2021 was a big year for Google’s Pixel smartphones as chipsets switched from Qualcomm Snapdragon to Google‘s own Tensor chips.
So what will 2022 bring to the Pixel world? Here are a few things we want to see when the Pixel 7 arrives, along with all the news and rumors about the new devices.
What is the release date of Google Pixel 7?
Google has not yet confirmed that the Pixel 7 will be, but it seems likely when you consider the transition to new chips and the intense marketing campaign that currently promotes the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Over the past few generations, Google has committed to launching in October for major Pixel devices with cheaper versions, such as the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5a 5G, in August. There was also the Pixel 4a 5G, which was released in November 2020 and somehow went a step further.
So, if Google stays true to this example, you should expect the new Pixel 7 phones to go on sale in October 2022 with the new Android 13 app.
How much will the Google Pixel 7 cost?
To get an idea of cash, you’ll need to buy the latest Google devices when they arrive, here are the latest generation prices.
- Google Pixel 6: £ 599 / $ 599
- Google Pixel 6 Pro: £ 849/899
- Google Pixel 5: £ 599 / $ 699
- Google Pixel 4: £ 669 / $ 799
- Google Pixel 4XL: £ 829/899
As you can see, the standard Pixel looks priced at £ 599 / $ 599, while the Pro level, introduced in 2021, takes things a little further. While we could see the global shortage of chips and the increased production cost caused by Covid increase with the release of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, we would expect Google to maintain those prices. Fortunately, no.
What features will we see in Google Pixel 7?
Frankly, while the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are still new enough to go on sale, there is very little specific information about what you will see in their successors.
With the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Google has introduced a completely new design language for its smartphones. The Pixel 5’s plastic body and more general aesthetics are gone, giving way to a premium structure and a bold look with a raised stripe on the back that acts as a body for the cameras.
We don’t expect Google to try to reinvent the wheel with the Pixel 7 series, as most manufacturers want to maintain its consistent aesthetics for several generations, with Apple’s iPhone being the most obvious example.
Not surprisingly, we saw this in the first images of the two phones that came with the permission of OnLeaks. The first is the regular Pixel 7, whose renderings are shared on the CarHP website, and it features an incredibly similar design, albeit with a slightly tuned camera module that attaches directly to the phone’s frame.
The report adds that the phone will measure 155.6 x 73.1 x 8.7 mm – which makes it a bit smaller in each size, which is a nice change from the larger Pixel 6.
That week, OnLeaks shared the renderings of the 7 Pro, this time with SmartPrix. Here is a similar story, a small camera bar adjustments, but no other radical repairs
The rough dimensions of 163 x 76.6 x 8.7 mm make it very close to the 6 Pro, but a bit thinner than usual.
The current Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have 6.4-inch AMOLED and 6.71 LTPO AMOLED displays, respectively. Both support HDR10 +, but the Pro version comes with a 120Hz refresh rate and higher resolution than its more budget siblings.
Google should have unique outlets for both levels, so we shouldn’t be surprised to see these differences kept in the new models.
The OnLeaks report estimates that the 7 Pro could reduce screen size by 6.2 inches, while the 7 Pro will either stay the same or jump a little to 6.8 inches. We don’t expect to see many other screen changes.
Screen industry expert Ross Young said something similar: the 6.3-inch screen drop for the 7, while the Pro remains the same 6.7-inch size. He adds that the Pro will reuse at least 120Hz LTPO AMOLED technology, although it is not clear whether we will see this decline return to normal 7.
We know that Google is working on selfie camera designs at the bottom of the screen. The company has so far filed at least two patents, the most recent of which we have included here. Discovered by Lets Go Digital, this photo shows the same technology we see in similar cameras like the ZTE Axon 30 5G and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
We do not expect Google to use this technology in the Pixel 7 series, and it is rumored that it will be more likely to appear on future phones such as the Pixel Fold or Pixel 8 and later models.
Second generation Google Tensor chips
One of the main points of discussion with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro was its use of Google’s special Tensor chips. Like Apple and Samsung, which use Series A and Quad chips in their flagships (although Samsung still uses Qualcomm Snapdragon chips), Google has taken a big step to control the design and production of processors installed in its devices. .
Such an investment is undoubtedly long-term, and 9to5Google has already provided information about a potential clue to the arrival of 2nd generation Tensor chips when it sees the code name “Cloudripper” associated with the GS201 model number, which could represent the new silicone. Sounds a bit complicated, but there are different codes that manufacturers use during product development, and 9to5Google’s detective work is a sure sign that the new Pixel will come with the latest versions of Tensor chips.
The same site has found more details since then; The code names Cheetah, Panther and Ravenclaw have been added to the Samsung modem, the Exynos Modem 5300, which will probably be used with the new Tensor chip.
9to5Google reports that Cheetah and Panther are referring to the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro with new big cat code names after previous generations used birds and fish. The third code name – Ravenclaw – is believed to be more than just a reference to Harry Potter. This is potentially a mix of the Pixel 6 Pro’s code name “Raven” with the new device’s cat paw theme, perhaps referring to a tester that uses a new Tensor 2 chip inside the Pixel 6 Pro.
No criteria have been set for any of these devices yet, so we don’t know how they will be compared to their 2nd generation predecessors, but we expect Google to work on energy efficiency and performance improvements, as with any iteration. processors.
The first leaked images confirm the report we saw from Mishaal Rahman on the XDA Developers website that the Pixel 7 will be equipped with only two rear cameras. The code that Google analyzed for the Camera app shortly before the release of the Pixel 6 devices suggests that the 2022 Pixel will most likely have an ultra-wide camera like the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, but with a telephoto camera.
This is the same as the Pixel 6 with a telephoto reserved only for the Pro model, but in 2022 it looks a bit heavy compared to many potential competitors.
There’s good reason to think that Rahman’s code dive may not actually belong to the Pixel 7. First, although the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have separate code names (Oriole and Raven), this phone is listed with only one (Pipit). This is a name that other sources associate with a Pixel foldable phone instead of 7, so this may be a hint of the phone’s camera features. Again, we were surprised to see a telephoto lens at the base of the Pixel 7 at this point.
What we want to see in Google Pixel 7
Although very little is known about the Pixel 7, we can take this opportunity to bring our containers to Google to beg and ask for a little more than we got with the Pixel 6.
One of the main improvements we want to see is the reduction in the size of the Pixel 6. At 207 g, it is a heavy animal, so weight loss will make the whole experience more enjoyable for the user.
The lack of a third camera on the standard Pixel 7 is a bit overlooked at this price point when competing with other phones’ triple and even quad camera configurations, so we hope Google raises the stakes a bit. with the new model.
In our review of Google Pixel 6, we saw very good battery life, the only downside is the slow 30 W charging capabilities, which rarely reach these speeds. This can be done by increasing the speed types that are common on Chinese devices that can charge from 0% to 100% in less than 30 minutes.
The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro were excellent interpretations of the pure Google smartphone, so we’re excited to see what happens in 2022 when the new versions are released. We will continue to update this article as more news arrives, so check back regularly. Until then, you can read our summary of the best news phones coming in 2022.