Firstly, GadgetsFix has found out that the Google Pixel 7 will be released near the end of 2022, along with the anticipated iPhone 14 rumoured to have a major overhaul in terms of design. There are some leaks beginning to appear, and it’s never too early to start thinking about what we would like to see from Google’s next flagship.
Secondly, That is what you’ll find in this article – a wish list containing the main features and upgrades that we want the Pixel 7 (and Pixel 7 Pro, although there is a rumour that only one device will be releasing this year) to offer, in order to make them the best phones on the market.
But that’s not all, before that you’ll find everything that we’ve heard about the Google Pixel 7 range so far, including information on its release date, price and specs.
Google Pixel 7: cut to the chase
• What is it? The next Pixel flagship
• When is it out? Probably October 2022
• How much will it cost? Expect a high-end price, but maybe less than rivals
Google Pixel 7 release date and price
Thirdly, The Google Pixel 7 is rumoured to be announced sometime in October of 2022. This checks out as every previous model was unveiled in October of their release year, except the Google Pixel 5 which was announced on September 30- so virtually October. Whenever the Pixel 7 range is announced, it will likely go on sale a week or two after based on past releases – but also probably before the end of October 2022.
As for the price, it may fall roughly in line with last year’s Google Pixel 6 range where the standard model started at £599 whilst the Pixel 6 Pro started at £849.
News and leaks
Fourthly, GadgetsFix has already heard a few things about the Google Pixel 7, in fact, we’ve even seen unofficial renders showing both it and the 7 Pro variant.
These variants also come with some details, including that the Pixel 7 is apparently 155.6 x 73.1 x 8.7mm, (rising to 11.44mm at the camera bump), while the Pixel 7 Pro is 163 x 76.6 x 8.7mm (or 11.2mm at the camera bump).
Their screen sizes could be similar to the Pixel 6 range, with the Pixel 7 said to have a 6.2-6.4-inch display, while the Pixel 7 Pro might have a 6.7 or 6.8-inch one. Cameras meanwhile could include a main, ultra-wide, and an 8MP front-facing camera, along with a battery of around 5000mAh.
There could be a choice of 128GB,256GB or 512GB of storage in the standard Pixel 7, and colour choices of black, coral, blue or white.
Elsewhere, we heard that the Pixel 7 range might unsurprisingly be powered by the second generation of the Google Tensor Chip, which we’ll call the Tensor 2 for convenience.
GadgetsFix has also heard that there is evidence of a code name for the developer board for the Pixel 7 called the ‘Cloudripper’ found in Android Code. Google also patented an under-display camera technology in August 2021, and some have speculated that it may mean it’s ready for the Pixel 7. That does mean it’s likely this could be one of the next-gen phones to feature an “invisible” selfie camera.
What we want to see
Better battery life
In our reviews, we listed the battery life as a negative point for both the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro. It’s not terrible, but it’s distinctly average, so it could be a lot better. For the Pixel 7 range then we want better battery life. Google is using a custom chipset that’s supposedly been designed from the ground up for these phones, and it makes the software that they run too, so we’d think it would be well-positioned to make the Pixel range power efficient.
Prior to the launch of the Pixel 6 range, it was rumoured that Google would offer 5 years of Android updates for these phones, but in practice, it only promised five years of security patches, along with three years of Android updates.
While that’s at least as good as Android rivals, it’s no match for iPhones, which sometimes get even more than five years of operating system updates. Some other companies can point to the chipsets in their phones as holding them back, as the chipset maker also ideally needs to support updates for an extended period, but with Google making its own chipset now, it doesn’t have that excuse. In fact, it doesn’t have any excuse, so we’ll be very disappointed if the Pixel 7 isn’t supported for longer.
The Google Tensor chipset at the heart of the Pixel 6 is one of the most exciting aspects of the phone, as this is the first time Google has used a custom chipset rather than an off-shelf Qualcomm one. Yet, while Google talked a big game about Tensor, its performance in benchmarks isn’t a match for the best rivals, like the Snapdragon 888 powering the OnePlus 9 and Samsung Galaxy S21.
A better fingerprint scanner
The Pixel 6 range is the first of the Google phone to have an under-display fingerprint scanner, but we noticed in our Pixel 6 Pro review that the implementation is far from perfect. We found that it would sometimes take several attempts to unlock, presumably because it’s pickier than some phones about exactly where you place your finger. So for the Pixel 7, we want this smoothed out so that the fingerprint scanner reliably ande rapidly works.
A longer, variable zoom
Finally, the Google Pixel 6 doesn’t have a telephoto camera at all, and while the Pixel 6 Pro does, it only zooms to 4x.
For the Pixel 7 (or at least the Pixel 7 Pro), we want to see the zoom extended to 10x, like on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. But we don’t want just 10x zoom – we want it also to optically zoom to 2x or 3x, or ideally to even be able to optically zoom at every level up to 10x, so you have ultimate zooming flexibility. Check out our other articles on gadgetsfix.com