Google is giving us an early look at the future Pixel 7 series at Google I/O 2022, including full renderings of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro in numerous colours. If you’ve seen the recent iPhone 14 leaks, it’ll seem strangely familiar, with a pill-and-dot cutout for the rear cameras.
The general industrial design is similar to the previous version. Google is keeping the visor-like camera strip (dubbed the “Pixel camera bar”), but it appears that the plastic curves and rectangular glass expanse will be replaced with a robocop-like metal frame that surrounds even more of the visor. It’s… an intriguing situation.
Google teases Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
Because there’s less of it, the obvious improvements to the camera strip’s design may lessen internal reflections in the back glass, which might help address the lens flare issues we encountered with the Pixel 6 series – a sore point when discussing images in our reviews. Although there haven’t been any reports of the Pixel 6’s visor being fragile, metal is more impact resistant than glass, so having more of it would likely boost longevity.
The Pixel 7 Pro has a pill-and-dot glass design to accommodate what seems to be three back cameras — presumably, a setup similar to last year’s Pixel 6 Pro, which had a foldable periscope telephoto camera complemented by two more typically round-framed shooters. The form combination appears strangely similar to recent reports for the iPhone 14 display, which is said to ditch the notch in favour of similar-shaped cutouts. Of course, this isn’t the same thing – we’re talking about cameras on the back of the phone, not the front, and the reasons for the move are almost definitely completely different — but it’s an intriguing coincidence.
The Pixel 7 has a simpler pill-only glass structure with what appears to be two total cameras, so we have to believe it is bypassing the telephoto that the “Pro” Pixel appears to get again.
The Pixel 7 series’ camera specifications are expected to remain identical, with Google likely sticking with the same primary and ultra-wide cameras as last year’s Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Because Google doesn’t change its camera sensors very often because it fine-tunes its image processing for each one, these are expected to last even longer.
these renders are to scale, but considering the relative heights of the given photos in pure pixels (te he), the Pixel 7 appears to be around the same size as the Pixel 7 Pro, with a 3-4% variation in perceived height between the two models. Although some speculations have suggested that the Pixel 7 may feature a somewhat smaller screen than the Pixel 6, this virtually reflects the size relationship between the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Previous leaks also suggested a lower size. The difference might be due to the renderings not being to scale, the Pixel 7 Pro being smaller, or something else.
If these images are correct, Google may also be opting for more subdued hues for the 7 series, with black and white devices for both sizes displayed. The 7 Pro is displayed in a coppery and green hue, while the 7 is presented in a soft chiffon yellow with gold metal embellishments. Again, the Proline appears to have a polished metal surface, but the non-pro line appears to have a matte finish (both aluminium).
The Pixel 7 will still be driven by Tensor, according to Google, with the “next version” of the company’s in-house chipset poised to power the phone. Although no specific speeds or feeds were disclosed, Google did offer the usual tech platitudes about improved performance and new technology. Previous rumours said that a microprocessor named It contains the GS102, code-named “Cloudripper,” as well as another Samsung-made modem, the g5300b. They should arrive with Android 13.
More facts regarding the Pixel 7 series might emerge in the following months – Google has made a history of seizing control of the leaked season in recent years, responding to leaks with its own announcements about new features and adjustments.