2021 was a big year for Google’s Pixel smartphones as it saw chipsets switch from Qualcomm Snapdragon to Google’s own Tensor chips.
So, what will 2022 bring to the world of pixels? We bring together all the news and rumors surrounding the new devices, as well as some of the things we want to see when the Pixel 7 arrives.
When is the release date for Google Pixel 7?
Google has officially confirmed the arrival of Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro at the inaugural keynote 2022 I / O Developers Conference on 11 May. Although both are “coming this fall” and promised to show some official images, we still don’t know much about what the couple is set to offer.
Over the past few generations, Google has released cheaper versions for major Pixel devices in October, such as: Pixel 4a and The Pixel 5a 5G will appear next August. Was there too The Pixel 4a 5G, which appeared in November 2020, is an outsider.
So, if Google sticks to this pattern, you should expect the new Pixel 7 handsets to make their debut. October 2022 With new Android 13 software.
That’s exactly what Liquor is John Prosser has predictedThe 7 and 7 Pro will launch together Pixel Watch, in the next few months Pixel 6a.
How much will the Google Pixel 7 cost?
To get an idea of the cash you need to stump up for the latest Google devices when they arrive, here’s a look at recent generations of pricing.
Google Pixel 6: £ 599 / $ 599
Google Pixel 6 Pro: £ 849 / $ 899
Google Pixel 5: £ 599 / $ 699
Google Pixel 4: £ 669 / $ 799
Google Pixel 4XL: £ 829 / $ 899
As you can see, the standard Pixel price seems to be hovering around the 599 / $ 599 mark, while the Pro Tier introduced in 2021 is pushing things up a bit. We expect Google to see these prices move forward, although rising production costs due to the lack of a global chip and covid may see them sharpen with the release of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Hopefully not.
What are the features and characteristics of Pixel 7?
Clearly, with the release of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro still relatively recent, there’s little in the way of solid news about what you might see in their successors, but details are slowly coming out – some officially from Google.
With the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Google has introduced a completely new design language for its smartphones. The Pixel 5’s plastic chassis and more generic aesthetics are gone, replaced by a bold look showing the raised bar at the back that serves as housing for premium construction and cameras.
The company made a dramatic drop in some Pixel 7 images at I / O 2022, and on those grounds it is not trying to reinvent the wheel with the Pixel 7 range. Most manufacturers want to keep a consistent beauty for a few generations, the most obvious example being Apple’s iPhones.
Not surprisingly, both phones feature similar designs, albeit with a slightly tweaked camera module that now wraps directly around the phone’s frame and highlights individual sensors in a more prominent fashion.
A report from CarHPThe standard Pixel 7 will measure 155.6 x 73.1 x 8.7mm, making it slightly smaller in every dimension – a welcome change from the chunky Pixel 6.
With some help from SmartPrix, according to OnLeaks, the 163 x 76.6 x 8.7mm for the 7 Pro has no rough dimensions making it very close to the size of the 6 Pro, although it is a bit thinner.
We’ve looked further into the two phones thanks to a string of product prototypes that popped up on eBay and Facebook Marketplace.
Some Reddit users have even repeated the discovery or purchase of prototype phones, which have often stopped working – possibly because Google recognizes the phones and locks them down remotely.
None of the postings reveal much about what we already know about phones, but look at you from different angles as less polished than handsets and old marketing materials.
The current Pixel 6 and 6 Pro feature 6.4in AMOLED and 6.71 LTPO AMOLED displays, respectively. Both support HDR10 +, but the Pro version comes with a 120Hz refresh rate and higher resolution than its more budget-friendly counterparts.
OnLeaks reports predict that the 7 will drop the screen size to 6.2in, while the 7 Pro will either stay the same or jump slightly to 6.8in. We don’t expect to see many other performance changes.
Display industry expert Ras Yuva Reports something like this: 7 for a drop on the 6.3in display, the Pro stays the same 6.7in size. He adds that the Pro will use at least 120Hz LTPO AMOLED tech again, though we don’t specify whether we’ll see that trick in the regular 7.
This seems impossible, though. 9to5Google searched for some Android open source project code and found display drivers for new Pixel models.
They reveal that the Pixel 7 will have a 1080 x 2400 display up to 90Hz, while the Pixel 7 Pro will have a 1440 x 3120 display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Those 6 series models have exactly the same specs, and the code suggests that Google will use exactly the same Samsung panels. So don’t expect any year-on-year change in the display, except that the 7’s screen is a bit smaller.
We know that Google is working on the design of the under-display selfie camera. The company has so far filed at least two patents, the most recent of which we have included here. Discovered by Lets Go Digital, it is widely used in similar cameras such as the ZTE Axon 30 5G and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
We don’t expect Google to use this technology in the Pixel 7 series, and this rumor is more likely to be seen in the Pixel fold or future phones like the Pixel 8 and later.
Second generation Google Tensor chips
One of the highlights of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro was the use of tensor chips by Google. Mostly Apple and Samsung, which use their A-Series and Exynos chips in their flagships (although Samsung still uses Qualcomm Snapdragon chips), Google has taken big steps to control the design and production of processors connected to their devices. .
Samsung built the original Tensor, and has already reportedly been ready to mass-produce the Tensor 2 using the 4nm process.
We can’t get serious performance jumps – or at least not from the CPU. Based on bootlegs from the bricked Pixel 7 Pro prototype, Google News Telegram Group managed to extract a key piece of information: the chip uses Cortex-A55 cores.
That is important in some ways. First, they are the same efficiency cores used by the first tensor chip, so obviously not upgraded. More importantly, the A55 is based on the Armv8 architecture, not the latest Armv9 used to favor Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chips. No two architectures can co-exist on the same chip, so if A55 cores are in use, that means the entire CPU is limited to older architectures. And since Google often uses the latest Armv8 cores, that means it can’t even upgrade from the Cortex-X1 prime core. Beyond tweaking clock speeds, the only CPU upgrade available at Google is a small jump from its two Cortex-A76 performance cores to the slightly improved Cortex-A78.
This means that Tensor 2 will have marginal CPU improvements over first-gen, if any. It still leaves room for Google to upgrade GPU performance, not to mention machine learning – the company’s clear focus with the first tensor. So while we still expect to see some upgrades, they will not only be in the raw calculation performance.
9to5Google has found the codename ‘Cloudripper’ which is associated with the model number GS201 which may represent the new silicon. The same site later found more details, additional codenames – Leopard, Panther, and Ravencla – linked to the Samsung modem, possibly the Exynos Modem 5300, which will probably be used with the new tensor chip.
9to5Google reports that Cheetah and Panther have introduced the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro after coding the new big cats – birds and fish for the previous generation. The third codename – Ravenclaw – is considered more than a simple Harry Potter reference. This is probably a mash-up with the feline claw theme of the new hardware of the Pixel 6 Pro codename ‘Raven’, perhaps referring to a test device using the new Tensor 2 chip inside the Pixel 6 Pro hardware.
On the other hand, 9to5Google reports on the above mentioned display drivers Also A third device was created, and some have speculated that it – named ‘G10’ among the drivers – could actually be the third Pixel 7 model, perhaps the Pixel 7 Ultra, or next year’s Pixel 7a. No specs have been leaked about such a phone, and Google has not been bothered by the release of the 7 Series.
There is no benchmarking that has been spotted for any of these devices so far, so we don’t know how 2nd gen will compare with their predecessors, but we expect Google to work on energy efficiency as well as performance enhancement like any other processor iteration.
Both the leaks and the subsequent official renders confirm the report we saw from Mishal Rahman. The site of the XDA developers sticks to the Pixel 7 with only two rear cameras. The code analyzed for the Google Camera app just before the release of the Pixel 6 devices shows that the 2022 Pixel phone will have an ultra-wide camera like the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, but it doesn’t indicate that. Presence of telephoto camera.
It’s like the Pixel 6, reserved exclusively for the Telephoto Pro model, but in 2022 it will feel a little weaker than most potential rivals.
There is good reason to think that Rahman’s code dive may not actually refer to the Pixel 7. For one, while the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro had individual codenames (Oriole and Raven), this phone is listed with only one (Pipit). It’s a name that other sources have linked to the rumored Pixel foldable phone instead of the 7, so it could be hinted at instead. That Phone camera specifications.
What we want to see in Google Pixel 7
Since we know very little about the Pixel 7, we can bring this opportunity to Google and ask for a little more than we got from the Pixel 6.
One of the major modifications we want to see is the massive reduction of the Pixel 6. At 207g, it is a fat animal, so losing weight will make the whole experience more enjoyable for the user.
In our Google Pixel 6 review, we found the battery life to be very good, the only real downside is the slow 30W charging capabilities, which really rarely hits even those speeds. It may have bumped into the type of speed most commonly found on Chinese devices across the board that can see 0 to 100% recharge in less than 30 minutes.
The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro mark out the best reinterpretations of pure Google smartphones, so we’re excited to see what happens when the new version lands in 2022. We will keep this article updated as more news becomes available, so be sure to check back regularly. In the meantime, you can read our roundup of the best new phones coming in 2022.