Google Pixel 7 Pro Review [2022]

The Google Pixel 7 Pro is the brand’s new flagship phone, and although it shares a similar design with the Pixel 6 Pro, it has a number of improvements across the board, including performance, screen, camera, and battery life. The good news is that it still has the same, cheaper price than other flagship models.

On paper, the Pixel 7 Pro appears to have everything: a sizable, 6.7-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a sizable, internal 5,000mAh battery, a premium camera, as well as Google’s new Tensor G2 chip, which highlights the company’s potent AI and machine learning capabilities. But, should you purchase it? When compared to the previous model, can you really tell the differences? And how did Google resolve the few nagging flaws from the previous iteration? Let’s find out!

Pixel 7 Pro Design & Colors

The new Pixel 7 Pro looks very similar to its predecessor, sporting a glass black finish and that distinctive camera strip across the back. The main difference is that the camera system is now clearly divided into two sections.
The phone still has an aluminum frame, and a glossy finish, and is new in that the camera strip is now an integral part of the frame, giving the impression that the phone is even more durable. However, aside from that, we did notice that the camera bar quickly developed some tiny scratches.

You have three color choices: a traditional black color (Obsidian), a white color option (Snow), and this new, attractive greyish color with a gold camera bar (Hazel).
The Pixel 7 Pro is still a larger phone because its weight and dimensions haven’t changed compared to its predecessor.

The weight of the Pixel is noticeably lighter than that of the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which is fantastic and makes a big difference in how comfortable it is to carry around.

Pixel 7 Pro Display

The Pixel 7 Pro has a sizable 6.7-inch OLED display that gives your eyes plenty of room to feast.

Additionally, it supports a 1440p resolution, which is sharper than a typical 1080p display. Just be sure to turn on the 1440p resolution in the settings since the phone defaults to 1080p for some reason. Of course, a 120Hz dynamic refresh rate is also available for incredibly smooth scrolling. The adaptive refresh rate on this LTPO display ranges from a minimum of 10Hz to a maximum of 120Hz.

Pixel 7 Pro Camera

The Pixel 7 Pro has a triple rear camera setup including the following:

  • 50MP main camera, f/1.85
  • 12MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
  • 48MP 5X telephoto, f/3.5

The main camera’s 50MP sensor hasn’t changed from last year, but Google has discovered a new use for it: a 12MP center crop of the sensor provides optically-grade 2X zoom, which is a really nice touch. This year, the ultra-wide camera was made wider to match the field of view offered by other flagship models. A more significant change has been made to the periscope zoom camera, which now has a 5X zoom capability as opposed to the previous model’s 4X.

According to Google, it uses additional deception at a 10X magnification to provide you with higher quality. Other phones struggle with hand motion at higher zoom levels, like 15X, but the Pixel 7 Pro solves this issue with Zoom Stabilization, which recognizes a subject and fixes the camera on it.

Pixel 7 Pro Performance & Benchmarks

The introduction of Google’s first Tensor chip in the Pixel 6 was a turning point for the business. It was their first mobile chip, and although its CPU performance lagged behind that of current flagship chips, it has excellent Machine Learning (ML) capabilities that seem to have been designed specifically for a Pixel.

The new Tensor G2 appears to be a subtle advancement rather than a fundamental redesign of the original chip.

This new processor has two Arm Cortex-X1 high-performance cores, two A76 cores, and then four A55 cores with high efficiency. It achieves a respectable 10 percent increase in multi-core performance over the previous generation.

And this is explained by the chip’s faster X1 cluster and A76 cores, as well as the chip’s more effective 4nm manufacturing process.
The Tensor G2 receives a nice performance boost when combined with a Mali-G710 GPU for gaming. Most importantly, there is less thermal throttling while gaming on this Pixel because it doesn’t get quite as hot as the previous generation did. The Pixel is undoubtedly a more capable gaming device than the Pixel 6 series, though it is still not on par with a Galaxy or an iPhone, let alone a dedicated gaming phone.

Additionally, we have 12GB of the newest LPDDR5X type RAM, which is excellent for quick multitasking.

The Pixel 7 Pro has three storage options: a base model with 128GB of storage, a 256GB model, and a 512GB model.

Pixel 7 Pro Android version

One of the best aspects of purchasing a Pixel is the pure Android version you receive, created as Google had intended.

With no hiccups or stutters, this Pixel-ified version of Android is also incredibly smooth, and all the animations appear to be well-made.

One of the best aspects of purchasing a Pixel is the pure Android version you receive, created as Google had intended.

With no hiccups or stutters, this Pixel-ified version of Android is also incredibly smooth, and all the animations appear to be well-made.

Here is a short list of notable Android features for the Pixel 7 series:

  • Relevant emojis will be suggested by the typing assistant.
  • The messaging app on the phone can translate audio messages.
  • speaker labels for recorders
  • For calls, use Pixel Call Assist
  • Spammers are automatically spoken to and removed by the call screen.
  • Businesses can use Direct My Call, and the menu options are immediately available.
  • Clear Calling enhances friends’ voices while filtering out distracting noises.

The main benefit, however, is merely software updates. Future updates for the Pixel 7 Pro and other Pixel devices are available right away, in contrast to other Android devices that typically need to wait a few months. Additionally, Google promises to provide the Pixel 7 Pro with security updates for 5 years.

Pixel 7 Pro Battery

The Pixel perfectly fits the mold of the 6.7-inch screen and 5,000mAh battery that have become the standard for Android flagship phones in recent years.

A 5,000mAh battery is also unquestionably welcome.

Pixel 7 Pro Charging Speeds

The Pixel 7 Pro’s supported charging speeds have not changed.

Although Google advises using a 30W charger, actual charging rates are only 23W.

Pixel 7 Pro charging time:

  • in 15 mins — 25%
  • 30 mins — 49%
  • 45 mins — 69%
  • 1 hour — 83%
  • FULL CHARGE takes 1 hour 37 minutes

Remember that the Pixel 7 Pro doesn’t come with a charging brick, so if you don’t already have one, you’ll need to buy one separately.

Intriguingly, at the same 23W speeds, the phone also supports wireless charging, which is a neat convenience (provided you use the Pixel Stand 2nd gen charger, though).

Audio Quality and Haptics

The Pixel 7 Pro boasts a respectable loudspeaker design for a phone, with a dual speaker setup that includes a bottom-firing main speaker and a secondary speaker in the earpiece.

In a direct comparison with the speakers of the Galaxy S22 Ultra, we found the sound from the Pixel to be more enjoyable. It gets loud enough without being too muddy or distorted, has some depth, and is a touch more detailed. The Pixel, however, lacked the punch and the depth to compete with the iPhone 14 series or the top smartphone in the market, the Asus Ron Phone. Its loudspeakers would be considered above average but not quite great.

There haven’t been any significant adjustments to the superb haptics on Pixel phones this year.

Pixel 7 Pro Rivals

There are two strong competitors in the flagship smartphone market if you’re looking to buy one like the Pixel 7 Pro, but neither is as affordable as the $900 Pixel.

The $1,200 Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will spoil you with its 10X zoom lens, which enables you to zoom in even further, as well as a faster processor, an S Pen, and a few special features in the Samsung One UI user interface if money is not an issue. That model has drawbacks like erratic performance and updates that take longer to arrive.

The $1,100 iPhone 14 Pro Max is on the other side of the line. It has all the advantages and disadvantages that go along with being an iPhone, but it is indisputable that it has the fastest processor and the best battery life among all mainstream flagships.
Last but not least, we must bring up the previous Pixel 6 Pro. In all honesty, the new model doesn’t have that many upgrades, and if you can find an older model for a good price, we wouldn’t think twice about buying that if we were looking for a deal.

Conclusion and final verdict

In the end, Google made its major league debut last year, and the Pixel 7 Pro once more demonstrates the company’s dedication.

It is an improvement over the previous generation in every way—the design is slightly better, the screen is brighter, the cameras and video are better, the battery life is better, and there are more appealing machine learning and voice recognition features, but there aren’t any significant changes that really stand out.

But if Google wants people to adore this phone, there is one thing that it must master, and that is dependability. The Pixel 7 Pro must demonstrate that Google can produce a problem-free device that is not only fast at launch but also remains fast and reliable after a year or two of use. Previous Pixel phones have experienced slowdowns, bugs, and a variety of other issues. Most of the bugs seem to be gone from our immediate experience with it, but only time will tell if it will last over time.

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