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Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro: Launch date and everything we know so far

(Pocket-lint) – Google made the unusual move of giving us a fairly extensive tease of the new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro at Google I/O in early 2022 and has now confirmed the date for the launch of its new devices. 

We know that we’re going to be getting a pair of phones, but not everything has been revealed. We’ve been compiling the evidence from leaks and from the official details that Google has released, to present to you everything you need to know.

Pixel 7 release date and price

  • 6 October 2022
  • 13 October 2022 on sale?

Google showcased the updated design of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro at its I/O conference in May 2022, so we very much know the phones are on their way. The next Made by Google event will take place on 6 October, which is when the phones will get a full reveal. 

We expect pre-orders to open on 6 October and it’s said availability will start from 13 October. That’s not confirmed yet – and we have seen in the past some delays in Google launching its devices.

The Pixel 6 starts at £599 / $599 / €649 in Europe, while the Pixel 6 Pro starts at £849 / $899 / €899. It’s not yet clear if we can expect the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro to fall within the same ballpark, but we don’t expect it to be too different.

Design

  • Pixel 7: 155.6 x 73.1 x 8.7mm
  • Pixel 7 Pro: 163 x 76.6 x 8.7mm

As confirmed by Google’s tease at I/O, the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are following a similar design to their predecessors but with a couple of small alterations.

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The camera housing that spans the rear of both devices is here to stay for 2022, but will now wrap into the frame for the Pixel 7 handsets – something the Samsung Galaxy S22 does. It’s also metallic instead of being black glass.

There will be a range of colours available for each device: the Pixel 7 will come in Obsidian, Lemongrass and Snow colours, while the Pixel 7 Pro will offer Obsidian, Hazel and Snow options.

We don’t have precise measurements at this stage, so when it comes to the phone dimensions we’re back to the rumours and leaks. It’s said the Google Pixel 7 will measure 155.6 x 73.1 x 8.7mm, with a camera bump of 11.44mm, while the Pixel 7 Pro is said to measure 163 x 76.6 x 8.7mm, with a camera bump of 11.2mm. 

The images Google released suggest the Pixel 7 will continue to sport a flat display, while the Pixel 7 Pro could potentially retain the slightly curved edges offered on the Pixel 6 Pro. Both devices should have a centralised punch hole camera at the top of their displays in the renders, and both are expected to have under-display fingerprint sensors

The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are both IP68 water and dust resistant so it is expected that the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro would also be.

Display 

  • Pixel 7: 6.2-6.4-inches, Full HD+, 120Hz?
  • Pixel 7 Pro: 6.7/6.8-inch, Quad HD+, 1-120Hz?

According to rumours, the Pixel 7 is reported to have a screen size between 6.2-inches and 6.4-inches, while the Pixel 7 Pro is said to have a 6.7-inch or 6.8-inch screen. This is pretty much in line with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro so there could be minimal changes in this department.

This has been reiterated by a report which came from finding details in the code of the Android Open Source Project that suggests the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will feature the same displays as their predecessors with a few tweaks. That tweak might amount to a brighter panel, as revealed through source code data – and could see the brightness peak at 1000 nits.

The Pixel 6 had a Full HD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, while the Pixel 6 Pro had a variable refresh rate between 10Hz and 120Hz. It’s said the Pixel 7 will apparently offer a 2400 x 1080 display with a 90Hz refresh rate, while the Pixel 7 Pro will have a 3120 x 1440 display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

It’s also said the Pixel 7’s display will be 1mm narrower and 2mm shorter than the Pixel 6 though, while the Pixel 7 Pro is said to get a native 1080p mode. HDR support is expected too.

Hardware and specs

  • Pixel 7: Google Tensor G2, up to 512GB, 8GB RAM, 5000mAh?
  • Pixel 7 Pro: Google Tensor 2.0, 12GB RAM

The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro both run on the Google Tensor chip, moving away from Qualcomm processors. It’s long been rumoured that Google is working on a second generation of the Tensor chip, and it officially confirmed this at I/O 2022, alongside the fact that the new phones will run on the new chipset.

A deep dive into the Tensor G2 chip based on a Pixel 7 Pro prototype has suggested it won’t be a huge upgrade, but that’s not confirmed at the moment. The name – Tensor G2 – has, thanks to the Google Store pages for the new device, which also highlights more power for photos, video, security and speech recognition.

Reports have suggested the Pixel 7 could come in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options. None of these are expected to have microSD. The 512GB storage option would be new for the Pixel 7 as the Pixel 6 only goes up to 256GB, though these are just rumours for now.

In terms of RAM, we’d expect to see at least 8GB on the Pixel 7 and 12GB on the Pixel 7 Pro, as their predecessors.

Rumours suggest the standard Pixel 7 could offer a 5000mAh battery, which is what the Pixel 6 Pro currently offers. It’s not an unreasonable suggestion by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s not confirmed yet either.

Camera

  • Pixel 7: Dual rear (50MP+50MP), 8MP front
  • Pixel 7 Pro: Triple rear (main ultrawide, telephoto)

It’s been suggested that the Google Pixel 7 could offer a 50-megapixel main camera and a 50-megapixel ultrawide camera, paired with an 8-megapixel front camera. If true, it would see the improvements seemingly focused on the ultrawide lens compared to the Pixel 6.

There are other rumours to suggest the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will feature the Samsung Isocell GN1 50-megapixel sensor as the primary shooter and the 12-megapixel Sony IMX381 sensor for the ultrawide. 

The Pixel 7 Pro is also rumoured to be coming with the Samsung Isocell GM1 48-megapixel telephoto sensor, which is different to the Pixel 6 Pro which used the Sony IMX576.

On the front, both the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are rumoured to have the 11-megapixel Isocell 3J1, which should allow for semi-secure face unlock.

It’s probably worth mentioning that Google patented an under-display camera in August 2021, though while this doesn’t guarantee the Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro will offer the technology, it’s a possibility for the Pro model at least.

Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro rumours: What’s happened so far?

Here’s what the rumours have suggested so far for the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.

6 September 2022: The next Made by Google event will take place on 6 October – with plenty getting launched

Google has confirmed when the Made by Google event will take place, with Pixel 7 on the menu.

5 September 2022: Google Pixel 7 Pro unboxing video surfaces ahead of launch

An unboxing video showing what appears to be a retail version of the Google Pixel 7 Pro has appeared on Facebook.

17 August 2022: Google Pixel 7 devices appear on FCC ahead of launch

MySmartPrice reported that the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro could have appeared on the FCC certification website, suggesting launch is near.

1 August 2022: Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro could launch 6 October

Jon Prosser claimed “very reputable sources” told him the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro would be available to pre-order from 6 October and available to buy from 13 October.

27 July 2022: Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro camera sensor specs have leaked

Key specifications about the camera hardware on Google’s upcoming flagship phones were revealed after a deep dive into the brand’s code.

26 June 2022: Source code suggests brighter display on Pixel 7 models

Source code extracted from a Pixel 7 Pro prototype suggests that it will have a display with higher peak brightness than the Pixel 6 Pro.

23 June 2022: Google Pixel 7 Pro suggests some Tensor 2 details

Android Police published a report diving a little deeper into the Tensor 2 chip based on a Pixel 7 Pro prototype.

30 May 2022: Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro display specs leak

According to a 9to5Google report, which comes from finding details in the code of the Android Open Source Project, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will feature the same displays as their predecessors with a few tweaks.

11 May 2022: Pixel 7 and 7 Pro announced at Google I/O

Google used its conference to tease the phones and showcase their designs briefly.

24 February 2022: Pixel 7 Pro leaks out: New renders reveal Pixel 6 Pro-like design

OnLeaks and SmartPrix revealed some renders of the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, along with some expected specifications.

@OnLeaks

19 February 2022: Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro could pack Tensor 2.0 with Samsung modem

According to 9to5Google, who dug into the Android 13 developer preview and spoke to “trusted” sources, Google has a second-generation Tensor chip in the works called Tensor 2.0.

3 January 2022: Google patents under-display camera

LetsGoDigital spotted a patent for under-display camera technology, filed by Google.

Writing by Britta O’Boyle. Editing by Chris Hall.

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