Google has finally launched the Pixel 7 series, which comprises the vanilla Pixel 7, and its Pro sibling, the Google Pixel 7 Pro. The Pixel 7 series come in as the second set of releases Google has made this year, following the Google Pixel 6a.
The Google Pixel 7 comes with a lot of surprises when compared to its predecessor. It has a smaller but better display and a smaller battery with a new and improved chipset.
The Pixel 7 is one of two phones that will be sporting the new Tensor G2 chipset which Google says is a worthy successor to the 1st gen of Tensor chipsets.
In comparison to its Pro sibling, the Pixel 7 has a downgraded display and an improved selfie camera, and it misses out on the new telephoto camera. However, you get to pay $300 less which makes it one of the best options in its price point slightly edging the iPhone 14 and Galaxy S22.
In this article, I’ll share with you everything you need to know about the newly released Google Pixel 7. Let’s get right into it.
Google Pixel 7 Key Specs
- 6.3 inches FHD+ 90Hz AMOLED display
- Google Tensor G2 chipset
- 8GB of RAM
- 128GB or 256GB of internal storage
- 4,355mAh battery
- 50MP + 12MP triple rear camera
- 10.8MP selfie camera
- Android 13
- IP68 certification
- Fast charging
- Fast wireless charging
Design and Body
Design-wise, the Pixel 7 looks more like its Pro sibling than its predecessor, as the two phones come with a new aluminum bump for the rear camera. While the 7 Pro’s bump has a glossy finish, the 7’s bump has a matte finish which a lot of people will appreciate.
The Pixel 7 gets reduced in body size due to it having a smaller display than last year’s model. It ends up at 8.7 mm of thickness with 197 grams of weight. It is also IP68 certified so it is water and dust-resistant. The phone comes in a glass sandwich with an aluminum frame holding the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back together.
Coming to the display, you get one slightly better than last year’s but in no way close to its Pro sibling.
Upfront, there is a 6.3-inch AMOLED display that has an FHD+ resolution with a 90Hz refresh rate and support for HDR10+. The display is flat and now, it has a peak brightness of 1,400 nits which is a 25% increase over last year’s model. It is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
Beneath the display, there’s an optical fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication.
Processor and Memory
The talk of the town in the tech world right now has to be the new Google Tensor G2 chipset that is in the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.
The Tensor G2 is the 2nd generation of Tensor chipsets that was unveiled in the Pixel 6 last year.
Google made sure to highlight the improvements and optimizations of the new chipset and if you want to have a look at them, read our Pixel 7 Pro article here as I talked about the chipset in detail there.
The Tensor G2 has a max clock of 2.85 GHz and it is paired with the Mali G710 MC10 GPU that offers lots of improvements when compared to last year’s GPU.
The phone comes with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of fast UFS 3.1 internal storage with there being no support for a micro SD card.
The Google Pixel 7 comes with a 50MP main camera with OIS just like its Pro sibling and it is paired with a 12MP ultrawide camera with no autofocus.
The phone misses out on the telephoto camera but Google makes up for that using Google’s Super Res Zoom image processing and a high res main sensor. The Super Res Zoom is now better thanks to the new G2 chipset.
On the front, there is a 10.8MP selfie camera which is the same as the Pixel 7 Pro. When compared to last year’s 8MP selfie, you’d see that this is a worthy improvement.
As for videos, you can record 4K videos at 30 or 60 fps on both the selfie and rear camera. You can also record in 10-bit HDR format.
Battery and Charging
Being a smaller phone, the Pixel 7 comes with a smaller battery capacity of 4,355mAh. With the new and more efficient hardware, you should not really feel the difference in capacity.
As for charging, there’s support for 30W fast charging via USB-C port, 20W fast wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging.
Network and Connectivity
The Pixel 7 Pro comes with 5G support as well as triband Wi-Fi 6e, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS (A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS), and USB Type-C 3.2.
On the software front, the Google Pixel 7 comes running on the new Android 13. Google promises 3 major OS updates with 5 years of security updates.
Google Pixel 7 Price and Availability
The Google Pixel 7 price starts at $599 and $699 for the base 128GB model and 256GB model respectively. It is already available for pre-order if you want to get it.