Google just concluded the launch event for the new Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. During the event, they took subtle jibes at Apple regarding how Google had already launched Always-On Display, Crash Detection, etc.
Literally, after a few minutes, they announced that the new Pixel 7 series would have Face Unlock and Cinematic Blur, which, you guessed it right, are similar to FaceID and Cinematic Mode on iPhones.
It’s always fun to see tech companies taking jibes at each other, but now they just copy each other’s features in a circle. However, our primary attention is on the new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: Impressions
The new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have a new design, but they still look similar to the Pixel 6 series as they follow the same visor identity for the camera housing on the back. The visor is now metal instead of glass which is quite good as it’s now one solid piece with no seams.
Now, the Pixel 7 visor has a matte finish, whereas the Pixel 7 Pro has a glossy finish, which would attract fingerprints. There are no other significant changes in the design. But we do get a spec bump.
|Pixel 7||Pixel 7 Pro|
|Display||6.3-inch 1080×2400 Resolution|
90 Hz Refresh Rate
|6.7-inch 1440×3120 Resolution|
120 Hz LTPO
|Storage||128 and 256GB||128, 256, and 512GBGB|
|RAM||8GB LPDDR5||12GB LPDDR5|
12-megapixel Ultra Wide
12-megapixel Ultra Wide
48-megapixel 5x Telephoto
|Battery||4355 mAh||5000 mAh|
So basically, the Pixel 7 Pro has a new telephoto lens, bigger battery, and more RAM. Then it also has a higher-resolution LTPO display. The Pixel 7 has the same flat screen with a cutout for the new 11-megapixel ultra-wide selfie camera, which is the same as the Pixel 7 Pro.
The New Tensor G2 Chip
Both of the new smartphones have the new Tensor G2 chip, enabling some cool new features.
There is a new cinematic video mode called Cinematic Blur. The new chip also enables transcribed audio messages within the Google Messages app.
Night Sight is 2x faster, and the new chip also enables Face Unlock on these new Pixel 7 series smartphones. This happens with 20% lower power consumption than the first Tensor chip.
One of the remarkable and most incredible features is Unblur which uses AI to unblur any photo in your Google Photos library that is shaky or blurry.
New Camera Enhancements on the Pixel 7 Pro
The new significant changes in the camera department are on the Pixel 7 Pro. There is a new ultra-wide lens with auto-focus on the Pro phone. It also has focus pixels that can take good macro photos.
Then there is the substantial 48-megapixel 5x Telephoto camera that can take stunning images. Now, this should be able to take pretty good zoom shots with all the software magic from Google.
Google has kept the same prices as last year for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. That is $599 for the Pixel 7 and $899 for the Pixel 7 Pro. There is not much difference between the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro except for a new Telephoto camera; the rest is just a bigger screen and a bigger battery.
So the Pixel 7 Pro becomes a tough sell in some cases. However, we will have to see how both smartphones will perform in the market. Also, this is the second generation of the Tensor chip, so it will be interesting to see the phone perform.