As per the reports, Google is handing over the Pixel 7 series manufacturing to Foxconn. The new devices will hit the market sometime in October, so the company is already moving on to prepare the terrain for the new flagships. With the release set to early October, with pre-orders beginning on October 6, more and more leaks are popping out. Getting necessary certifications from regulatory bodies is a crucial step ahead of a release, and the Pixel 7 family just bagged FCC certification. Interestingly, the listing reveals four variants of the new Pixel 7 smartphones.
Google Pixel 7 series – mmWave 5G, and Ultra Wideband support
According to the FCC listing, the Pixel 7 series will come in at least four models: GP4BC, GVU6C, GE2AE, and GQML3. The first two models will support sub-6 GHz 5G, the other also has mmWave connectivity. Worth noting that the GP4BC and GE2AE models come with Ultra Wideband support. The Pixel 6 Pro was the first smartphone from Google to come with the new short-range connectivity feature. So, the company is likely to keep this feature exclusive to the Pro variants. So these models, are most likely, the Pixel 7 Pro. All four smartphones come with support for Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth, NFC, and wireless charging.
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A New Tensor chip is on the way
As per the rumors, the devices will bring a new generation of the Tensor chipset. The Google Tensor 2 will not be a major revolution in terms of specifications. It’s not even on par with the 2022 chipsets. They will still use the ARMv8 architecture, but the old Cortex-A76 cores will be replaced by newer Cortex-A78 cores. The processor will come in a Cortex-X1 + Cortex-A78 + Cortex-A55 combination. The Google Pixel 7 Pro will also bring a new display with basic improvements. The panel will hit 1,000 nits peak brightness and will bring a 120 Hz refresh rate, and QHD+ resolution. The panel diagonal will still be of 6.7-inches.
The vanilla model gets a smaller 6.3-inch display, but it’s unclear whether it will stick with a 60 Hz refresh rate or will bring 90 Hz. In terms of optics, the vanilla keeps the 50 MP Samsung GN1 main camera, and the 12 MP Sony IMX381 ultrawide shooter. The Pixel 7 Pro, on the other hand, will bring a telephoto shooter.
Google already revealed that the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will come alongside the new Pixel Watch set to debut WearOS 4. For now, it’s unclear whether the Pixel NotePad will be available.