Google unveiled its first significant flagship product at a reasonable price last year. With a fantastic display, an incredibly flexible camera, and a CPU with lots of potential, the Pixel 6 Pro debuted on the market. Google is repeating the dose this year. The Pixel 7 Pro appears more streamlined and, on paper, even more powerful from the outside. It will now be interesting to observe if the search engine giant has learned from its past errors and was successful in launching a perfect flagship.
PIXEL 7 OVERVIEW
The launch of last year's Pixel 6 lineup did not play out well throughout the previous year. The device's were plagued with bugs, foreclosures and a number of other minor annoying issues that found many Pixel 6 series buyers selling their devices as Google's monthly updates were not fixing any of the issues. Our in house Pixel 6 Pro's just now fee like a useable worthy flagship to use on a daily basis 10 months after its launch with the release of Android 13 seemingly fixing every issue we encountered on our devices. The urban legend of only buying the 2nd generation of a all new design device might be true in this case. Skipping the Pixel 6 series and buying the Pixel 7 series is probably the best bet hindsight being 20/20 a year later. Can Google recover from all the Reddit and Twitter threads bashing Google and the Pixel 6 experiences? I believe so. Looking back a year ago Android 12 was basically a beta software experience. The Pixel 6 hardware was solid, very solid. Again, most all bugs squashed with a more refined Android 13 OS loaded and built upon solid hardware users should be able to experience a phenomenal smartphone experience. The Pixel 6 had the best smartphone camera of any device this past year. The Pixel 7 looks to make the best camera experience even better.
PIXEL 7 - A VERY SIMILAR DESIGN
The new Pixel 7 Pro is still a sizable smartphone with a curved 6.7-inch display. The Pixel 7 Pro has undergone some design changes from the Pixel 6 and features an aluminum casing made entirely of recycled material.
The rear horizontal bar of the Pro model now features clearly indicated areas for the various camera module lenses. Since the separation of the lenses makes it easy to distinguish between each camera, I have to admit that I really appreciated this improvement. Additionally, I think that this generation's camera module and chassis connection is more seamless.
Snow, Obsidian, and the brand-new Hazel shade are the three hues available for the new Pixel 7 Pro. However, it seems to me that the most beautiful color and the color Google is pushing on advertisements is the Hazel shade.
BRIGHT AND SUPER SMOOTH SCREEN
The display is another feature that hasn't seen much modification, but this is not a concern because the Pixel 6 Pro's display is great. With an LTPO OLED panel, the refresh rate ranges from 1 to 120 Hz, which provides for battery savings. The display is still 6.7" with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, QHD+ resolution, and a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz.
With regards to brightness, the Pixel 7 Pro's display reaches up to 1,000 nits (HDR) and up to 1,500 nits (maximum), reflecting Google's decision to employ Gorilla Glass Victus once more and rely on the longevity promised by the Corning brand (peak). Consuming information on this gadget is quite easy because of the colorimetry and brightness of the display, which I personally really loved.
2ND GENERATION OF GOOGLE TENSOR CPU (G2)
As you may have observed, the processor that powers the newest generation of Pixel devices is the main difference and highlight between generations. The Tensor G2 offers enhancements to the fundamental SoC components as well as, of course, advancements to Machine Learning (ML) features like natural language processing.
According to Google, searching for emojis to include in messages to other people is now feasible using "voice input with assistant." Say "Hello emoji," "Wink emoji," or "LOL emoji," for instance. The description of audio messages may be found directly in the Messages app on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro models. With this, you'll be able to complete it fast rather than leaving that voicemail for someone else to listen to at a more convenient moment.
It is apparent that Google is more focused on AI and security in the second generation of Tensor. Tensor G2 processor works in conjunction with the Titan M2 security chip that provides an extra layer of protection. It lacks chart topping blazing speeds of the CPU's from Snapdragon, Apple A Bionic and MediaTek silicone and that is okay. Not everyone is playing graphic intensive games all day which the fastest clocking CPU's can take advantage of. As long as the Tensor G2 can handle all graphic intensive games is all that matters. Google has made the G2 Tensor a little bit faster than the previous version but has really made gains in the energy efficiency of the new Google made Tensor silicone which should transfer to better heat dissipation and better battery longevity.
SAME BEST SMARTPHONE CAMERA
On paper, the camera module in the Pixel 7 Pro doesn't look all that different from the one we received in the previous version. That is, we have a trio of lenses, the most notable of which is the 48 MP telephoto camera, which can now achieve an optical zoom of five times (the Pixel 6 Pro offers 4x optical zoom). Our features also include 30x Super Res zoom.
Using the pixel binning method, the 50 MP main lens of the Pixel 7 Pro can take photographs that are 12 MP in size. The sensor size is 1/1.31 inches, and the pixels are 1.2 millimeters in size, with an f/1.85 aperture and optical stabilization (OIS).
Finally, the ultra-wide-angle camera has 12MP, f/2.2 aperture and pixel size of 1.25µm, with a 125.8-degree field of view. And the front camera uses a 10.8MP sensor, with the option of ultra-wide angle field-of-view image capture.
The Pixel 7 Pro has a variety of capabilities, including macro focus, which enables you to take pictures up to three centimeters away from the lens. Even though the camera mainly relies on image post-processing, this technique allows it even more versatility.
The new 10-bit HDR, which should assure brighter and richer contrast video images, is an improvement for the video function. The Pixel 7 Pro uses "Movie Mode" in this instance to capture films with background blur, which is comparable to what we have in Apple's Cinematic Mode feature.
The Real Tone and Magic Eraser features are, of course, available in the latest Pixel generation. The utilization of tools like tactile feedback, contrasting animations, and sounds to aid those who are blind in shooting selfies is what is truly novel about this.
Overall, it appears to me that Google has made just minor changes to the camera suite this year and is still extremely confident in the quality of the cameras from the previous generation. Which makes sense given the excellent photo quality produced by the Google Pixel 6 Pro's camera. The phone won the title of best smartphone for images in 2022 during our testing at TabTech, both in terms of the rear camera module and for selfies.
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True All Day Battery Life?
Once again Google claims that its flagship boasts a "24 hour" battery life. With a typical capacity of 5,000 mAh, the Pixel 7 Pro reached up to 72 hours of battery life in Extreme Power Save Mode in the Google lab tests.
However, of course, in this hands-on it is not possible to measure the battery performance of this model, but considering the experience with the previous generation and the Tensor processor optimization, this model should not disappoint in this regard.
According to Google, using fast charging the Pixel 7 Pro charges up to 50% of the charge in 30 minutes, this with the 30W USB-C charger with USB-PD 3.0 (PPS)-sold separately... of course! The fast wireless charging is done at 23W.
The Pixel 7 Pro will have to demonstrate and prove to the public that Google is truly capable of designing, developing and evolving a smartphone as there aren't many changes between one generation and the next and it nearly completely relies on the second generation Tensor processor as a big highlight. Last year's Pixel 6 series was largely a flop in the smartphone world due to the buggy Android 12 being the culprit we mentioned earlier in the article. In this aspect, I'm particularly interested to see how this model performs, especially given that the iPhone 14 Pro has demonstrated to be a performance powerhouse and the new Samsung Galaxy S23 Series expected to be launched just shortly after the new year.
Finally, Google now has a second opportunity to demonstrate that the Tensor is a competitive processor that genuinely offers Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities not found in any other SoC with the Pixel 7 Pro. After all, this was the main driver for Google's decision to enter the custom chipset market in the first place. Time will tell and when we get our hands on a new Pixel 7 Series device we will pass along our experiences to you.