Well, color us by surprise: the Google Pixel 7 is official. Kind of. At Google IO 2022, the company gave us an in-depth look at the upcoming Android phone, and now we know a lot about it.
We weren’t expecting this at all, as the expected launch window for Google’s next main line phone is around October 2022. We also saw the Google Pixel 6a, which we actually expected.
While the Pixel 7 launch is still months away, we now know quite a bit about the phone – so here are some of the key facts we just learned.
There are two more members of the family
As with the Google Pixel 6 range, there will be a Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
It’s clear that last year’s dual-phone approach worked – and this also suggests that the XL name, which Google used for its ‘Pro-style’ phones for a few years, is gone.
The image you see at the top of this article is the Pixel 7 Pro.
We know what they look like
We know there are two Pixel 7 phones because Google showed us both.
The handsets don’t look much different from their Pixel 6 predecessors, with the large camera bar remaining the standout design feature.
According to Google, a change now is that the camera bump is now the same continuous piece as the frame – these are made from recycled aluminum.
We also know about the colors: both phones come in white and black, while there’s a yellow Pixel 7 and a green Pixel 7 Pro.
We know how many cameras they will have
There are no changes in the number of cameras on the Pixel 6 series: expect two in the Pixel 7 and three in the Pixel 7 Pro.
The layout of this on the back has been rearranged a bit and we could see newer sensors in the game, but the number itself is the same. We can also see that the Pixel 7 Pro will use a telephoto, not a periscope zoom.
They use a new Google chipset
While the Pixel 6 series used Google’s Tensor chipset, subsequent phones will get the second-generation version of this homemade chipset.
We don’t know what changes the new version will bring, but hopefully it will be a little bit faster than the original in the Pixel 7 phones. It can also support some cool new AI camera modes.
They run Android 13
Something we really could have guessed, the Google Pixel 7 phones will ship with Android 13.
In fact, these will likely be the first phones with built-in software, based on a precedent. Google didn’t say much, but it’s what has happened most years so far.
They get a whole teasing cycle
Something that Google did new to the Pixel 6 series is that it started teasing the phones very early on, so we knew quite a bit about them by the time they launched properly.
Apparently that’s happening this year too, as the Google IO announcement no doubt made clear. But more: In mid-2022, Google will open a new hardware store in New York, and apparently its upcoming handsets will be there to check out.
So Google is apparently planning a whole plague cycle for these next devices.
They come alongside the Pixel Watch
The Google Pixel Watch was also shown at Google IO, and we got a little more information about it than about the Pixel 7. It will have some Fitbit modes, as well as an NFC chip.
Apparently this smartwatch will have a good launch when the Pixel 7 does, and we’ll probably see some great pre-order bundles that combine the new phone and watch as well.