We weren’t expecting this at all, because the expected launch window for Google’s next flagship series of phones is around October 2022. We’ve also seen the Google Pixel 6a, which we were already expecting.
Although the Pixel 7 launch is still months away, we now know a lot more about the phone — so here are some of the biggest facts we just learned.
There are still two family members
As with the Google Pixel 6 range, there will be a Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
It’s clear that the dual-phone approach from last year has worked – and that also indicates that the name XL, which Google has used for a few years for its “Pro-like” phones, is gone.
The image you see at the top of this article is the Pixel 7 Pro.
We know what they look like
We know there are two Pixel 7 phones because Google offered us both.
The phones don’t look very different from their Pixel 6 predecessors, with the large camera bar still being an attractive design feature.
According to Google, the change now is that the camera bump is now the same continuous piece as the frame – these are made from recycled aluminum.
We also know about the colors: both phones come in black and white, while there’s the yellow Pixel 7 and the green Pixel 7 Pro.
We know how many cameras they will have
There are no changes to the Pixel 6 series’ camera count: expect two on the Pixel 7 and three on the Pixel 7 Pro.
The design of these on the back has been slightly rearranged, and we can see newer sensors working, but the number itself is the same. We can also tell that the Pixel 7 Pro will use a telephoto lens and not a periscope.
They will use the new Google Slides
While the Pixel 6 series uses Google’s Tensor chipset, subsequent phones will get the second-generation version of this homemade chipset.
We don’t know what changes the new version will bring, but hopefully it will be a little faster than the original in the Pixel 7 phones. It could support some cool new AI camera modes as well.
They will run Android 13
Something we could have really imagined, the Google Pixel 7 phones would come with Android 13.
In fact, these will likely be the first phones to come with software included, based on precedent. Google hasn’t said much, but that’s what has happened for most years now.
They get a full tease cycle
The thing that Google did new to the Pixel 6 series, is that it started teasing phones pretty early on, so we knew a lot about it by the time it was properly launched.
This appears to be happening this year as well, as the Google IO announcement undoubtedly made clear. But more: Google is opening a new hardware store in New York in mid-2022, and it’s clear that upcoming phones will be available to view there.
So it looks like Google is planning a full tease cycle for these next devices.
They will come next to the Pixel Watch
The Google Pixel Watch was also featured in Google IO, and we get a little more info than we got from the Pixel 7. It will have some Fitbit modes, as well as an NFC chip.
Apparently, this smartwatch will launch appropriately when the Pixel 7 launches, and we’ll likely see some great pre-order bundles that combine the new phone with the watch as well.