Well, consider us surprised: the Google Pixel 7 has been officially announced. Sort-of. Google offered us a long look at the future Android phone at Google IO 2022, and we now know a lot about it.
We weren’t anticipating this considering Google’s next main-series phone is slated to be released in October 2022. We also saw the Google Pixel 6a, which is exactly what we were hoping to see.
Even though the Pixel 7 is still months away, we’ve learned a lot about it. Here are some of the most interesting details we’ve discovered.
There are still two family members
There will be a Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, just as the Google Pixel 6 series.
Clearly, last year’s double-phone strategy worked, and this also shows that the XL moniker, which Google used for a few years to refer to its ‘Pro-like’ phones, is no longer in use.
The Pixel 7 Pro is shown in the image at the top of this article.
We know how they appear
Because Google showed us both Pixel 7 phones, we know there are two of them.
The handsets resemble their Pixel 6 predecessors in appearance, with the large camera bar maintaining the most prominent design characteristic.
According to Google, the camera bump is now one continuous component with the frame, both of which are constructed of recycled aluminium.
We also know the colours: white and black for all phones, as well as a yellow Pixel 7 and a green Pixel 7 Pro.
We already know how many cameras they’ll be using
The camera count will remain the same as the Pixel 6 series: two in the Pixel 7 and three in the Pixel 7 Pro.
The placement of these on the rear has changed slightly, and we can see newer sensors in use, but the total number remains the same. We also know that the Pixel 7 Pro will include a telephoto zoom lens rather than a periscope zoom lens.
A new Google chipset will be used
The Pixel 6 series uses Google’s Tensor chipset, but the following phones will employ the second-generation version of this in-house processor.
We don’t know what changes the new version will have, but it should be slightly faster than the original in the Pixel 7 phones. It could also support some interesting new AI camera modes.
Android 13 will be installed
The Google Pixel 7 phones will ship with Android 13, which we could have predicted.
Based on past experience, these will most likely be the first phones to include the software. Google didn’t say so, but this has been the case for the past few years.
They’re going through an entire teasing cycle
Google did something different with the Pixel 6 series in that it began teasing the phones very early, so we knew quite a bit about them by the time they were officially released.
As the Google IO announcement no likely demonstrated, this is also happening this year. Furthermore, Google will build a new hardware store in New York in mid-2022, where the forthcoming smartphones will reportedly be on display.
As a result, Google appears to be planning an entire tease cycle for these upcoming devices.
They’ll accompany the Pixel Watch
The Google Pixel Watch was also unveiled at Google IO, and we learned a bit more about it than we did about the Pixel 7. There will be Fitbit modes as well as an NFC chip.
This smartwatch will reportedly arrive alongside the Pixel 7, and we’ll certainly see some excellent pre-order packages that include both the phone and the watch.