Google’s most anticipated launch event of the year dubbed ‘Made By Google’ was held on the 6th of October 2022. At the event, Google announced the latest edition of the Pixel Smartphones the Google Pixel 7 Series. Not just that, they also announced a couple of new products including the Google Pixel Watch and Google tablet. For the purpose of this article, I will only discuss the Google Pixel 7 Pro and how it compares with the Google Pixel 6 Pro.
The Google Pixel 7 Pro came as a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro. As a successor, we expect it to be an upgrade to every aspect of the predecessor or at least in most aspects. But does the Pixel 7 Pro possess enough features to be a true successor to the Pixel 6 Pro? Let’s find out what the Google Pixel 7 Pro has for us.
First of all we will discuss the hardware changes and similarities, then we come to the software.
Hardware Comparisons Between The Google Pixel 7 Pro And The Google Pixel 6 Pro
Now, let me make this straight. Don’t expect much difference between the Google Pixel 7 Pro and the Google Pixel 6 Pro. Instead of the Pixel 7 Pro being a big brother to the Pixel 6 Pro, it looks like they are rather twin brothers. I mean they look so much alike than you can actually see.
Their Actual Hardware Differences
In terms of hardware differences, there is very less to talk about. The main difference can clearly be seen on the rear of the phones. The Pixel 7 Pro has a metallic camera bump with glass cutouts for the camera. Meanwhile, the Pixel 6 Pro uses all glass camera bump on the back. (I really wish it was rather the other way round).
The different materials that was used in building the camera bump also contributed to a slight difference in their individual weights as well. The Google Pixel 7 Pro has a weight of 212g whereas the Pixel 6 Pro weighs 210g.
The Google Pixel 7 Pro also comes with a very slight reduction in the battery size. The Pixel 7 Pro features a 5000mAh battery while the Pixel 6 Pro houses-in 5003mAh battery.
The chipset happens to be the main upgrade that the Pixel 7 Pro can pride itself with. Last year’s edition used the 5nm Tensor chip while the Pixel 7 Pro uses the latest from Google. That is the Google Tensor G2 chip.
Hardware Similarities Between The Pixel 7 Pro And The Pixel 6 Pro
As I stated earlier, there is so much to talk about when it comes to similarities between these two. But I will only talk about a few of them that are worth the time. Comparing both phones side by side, it looks like Google just took the aluminum frame of the Google Pixel 6 Pro, shrunk the height from 163.9 to 162.9 widened the width from 75.9 to 76.6 and maintained the same thickness of 8.9mm. It’s quite difficult to tell the difference even when you hold both phones in your palm. Unless of course, you flip them over to the back.
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Both phones feature the same 6.7 inch LTPO AMOLED Display with 120Hz refresh rates. However, the screen curves have been slightly reduced on the Pixel 7 Pro. This has reduced the screen to body ratio on the Pixel 7 Pro to 88.7% instead of the 88.9 on the Pixel 6 Pro. In terms of screen resolution, both phones feature 1440 x 3120 pixels with a pixel density of 512 pixels per inch (PPI). You also get the Gorilla Glass Victus protecting both phones.
Google did not bring any significant changes in the camera department as well. The same 50 Megapixels main camera, 13MP ultrawide camera and the 48MP Telephoto lenses were brought from the Pixel 6 Pro to the Pixel 7 Pro. Nonetheless, the Telephoto lens in the Pixel 7 Pro can achieve upto 5X optical zoom instead of 4X optical zoom in the Pixel 6 Pro.
Video recording did change much either. On both phones you can record videos in 4K at 30/60fps, 1080p at 30/60/120/240fps. On the front side, there was a rather reduction in the Megapixels count of the selfie camera. The Pixel 7 Pro uses a 10.8MP selfie camera while the Pixel 6 Pro uses 11.1MP. In video recording mode both cameras are able to capture 4K at 30fps. The Pixel 7 Pro goes extra with 4K at 60 frames per second. In 1080p, both selfie cameras are able to record at 30fps and 60fps.
Both phones feature under display finger print sensors for unlocking your device and logging into other apps. But the Pixel 7 Pro has finally brought back the Facial Recognition feature. So there is an option to use either the fingerprint scanner, facial recognition or both of them.
New Software Features Of The Google Pixel 7 Pro
- Photo Unblur : The photo Unblur feature was first introduced in the Google Pixel 6 Series. But Google has taken this feature to another level this time around. Initially in the Pixel 6, the Unblur feature used to work on pictures taken with the phone’s camera only. How this feature works is that, when you take a picture and the picture looks blurry, you can make the picture look clearer with just one tap, thanks to the AI capabilities of the Tensor chip. On the Pixel 7 Pro, you can unblur any picture from Google photos whether it was taken with the phone’s camera or not.
- Cinematic Mode: Just like what Apple introduced in the iPhone 13 Pro, the Google Pixel 7 Pro also has a cinematic mode or Video Blur as they call it. This feature allows you to focus on one object while shooting videos and blur other areas that are not relevant.
- Macro Shot: The Google Pixel 7 Pro only uses triple camera set up just like its predecessor. But Pixel 7 Pro came with a macro shot mode even though it does not feature a dedicated macro camera lens. Thanks to the extra 20% zoom of the Telephoto lens.
Not much improvements, I get it. But not much of an extra money as well. The Google Pixel 7 Pro is selling at just $899, that is the exact price of the Google Pixel 6 Pro. So if you ask me, I think it’s worth the upgrade. Of course the Pixel 6 Pro had some issues. But most of these issues would definitely be a thing of the past if you upgrade to the Google Pixel 7 Pro.