There's massive interest around Google's latest Pixel phones. That's no different for 2022, with the upcoming Pixel 7 series – the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – which will be revealed in full today, 6 October 2022, at an event taking place in New York City. You can follow T3's live blog of the Pixel launch event here.
Google originally confirmed the Pixel 7 phones way back in May, during its Google I/O 2022 opening keynote. Unlike many other phone-makers, Google was keen to set the ball rolling early, rather than dropping a surprise release out of the blue.
In the months since then we've learnt a lot about the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, both from an official standpoint, plus various news and rumour sources, which we've compiled into this Google Pixel 7 series round-up. We'll be actively updating this feature in the run-up to the launch event too.
Google Pixel 7: Release date and price
Google originally stated that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will be revealed 'this fall', following the launch of the interim Google Pixel 6A arrival. Indeed, the official Google Pixel site (opens in new tab) confirmed a 6 October reveal date for the launch event.
That fits the company's current production cycle, too, as that's when Google's flagship hardware typically lands. The Google Pixel 6 and the Google Pixel 6 Pro originally went on sale on 19 October 2021. For the Pixel 7, leaks suggest this will be a little earlier in 2022: we're likely looking at a 13 October on-sale date.
How much will you have to spend to own Google's flagship 2022 hardware? Well, an Amazon leak suggested the Pixel 7 will be $599, keeping it in line with the previous model. There's no Pro price leak as yet, but we'd anticipate £849/$899 for the Pixel 7 Pro. Although, given the strength of the US Dollar and weakness of the UK Pound right now, those prices could be potentially higher – just as we saw with Apple's iPhone 14 series outside of the USA.
Google Pixel 7: Colours
Google has officially revealed the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro's colour options already too. There are as follows: Snow (white), Hazel (grey), Lemongrass (yellow-green), and Obsidian (black). Note, however, that the Pixel 7 Pro won't come in Lemongrass, as confirmed on Google's Store.
There's no mention of any special edition colours at this stage, but there is a very quirky Google Japan pre-launch promotion, which is giving away 2,000 boxes of Google Original Chips, designed around the 'flavours' of each of those colours: there's Snow Cheese, Hazel Onion, Salty Lemon, and Obsidian Pepper. Fun!
Google Pixel 7: Design
Google's early tease of the Pixel 7 confirms a similar design to the previous Pixel 6. However, the 7 series is made from recycled aluminium, including the camera 'bar', which is all composed from a single piece. That ought to give the iconic design an even higher level of flagship appeal.
You can see the original Pixel 7 Pro teaser video above, which gives a real close-up view of the incoming top-tier smartphone. Google really isn't hiding much of the devices' rears, so while we don't know the specific measurements, weight and such like, it's pretty much all laid out to see.
Google Pixel 7: Spec
One big confirmed feature in both Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro is the inclusion of "next-gen Tensor". That's the second-generation of Google's own chipset, officially known as Tensor G2. It'll be made by Samsung, probably using a 5-nanometre process, but there's rumour it'll be a 4nm chipset.
Exactly how that'll step up the game isn't totally clear, beyond Google's claim that it "will bring even more helpful, personalised features to photos, videos, security, and speech recognition". Even the official Google 7 header proclaims "coming soon - with longer-lasting power". That last bit is particularly interesting, as a smaller nanometre process would give way to better battery life, and longevity per charge is a major plus point in any new handset.
A few technical details have been revealed about the Google Tensor 2 chipset, but at the moment we're otherwise mostly in the dark about how much faster it's going to be and what additional features it's going to bring to the table.
Elsewhere leaks suggest the Pixel 7 Pro will feature a 5,000mAh battery, 12GB RAM, and a choice of 128GB or 256GB storage.
Software-wise, and fresh off the back of Google I/O, we know that Android 13 will be the staple software installed – and, as is the norm, the Pixel 7 series will be the first devices with this pre-loaded.
Google Pixel 7: Cameras
The Pixel 7 Pro will feature a trio of cameras, while the Pixel 7 will feature a pair instead, so one fewer lens. That's also in-line with the previous Pixel 6 series.
Indeed, it's rumoured that the main sensor and ultra-wide sensor are the same from generation to generation: a Samsung GN1 and Sony IMX381, delivering a 50MP main and 12MP wide-angle respectively. It's only the Pixel 7 Pro's telephoto camera sensor that's expected to change, up to a 48MP zoom.
So while the changes don't appear to be significant from a hardware point of view, it's the pairing of Google's Tensor G2 chip inside that could give these phones more camera power on computational and AI-based performance. We shall have to wait and see how Google's going to sell that though.
Google Pixel 7: The rumours
There have been umpteen rumours about the Pixel 7 handsets in previous months, the keenest of which is that the Pixel 7 is said to feature a 6.3-inch display, while the Pixel 7 Pro may have a larger 6.7-inch panel. That's interesting as it suggests the Pixel 7 is slightly smaller than the Pixel 6.
But a recent leak suggests that Google is just going to go ahead and use the same Samsung screen panels on the Pixel 7 phones as it did on the Pixel 6 models: so 6.4-inches for the Pixel 7 and 6.71-inches on the Pixel 6 Pro. So the jury is out!
Google has also patented an under-display camera technology, way back at the tail-end of 2021, and while it can often take Google a number of years to implement its technologies, so this is more likely to appear in the Pixel Fold folding phone. Various leaks on Twitter of the purported Pixel 7 handsets reveal a punch-hole front camera.
It's also worth noting that someone has managed to get hold (opens in new tab) of a Google Pixel 7 Pro prototype over Facebook Marketplace. The device has since been remotely disabled by Google, but there are pictures. If prototypes are available months ahead of time, we would hope Google won't run into any production problems.
While the screen of the Pixel 7 Pro is likely to be largely similar to the screen of the Pixel 6 Pro – in terms of its size, for instance, as noted above – it does look as though there will be a brightness boost. That should make photos, movies and whatever else you're looking at really pop, even in the outdoors.
As for video recording on these handsets, we've got speculation about those too. This time it's code in the Google Camera app that has got people talking: there are signs that you'll be able to shoot 4K video with the front camera on the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro, which would certainly be a welcome addition.
Google Pixel 7 Ultra?
One other rumour that's very much worth mentioning is that there could be a third, ultra-premium Pixel 7 model. Call it the Pixel 7 Ultra, if you will. This could well be the main surprise for the October reveal event, or perhaps it's slated for launch later in the calendar.
What would be so 'ultra' about a Pixel 7 Ultra? It's thought that the cameras would differ, adding even more capability to Google's phone offering. However, despite a device codenamed Lynx being found in Android source code, some believe this is just a test platform for new sensors and not an actual forthcoming device.
Google Pixel Fold
The rumours don't stop there either: Google reportedly struck a deal with Samsung to manufacture a folding display as far back as February 2021, so there's a chance a folding phone could be teased at the 6th October event. Too soon? Maybe. We'll just have to wait and see...
Google Pixel 7: What we'd like to see
1. Faster charging!
The Pixel 6 Pro offers 30W charging (23W if wireless). Which isn't bad, per se, but it's miles away from the best going. When some competitors are pushing into 150W territory (hi there Realme GT Neo 3), Google should be able to bring far more rapid fast-charging solutions to its phones. Don't expect it, mind, but it'd certainly be nice to have.
2. Even more stabilisation
It's great that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro offered optical stabilisation (OIS) on both their main lenses. It's really useful for general shooting, not to mention assisting with sharper low-light shots (which the Pixel series is amazing at capturing). But with competitors like Vivo offering class-leading built-in gimbal systems, it'd be great to see Google step up its solution in this area (it's not like there's not enough room in that massive camera enclosure, after all).
3. Better zoom
The Pixel 6 doesn't feature a zoom lens. The Pixel 6 Pro does, but it's a 4x zoom. Now, we can already see that the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will echo their predecessors in terms of numbers of lenses (two and three, respectively), meaning there's little chance the Pixel 7 will offer a decent zoom. What's needed, therefore, is even more resolution to permit a more useful digital zoom – especially when we know that Google has got the goods when it comes to computational photography and could really excel here.
4. More power please
While the original Google Tensor chipset was certainly interesting, its raw power for certain tasks won't match up to, say, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in reality. We already know that second-gen Tensor will be coming to both Pixel 7 handsets, so it'd be great to not only have more raw power – but power distribution that avoids overheating too. Yes, we want our cake upon the cake please, so we can eat it all.
5. Some more exciting colours
Ok, so Google has shown off its colour options and they all look rather lovely... but also rather muted. Is there no room for a special edition colourway with a bit more pzazz about it? Something just a bit more thrilling than Hazel would be lovely, please Google.