This is Google’s newest smartphone, the Pixel 7 – it comes with a fresh look, some new upgrades, and Google’s latest Tensor G2 chipset. We’ve managed to get our hands on one, and for this one we’ll be checking out its design, hardware features, and such.
The Pixel 7 is one of three Pixel smartphones that were launched this year, and it goes head-to-head with other Android flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Xiaomi 12S Ultra to name a couple, which come at significantly higher prices. However, we think that this might just be one of the best “budget flagships” that you can get right now.
Join us as we take a look at what Google’s latest smartphone has to offer – let’s get started.
Design and Display
The pixel 7 comes with a 6.3-inch AMOLED display, which is smaller than the screen on the larger Pixel 6 from last year, although it retains the 90Hz refresh rate. It also comes with Gorilla Glass Victus like its larger sibling, the Pixel 7 Pro. The sides of the Pixel 7 are made of metal, which is where you’ll find the volume and power buttons, sim card tray, speaker grille, and the USB-C charging port. The buttons are also glossy like on the Pixel 6.
The back panel is made from the same Gorilla Glass Victus on the front. While it does feel sturdy, we’d recommend getting a case for the Pixel 7 if you want to keep it looking perfect. Overall, it’s a solidly-built device and is lightweight, which is pretty surprising. It also comes with IP68 protection to protect it from dust and splashes.
Inside the pixel 7 is Google’s Tensor G2 chipset, the predecessor to last year’s flagship tensor chip. This is paired with 8GB of RAM, and a choice of either 128 or 256GB of internal storage – there’s no micro-SD expansion, unfortunately.
With that said, you do get a fast and powerful chipset, capable of running most graphic-intensive games on the Playstore. For moderate use, the phone should have no trouble zipping through your apps and the user interface. This is all powered by a 4355 mAh battery, which while smaller than the one inside the Pixel 6, should still be enough to get you through a days’ worth of use. It comes with 30W fast-charging, a slight improvement over last year’s charging speeds.
One field where the Pixel 7 is sure to excel at is photography. Despite coming with only three sensors overall (50MP main, 12MP ultra-wide, and 10MP ultra-wide selfie), Google’s computational photography manages to get good shots thanks to the optimized camera software. We now get new features like Face unblur, Cinematic blur for videos, and faster Night sight photo processing.
The phone can also record videos at a maximum resolution and framerate of 4K/60FPS, and it does feature video modes like time lapse, slow motion, and cinematic pan, to name a few. Of course, we also get Google’s impressive Astrophotography feature in addition to Night Sight.
In short, the Google Pixel 7 is a great flagship smartphone with a sleek-looking design, an impressive camera set-up, and a capable chipset. For folks moving up from cheaper entry-level handsets and would still like an Android phone that doesn’t go at the thousand-quid price point, then the 7 is definitely a great option to get.
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