Google Pixel 7: Everything you need to know

The Google Pixel 7 will be available in two variants in late autumn 2022: as a cheaper and smaller Pixel 7 model and as a premium and larger Pixel 7 Pro version.

What are the differences between the two? And what is new compared to the previous models?

In this article, we round up the latest leaks and rumors to give you a comprehensive picture of what the new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro bring to the table. We’ll also regularly update this article with the latest information on expected prices, release dates and other news of upcoming Google flagship phones. So make sure to bookmark this page if you’re interested in the Pixel 7 family.

Big Pixel 7 leaks [updated April 2022]

Google Pixel 7 release date

While Samsung and Apple typically unveil their flagship phones in late August to mid-September, Google is sticking to much later dates, typically announcing its Pixels in mid-October with a launch towards the end of October.

*Data are author’s estimates based on Google annual release cycles. Dates are not officially confirmed by Google.

We don’t expect any surprises for 2022: the Pixel 7 family seems so far to be on track to make its debut in mid-October.

Google Pixel 7 price

One of the best things about the Pixel 6 family was the surprisingly affordable price, especially for the base non-Pro version.

We don’t have any rumors or leaks about the price of the upcoming Pixel 7 series, but below are our early expectations.

*Prices are author’s estimates based on previous products in the same category. Prices have not yet been officially confirmed by Google.

However, considering inflation factors, it’s also possible that Google will increase prices for the Pixel 7 family, so take the numbers above with a grain of salt. Closer to the announcement date, we will have more reliable information about Pixel 7 prices.

Pixel 7 camera

After years of using the same sensor, Google finally updated the camera hardware in the Pixel 6 series in 2021. So don’t expect another change this year. Instead, Google is expected to stick with these newer sensors for at least a few years.

And back in mid-April, reports from tech insiders also confirmed that the Pixel 7 series will indeed use the same camera hardware as the previous generation.

This means the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro stick with a 50-megapixel main camera sensor that measures 1/1.3-inch, which is on par with or larger than most other flagship phones (the bigger the sensor, the better its performance in theory). ). The two phones are also expected to share the same 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter. The Pixel 7 will only have those two cameras, while the Pro version will also offer a periscope-style telephoto camera with 4x zoom, again in line with what we saw on the previous model.

Camera hardware for Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro:
  • 50MP wide, f/1.85
  • 12 MP ultra wide angle, f/2.2
  • 48 MP 4x zoom telephoto lens, f/3.5 (Pro model only)

While we’re not expecting new camera hardware, Pixel cameras have never been just about the hardware. The new Pixel 7 should also bring improvements in photo and video quality via software. We don’t have details on specific features just yet, but in 2021 we’ve seen Magic Eraser and Face Unblur making a splash on the Pixel 6.

Pixel 7 processor, storage and memory

However, the Pixel 7 duo is expected to debut a new processor, codenamed “GS201”.

This mysterious chip is an evolution of Google’s own Tensor, its first home-made mobile chip used on the Pixel 6. Tensor focused on incredible ML performance but lagged behind the competition in single and multi-core CPU performance, so we hope the new “GS201” will fill that gap.

As for RAM, we expect the Pixel 7 to continue with 8GB of RAM on board, versus 12GB of RAM on the Pixel 7 Pro model.

And as far as storage goes, both phones are expected to have a 128GB base model as well as a 256GB version, while the Pro model is likely to have a 512GB model as well.

Pixel 7 theme

For the most part, Google will be sticking with the design of the previous generation for the Pixel 7, which isn’t a bad thing. Expect a glass sandwich look with that signature camera bar on the bottom of the phones making them instantly recognizable.

However, the best news might be that the non-Pro model will be more compact. Here’s a comparison of the leaked dimensions of the new Pixel 7 family to its predecessors:

Pixel 7 dimensions: 155.6 x 73.1 x 8.7 mm

Pixel 6 dimensions: 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9 mm

Pixel 7 Pro dimensions: 163 x 76.6 x 8.7 mm

Pixel 6 Pro dimensions: 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm

As you can see, the Pixel 7 will be narrower, less tall and thinner, while the Pro version will be a hair thinner but also slightly wider.

Standard flagship extras like IP68 water protection are expected on both new Pixels, but you’ll also have the typical flaws of modern flagships: don’t expect a 3.5mm headphone jack or microSD card support (no expandable storage).

Our biggest hope here is that Google fixes the fingerprint scanner. The Pixel 7 series will likely stick with an under-screen fingerprint scanner, but we don’t know if it’ll be ultrasonic (like Samsung Galaxies) or optical (like the previous Pixel 6). Whatever it is, it has to be faster than the sluggish Pixel 6 family model.

Pixel 7 display

In line with the expected smaller physical size of the regular Pixel 7 model, we also get a smaller screen size:

  • Pixel 7 display: 6.2″, 1080p, 90 Hz OLED, flat
  • Pixel 7 Pro display: 6.7″, 1440p, 120Hz OLED, curved

The Pro version, on the other hand, could keep the same 6.7-inch screen size or even grow to 6.8-inches, according to rumors.

Also expect better quality screens with more precise color calibration and higher brightness for more comfortable viewing outdoors.

Pixel 7 battery

With a more compact Pixel 7 and a largely equal-sized Pixel 7 Pro, we expect battery sizes to change accordingly.

That means the Pixel 7 will likely have a smaller battery than its Pixel 6 predecessor’s 4,600mAh cell, while the Pixel 7 Pro will likely stick with a 5,000mAh battery capacity, just like the previous Pixel 6 Pro.

We’re not expecting any major changes in battery tech either, so expect both new phones to last a full day, but not much more.

The charging speeds of the previous Pixel 6 models were limited to 30W and we expect the same speeds for the newer models. Both Pixel 7 phones are also said to support wireless charging.

Pixel 7 features and software

The big new feature of the Pixel 7 family will surely be the new Android 13 operating system.

The Pixel family is traditionally the first to show off the latest version of Android, and the Pixel 7 is likely to be no exception.

Expect a ton of new camera features too, but so far we don’t have any specifics here.

Should I wait for Pixel 7?

  • You should wait for the Pixel 7, though They’re sick of the little compromises Google makes with Pixels — whether it’s the Pixel 6 series’ slow fingerprint scanner, the Pixel 5’s poor speakers and slow chip, or the Pixel 4’s subpar battery, the Pixel 7 molds itself around all of these flaws to finally fix and deliver a more balanced package. Also, there will finally be a really compact version!
  • You should NOT maintain Pixel 7 if You are satisfied with your current phone. Pixel 6 owners probably won’t have much reason to upgrade either.

Should I upgrade from Pixel 6 to Pixel 7?

The Pixel 7 series is mostly exciting because it’s expected to fix some persistent bugs in the Pixel lineup.

We’re not expecting anything truly revolutionary here, but that’s been the case across the industry, and in a mature smartphone market, it’s the careful refinement we value most.

We don’t see much reason to upgrade from a Pixel 6, but if you have a 2-year-old device or older, the Pixel 7 offers the clean experience, great camera, and quick updates that few other phone makers can match.