The Pixel 6 marks a rebirth for Google. After several generations of trying – and mostly failing – to distinguish itself as a latecomer in the smartphone game, the device has finally had an outstanding season. Under a new guard, Google’s long attempts to cut corners were over, and the company finally offered a premium product at a low price.
Gone are the days when a company could skate through name recognition alone. Flagship smartphones are always good across the board, and manufacturers who want to boost sales have to keep up with Samsung and Apple devices in the world. This doubles when you produce the budget version of the same product.
The Pixel 6 offered a great confluence of premium hardware and software hacks and new first-party development, like the Tensor chip. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, announced at this morning’s Google Hardware event in Brooklyn, continue the achievements of their predecessors. Given how far the 6 departs from the 7, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the new models are an improvement on what worked with last year’s models.
Modifications arrive here mostly via the camera system and the Tensor G2 – an upgrade from last year’s first Tensor chip, which contributes to some of these imaging advancements as well as security upgrades, among other things.
Design-wise, the 7 looks a bit similar to the 6, although the phone’s distinctive camera bar has been improved a bit – brushed aluminum on the Pro and Matte on 7. Both new models are made of about 19% recycled materials, by weight. . It features a glass back and Gorilla Glass Victus fronts and is IP68 dust/water resistant.
The Pixel 7 has a 6.3-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 with a resolution of 416 pixels per inch and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Its brightness is up to 1400 lumens. The 7 Pro measures 6.7 inches with a resolution of 1440 x 3120, with a pixel density of 512 ppi and up to 1,500 nits. The 7 has a pair of rear cameras: 50 MP wide angle and 12 MP ultra wide. The Pro advertises a 48MP telephoto to the mix. In Google:
The Pixel 7’s front camera is now the same as the Pixel 7 Pro, for better low-light photography, stunning 4K60 video, and a wide field of view for group selfies. Cinematic Blur makes Hollywood-like videos. With Real Tone, all skin tones are beautifully and accurately represented – now in Night Sight and Po trait mode as well. Photo Unblur enhances your blurry photos – new or old. The oriented frame helps visually impaired people take better selfies with both sound and touch. Photos match your vision with Pixel camera favorites like Magic Eraser, Motion Mode, and Face Unblur.
The new G2 chip powers some major camera upgrades, including the new Super Res Zoom on the Pro, as well as Night Sight and Face Unblur. Along with the Titan M2 security chip, it also helps unlock the much-awaited face unlock, as well as the fingerprint sensor located under the screen. While Face Unlock can be used for a number of different features, Google notes that it restricts the use of some very sensitive features, as they are not quite as secure as on-device fingerprint biometrics. The phones will also ship with Google One’s VPN built in, for added security, and the company is promising “at least” five years of security updates for the devices.
Google rates the batteries of both devices as “more than 24 hours”. The 7 has 4,355 mAh, and the 7 Pro has a healthy 5,000 mAh. Both can get about half a full charge in 30 minutes, thanks to the 30W USB-C fast charging (the charger itself doesn’t come in the box). Meanwhile, the new “Extreme Battery Saver” mode can boost life up to 72 hours per Google. Both support Qi fast wireless charging and offer battery sharing to charge other devices.
The Pixel 7 comes with 8GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage, while the Pro offers 12GB of RAM and 128, 256 or 512GB of storage. The 7 starts at a reasonable $599 and the Pro starts at a reasonable (flagship) $899. Both are ready for pre-order today and will begin shipping later this month.