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Google Pixel 7 Preview: Release Date, Specs, Price & More – Updated May 11, 2022

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In addition to the Google Pixel 7 Pro, its top-end flagship, Google will announce the Pixel 7 as well. Both of those phones are expected to launch in Fall 2022. In case you’d like to know more about the Pixel 7 Pro, feel free to check out our preview. In this article, we’ll talk about the vanilla Pixel 7.

The Pixel 7 series, in general, won’t be that much different than the Pixel 6 series, at least from the design standpoint. The design is actually the first thing we’ll talk about in this preview, as that is the first chapter below. Following that, we’ll talk more about their specifications, and about the cameras, in a separate section. Last, but not least, the price and availability of the Pixel 7. So, let’s get started, shall we?

This article will be regularly updated with new information on the Google Pixel 7 (this is a preview article) — both official teasers and credible leaks, rumors, and insider claims — as it becomes available in the run-up to the release of the upcoming Android smartphone. The last update was made on May 11, 2022.

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Very familiar design

The Google Pixel 7 will look very similar to its predecessor. The phone’s CAD-based renders surfaced, and Google even shown off the phone’s design during Google I/O 2022 keynote. The device will be made out of metal and glass, while it will have a centered display camera hole. Its display will still be flat, as was on the Pixel 6. The camera visor on the back will be covered by metal this time around, differentiating the Pixel 7 from its predecessor.

The button layout will remain intact as well, all the physical buttons will sit on the right. The power/lock button will be placed above the volume rocker buttons, as that is the layout Google usually goes for. The color of the camera strip will extend to a part of the phone’s frame. Where the camera strip extends to, that’s where the black color will be as well.

Google may reshuffle rear camera sensor placement

Another thing you’ll notice is that the camera sensors are laid out differently inside that camera strip. A 3.5mm headphone jack is not present here, while a Type-C port sits at the bottom, along with the phone’s main speaker. At the top you’ll see the antenna for the mmWave 5G, some may confuse that for a pop-up camera. The phone may be a bit smaller than its predecessor, but we’ll talk more about that in the next chapter.

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Official renders:

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2nd-gen Google Tensor chip & Android 13

We don’t know much about the Google Pixel 7 specs at this point, but some information did surface. The Pixel 7 will, allegedly, feature a display that is between 6.2 and 6.4 inches in size. Ross Young, a well-known display analyst, is convinced we’re looking at a 6.3-inch panel. That will likely be a fullHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Google is expected to bump it from a 90Hz panel that is included in the Pixel 6. It will be a flat display, by the way, with a display camera hole.

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The phone will be fueled by the second-gen Google Tensor processor, that’s even something Google confirmed already. On top of that, a new Samsung modem is expected to be thrown into the mix. Google will likely utilize LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage once again, though you won’t be able to expand the phone’s storage. Some rumors mentioned an under-display camera, but that won’t be the case, it seems. Android 13 will come pre-installed on the device, while Bluetooth 5.2 is expected out of the box. WiFi 6 support is also expected, while the phone will be able to connect to 5G networks.

Let’s hope the charging will be faster

The battery capacity is still a mystery when it comes to this phone, but let’s hope Google will offer faster charging this time around. The Pixel 6 supports 21W charging, but it slows down considerably at 50%, so it takes around 2 hours to fully charge the device. Wireless charging will be supported on the phone as well. The Google Pixel 7 is said to measure 155.6 x 73.1 x 8.7mm (11.44mm with the camera bump).

Google may keep the same camera sensors

Google is expected to keep things close to the Pixel 6 camera setup. If you take a look at the CAD renders above, you’ll notice that the Pixel 7 has two cameras on the back. That is the same amount the Pixel 6 had. Chances are that the phone will utilize the same 50-megapixel ISOCELL GN1 camera as its predecessor, as a tip suggested. We all know Google doesn’t have a tendency to change camera sensors often, and yet thanks to its software the cameras end up performing better with each generation. That’s exactly what the company will do this time around, but it will boost the camera software.

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Two cameras will be placed on the back

The secondary camera on the back will likely be an ultrawide camera. I wouldn’t be surprised if Google kept the same sensor in that department as well, even though there’s more of a chance for that sensor to be different. For comparison’s sake, the Pixel 6 included a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera on the back. Regardless of the camera setup, the Pixel 7 is expected to offer a more optimized camera performance.

The Pixel 7 is set to arrive this Fall

What about the availability? Well, the Pixel 7 series will launch in the Fall of 2022. Google already confirmed this during Google I/O 2022. Google even confirmed that both the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will be arriving, at the same time. It also teased the Pixel Watch, which may launch either at the same time, or before the two phones. Google may end up announcing its first foldable around that time too, we’ll see.

Let’s hope for an unchanged price tag

The Google Pixel 6’s pricing starts at $599. Google was praised for this price tag, and let’s hope that its successor will be priced similarly. If Google is able to keep this price tag, that would be excellent. If not, let’s just hope that the price won’t be much higher, as this is really competitive, to say the least.

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