The Google Pixel 7 – along with the iPhone 14 – could be one of the most exciting phones in late 2022. Yes, by the end of 2022 – so there is still a long way to go, but the first leaks are already appearing and it’s never too early to think about what to expect from Google’s next flagship.
That’s what you’ll find in this article – a wishlist of the key features and upgrades the Pixel 7 (and Pixel 7 Pro) should offer to make them the best phones possible.
But that’s not all, before that, you can find out everything we’ve heard about the Google Pixel 7 range so far, including information on its release date, price, and specs. We’ll also update this article as we hear something new – so keep this page as a bookmark.
- What is it? The next pixel flagship
- When is it out? Expected October 2022
- How much will it cost? Expect high-end price, but maybe less than the competition
Google Pixel 7 release date and price
The Google Pixel 7 is expected to be announced sometime in October 2022. There are no rumors about it, but all previous models were unveiled in October of their year of release, except for the Google Pixel 5, which was announced on September 30th – virtually October.
Whenever the Pixel 7 range is announced, it will likely go on sale a week or two later – but probably before the end of October 2022 as well.
In terms of price, it could roughly correspond to the Pixel 6 range. The standard model starts at $ 599 / £ 599 / AU $ 999 while the Pixel 6 Pro starts at $ 899 / £ 849 / AU $ 1,299.
News and leaks
We’ve heard quite a bit about the Google Pixel 7 before, including the fact that, unsurprisingly, it’s powered by the second generation of the Google Tensor chipset, which we’ll call the Tensor 2 for the sake of simplicity.
Evidence of this has been found in the Android code, as has the mention of “Cloudripper” which is believed to be a baseboard or developer board that the Pixel 7 could use.
Before the Pixel 6 series even hit the market, there was also evidence of the Pixel 7 found by XDA developer in the Google Camera app. The upcoming phone appears to be codenamed “Pipit” and only one model is mentioned, which could mean there won’t be a Pixel 7 Pro.
The code in the app suggests that the Pixel 7 has most of the same camera features as the Pixel 6 and has an ultra wide angle lens, but there is no mention of a telephoto lens. However, the source notes that it’s too early to be sure that this version of the Google Camera app actually lists Pixel 7 features, let alone that the list is complete.
Finally, we also saw a Google patent for a camera under the display, so it’s possible the Pixel 7 could have this feature. But patents aren’t always used, and when they do, it sometimes takes years after they show up, so don’t rely on them.
What we want to see
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are the most exciting Google phones in years, but they’re far from perfect, so we’d like to see the following changes for the Pixel 7 range.
1. Better battery life
In our reviews, we listed battery life as a negative point for both the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro. It’s not terrible, but it’s clearly average so it could be a lot better.
We then want better battery life for the Pixel 7 series. Google uses a custom chipset that is supposedly designed from the ground up for these phones and also makes the software that run them, so we think it would be well positioned to make the Pixel range energy efficient.
And if it doesn’t work, just plug in a bigger battery. In any case, we don’t want to worry about not arriving at the end of the day without recharging.
2. More performance
The Google Tensor chipset at the heart of the Pixel 6 is one of the most exciting aspects of the phone as this is the first time Google has used a custom chipset instead of a standard Qualcomm chipset.
Although Google was talking a big game about Tensor, its benchmark performance can’t keep up with the best of competitors, like the Snapdragon 888, which powers the OnePlus 9 and Samsung Galaxy S21.
Of course, benchmarks aren’t everything, but we would still like the Google Tensor 2 to show more raw performance so that it can compete directly with the best competitive silicon.
3. Longer support
Before the Pixel 6 series was launched, it was rumored that Google would offer five years of Android updates for these phones, but in practice it only promised five years of security patches plus three years of Android updates.
While this is at least as good as the Android competitors, it is not suitable for iPhones, which sometimes receive operating system updates for even more than five years.
Some other companies may point out that the chipsets in their phones are holding them back, as ideally the chipset manufacturer will also need to support updates for a longer period of time, but with Google now making their own chipset, that excuse doesn’t exist. In fact, there is no apology so we will be very disappointed if the Pixel 7 is no longer supported.
4. A better fingerprint scanner
The Pixel 6 series are the first Google phones to have a fingerprint scanner under the display, but we found in our Pixel 6 Pro review that the implementation is far from perfect.
We’ve found that unlocking it sometimes takes several tries, presumably because it’s more picky than some phones about where exactly you place your finger. So for the Pixel 7, we want to smooth this out so that the fingerprint scanner works reliably and quickly.
5. A longer, variable zoom
The Google Pixel 6 doesn’t have a telephoto camera at all, and while the Pixel 6 Pro does, it only zooms to 4x.
For the Pixel 7 (or at least the Pixel 7 Pro) we would like to see the zoom expanded to 10x, like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. But we don’t just want a 10x zoom, we also want an optical 2x or 3x zoom, or ideally even to be able to optically zoom up to 10x in every plane so that you have the ultimate zoom flexibility.
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