The Google Pixel 7 Pro will arrive alongside its sibling, the Pixel 7. The two devices will launch in the Fall of 2022, as Google confirmed already, more on that later. In this article, we’ll focus on the Google Pixel 7 Pro, the company’s top flagship for 2022.
The Pixel 7 Pro will differ from the Pixel 7 in a similar way the Pixel 6 Pro differs from the Pixel 6, at least based on the information we have thus far. In this article, we’ll categorize rumors and leaks, in order to show you what you can expect from the company’s upcoming flagship. We’ll kick things off with the phone’s design, and then more to specs, cameras, and its price and availability.
This article will be regularly updated with new information on the Google Pixel 7 Pro (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 September 26, 2022.
The Pixel 7 Pro will feature a familiar design
The Google Pixel 7 Pro won’t exactly usher in a brand new design for Google. That’s actually what the Pixel 6 series did. The Pixel 7 Pro will just continue along the set path, with some tweaks. It will resemble its predecessor quite a bit, but it will include a metallic camera strip on the back. That camera visor was covered by glass on the Pixel 6 series. Google did release some renders of the device already, while CAD-based renders surfaced way before that. It’s worth noting that the phone already appeared at the FCC and REL Canada. The phone will basically use the same design, with a different sensor placement inside the camera strip on the back, and the material change on top of the camera visor.
Glass will be included on the back of the Pixel 7 Pro, but not matte glass. Google itself confirmed that ‘soft-touch glass’ won’t be a part of the package. So, the finish from the Pixel 3 and 4 series devices won’t be included here. We’ll get glossy finish instead. That is definitely worth noting as Google’s official renders weren’t conclusive in that regard.
A curved display will be included
The Pixel 7 Pro will include a curved display, just like its predecessor. The size of its display will be similar to the one included on the Pixel 6 Pro, more on that in the next chapter. The bezels will be quite thin on the device, but not uniform, it seems. The frame will be made out of metal, while you can expect glass on the back of the phone. The camera strip on the back will protrude, similar to the one on the Pixel 6 Pro. It does look odd, but it will make sure the phone doesn’t wobble on the table.
A 3.5mm headphone jack won’t be included on the device, while a Type-C USB port will sit at the bottom. Next to it, you’ll be able to see the phone’s speaker grille, for its main speaker. On the right side, the power/lock button is placed, along with the phone’s volume rocker buttons. The power/lock button sits above the volume rocker buttons, which is common for Pixel smartphones.
CAD-based renders (less accurate):
Pixel 7 Pro prototype
Someone used the Google Pixel 7 Pro prototype without even knowing it. A user bought the device, thinking it was the Pixel 6 Pro. If you take a look at image below, you’ll see the device itself. It is the Pixel 7 Pro, but without Google’s logo on the back, which is what Google’s prototypes usually look like. This seems to be the Stormy Black variant, and it does give us a good look at the phone.
That same prototype appeared in a separate leak, with a bunch of new images. Take a look at the gallery below to take a closer look at the Pixel 7 Pro.
The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro prototypes didn’t only appeared on eBay and Facebook Marketplace. Unbox Therapy, a well-known YouTube channel, also published a video focused on the two phones. You can check it out below.
Pixel 7 Pro unboxing video
In addition to everything else that surfaced thus far, an actual retail unit got unboxed on video. This particular model comes out of what seems to be an official retail box, and with Google’s logo on the back of the phone. There is no placeholder logo here or anything of the sort. The video got removed in the meantime, but you can check out some screenshots from it in an image below.
Front side of the device
Google even showed us the front side of the phone via an official image. You can check out the image below.
The Pixel 7 series official cases actually surfaced in all color options. They will be similar to last year’s models, but not identical. You can check them out in the image below, with all-new buttons.
A second-gen Google Tensor chip combined with a 120Hz display
The Pixel 7 Pro will include a rather large display. It is said its display size will be somewhere between 6.7 and 6.8 inches, we cannot be sure yet. A display analyst did suggest that the same display size will be kept, which means we’re looking at a 6.7-inch display here. That will be a QHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The panel itself won’t be the same, though, as Google is looking to upgrade. The Pixel 7 Pro will have a brighter display than the Pixel 6 Pro, with max brightness of 1,000 nits. A display camera hole will be included once again, and it will be centered. In fact, Google may use the exact same display it used in the Pixel 6 Pro. There were some rumors that an under-display camera may be a part of the package, but probably won’t happen.
Let’s hope faster charging will be included this time around
The second-gen Google Tensor SoC will fuel this smartphone, that’s also something Google confirmed. It will be called the Tensor G2, and much like its predecessor, it will be manufactured by Samsung. In fact, this SoC will be quite similar to its predecessor in many way, but will be made using new manufacturing process, and come with a new GPU. We don’t know much about that processor at the moment, but more info will likely arrive the closer we get to launch. 128GB and 256GB Pixel 7 Pro variants are rumored, at least in Europe. Fast charging will be supported, and that goes for both wired and wireless charging. Let’s just hope Google will increase the speed this time around, as its 23W charging inside the Pixel 6 Pro slows down immensely after reaching 50% charge.
Android 13 will come out of the box
Android 13 will ship out of the box. The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will be the first smartphones to ship with Android 13 out of the box, actually. The device will be IP rated for water and dust resistance. 5G connectivity will be supported, of course. In fact, a new Samsung modem is expected to be included. Bluetooth LE Audio support is also said to be included. The phone is expected to measure 163 x 76.6 x 8.7mm.
Camera sensors won’t be identical to its predecessor
What about the cameras? Well, we’re not expecting many changes in this aspect. Google won’t use identical cameras, though. The company will keep the main and ultrawide units intact, but we’ll see changes in the telephoto department, and the same goes for the selfie camera. Google used the 12.2-megapixel camera since the Pixel 2, right up to the Pixel 6 series. So, the company doesn’t have a habit of switching sensors every year, nor does it have to. Google has excellent camera software, and this sensor is likely going to perform better and better as time goes by.
Ultrawide and telephoto cameras are expected
In addition to that main camera, both ultrawide and telephoto cameras are expected. Google won’t change the ultrawide camera, but it will the telephoto unit. The telephoto camera will be changed, though. Google will switch from the Sony IMX576 to the Samsung ISOCELL GM1 sensor. That is a 48-megapixel sensor which offers phase-detection autofocus. It will also be able to record 4K video at 120 fps-
A 12-megapixel ultrawide camera is included on the Pixel 6 Pro, and it will translate to the Pixel 7 Pro. What about the selfie unit? Well, Google will allegedly switch to the Samsung ISOCELL 3J1 sensor, that’s an 11-megapixel camera. It delivers 1.22um pixels.
The Pixel 7 Pro will launch on October 6
Google did, kind of, announce the Pixel 7 series back in May, but it simply showed us some renders, and revealed a detail or two. We did not get a proper launch, and that will happen on October 6. The company confirmed that the Pixel 7 series will become official on that date. Do note that the Pixel Watch will also launch on October 6. The Pixel 7 series is tipped to start shipping to consumers on October 18.
We are expecting the Pixel 7 Pro to have a similar price tag to the Pixel 6 Pro, though. The Pixel 6 Pro starts at $899, which is considered to be a good price point, considering that the competition’s pricing has gone through the roof. If Google manages to offer the Pixel 7 Pro for a similar price, that would be great. According to a recent leak, the company will be able to do it.