Google Pixel 7: News, rumors, leaks, pricing, and release date
Google’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are shaping up nicely.
Another year, another Pixel smartphone, this time it’s the Google Pixel 7. Yes, we know the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is only a few months old, but that’s how the smartphone development cycle works.
We’ve collected all the rumors so far. It’s the early days still, so there aren’t that many yet, but we’ll keep adding new rumors and leaks as they happen.
Once we get through the Pixel 7 rumors we’ve seen, we also dive into the things we would love to see on the newest Google phone.
Let’s see what all the news, rumors, and leaks say about the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and the Pixel Watch. .
Pixel 7 release date: When is the Google Pixel 7 coming out?
Google traditionally releases its flagship Pixel devices in October. The announcement event is often mid-month, with availability at the end of October or early November if manufacturing delays occur.
We expect that won’t change this year, and we know that two devices are coming, Cheetah (Pixel 7), and Panther (Pixel 7 Pro).
In fact, a recent leak from Front Page Tech gave us an actual date to look forward to.
According to “very reputable sources,” Google will hold an announcement event on October 6 to reveal the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
The phones will become available for pre-order, and they’ll officially launch on October 13.
How much will the Pixel 7 cost?
That might change if Google changes to more premium materials or substantially improves things like the screen from this year’s devices.
However, we’ll have to wait for more leaks and statements before knowing.
Design of the next Pixel phone
We got some not-so-official renders recently, courtesy of Onleaks and Smartprix. These are likely based on Google’s dimensions to third-party accessory manufacturers.
Those manufacturers make everything from cases to screen protectors, so we expect the dimensions to be very close to the final design.
Since the early Nexus devices, Google has changed every generation’s handset design.
With the decision to keep the general shape of the Pixel 6, Google is signaling that it wants to play with the big players in the smartphone market.
Incremental changes, sure, but customers don’t like huge changes. Google changing things constantly has put off all but the most diehard Pixel fans.
Note the punch-hole selfie camera and the refined camera strip on the back of the device.
The rear camera array was a divisive design decision last year on the Pixel 6, and Google looks to have made it feel more integrated with the rest of the device this time.
Pixel 7 cameras: Will they be better than iPhone?
The main camera strip is rumored to have a 50-megapixel main camera and a 50-megapixel ultra-wide camera.
The Pixel 7 Pro would also add another camera, likely a telephoto like on the Pixel 6 Pro. Those cameras look larger on the Onleaks renders, perhaps hinting at better low-light performance.
Those renders showing a hole-punch selfie camera probably mean that the under-display camera that Google patented won’t be coming to the Pixel 7.
That’s a shame, but maybe it just means Google didn’t feel the image quality it offered was ready for market. People buy the Pixel for its camera quality, so it’s wise to leave it for a future device if so.
Google Pixel 7 specs and other features
UPDATE 10/3/2022 10:53 AM ET: A huge leak over the weekend supposedly showed us the specifications of both handsets, confirming a 6.7-inch screen for the Pixel 7 Pro and a 6.3-inch screen for the Pixel 7.
Expect variable-refresh AMOLED screens that will either top out at 90 Hz or 120 Hz, depending on the device.
Another custom Tensor chip will likely power both handsets. Storage options will likely have 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB sizes.
Rumored Pixel 7 on eBay
The listing also mentioned running Android 13 and had “pixel apps in development stage.”
It also appears like the images were taken on a Pixel 7 Pro, as you can see the unique “exclamation point” camera arrangement from the Pixel 7 Pro in a reflection on the back of the device.
Was this eBay post legit? The photos of the back of the device show a complex array of lines. That’s not part of the Pixel 7 design.
It could be a barcode to identify which prototype device it was. That could mean Google had this listing removed or that they forced the eBay seller to do so.
We’ll see how close to that specs list the final device is when it arrives later this year.
What we want to see from the Pixel 7
Google put together a solid smartphone in last year’s Pixel 6, so we have high hopes for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. We’ve got a few things we’d like to see in the iterative improvements this year.
Google isn’t changing the overall design much, so it has more time to focus on features.
Maybe that could be more Pixel-specific software features or hardware features that haven’t appeared on a Pixel device before.
A toggle switch for muting notifications would help the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro compete against the beloved iPhone.
Google hasn’t had any interest in including one yet, but it’s something I appreciate on my iPhone 11 Pro.
We’d love to see better, brighter, more color-accurate screen panels on both models, with a 120 Hz adaptive refresh rate. The patented under-screen selfie camera would be a welcome surprise as well.
The biggest change we’d love to see? A launch without any major bugs, broken features, or shoddy hardware.
I’ve had my fair share of Pixel devices, and they all had at least one unforgivable issue that Google couldn’t or wouldn’t address properly.
Maybe this year, Google can spend their time fixing issues before they appear, with all the time they’re gaining by not changing the design.
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