In recent years, it has been impossible for Google to keep the details of its Pixel flagships hidden until the official announcement. This year was different in the sense that Google decided to reveal the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro designs in May during Google I / O. Rather than trying to keep the secrets, Google has instead decided to reveal some of the features themselves.

Google Pixel event: what to expect

This week, Google will hold its annual hardware event where it will be revealing confirming two new Pixel phones, a new Pixel Watch that integrates Wear OS deeper into Google-owned FitBit, and Google has confirmed it will announce “additions to the Nest smart home portfolio.”

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro

Google’s first teaser of the Pixel 7 duo was during I / O in May and contained images of the new Pixels. In terms of design, they are similar to the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, but feature a slightly different camera bar, which will now be formed from metal rather than the glass visor approach of the Pixel 6.

Fast forward to last week, Google released new teasers that highlighted the design of each of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. It features close-up shots of the hardware that showed the texture of the different materials. Based on these teasers, we know that the Pixel 7 will have an aluminum frame with an anodized finish and the Pixel 7 Pro’s finish will be shiny and glossy, but it is not confirmed whether it will be made of stainless steel or aluminum.

For the Pixel 7 Pro, we expect a less dramatic curve of the display edges. The curved edges of the Pixel 6 Pro were pronounced enough to make gripping and using the phone a little non-compliant for extended periods.

Google Pixel 7 rendering

Google Pixel 7 in white, mint green and black

Pixel 7 Pro in obsidian
Pixel 7 Pro hazelnut
Pixel 7 Pro in the snow

Pixel 7 Pro in obsidian, hazelnut and snow

According to recent rumors, the Pixel 7 will have a spec sheet almost identical to that of the Pixel 6: a flat 6.3-inch OLED screen with FHD + resolution and refresh rate up to 90 Hz, and the cameras will also remain unchanged: 50 MP ( GN1) 12 MP main and ultrawide unit (IMX381). The front camera could see the upgrade to the 11MP sensor we know from the Pixel 6 Pro.

The Pixel 7 is also expected to have a 4,700mAh battery (marginally compared to the 6’s 4,614mAh) with support for a 30W charge.

We’ll get to the new Tensor chip shortly, but first let’s take a look at the Pixel 7 Pro’s specs.

Google Pixel event: what to expect

The Pixel 7 Pro’s spec sheet also includes most of the same things as the 6 Pro: a 6.7-inch LTPO OLED screen with QHD + resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The 7 Pro is also expected to receive a slightly updated selfie camera, the Samsung 3J1 sensor, which would feature autofocus, although it would remain at a resolution of 11 MP.

In the camera department, the Pixel 7 Pro will use the same 50MP JN1 and 12MP ultrawide main sensors, but the telephoto camera could be replaced with a Samsung GM1 module compared to the Pixel 6 Pro’s Sony IMX586. A 5,000mAh battery should remain on the 7 Pro, now with 30W charging support.

G2 tensor

The most important change on the new Pixels will be the Tensor G2 chip. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro were plagued with poor connectivity and battery life was not up to par with comparable flagships.

Since there isn’t much different with the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, the key upgrade here will be the Tensor G2 chipset. Rumors about the Tensor G2 say it could be built on the 4nm process (last year’s Tensor was 5nm), which allowed for higher clock speeds, as suggested by early chipset benchmarks.

Google Pixel event: what to expect

The same leak from last month revealed that the Tensor G2 could feature the same CPU configuration (2 + 2 + 4) as the Google Tensor, although the two Cortex-X1 cores may see slight clock speed increases of up to 2.85. GHz. Meanwhile, Cortex-A76 cores could see clock speeds increase to 2.35 GHz. Reportedly, this translates into an approximately 10% increase in multi-core performance.

Leaked the details of the Tensor G2 examined: same CPU, everything else is improving

There is evidence that we could see a noticeable improvement in graphics performance and efficiency thanks to a new Mali-G710 that would replace the original Tensor chip’s Mali-G78 MP20.

The new chipset could be equipped with a new Samsung modem: the S5300 5G. This new modem can improve battery life, performance, stability and efficiency over the previous version.

Pixel Watch

Google’s acquisition of FitBit a few years ago will finally be deeply integrated into Wear OS in the form of the Google Pixel Watch. It has been rumored for years, Google surprised us in May during I / O when it confirmed that Google’s proprietary Wear OS offering was finally coming.

Google recently teased the design of its Pixel Watch in a short trailer, taking a closer look at the round design of the watch and the curved cover glass of the display. The Pixel Watch will have a rotating crown and a multifunction button above it. It will also use a patented quick release clasp to replace the watch straps.

More recent renders of the Pixel Watch have revealed bezels that may be thicker than initially anticipated in May, due to early renders showing when the hardware hasn’t been finalized.

Early rumors about the Pixel Watch suggested it could be powered by an Exynos 9110 with a coprocessor for efficient standby power draw. It was said to have 1.5GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. This is for the LTE variant, by the way. Rumors have indicated a 300mAh battery, though it’s not certain whether this applies to a Wi-Fi + Bluetooth variant or an LTE variant, although 300mAh for the latter doesn’t seem enough.

In any case, it is expected that Google could advertise the Pixel Watch to last “up to a day”.

With Wear OS 3 smartwatches, the need for the Wear OS app will gradually disappear. It will be up to each OEM to have their own companion app for the new Wear OS smartwatches, and the Pixel Watch is expected to do the same. An unlock request in June revealed that there will be a “Google Pixel Watch app”.

The design and user interface of the Google Pixel Watch have been revealed in multiple leaks

A more recent Pixel Watch leak showed many elements of the wearable device UI. In addition to native support for Google Maps and Wallet, every Pixel Watch is said to have a free 6-month Fitbit Premium subscription, and Pixel Watch renders show deep integration with Fitbit.

Pixel Watch will integrate with Google Photos to use as watch faces wallpapers, have smart home controls, and an emergency SOS call screen.

Google Pixel Watch
Google Pixel Watch
Google Pixel Watch

Google Pixel Watch

Google Pixel Watch user interface
Google Pixel Watch user interface
Google Pixel Watch user interface
Google Pixel Watch user interface

Google Pixel Watch user interface

One of the Pixel Watch’s first hardware leaks measured a 40mm body with a thickness of 14mm with a visible display with a diameter of 30mm (about 1.18in). It is not yet known whether we will see the Pixel Watch being available in more than one size.

A Google Pixel Watch was left behind in a restaurant (photo by u / tagtech414)
A Google Pixel Watch was left behind in a restaurant (photo by u / tagtech414)
A Google Pixel Watch was left behind in a restaurant (photo by u / tagtech414)

A Google Pixel Watch was left behind in a restaurant (photo by u / tagtech414)

House nest

Google has confirmed that it will announce additions to Nest Home at this event. We initially thought a 1080p version of Chromecast with Google TV would be announced at the event, but Google Chromecast HD with Google TV itself had a quiet launch last month.

So, just two days before the launch event, Google announced the second-generation wired Nest doorbell and Nest Wi-Fi Pro. It also outlined the new changes that are coming to the Google Home app. Google didn’t seem bothered with holding any of this news for the launch event.

The last time Google released a new smart speaker was during its 2020 event, when it launched Google Nest Audio. Perhaps we can expect to see an updated Nest Home mini (currently second generation) as the last one launched in late 2019. Otherwise, the Nest Hub smart display was only updated last year, but Nest Hub Max hasn’t seen a new version from 2019.

Are the most recent ads what Google was referring to, or is there something else that Google is trying to announce on Thursday? We will find out soon enough.

Price and availability

Rumors suggest the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro may have the same starting prices as their predecessors in the US. Pixel 7 could start at $ 599 while Pixel 7 Pro could start at $ 899. European customers could see a starting price of € 649 for the Pixel 7.

Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will be on presale on the same day as this week’s launch event (October 6), although the time is not specified.

As for the Pixel Watch, the most recent rumor sees the European price for the Wi-Fi + Bluetooth model set at £ 339 in the UK and € 379 in the EU. There is also talk of an LTE-enabled model, which is said to cost € 419.

While there is no US pricing news yet, previous losses and recent EU price losses allow us to speculate that we may see a starting price of $ 299 on the Pixel Watch. This is also considering the loss of a $ 399 LTE-enabled Pixel Watch.

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