The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro get a first look in an all hands-on
Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro aren't scheduled to launch until September or October, but a video showing off prototypes has emerged showing both phones in action. Google's upcoming flagship appears to be a developer handset in the video, as there is no working software on these devices, which are shown from the side. There are 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage on the Pixel 7, and up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage on the Pixel 7 Pro. Because these aren't retail versions, the specs may carry over.
The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are compared to their predecessors, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, though there are only a few differences when it comes to the design, including the dimensions and curvature of the screens. Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are slightly shorter than their predecessors, but there isn't much to differentiate between them. Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 is slightly lighter than the Pixel 6 while the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro weigh just about the same.
All Google has revealed so far about these upcoming smartphones is that they will run a revised version of the Tensor processor. Details should be announced in the coming months. Google Pixel 7 was announced at Google IO 2022 developer conference in May - and if it launches in October as rumored, it will be five months before the device goes on sale. This is certainly a long-winded schedule, and it's hard to determine exactly what Google's intention is. It's a strategy that hasn't been followed by the likes of Apple or Samsung, but OnePlus prefers to launch its phones by releasing a little bit of information just before the big reveal.
In the past, Google IO has been a platform for showcasing Android features - Android 13 this year - and that's not surprising as there are developer previews and public betas to check out before the final version of Android is released. The Pixel 7 isn't like that. Having another handset on the way might put people off buying other Google phones, including the Google Pixel 6a. It will be interesting to see if Google tries this again next year when we might see the Google Pixel 8.