Both the Pixel 7 Pro and the Pixel 7 are now available for purchase. While Google seems to have been doing a lot of time with the phones, the battery life has been troubling.
I had a full charge on the Pixel 7 Pro every morning, and with a massive use of messaging apps, social media, and Google Maps, the battery increased to 50% after four hours. That''s not a dismal concept, but it''s definitely not the phone''s main focus.
The Pixel 7 Pro has a 5,000 mAh battery, which is significantly higher than the Pixel 7 Pro, although the battery is similar to the Pixel 6 Pro. I had hoped that after the Pixel 6 Pro''s poor battery life, Google would have been careful to improve it this time around. While there is a battery boost here, it''sn''t as much as I had imagined.
Google Pixel 7 Pro battery life results
|Battery size||Battery life (hrs:mins)|
|Pixel 7 Pro||5,000 mAh||9:21|
|iPhone 14 Pro Max||4,323 mAh||13:39|
|Galaxy S22 Ultra||5,000 mAh||10:18|
|iPhone 14 Plus||4,325 mAh||11:57|
|OnePlus 10T||4,800 mAh||11:22|
On the Pixel 7 Pro, I ended the day through a battery saver, so luckily, I only had to pull out the charger early at night.
Our own battery test results revealed that the battery life was significantly different than what I experienced in my use though. The Pixel 7 Pro, on the other hand, was only nine hours and 21 minutes long with an adaptive refresh rate reduced, indicating that 10% of the brightness the phone is actually capable of. The Pixel 6 Pro, on the other hand, provided us 7 hours and 55 minutes in our testing.
While the result is satisfactory, it''s still below the 11.5-hour threshold for our l best phone battery life list. The iPhone 14 Pro Max, for example, lasted 13.5 hours and the iPhone 14 Plus, nearly 12 hours. The Galaxy S22 Ultra, for example, lasted 10 hours and 18 minutes.
The Pixel 7 Pro display is a power guzzler
The Pixel 7 Pro is a lot of work going for: sleeker design, a fantastic 50MP camera, a new Tensor G2 chip, and a brighter display. Yet, one expert believes that it is the bright display that might be the culprit in reducing the battery life of the Pro.
Every morning, I had a full charge on the Pixel 7 Pro, and was amazed by the fact that I had a lot of use of messaging apps, social media, and Google Maps.
The Pixel 7 Pro''s power consumption is between 3.5 and 4 Watts at 600 nits of brightness, but at the maximum brightness (1500 nits), it is up to a massive 6W. This is likely to devastate the phone.
For comparison, XDA Developers said the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra would use 4W at 1000 nits of brightness, while the Pixel 6 Pro also used 4W of power at around 800 nits of brightness. It is only the Pixel 7 Pro that appears to be the power guzzler; the Pixel 7 does not appear to have the same issue.
Luckily, using the phone indoors and at a low brightness will not alleviate the problem, and users would likely notice it only when using the Pro in bright sunlight for hours at a time. It is also not known right now whether this is a bug. In the event, hopefully a simple software patch update should fix the problem.
I maintained the Pixel 7 Pro brightness at a moderate mid to low level and even then it was quite bright. However, I did not notice the huge battery drain issue myself in the previous week. This also means that the battery life on the Pixel 7 Pro is simply useless.
I would wish that Google had adequate enhanced its top flagships battery capabilities that would make picking this phone over other Android phones a complete no-brainer. The Pixel 7 Pro has everything you need to know about it, but even with its limited battery life, it is still one of the best Android phones ever.