Finally, the time has come: The manufacturer officially revealed the two new Android flagship smartphones, the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro, at the “Made by Google” event. We have summarized all the info, details and prices.
Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro in detail
Almost exactly one year after the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro (our review), which is still at the forefront at least in terms of cameras, Google has introduced the two successors. Basically, they follow the design from last year. However, the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro naturally come with many exciting innovations and improvements.
Most of the details had already been leaked beforehand, but now the official information is available, which we have summarized for you in this article. The Pixel Watch smartwatch and the Pixel Tablet, for which first details had already surfaced in May, were also unveiled.
Combining AI, Android and the new second-generation Tensor processor, the new smartphones have become even smarter, able, for example, to reduce background noise on the person calling you or translate text and images in real time.
So the smartphones are taking advantage of the improvements to the Search and Maps app that Google unveiled just a few days ago.
New privacy and security features
Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro offer new privacy and security features that are said to be the most secure smartphones Google has ever developed. This is accomplished using a new Titan M2 chip.
Five years of guaranteed security updates are offered for the new smartphones. One new feature is “protected computing”, which minimizes your digital footprint, while transmitted data cannot be linked to you.
When surfing the web, the smartphones use a VPN network, which is supposed to keep your browsing and search behavior private. Android 13 also takes the security aspects further, providing you with an overview of all aspects in one place, such as insecure apps or which apps use your private information.
The technology in the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
The Google Pixel 7 relies on a 6.3-inch display that is said to offer 25 percent higher brightness compared to its predecessor. The battery life is also said to have been improved. The manufacturer promises 27 hours in energy-saving mode.
The dual camera on the back has also been revised, while a new front camera now has a higher resolution and can record videos in 4K. The Pixel 7 Pro relies on a 120 Hz fast 6.7-inch QHD+ display with a dynamic refresh rate, as well as three revised cameras on the back.
In addition, both smartphones now offer face unlock, while the under-display fingerprint sensor is said to have become faster.
The Tensor G2 chip enables a new voice assistant. Text input via voice is now said to be able to select the appropriate emoji for your messages in a split second. Audio messages can be automatically transcribed in the app and displayed as text – very handy in environments where you can’t or don’t want to listen to voice messages.
Strong camera updates
A lot has happened with the cameras as well, with Google calling the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro the best camera smartphones on the market. Real Tone returns this year, which is supposed to provide especially realistic skin tones in photos. The technology has been further improved and is now supposed to deliver better results even in low-light conditions.
Guided Frame is a new feature for selfies, where the smartphone shows you the best possible composition for self-portraits.
The Pixel smartphones find the best angle for your selfies via voice prompt. The feature was primarily developed for blind people, but should improve selfies for all users.
Washed-out and blurry photos should also be a thing of the past. The Tensor G2 chip is supposed to enable clearer and sharper photos, even in low-light conditions. The night vision mode now even works twice as fast as it did in the Pixel 6 series.
Thanks to Photo Unblur in the Google Photos app on Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, Machine Learning can even be used to improve and sharpen old photos that were recorded years ago with other smartphones or cameras, for example. The new feature is initially available exclusively on both Pixel devices.
The video capabilities have also been improved. Cinematic Blur collects depth information to create bokeh and a cinema-like look. Videos are also now possible in 10-bit with HDR, while stabilization and autofocus of moving images are said to have been further improved.
Better zoom capabilities + macro mode
The Pixel 7 Pro offers a new Pro-level zoom, which is said to be a combination of hardware, software, and AI features that allow for high-quality zoom.
The new Super Res Zoom uses the main 50-megapixel camera and crops into the image, creating 12.5-megapixel images that are said to rival those of a true 2x zoom. Up to a 5x zoom, the zoom happens digitally, after which the telephoto camera kicks in. Here, too, Super Res Zoom enables digital enlargement up to a 10x zoom.
The zoom even offers additional stabilization beyond 15x magnification, while images at 20x zoom are enhanced thanks to machine learning. A maximum of 30x zoom is realized. The ultra-wide-angle camera now offers autofocus and is thus finally able to use a dedicated macro mode, making even small details razor-sharp.
Prices and Availability
Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will be released on October 13 and can be pre-ordered directly from the Google Store now. The Pixel 7 has an MSRP of 649 Euros, while the Pixel 7 Pro will be on sale for 849 Euros. Alternatively, both smartphones are also available with double the memory (256 GB) for 749 euros and 999 euros, respectively.
Pre-orders until October 17 get the new Google Pixel Buds Pro for free. Alternatively, you get a discount of 219 Euros on the new Google Pixel Watch for the Pixel 7, and the Pro model even gets the smartwatch for free.