After making it official last May at the Google I/O conference with the Pixel Watch, Google today launches its new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones which are now available for pre-order. There isn’t much of an aesthetic revolution compared to the new design introduced last year with the Pixel 6. On the other hand, Google has emphasized a more luxurious look, using recycled aluminum for the frame and the bar that houses the rear camera. New colors are introduced: Snowy, Black, Volcanic and Lime Green for the Pixel 7; Snow, volcanic black, and sage green for Pixel 7 Pro. The Pixel Watch, Google’s first connected watch, will be the perfect companion for Android smartphones with specific interactions such as the ability to control the Pixel 7’s camera from your wrist.
The return of facial recognition feature for the Pixel 7
At the heart of these two smartphones is the new Tensor G2 processor that improves processing of machine learning tasks by 60%, benefiting voice recognition as well as images and video. The high-resolution zoom has been improved, the Night Vision mode is twice as fast, the display of faces is clearer and videographers can play with the Cinematic Blur option.
We also welcome the return of the facial recognition feature to unlock the smartphone, as well as the fingerprint reader integrated under the screen. For the record, facial biometrics were introduced with the Pixel 4 before it was shelved. A hands-free device that we really appreciate.
Pixel 7 price and availability
The Pixel 7 has a 6.3 inch HD+ 1080 x 2400 pixel OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. We find the SoC Tensor G2 powered by a Titan M2 security chip, with 8GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage. The 4,355mAh battery promises over 24 hours of battery life and up to 72 hours when Ultra Battery Saver mode is activated. Pixel 7 is water and dust resistant (IP68).
The image portion consists of a dual module, with a 50MP wide-angle sensor opening at ƒ/1.85 and a 12MP ultra-wide angle sensor opening at f/2.2. On the front, the 10.8 MP front camera opens at ƒ / 2.2. The Pixel 7 is available from 649 euros for the 128 GB version and 749 euros for the 256 GB version. And for any pre-order now, three months of subscription to Google One and YouTube Premium is offered plus a pair of Pixel Buds Pro headphones.
Pixel 7 Pro price and availability
The Pixel 7 Pro takes the Pixel 7’s configuration but with a much more efficient 6.7-inch Oled display that’s wide at 120Hz. The autonomy of the 5000 mAh battery is announced as equivalent to that of the Pixel 7. Storage is still 128 or 256 GB, but the RAM increases to 12 GB. The photo module takes two Pixel 7 ultra-wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lenses and adds a 48MP ƒ/3.5 telephoto lens with 5X zoom optics with autofocus and macro mode.
The Pixel 7 is available from €899 for the 128GB version and €999 for the 256GB version. And for any pre-order now, three months of subscription to Google One and YouTube Premium is offered in addition to the Pixel Watch.