The Google Pixel 7 Pro will be the most impressive of Google''s two handsets next month, and it''ll need to be. Given the scope and possibility of Google''s future handset, we expect it to compete with the likes of the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the Galaxy S22 Plus, without even higher-end devices like the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
The Pixel 7 Pro will need to provide something new to fight against those phones.
The truth is, we don''t know what they will be until next year. While Google has set a date for its fall product event and even given us a preview of the Pixel 7 lineup earlier this year, a more detailed view of the Pixel 7 Pro''s features has yet to come to life. We know the phone is getting a new Tensor processor and a slightly improved look, but that''s all it has already done.
Leaks about the Pixel 7 Pro are filling in some of the gaps in our knowledge, something we anticipate to continue right now that we''re two weeks out from the Google October event. Here''s what we so far know about the Google Pixel 7 Pro, along with what we''re hoping to see from this fall''s top-of-the-line Google phone.
News and rumors about Google Pixel 7 Pro (Updated September 22)
Release Date and Pricing Concerns About Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google sent out invites for a weekend in Brooklyn on October 6 where it promises to "introduce the latest features to our gaming suite." As such, we can anticipate the see the Pixel 7 Pro and other Pixel devices, like Pixel Watch. This would also follow Google''s previous strategy for releasing Pixel products in October.
The Pixel 7 phones have received a fresh letter, stating that it will be released on October 18 and that it will only 12 days after the announcement, which is now a little less than the previously slated October 13 release date.
Pixel 7 preorders will begin on October 6 (opens in a new tab), which is the same day as the launch event.
The Pixel 7 Pro''s potential price isn''t as official as the launch date, but authorities are beginning to clear things up. LeakerArtem Russakovskii claims that the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, matching the beginning price of the Pixel 6 Pro. (The Pixel 7 will cost $599, according to Russakovskii, which is also unchanged from last year.)
If the iPhone 14 Pro was purchased for $899, it would be great news, particularly now that Apple has confirmed that it''s sticking with a $999 starting price rather than raising prices by $100. Google can still beat the iPhone 14 Pro and the Galaxy S22 Plus for price if it offers the Pixel 7 Pro for $899, with the cost being one of the Pixel 7 Pro''s advantages.
Google Pixel 7 Pro: Design and display
Google changed the look of its phones after the Pixel 6 release, indicating that the distinctive appearance of a horizontal camera bar stretching across the back of the phone will continue with this year''s models, based on Google''s Pixel 7 images.
Nevertheless, there are a few adjustments to the camera bar on the new Pixels. Specifically, the lens will be aluminum, and the lenses are arranged in a somewhat more prominent way, with what we believe is the telephoto lens on the Pixel 7 Pro, which we consider to be akin to the main and ultrawide cameras.
A Pixel 7 Pro unboxing video confirms this slightly altered new appearance, and an early hands-on with some Pixel 7 prototypes suggests the Pro is pretty much the same size and weight as its predecessor. Despite that, the Pixel 7 Pro is a little wider 76.68 mm vs. 75.89 mm, although it''s not the sort of change you''ll encounter with the naked eye. The new phone also measures 0.2 mm thinner than previously.
The screen size would be expected to remain unchanged at 6.7 inches. We''d anticipate that the OLED panel on the Pixel 6 Pro might modify its refresh rate between 10Hz and 120Hz depending on what was on the screen, but we''d anticipate that feature might be extended to 1Hz in order to keep battery life alive. We''d also like if Google had the ability to customize it for its next iPhone.
The Pixel 7 Pro is expected to be launching in Snow, Obsidian black, and Hazel. While Hazel is a dark grey/green hue, it''s not a "lively" choice this year for colors.
Google Pixel 7 Pro: Cameras
The Pixel 7 Pro isn''t expected to drastically alter it, but that''s not necessarily a bad thing. However, the Pixel 6 Pro is one of the finest camera phones available in this year, and the same camera hardware used in this year''s model should produce some outstanding shots. We''re particularly interested in seeing how an iPhone 14 Pro vs. Pixel 7 Pro face-off will shake out.
Until that happens, we can only look at the expected specs the same 50MP main camera as the Pixel 6 Pro, which is enhanced with 12MP ultrawide and 48MP telephoto lenses. The telephoto camera should be capable of a 4x optical zoom.
Camera hardware isn''t the story with Google''s phones. The firm also excels at computational photography when it comes to software and machine learning to produce fantastic-looking images. However, until the Pixel 7 lineup''s October 6 reveal, we''ll notice that what could be revealed should be impressive.
Think about last year''s Magic Eraser feature, in which you may remove unwanted people and objects with a tap. Google enhanced that capability by the Pixel 6a, adding the ability to obscure distracting objects in photos by altering their color. These are the kinds of software-powered capabilities we''re hoping to see with the Pixel 7 Pro.
Performance and battery life in Google Pixel 7 Pro
The Tensor 2 silicon that will be used for the next versions of Google''s phones last year, and based on on-device translation and phone tree navigation, the move would work. We''re looking forward to seeing the added benefits of an improved Tensor chip.
While performance isn''t the driving force behind Google''s move to Tensor, we''re interested in seeing how the new Google chipset measures up to the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 that''s powered phones like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, improving upon the performance of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-based Android devices. Although the Tensor 2 didn''t include much of a fight against the A16 Bionic inside the iPhone 14 Pro, we don''t the Tensor 2.
A bootloader screen on a Pixel 7 Pro prototype suggests that Google might equip its phone with 12GB of faster LPDDR5 RAM while also providing 256GB of storage. However, it''s unclear if these would be the base model''s specifications, contrary to one of several options.
rumors haven''t revealed whether Google will match the Pixel 6 Pro''s 5,000 mAh cell on the battery front. Google better do something on the battery front, as the Pixel 6 Pro was a disappointment in our battery test. Our Pixel 6 Pro tester died after 7 hours and 49 minutes two hours after averaging the average result.
Google Pixel 7 Pro: Software
As there''s no secret about what chipset will be capable of using the Pixel 7 Pro, we''ve got a very good idea of what software will be released on the device. Android 13 is already available for existing Pixel phones, so we''d expect the Pixel 7 Pro to be shipped with the latest operating system.
Android 13 isn''t a big change from what it''s previously, but you may expect fresh customization options to Material You design, a now-playing widget for the lock screen, and more granular permissions for applications.
The biggest concern is whether Google will be underwhelmed to expand its support beyond three Android OS updates for its phones. Samsung now supports four such upgrades for major devices like the Galaxy S series, making it the preferred option for those who prefer to stay on their phones for longer periods.
Google Pixel 7 Pro: What we hope to see
When there are more features likely to leak between now and October 6, there''s unlikely to be a big wish list for the Google Pixel 7 Pro. However, here''s how we can see how the Pixel 7 Pro improves.
Battery life: Google''s phones have all been falling short on our battery test lately, not the Pixel 6 Pro. We hope that the new Tensor chip inside the Pixel 7 series breaks that cycle and helps the Pixel 7 Pro match some of its flagship competitors with a place on our best battery life list.
Fingerprint reader: Once the Pixel 7 Pro is released, the in-display fingerprint reader Google used in the Pixel 6 flagships proved to be a fairly finicky sensor, sometimes requiring several attempts to unlock the phone.
New camera features: As the past Pixels have given the iPhone and its cameras all they could handle, Google is hoping to have a special feature or two on its sleeve that gives you a lot of "wow."
Tensor experience: As much as the camera, the Tensor chip inside previous Pixel phones is assisting Google''s handsets stand out from the crowd. We''re excited to see what new features a second-generation Tensor chipset may offer Pixel 7 Pro owners.