Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro formalized: the revival of the zoom

Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro formalized: the revival of the zoom

Google presents its Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, new smartphones that refine last year’s proposal. As is often the case with the Mountain View company, the best new features are on the software side.

The Pixel 7 Pro // Source: Google

Finally Google seems to have found a formula to perpetuate itself! After several years of radically changing styles with each iteration, the Pixel range is leveling off. In any case, this is what the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro suggest, which roughly resume the design and features of their predecessors.

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Pixel 7 in continuity

At first glance, it’s hard to tell the Pixel 7 apart from the Pixel 6 beyond a few points of detail. We always find this photographic module integrated into a horizontal prominence bleeding the phone to its full width. Instead of being black, this band is however chromed (or bronze colored), which makes the lenses stand out more visually, those of the Pixel 7 Pro coming to form an “i”.

The Google Pixel 7 Pro from behind // Source: Google

The other difference is on the side of the smaller model. The Pixel 7 screen measures 6.3 inches instead of 6.4 (still in Full HD+), which makes it smaller and above all lighter: 197 grams instead of 207. The Pro model (with screen still curved and in QHD+) for its part is slightly lower and narrower, a sign that the edges have been refined, but it takes 2 grams in the process.

An evolution of the SoC

Google is therefore slowly changing its hardware by integrating in particular the second generation of its own chip: the Tensor G2. the two heartsGreat “It’s still Cortex-X1 clocked this time at 2.85 GHz (against 2.80 GHz on the Tensor) and all four cores”Little bitstay Cortex-A55 clocked at 1.8 GHz. For both coresMediumGoogle opts here for the Cortex-A78 at 2.35 GHz, more efficient than the Cortex-A76 (2.25 GHz) from last year. Finally, the GPU goes from Mali-G78 MP20 to Mali-G710 MP07, the same as in the ROG Phone 6D, a gaming smartphone. We expect it to get less hot anyway.

Tensor G2 // Source: Google

As usual, it is above all on artificial intelligence that Google has worked on, to offer the best performance for daily use. Therefore, the manufacturer seems to have optimized the battery with its power saving mode (4355 mAh on the Pixel 7, 5000 mAh on the 7 Pro), offers noise reduction during calls for the incoming signal and, obviously, new features. photographic.

The zoom revolution?

It is especially on the photo side that Google expects. Here no hardware evolution is noticeable, we find ourselves with the same configuration as last year and therefore the novelty must be sought at the level of software algorithms. So the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro share the same wide and ultra-wide cameras, while the Pro also benefits from a 5x telephoto lens (compared to 4x on the Pixel 6 Pro).

wide angle ultra wide angle 5x telephoto (Pro only) Frontal camera
Sensor 50 megapixels type 1/1.31 12 megapixels 48 megapixels 10.8MP
photosites 1.2μm 1.25μm 0.7μm 1.22μm
Opening f/1.85 f/2.2 f/3.5 f/2.2
Field of view 82° 114° 20.6° 92.8°

Added to this is a large number of software improvements, some of which we already know, such as portrait mode, the “blur facefor sharp portraits in all circumstances or night vision. However, the power of the Tensor G2 allows to accelerate the processing time (2 times faster in night image capture according to Google).

The big news is called “super resolution zoom“. As the name suggests, this is a feature ofextensionimage that allows you to zoom while maintaining adequate definition. With up to 8x magnification on the Pixel 7 and up to 30x magnification on the Pixel 7 Pro, it’s impressive. However, you’ll have to compare this to real telephoto lenses to see if the quality is as good as Google claims. If so, it could very well revolutionize remote photography on smartphones.

More stable image capture

When zooming in, it is often difficult to accurately target a subject, the magnification makes the preview very unstable. However, Google applied its video stabilization to the preview screen to make capturing easier, even at x30.

Calls are clearer with the Google Pixel 7 // Source: Google

Stabilization has also been improved during video capture. Let’s see if it is as effective as on the iPhone 14 Pro.

Pixel 7 and 7 Pro: a price that does not change

Although they are complete phones, incorporating the latest available technologies (5G, Wi-Fi 6E, etc.), the Pixel 7 and the Pïxel 7 Pro do not inflate their price. Count 649 euros for the small model and 899 euros for the largest, with marketing scheduled for October 13.

Both phones can already be pre-ordered from the Google Store and from various retailers. Pre-order adds Pixel Buds Pro with Pixel 7 and a Pixel Watch (Wi-Fi) with Pixel 7 Pro. Upon purchase, you’ll also receive 3 months of Google One and YouTube Premium.

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