In recent years, Google has found it impossible to keep details of its Pixel flagships under wraps until the official announcement. This year is different in the sense that Google decided to reveal the designs of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro during Google I/O in May. Instead of trying to keep secrets, Google decided to reveal some features themselves.
This week, Google is holding its annual hardware event where it will unveil two new Pixel phones, a new Pixel Watch that integrates Wear OS more deeply into the Google-owned FitBit, and Google has confirmed that it will announce “enhancements to the Nest smart home portfolio.”
Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
Google’s first teaser for the Pixel 7 duo took place during I/O in May and featured images of the new Pixels. In terms of design, they are similar to the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, but have a slightly different camera band, which is now made of metal instead of the Pixel 6’s glass visor.
Heading into last week, Google released new teasers that highlighted the designs of the Pixels 7 and 7 Pro. It has hardware close-ups that showed the texture of the different materials. From these teasers, we know that the Pixel 7 will have an aluminum anodized finish, and the Pixel 7 Pro will have a shiny and glossy finish, but it hasn’t been confirmed whether it will be made of stainless steel or aluminum.
On the Pixel 7 Pro, we expect a less dramatic curve around the edges of the screen. The Pixel 6 Pro’s curved edges were pronounced enough to make holding and using the phone for extended periods of time a bit uncomfortable.
Google Pixel 7 White, Mint Green and Black
Pixel 7 Pro in Obsidian, Hazel and Snow
According to recent leaks, the Pixel 7 will have an almost identical spec sheet to the Pixel 6: a flat 6.3-inch OLED display with FHD+ resolution and up to 90Hz refresh rate, and even the cameras will remain unchanged – 50MP (GN1) primary and 12MP (IMX381) ultra wide devices. The front camera may see an update to the Pixel 6 Pro’s 11MP sensor.
The Pixel 7 is also expected to have a 4,700mAh battery (a slight increase from the 6’s 4,614mAh) that supports 30W charging.
We’ll get to the new Tensor chip in a second, but first let’s take a look at the rumored Pixel 7 Pro specs.
The rumored Pixel 7 Pro spec sheet also includes most of the same things as the 6 Pro: a 6.7-inch LTPO OLED display with QHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. The 7 Pro is also expected to get a slightly updated selfie camera – the Samsung 3J1 sensor – with autofocus, though it would stick to 11MP resolution.
In the camera department, the Pixel 7 Pro uses the same 50MP JN1 main sensors and 12MP ultra-wide sensors, but the telephoto camera may be replaced by Samsung’s GM1 module compared to the Pixel 6 Pro’s Sony IMX586. The 7 Pro is expected to retain the 5,000mAh battery, which now supports 30W charging.
The most significant change in the new Pixels is the Tensor G2 chip. The Pixels 6 and 6 Pro suffered from poor connectivity, and battery life didn’t match comparable flagships.
Considering there aren’t many differences between the Pixels 7 and 7 Pro, the main innovation here is the Tensor G2 chipset. Rumors about the Tensor G2 claim that it could be built on a 4nm process (last year’s Tensor was 5nm), allowing for higher clock speeds, as earlier benchmarks for the chipset hinted at.
The same leak from last month suggested that the Tensor G2 may have the same processor configuration (2+2+4) as the Google Tensor, although there may be some bump in the clock speed of the two Cortex-X1 cores up to 2.85GHz. At the same time, the Cortex-A76 cores could be clocked up to 2.35 GHz. This is said to mean around a 10% increase in multi-core performance.
There is evidence that we could see a significant improvement in graphics performance and efficiency thanks to the new Mali-G710, which would replace the original Tensor chip Mali-G78 MP20.
The new chipset may come with a new Samsung modem – the S5300 5G. This new modem can offer better battery life, performance, stability and efficiency compared to the previous version.
FitBit, acquired by Google a few years ago, is finally getting integrated into Wear OS in the form of the Google Pixel Watch. Rumored for years, Google surprised us at I/O in May when it confirmed that Google’s first-party Wear OS offering was finally coming.
Google recently revealed the design of its Pixel Watch in a short trailer, showing off the watch’s circular design and curved display cover. The Pixel Watch has a rotating crown with a multifunction button above it. It also uses a patented quick release to disengage the watch straps.
More recent renders of the Pixel Watch have revealed bezels that may be thicker than they originally were in May, a result of showing an early render before the hardware is finalized.
Earlier rumors about the Pixel Watch suggested that it might be powered by the Exynos 9110 with a co-processor for efficient standby power consumption. It is rumored to have 1.5GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. This is for the LTE variant by the way. Rumors have pointed to a 300 mAh battery – although it’s not sure if this applies to the Wi-Fi + Bluetooth variant or the LTE variant, although 300 mAh doesn’t seem like enough for the latter.
Google Pixel Watch: That’s it pic.twitter.com/jfeac8FkuJ
— SnoopyTech (@_snoopytech_) October 2, 2022
Whatever the case, it’s expected that Google might advertise the Pixel Watch to last “up to a day.”
With the Wear OS 3 smartwatch, the need for the Wear OS app will gradually disappear. Each OEM has its own companion app for new Wear OS smartwatches, and the Pixel Watch should do the same. The unlock prompt from June revealed that there will be a Google Pixel Watch app.
A recent leak of the Pixel Watch revealed many elements of the wearable’s user interface. In addition to Google Maps and Wallet support, each Pixel Watch comes with a free 6-month Fitbit Premium membership, and a rendering of the Pixel Watch shows deep integration with Fitbit.
The Pixel Watch integrates with Google Photos to use as a watch face background, has smart home controls and an emergency call screen.
Google Pixel Watch
Google Pixel Watch UI
One early hardware leak for the Pixel Watch measured a 40mm case that was 14mm thick with a visible screen 30mm in diameter (about 1.18 inches). It’s not yet known if the Pixel Watch will be available in more than one size.
Google Pixel Watch left behind at restaurant (photos by u/tagtech414)
Google has confirmed that it will announce Nest Home additions at the event. We originally thought that the 1080p version of Chromecast with Google TV would be announced at the event, but the same Google Chromecast HD with Google TV was quietly launched last month.
Then, just two days before launch, Google announced the second-generation Wired Nest Doorbell and Nest Wi-Fi Pro. It also detailed new changes coming to the Google Home app. Google didn’t seem concerned about keeping this news for the launch event.
Hello!🚪 In this thread, we’re announcing some new products and innovations that will make your connected home even more useful.
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) October 4, 2022
The last time Google released a new smart speaker was during its 2020 event when it launched Google Nest Audio. At the end of 2019, we might see the updated Nest Home mini (currently 2nd generation) that was last launched. Otherwise, the Nest Hub Smart Display was updated just last year, but the Nest Hub Max hasn’t seen a new one. version from 2019.
Was Google referring to the most recent announcements, or is there something else Google plans to release on Thursday? We’ll find out soon enough.
Pricing and Availability
Rumors suggested that the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro could carry the same starting price as their predecessors in the US. The Pixel 7 can start at $599, while the Pixel 7 Pro starts at $899. European customers can see the Pixel 7 start at €649.
The Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will go on pre-sale this week (October 6) on the same day as the launch, although no time has been specified.
As for the Pixel Watch, European prices for the Wi-Fi + Bluetooth model are rumored to be £339 in the UK and €379 in the EU. There is also talk of a model with LTE support, which is said to cost 419 euros.
While there’s no word yet on US pricing, previous leaks and recent leaks of EU pricing suggest that the Pixel Watch will start at $299. This also accounts for the leak of the $399 LTE-enabled Pixel Watch.