2021 was a big year for Google Pixel smartphones as chipsets switched from Qualcomm Snapdragon to Google’s own Tensor chips.
So what will 2022 bring to the Pixel world? We’re bringing together all the news and rumors about new devices, as well as a few things we’d like to see when the Pixel 7 arrives.
When is the Google Pixel 7 release date?
Google has yet to confirm that there will be a Pixel 7, but that seems highly likely given the switch to new chips as well as the intense marketing campaign currently promoting the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Over the past few generations, Google has decided to release October for mainstream Pixel devices, with cheaper versions like the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5a 5G arriving next August. There was also the Pixel 4a 5G, which arrived in November 2020 and is a bit of an exception.
So, if Google sticks to this pattern, you should expect the new Pixel 7 phones to debut in October 2022…
How much will the Google Pixel 7 cost?
To get an idea of the money you’ll need to spend on Google’s newest devices when they arrive, here’s how recent generations have been ranked.
- Google Pixel 6: £ 599 / $ 599
- Google Pixel 6 Pro: £ 849 / $ 899
- Google Pixel 5: £ 599 / $ 699
- Google Pixel 4: £ 669 / $ 799
- Google Pixel 4XL: £ 829 / $ 899
As you can see, the price of the standard Pixel seems to have settled at £ 599 / $ 599, while the Pro tier unveiled in 2021 pushes things a little higher. We expect Google to stick to these prices in the future, although global chip shortages and the increase in production costs caused by Covid could cause them to creep up when the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are released. I hope no.
What features will we see on the Google Pixel 7?
Obviously, with the release of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro still very recent, little can be said about what you can expect to see from their successors.
With the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Google has introduced a completely new design language for its smartphones. Gone are the plastic casing and the Pixel 5’s more versatile aesthetic, replaced by a premium build and bold look with a raised strip on the back that served as a housing for the cameras.
We don’t expect Google to try to reinvent the wheel with the Pixel 7 line, as most manufacturers choose to maintain a consistent aesthetic for generations, with Apple’s iPhone being the most obvious example. There will likely be additional colors to differentiate 7 from 6, but beyond that we wouldn’t be surprised to see a more iterative approach to new models, with most of the updates reserved for internals.
The current Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have 6.4-inch AMOLED displays and 6.71-inch LTPO AMOLED displays, respectively. Both support HDR10 +, but the Pro version has a 120Hz refresh rate and higher resolution than its budget cousins.
Google should have unique advantages at both levels, so we wouldn’t be surprised if these differences persist in newer models.
We also know that Google is working on an under-display selfie camera design. The company has filed at least two patents so far, the most recent of which we have included here. Discovered by Lets Go Digital, it exhibits broadly the same tech we’ve seen in similar cameras like the ZTE Axon 30 5G and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
We don’t know if Google is planning this tech for the Pixel 7 series, Pixel Fold rumors, or future phones like the Pixel 8 and up, but hopefully it’s ready to go and good enough for future flagships.
2nd Generation Google Tensor Chips
One of the main topics of discussion on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro was Google’s use of its own Tensor chips. Like Apple and Samsung, which use their A-series and Exynos chips in their flagships (although Samsung still uses Qualcomm Snapdragon chips in some territories), Google has taken a big step in control over the design and production of the processors that power its devices. …
Such an investment is definitely long term and 9to5Google has already reported on a potential clue to come 2th generation of Tensor chips when he discovered the codename Cloudripper, which is associated with the GS201 model number, which may represent the new silicon. It sounds a little complicated, but manufacturers use different codes during product development, and 9to5Google’s detective work is a strong indication that new pixels will ship with the latest Tensor chips.
No benchmarking has been seen yet, so we don’t know how 2th gen will be compared to its predecessors, but we expect Google to work on performance improvements as well as energy efficiency, as with any iteration of processors.
One interesting report we saw from Mishaal Rahman on the XDA developer site is that the code he parsed for the Google Camera app shortly before the Pixel 6 devices were released gave several indicators of what might be included in the Pixel 7.
The code reveals that the 2022 Pixel phone is likely to have an ultra wide-angle camera like the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, but does not indicate a telephoto lens. This is now the same as the Pixel 6, with a telephoto lens only reserved for the Pro model, but in 2022 it seems a little disappointing compared to many potential competitors.
However, there is good reason to believe that this may not actually apply to the Pixel 7. First, while the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro had separate codenames (Oriole and Raven), this phone is listed with only one (Pipit) … This is the name other sources have linked to rumors of a foldable Pixel phone rather than a 7, so it might be a hint at that phone camera specs – leaving us completely in the dark regarding the Pixel 7 series.
What we would like to see in the Google Pixel 7
Since so little is actually known about the Pixel 7, we can take this chance to bring our begging bowls to Google and ask for a little more than we got with the Pixel 6.
One of the major improvements we’d like to see is the smaller Pixel 6’s bulk. At 207g, it’s a hefty beast, so reducing the weight will make the entire experience more enjoyable for the user.
The potential lack of a third camera in the standard Pixel 7 seems like an oversight when competing with the three or even four camera configurations of other phones in this price range, so we’re hoping Google can up the ante a bit. with a new model.
In our Google Pixel 6 review, we found the battery life to be very good, with the only real downside being the slow 30W charging options, which in fact rarely even reach those speeds. This could be due to speed boosts to the speeds commonly found in Chinese devices across the board, which can recharge from 0 to 100% in less than 30 minutes.
The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro marked a great interpretation of Google’s pure smartphone, so we look forward to seeing what happens when new versions arrive in 2022. We will update this article as new news emerges, so be sure to check back regularly. Until then, you can read our roundup of the best news phones coming in 2022.