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Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro launch today: Expected features, price

Putting an end to all the rumours, Google finally confirmed the pre-order dates for its new flagship line of phones, the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. With a brand new SoC and a revamped design, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro look ready to take on the other flagships from Apple and Samsung including iPhone 14 and Galaxy S22 series. 

Let’s dive into the depths and explore everything we know about the new Pixel line of smartphones.

Google Pixel 7 renders

Google Pixel 7 renders by 91mobiles

Design 

From what one could decipher through the initial pictures released by Google and the numerous leaks of the smartphone, the edges are definitely less curved than what we saw on the Pixel 6 or, for that matter, on any of the earlier generations. This change allows better embedding of screen protectors and back covers. However, this isn’t the most pronounced change. There seems to be a dark-shaded thick metal badge housing the camera module, with the rest of the handset sporting a glossy and more light-coloured finish. 

If leaks are to be believed, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will be launched in 3 colour variants – Hazel, Snow White, and Obsidian Black.

Google Pixel 7 Pro renders

Google Pixel 7 Pro renders by 91 Mobiles

Display 

As mentioned above, the display definitely appears to be less curved at the edges. The display also happens to be the major distinguishing feature between the base variant and the Pro. As per the leaks, the Pixel 7 Pro will feature a 6.7-inch screen size with a resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. Add to this a refresh rate of 120 Hz, making it one of the best displays on offer in the Android segment. The Pixel 7 follows closely with a slightly smaller screen size at 6.3-inch and a 90 Hz display. Both of them, however, are expected to be AMOLED versions, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Camera 

With the new Tensor G2 module, the camera section appears to have been given a massive boost. The Pixel 7 Pro features a full-fledged triple camera setup at the rear. We expect that the smartphone will come with a 50 MP f/1.9 wide lens, a 12 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens and a 48 MP f/3.5 telephoto lens. The 50 MP lens is likely to boast regular features like Dual Pixel PDAF, Laser AF and OIS, with video recording enabled at 4K @ 30fps. As per the leaks, even the base variant has received a mammoth upgrade in terms of being able to record 4K selfie videos, a feature absent in Pixel 6. The front camera seems to be similar across both variants with an 11.1 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens. The superior hardware clubbed with the newTensor G2 module promises excellent camera performances across various lighting conditions.

Software and Performance 

Both the models are said to be powered by the all-new Tensor G2 octa-core SoC. With the powerful SoC in place serious improvements in areas like speech recognition, text-to-speech, and post-processing of photos and videos can be expected. Similar to the Pixel 6 line, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro may come with only 128 and 256 GB storage options. It is also likely to be non-expandable. Leaks point out that, 8 GB of RAM would be allocated to the base variant, while the Pixel 7 Pro will be bumped to 12GB. Pixel being a native Google offering, Android 13 out of the box is a no-brainer. Adding on to the set of innovations, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro both would support dual eSIM both of which can be active simultaneously. The India models may have a physical SIM slot just like the iPhone 14 series. The biometric face unlocks, last seen in Pixel 4 would be making a comeback, though no dedicated software is housed. 

Battery Life 

Both variants are likely to come with a healthy 5,000mAh battery capacity. Given the way Google optimises its OS, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro should easily last a full day with medium to heavy usage. However, the use case may differ from person to person. The models are also likely to support 30W fast charging in wired mode. For wireless though, the wattage is capped at 21W, which is still decent by 2022 standards. It remains to be seen if this is the case under more realistic circumstances. The cherry on top, both models are well-equipped with reverse wireless charging capabilities.

Pricing and Availablity

According to official Google announcements, the pre-order is supposed to drop at 9:30 PM on October 6th. It is anticipated to be a Flipkart-exclusive deal. Going by the rumours, those interested should be looking to allocate around ₹50,000 for the Pixel 7 and ₹70,000 for the Pixel 7 Pro. In the USA however, the pricing is expected to hover around the US$600 mark for Pixel 7. If this is indeed the pricing for the Pixel devices, then it would give tough competition to iPhone 14 and Galaxy S22, which are currently retailing at Rs 79,990 and Rs 62,999 respectively.

Final Word 

With the new Tensor G2 running the show, we are expecting to see a vast improvement in performance.  This should be especially true with ML-based tasks. The camera appears supremely promising and the design looks fresh and vibrant. The iPhone 14, Galaxy S22+ and S22, all breach the ₹60,000 mark. If the base variant, the Pixel 7, holds up to its promise, it could be a great buy, with the Pixel 7 Pro being no less.

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