We're likely four months off the launch of the Pixel 7, but Google has already teased the handset. Which is quite a rarity in the phone world – usually firms keep mum about their new devices until launch night, or at the most punt out a brief teaser a week or so in advance. But not Google.
It's trying to build anticipation mere months after the Pixel 6 range launched. And it launched the Pixel 6a at the same event as the Pixel 7 teaser. Busy.
So what can we expect from Google's next Pixel phone(s)? It's early days, but let's see what Google – and the internet – is saying.
Google Pixel 7: release date news
We're likely a long way off the launch of the Pixel 7 – Google doesn't usually launch its smartphones until the autumn (the Pixel 6 arrived on 19th October last year).
There's still no official word yet on when we might see a reveal for the Pixel 7 family, but if you believe Ross Young (opens in new tab), CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (and one of the most trusted smartphone tipsters around) the hotly anticipated Google Pixel 7's displays may be shipping one month earlier than the Pixel 6 did last year – which means that we may see it in September rather than October. Which could be perilously close to the iPhone 14 launch.
Hearing that the Pixel 7 will shrink from 6.4" to 6.3". Pixel 7 Pro will remain 6.7". Panel shipments to start 1 month earlier this year, from May.March 15, 2022
Here's when Google announced its previous Pixel phones.
- Google Pixel: 4th October 2016
- Google Pixel 2: 4th October 2017
- Google Pixel 3: 9th October 2018
- Google Pixel 4: 15th October 2019
- Google Pixel 5: 30th September 2020
- Google Pixel 6: 19th October 2021
So yes, October looks like a pretty safe bet.
Google Pixel 7: price rumours
Again, it's a little early to be talking about a Google Pixel 7 price, mostly because that's one of the last details to leak about a phone. But going on Google's past form, we can make an educated guess.
The Pixel 6 starts at £599 ($599, AU$999), while the Pixel 6 Pro starts at £849 ($899, AU$1299) – these were joined recently by the Pixel 6a, which at £399 ($449, AU$749) is even cheaper. That continues the aggressive pricing strategy that Google introduced with the Pixel 5 range. With the Pixel 6 marketed as a premium device, the worries were that Google would jack up the price, but thankfully that didn't happen.
Bar any drastic design or spec changes – which the leaks so far don't bear out – we would expect the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro to launch at roughly the same prices as their predecessors.
Google Pixel 7: design predictions
We'll get to the leaks in a minute, but first, let's look at the teaser Google put out in May.
As you can see, it looks very similar to the Pixel 6, complete with the vertical strip across the back to house the camera set-up. It also has the same aluminium band surrounding the body.
The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will each come in three colours, with both sharing Obsidian (black) and Snow (silver/white). The Pixel 7 will also come in a very light yellow colour called Lemongrass, whereas the Pixel 7 Pro’s exclusive colour is Hazel (a deep grey colour with copper metal accents).
The renders weren't far off. The first leaked renders (above) came courtesy of @OnLeaks, who has a good track record of reliable leaks. They show the same design language Google pioneered with the Pixel 6 range, with the same rear camera bar. They also show the bar melding directly onto the phone's body, which is a change from the Pixel 6.
This was backed up by another render, this one courtesy of the slightly less well known leaker @xleaks7 (below).
Here you go! Images of raw CAD based 3d model of #GooglePixel7 5G.Thanks to my new partners - https://t.co/5gcUkNsWg2Enjoy! pic.twitter.com/buts4XpJKwFebruary 23, 2022
The fact both of these renders surfaced on the same day suggests they're based on the same information, possibly that Google sent out to case makers. Though it does seem a bit early for that.
They were supported by a device that purports to be a Pixel 7 prototype that appeared on eBay recently (opens in new tab). Though the auction was ended early by the seller "because of an error in the listing", according to eBay. Which smells a bit fishy to us.
We also have some dimensions to go on along with the renders. The Pixel 7 Pro is rumoured to be slightly longer and slimmer than the Pixel 6 Pro, though we're only talking by fractions of a millimetre in each regard, while the standard Pixel 7 is thought to be slightly smaller than the Pixel 6.
Google Pixel 7: spec rumours
We also have some hard specs to go on, direct from Google.
The Pixel 7 will feature a double camera setup while the 7 Pro features a third lens – presumably this will be the same style of camera setup as seen on the Pixel 6 series with a wide and ultra-wide option on the standard device and an added telephoto lens on the Pro model.
Google’s next-generation Tensor system on a chip will again feature, and Google says this time it will feature even more AI-led performance gains, new features, and photography and video upgrades. The Pixel 7 phones will ship with Google’s newly updated Android 13 software, which was also announced at the same I/O event that saw the phones teased.
Now the rumours.
According to specs mecca GSMArena (opens in new tab), the Pixel 7 will have a screen somewhere between 6.2 and 6.4 inches when measured diagonally (the Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch screen). This is a rumour backed up by Ross Young, who claims the standard Pixel 7 will sport a 6.3-inch screen. A smaller screen would make sense, if the Pixel 7 does end up being smaller than the Pixel 6, though Google might have found a way to shrink the bezels and keep the screen the same size in a smaller footprint.
One thing all these renders and predictions agree on is that the device will retain its punch hole selfie camera in the top-middle of the screen.
In fact, the Pixel 7 range's screens could be almost identical to those seen in the Pixel 6 family. One report has spotted the display drivers used for the Pixel 7 phones, and it looks like the same Samsung screens could well be used.
The Pixel 7's camera setup is also rumoured to stay pretty similar to the Pixel 6's, with the same dual camera arrangement on the back. The main sensor is rumoured to stick at 50 megapixels, and the selfie snapper again at 8 megapixels.
But inside it could be all change. Google is rumoured to have a new Tensor chipset, giving it more power than the Pixel 6 family. It's also thought to have a larger battery – 5000mAh (compared to 4614mAh on the Pixel 6). That's the same capacity as the Pixel 6 Pro.
It's also thought to have a 512GB storage option, to go with the existing 128GB and 256GB ones.
Google is rumoured to have another Pixel phone in the works. Another display driver has been spotted, this one with the same 120Hz refresh rate and QHD resolution as the Pixel 6 Pro (and supposedly the Pixel 7 Pro too). The difference? This screen isn't made by Samsung, but a Chinese company called BOE that has previously supplied parts for Apple. Could Google have another Pixel phone up its sleeve? We'll watch this one closely...
Google Pixel 7: early thoughts
While Google has given us something to go on, it's not a lot. We're short of concrete specs like dimensions, camera and screen resolutions, processing power, and more. Which is fair enough – we're still a long way from launch day, and a lot can change depending on market fluctuations, component prices, and so on.
But all in, the Pixel 7 looks like being a solid if unremarkable improvement on the Pixel 6. That said, one of the biggest selling points of a Google phone is its unique software tricks, and we've not heard anything on this subject yet. Expect the big G to have some tricks up its sleeve.
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