Google Pixel 7: All you need to know ahead of the launch
Google has announced its latest batch of high-end smartphones after initially teasing them earlier in the year. Here’s everything you need to know about the Pixel 7, including key specs, pricing details and more.
While Pixel phones aren’t the biggest sellers, especially when compared to top-tier devices from Apple and Samsung, they tend to be some of the best Android phones around thanks to a clear focus on user experience and plenty of neat camera tricks.
That focus looks to be continuing with the Pixel 7, which is being sold alongside a larger, pricier Pixel 7 Pro model. Read on for the details.
Price and Release Date
The Pixel 7 will cost £599/$599 for the 128GB model in the UK and US when it launches on October 12. We’ll update this story when we have further regional pricing.
You’ll be able to buy the Pixel 7 in three colours:
- Obsidian (black)
- Snow (white with silver accents)
Specs and Features
The Pixel 7 isn’t a huge upgrade in terms of features over the Pixel 6, yet it does come with plenty of features for its impressive £599 price.
Powering the phone is the Tensor G2, the second chipset designed by Google and the follow-up to the original Tensor found in the Pixel 6 series. This is paired with 8GB RAM and either 128GB or 256GB storage.
We’ll have to get the phones in for review to really understand what the speed benefits are, but we were impressed with the Tensor last year so there’s every chance this will be a strong performer.
On the front of the phone, there’s a 6.3-inch 1080p 90Hz OLED display with brightness levels up to 1000 nits for HDR content and 1600 nits for combatting bright conditions. An always-on option is standard, not something you’ll find on the iPhone 14, and the screen is covered in Gorilla Glass Victus.
There’s a 4355mAh battery inside that Google claims can run for up to 72 hours thanks to an Extreme Power Saving option. No charger is included, however Google claims you’ll get 50% charge in 30 minutes when pairing the phone with a 30w plug. Wireless charging is standard, too.
Here’s a selection of other specs included with the Pixel 7.
- Wi-Fi 6E
- IP68 rating
- Titan M2 chipset
After leaving it out of the Pixel 6, there’s Face Unlock here and hopefully a far snappier in-display fingerprint sensor. Five years’ worth of security updates is promised, too.
Once again, the camera is a big focus of the latest round of Google flagship phones. On the back of the Pixel 7 there’s a 50MP main wide camera with an f/1.85 aperture, a 12MP ultrawide, plus Super Res zoom to make up for the lack of a dedicated telephoto sensor. Around the front you’ve got a 10.8MP selfie camera, with an f/.2.8 aperture.
Delve into the camera app and there’s a load of including for getting the most from your photos, including:
- Magic Eraser
- Motion Mode
- Photo Unblur
- Night Sight
- Top Shot
- Portrait Mode
- Live HDR+
The rear camera can record video up to 4K at 60fps along with 10-bit HDR footage, slow-mo at 240fps and Astrophotography timelapse. There are also both cinematic blur and cinematic pan options. The front camera can also record video up to 4K 60fps.
Trusted Take – Minor upgrades, but still a tempting phone for the price
The Pixel 7 follows the minor update trend we’ve seen a lot this year. Nothing here is drastically different to what we had before, yet for £599 this Pixel 7 is a tempting phone – at least on paper. A lot of camera tech, frequent software updates and the usual Google AI smarts should hopefully make this a winner.