Google Pixel 7 Review

Introduction and specifications

Even though the Google Pixel lineup gets a lot of media attention, it's still a bit of a niche due to its limited market availability. However, Google has been trying really hard over the last few generations to attract a wider audience by bringing some unique features. Even stock Android running on the current Pixel isn't completely stock, as it has some neat tweaks and exclusive features. There are even reports that Google is planning to ship a record-breaking number of Pixels next year.

On the surface, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are not that different from the Pixel 6 series while introducing some small but important improvements. Maybe that's one of the reasons why we think the 7th generation has a good chance of winning new fans all over the world. Although "world" may not be the best choice of word given its limited availability as usual.

The Pixel 7 offers several major improvements over its predecessor, the Pixel 6. Now running on an upgraded Google Tensor G2 chip with better AI capabilities, an all-around Gorilla Glass Victus build, a better selfie camera and a smaller screen. As a result, the Pixel 7 is slightly smaller than the Pixel 6, which is a clear indication that Google is aiming for the compact flagship niche. And despite being smaller, the Pixel 7's display is much brighter.

Google Pixel 7 specs at a glance:

Body: 155.6x73.2x8.7mm, 197g; Front glass (Gorilla Glass Victus), rear glass (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminum frame; IP68 dust/water resistance (up to 1.5m for 30 minutes).

Display: AMOLED 6.30", 90Hz, HDR10+, 1000 nits (HBM), 1400 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 416ppi; Always-on display.

Chipset: Google Tensor G2 (5 nm): Octa-core (2x2.85 GHz Cortex-X1 & 2x2.35 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4x1.80 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G710 MP7.

Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; UFS 3.1.

OS/Software: Android 13.

Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.9, 25mm, 1/1.31", 1.2µm, Multi-directional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; Ultra-wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 114˚, 1/2.9", 1.25µm.

Front camera: 10.8 MP, f/2.2, 21mm (ultrawide), 1/3.1", 1.22µm.

Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS, OIS, HDR 10-bit; Front camera: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps.

Battery: 4355mAh; 20W fast charging, 50% in 30 minutes (advertised), 20W fast wireless charging, Reverse wireless charging, USB 3.0 Power Delivery.

Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; stereo speakers.

The camera settings on the back remain unchanged. We have a large 50MP sensor that does the heavy lifting and a 12MP ultrawide camera helps. There's still no telephoto camera, but to be honest, that's a rarity in a compact flagship class. However, Google promises better image processing and an overall improvement in camera quality through machine learning algorithms and better ISP capabilities.

It's quite surprising to see the Pixel 7 drop in battery capacity coming from the Pixel 6 - 4,355 mAh vs. 4614 mAh, but in theory, Google can offset the losses with other hardware upgrades, such as display and chipset power. . As we all know, spec sheets never give the complete picture, so let's find out what the new Pixel 7 is capable of and whether it's really the right phone for you.

Unboxing Google Pixel 7

As expected, the Google Pixel 7 retail box is relatively small and only contains a user manual, a USB-C to USB-C cable for PD charging and a USB-C to USB-A dongle in case you find yourself with a charging standard that doesn't have a charger. USB-C connector.

Speaking of chargers, nothing. The device supports charging up to 20W Power Delivery, so finding a device that works with the Pixel 7 shouldn't be a big deal.

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