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 May 11, 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. 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.
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):
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, and yes, an LTPO panel is expected. A display camera hole will be included once again, and it will be centered. 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. We don’t know much about that processor at the moment, but more info will likely arrive the closer we get to launch. You can also expect plenty of RAM and storage to be on offer. 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. The phone is expected to measure 163 x 76.6 x 8.7mm.
The same camera, but better results
What about the cameras? Well, we’re not expecting many changes in this aspect. Google will use an unchanged camera hardware on the Pixel 7 Pro (compared to the 6 Pro), including Samsung’s ISOCELL GN1 sensor, as the main camera sensor. 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 likely won’t change those two camera sensors either, but it remains to be seen. Adding a periscope camera would definitely be an improvement compared to the Pixel 6 Pro, even though the Pixel 6 Pro has a truly capable telephoto camera. That likely won’t happen, though.
A 12-megapixel ultrawide camera is included on the Pixel 6 Pro, and it may translate to the Pixel 7 Pro. We cannot be sure, but that ultrawide camera offers really good performance on the Pixel 6 Pro. We’d love to see it get more width, though. It’s simply not wide enough, so if Google includes a different lens on there, and offer a wider field of view as a result, that would be an improvement.
The Pixel 7 Pro will launch in the Fall of 2022
The Google Pixel 7 Pro will launch in the Fall of 2022, the company confirmed during Google I/O 2022. The Pixel 7 Pro will launch alongside the Pixel 7, and its first foldable smartphone may also launch at the same time. Google is expected to announce its first foldable this year, but it may arrive during a separate event, we’ll see. The Pixel Watch is another candidate for that time frame, as it didn’t launch during Google I/O, even though Google mentioned it, and showed it off.
There’s no word on the phone’s pricing thus far. We are expecting it 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.