Google Pixel 7 Pro: Everything you need to know

While we saw a glimpse of the Google Pixel 7 series at Google I/O this year, the company has finally revealed their new flagship smartphone range. Launched at the Made by Google event on October 6th, the Pixel 7 Pro looks familiar to fans of the range but packs some interesting refinements and tweaks. Here is everything you need to know about the Google Pixel 7 Pro – the changes in the new generation, new features and future possibilities.

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The Google Pixel 7 design is an iterative change when compared to its predecessor from last year. The design is very similar, with some nice changes and refinements. It is slightly shorter yet wider, giving it an easier profile to reach all corners with one hand. The signature camera bar is still on the back here, with new cut-outs for the upgraded camera array. This time around the bar is part of the chassis of the phone, rather than a bolted on part.

The display has been left mostly unchanged, yet refined for the modern era. It is a curved 6.7-inch LTPO QHD+ OLED display with an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate. Luckily the curve is less pronounced than last year, but we would have preferred a completely flat design like on the Pixel 7. Google says the software to cancel accidental touches on the curve has been improved, but a flat screen would take that out of the equation altogether. The display has a peak brightness of 1,500 nits, the company’s brightest display to date.

The Pixel 7 Pro has the same Tensor G2 chipset as its smaller brother. For this generation, Google claims the processor is faster and more efficient, though we will wait for benchmarks to prove this case. And coming to memory, Google is pairing the Tensor G2 of Pixel 7 Pro with 12GB of RAM and 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of internal storage. On the standard Pixel 7, you will see RAM drop down to 8GB. And lastly, to improve security on its device, Google bakes in the Titan M2 security chip.

Google image processing software has always been among the best in the industry, and the company is betting on it making the Pixel 7 Pro the best camera system on a phone. While that still needs to be tested, there are some hardware and software upgrades that could attest to that claim. Google has moved from 12MP sensors to 48MP and 50MP ones, which means Google has more data to work with and a lot more room for optimisation.

The Google Pixel 7 Pro has a triple camera setup featuring a Quad Bayer 50 MP Wide, a Quad Bayer 48 MP Telephoto, and a new 12 MP ultra-wide with autofocus. Most improvements this year will come via post-processing handled by Tensor G2. It has an upgraded front-facing camera that enables Face Unlock. It also has the same camera software suit as the Pixel 7, and then some. The Pixel 7 Pro will ship with some new software capabilities, with the primary focus being on Macro Focus, Real Tone, and Movie Motion Blur. Macro Focus will employ the ultra-wide camera to get closer to objects, while the Real Tone helps with better skin colour reproduction. Movie Motion Blur for videos offers features similar to Apple’s Cinematic Mode for iPhone.

The base model with 128GB or storage costs $899 and goes up to $1,099 for the 512GB version.