Google Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro launched with faster tensor chip and better cameras


Google has launched the Pixel 7 series after months of teasers, which left little to the imagination. Over the years, Pixel phones have prioritized the pure Android experience and computational photography that sets them apart from their rivals. But last year, Google jumped on the bandwagon to introduce its first custom chipset called Tensor. The second generation of that chip is called the Tensor G2 and powers the brand new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro borrow the design of their prequels but are more polished, while improved features and specifications bring Google closer in its fight against Apple and Samsung.

At the Made by Google event, the tech giant said that the Pixel 7 phones now feature zirconia-blasted aluminum which not only makes them sturdier, but also more elegant. Google had already revealed that the Pixel 7 will be available in Obsidian, Snow, and Hazel colors, while the Pixel 7 Pro colors include Obsidian, Lemongrass, and Snow. While ensuring that the design stays in line with the current trend, Google also said that it has set a target of zero-emissions carbon production by 2030. The entire Pixel lineup launched today is made from recycled aluminum, Google said.

The new Tensor G2 chip makes the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro the most powerful phones Google has ever made. Google said the Pixel 7 duo comes with stringent privacy standards, which are ensured by the company’s Titan M2 chip. Google’s Protected Computing will ensure that personal data is processed to allow users to have better control over their data. Therefore, features like live translation are on the device without personalization, so no data is transferred to the servers and stored on Google servers.

But for browsing the Internet, where data needs to be relayed, Google has introduced its first private VPN by Google One service for better anonymity on the Internet. This is similar to Apple’s Private Relay, which was announced with iOS 15. Google will also introduce a new “Security & Privacy” dashboard for users to manage what’s happening on their Pixel phones in terms of privacy. This feature will first be available on Pixel phones and later on other devices.

Since Pixel phones are the epitome of Android, Google is making them more exclusive with the new Pixel Drop, which will make Pixel phones eligible for the latest updates that will drop very often during a certain Android version cycle. This will allow five years of updates, just like security updates.

Google Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro Price

The Pixel 7 will be available for $599, while the Pixel 7 Pro goes for a starting price of $899 in the US. Not long after, the Pixel flagship phones will be available in India as well. India prices are not out yet.

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro Specifications

The Google Pixel 7 sports a 6.3-inch AMOLED display, while the more expensive Pixel 7 Pro sports a 6.7-inch QHD+ display with a 10-120Hz variable refresh rate. The Pixel 7 offers up to 72 hours of battery life with the new Extreme Saver mode, and its cameras now deliver better selfies at night. Telephoto and ultrawide cameras have also been upgraded. The Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 7 are powered by Tensor G2 chip which offers 60 percent better machine learning and 20 percent more efficiency for power consumption. Google says that the Pixel 7 Pro is the best phone for calling, photography and voice recognition.

The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro finally bring back Google’s Face Unlock biometric method that first debuted on the Pixel 4 series and has since died out. Google said that the front camera has a face recognition system that works securely. Oh, and the fingerprint sensor is still there. There is also a Pixel Call Assist feature available exclusively on the phone. Android’s Rich Communication Services, known as RCS, visited the platform as a joke against Apple’s overly closed iMessage ecosystem. Pixel phones also include Pixel Voice Typing and Voice Assistance features, including a feature that will transcribe voice notes sent inside chat apps without you even listening to them.

Google Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro Cameras

Google has always boasted of its computational photography features on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, and this time around the company is banking on inclusivity. The new Pixel 7 pair can retain true skin tone, so people with darker skin tones – such as people from South Asian and African communities – will get natural colors in photos. Google is using the Real Tone feature to ensure color tone inclusivity in Pixel photos.

The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro also bring Face Unblur, which is a new exclusive feature available only through Google Photos for these two phones. This will blur the photos completely, so taking pictures of your kids who can’t stand idle for a minute will no longer be a hassle. This feature will also unblur photos not taken using the Pixel 7 Duo, but only on Pixel 7 phones. With Magic Eraser, Google will let you touch up your old photos.

Google is also launching Cinematic Blur, which brings in bokeh to videos and photos based on subjects. Photos and videos have a depth of blur, making them look like a movie. If this sounds familiar, you know what Apple launched with the iPhone 13. This is called cinematic mode, which shifts focus according to the actions of the people in a scene. The Pixel phone also comes with speech enhancements and 4K 60fps support. The Night Sight feature is now twice as fast and can click crisper pictures backed by the new Tensor G2 chip.

The Pixel 7 duo can zoom in more than ever, Google claims, more similar to a DSLR. The Pixel 7 Duo uses machine learning and hardware to make the zoom work at any magnification. What’s really happening is software optimization, as the optical zoom is still capped at 2X. Beyond 2X and down to 5X, the Pixel 7 duo will use the Tensor G2 chip and telephoto sensor to sharpen the image that will look better than what is clicked by other cameras.

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