Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro officially announced. They come with incremental hardware upgrades

Google has finally announced its Pixel 7 range of phones. Just like last year, we’re talking about a Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, with small improvements in some key areas, a very slightly changed design, and some software enhancements. Google seems to have reached the point where Samsung and Apple have been for a few years now, offering only incremental upgrades from year to year on its phones. Basically, if you already have a Pixel 6, you probably don’t have much reason to upgrade to the new Pixel 7.

Pixel 7 has upper mid-range price, but flagship claims

The “standard” Pixel 7 is a smartphone positioned more in the upper mid-range price range. However, many of its components are similar to those of the Pro model. Both phones are equipped with the new Google Tensor G2 processor. It is built on a 4nm manufacturing process in Samsung’s factories and benefits from two Cortex-X1, two Cortex-A78 and four Cortex-A55 cores. Given that it also benefits from a Mali-G710 MC10 GPU, we’re probably once again dealing with an Exynos model renamed by Samsung and tweaked a bit to better suit Google’s requirements.

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For example, the new processor will deliver up to 60% more performance in AI (machine learning) tasks like the camera, thanks to a new, more powerful Tensor core. Among the Pixel 7-only features provided by this new processor is Photo Unblur, which can make old photos that came out blurry, noisy or shaky look better.

The Pixel 7 will be available in configurations with 8GB RAM and 128 or 256GB storage, and is equipped with a 6.3″ 90Hz OLED display (slightly smaller than the Pixel 6). The phone is also slightly lighter, at 197 grams. Interestingly, the phone also has a smaller battery than last year, at 4,355 mAh, down from 4,614 mAh. On the camera front, we get a 50-megapixel main sensor and a 12-megapixel ultrawide, with a 10.8-megapixel selfie camera (upgraded from 8 MP on the Pixel 6).

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Google offers premium capabilities on the Pro model, but priced under 1,000 euros

The Pro model is similar in some ways, but gets a few more upgrades. For example, the Tensor G2 processor comes with 12GB of RAM and 128, 256 or 512GB of storage. On the back, in addition to the two cameras on the “standard” model, we also get a 5x zoom, 48-megapixel resolution camera.

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Its display is also improved, with a 6.7″ AMOLED panel at 120 Hz with variable refresh rate, thanks to LTPO technology. The variation is between 10 and 120 Hz, however, being basically a couple of generations behind other models on the market. Even so, this should be one of the top screens in the sub-$1,000 area.

The Pixel 7 Pro also gets a larger 5,000 mAh battery, wireless charging and wireless charging for accessories, and IP68 water resistance.

pixel 7 pro camera

Both phones ship with Android 13 from the factory and will receive three system updates and five years of security updates. Still, Google has weaker support than its partners. Samsung, for example, offers up to four years of system updates.

How much does the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro cost

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Prices for the new models are €650 for the base Pixel 7 and €900 for the Pixel 7 Pro. The phones will only be available in certain regions, so they will probably only be available in the “grey” market in Romania. Pre-orders will only start on 13 October. Google also promises pre-order bonuses, such as Pixel Buds Pro headphones for the standard model and the new Pixel Watch with LTE for the Pro model.

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