseboard or developer board connected to the second-gen Tensor chip. The processor model number, GS201, was discovered in October last year, and there are now more connections happening behind the scenes. Apparently, the chip will feature a Samsung modem, which may be the yet-to-be-released Exynos Modem 5300.

Two other codenames were spotted that are related to the modem; “Cheetah” and “Panther.” The report states these are believed to be the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. We don’t know all the improvements set to arrive yet, Google leaned only on its advanced AI during the Google I/O 2022 keynote, but we can expect plenty of interesting upgrades. 

Pixel 7 cameras 

While an under-display camera may be in the cards, with a patent showing how it will switch from display mode and camera mode, we may not see any other camera changes with the Pixel 7. Notable tipster Yogesh Brar, who has also made claims regarding the Google Pixel Fold, stated we will likely see the same optics on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro that were used on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. It isn’t clear what “optimizations” it may offer, but Google’s camera upgrades may come in the form of software rather than hardware. 

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That means we’ll see the same 50MP Octa PD Quad Bayer lens, with an f/1.85 aperture and 1.2µm pixel width, and 12MP ultra-wide on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, along with a 4x optical 48MP telephoto lens for the Pro. The cameras are a highlight on the Pixel 6, so it won’t be much of a disappointment if the Pixel 7 doesn’t feature any camera hardware upgrades. 

Outlook 

There are still many features to learn about the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, but following Google I/O 2022 we have a good idea of what Google’s latest smartphone will bring to the table: more of the same. The Pixel 7 shows subtle changes from its predecessor from what we've seen so far, but there's still plenty to learn about what is going on under the hood.

While we wait for a fall 2022 launch, check out why we’re fans of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, and how they compare to the best smartphones on the market. In fact, check out the battle between the Pixel 6 and iPhone 13, along with the Pixel 6 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.