Pixel 7 Pro adds Face Unlock, bigger screen and more upgrades

Google just announced the Pixel 7 Pro, its new high-end phone. Like his predecessorthe Pixel 7 Pro stands out mainly for its more sophisticated camera and larger screen compared to the standard $599 Pixel 7, which was also unveiled on Thursday. The Pixel 7 Pro starts at $899, just like last year’s Pixel 6 Pro, and goes on sale October 13, with pre-orders for the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro starting immediately.

The announcement was made during Google’s fall product launch event on Thursday, where the company also announced the Pixel Watch. Google overview the three products in May, but didn’t reveal more details about their pricing, availability, and features until Thursday’s event. Both phones run on Google’s new Tensor G2 chip and have a slightly updated design with a more prominent metal camera bar on the back. Google has also made zoom improvements to the cameras of both phones, but only the Pixel 7 Pro has a dedicated 48-megapixel telephoto lens and supports macro photography.

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The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are part of Google’s ongoing effort to compete Samsung and Apple, which dominate the global smartphone market. The new phones also signal Google’s approach in this regard, which boils down to cutting competitors’ prices, focusing on camera quality and developing exclusive software features for its phones.

Pre-order Google’s top-end Pixel 7 Pro starting at $899. The device will be released on October 13. Get up to $750 off with trade-in and $200 Google Store credit.

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Google 7 Pro gets better camera zoom and macro mode

Close up of the Pixel 7 Pro camera against a colored background

Close-up of the Pixel 7 Pro camera


Zoom quality is one of the main areas that Google chose to improve when it comes to the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro camera. The Pixel 7 Pro has 5x optical zoom up from last year’s 4x, along with other zoom tricks.

The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro’s 50-megapixel main camera can be cropped for a 2x zoom view and 12.5-megapixel resolution photo, according to Google. That’s exactly what Apple did with its iPhone 14 Pro.

Google uses the same idea with the Pixel 7 Pro’s dedicated 48-megapixel telephoto camera. It typically shoots at 5x zoom, but cropping the frame’s center pixels produces a 10x view and 12-megapixel photo.

When zooming between 2.5x and 5x, the Pixel 7 Pro will merge data from the main and telephoto cameras. This allows it to blend in detail from the telephoto and main cameras for better image quality than digital zoom alone would provide, Google said.

The Pixel 7 Pro can also zoom up to 30x digitally, compared to the Pixel 6 Pro20x digital zoom. That’s a longer reach than the iPhone 14 Pro’s 15x maximum, but doesn’t magnify distant subjects as much as the Galaxy S22 Ultra 100x digital zoom.

The Pixel 7 Pro gets another additional camera feature that the Pixel 7 lacks: macro mode photography, thanks to the ultra-wide camera’s autofocus. The camera automatically switches to this mode when you set up macro shooting, but you can also turn it off by tapping a symbol on the camera screen.

The company says both phones will also be able to take photos faster in darker nighttime environments (what it calls “Night Sight”) thanks to Google’s new Tensor G2 chip. In a demo, Google showed how the Pixel 7 Pro was able to capture a Night Sight image in 1.25 seconds, while the Pixel 6 Pro took 5.25 seconds to take the same photo. This is a big problem because Night Mode photos – on all phones, not just Google – usually take longer to process during capture. This can make it difficult to hold the camera down, sometimes resulting in blurry or out-of-focus images.

the new from google Pixel Phones will also have a new feature to improve the look of your old photos. Photo Unblur leverages the Tensor G2 processor to refine blurry photos that may have been taken on an older camera. You will be able to access this feature on either phone in the edit menu of the Photos app.

With the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Google also wants to make it easier for people who are visually impaired or visually impaired to take selfies. With Guided Frame, the Pixel 7 or 7 Pro can verbally tell you how to position your phone in order to capture a good selfie. This feature comes as Apple has also come up with new ways to harness the sensors inside the iPhone to help the visually impaired. Apple’s iPhone Pros, for example, can help the visually impaired detect people and locate nearby doors using their lidar sensors.

When it comes to video, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will both get a new Cinematic Blur mode which is basically portrait mode for video. This might sound familiar to iPhone users since Apple added a very similar feature last year starting with the iPhone 13. Like other high-end phones, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro also get improved video stabilization.

Google Pixel 7 Pro design and other details

Google Pixel 7 Pro in hazelnut on blue dotted background

Google Pixel 7 Pro in Hazelnut


The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro each have a slightly updated version of the design Google introduced with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Both phones have a new metal camera bar, giving it a more distinct look than before. Pixel 7 Pro color options include Obsidian (black), Snow (white), and Hazelnut (a greyish green).

Again, screen size is one of the main distinguishing factors between the two devices. The Pixel 7 Pro has a 6.7-inch display that’s roughly the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max and slightly smaller than the 6.8-inch Galaxy S22 Ultra. As was the case with the Pixel 6 Pro, the Pixel 7 Pro’s screen can increase its refresh rate up to 120Hz. The Pixel 7, by comparison, has a 6.3-inch screen and can only increase its refresh rate only at 90 Hz.

Google is also adding face unlock to the two new Pixel phones, a feature that was noticeably missing from the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. But Google advises using the under-screen fingerprint scanner found on both phones or a PIN for matters that require extra security, like payment authentication. The face unlock feature is primarily for convenience, according to Google.

The Pixel 7 Pro will have 12GB of RAM compared to the Pixel 7’s 8GB, which should help improve multitasking and general performance. It will be available in 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB storage options.

Both phones support 5G on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and unlocked models. But for T-Mobile, only the Pixel 7 Pro will support 5G ultra-fast millimeter wave. Google says both Pixel phones should last over 24 hours on a single charge and up to 72 hours with Extreme Battery Saver Mode enabled. Like last year Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, both phones will support wireless charging and can recharge their batteries up to 50% in 30 minutes using wired charging. But you’ll need to use Google’s 30-watt adapter, sold separately, to get those speeds.

The phones will get five years of security support and three years of Android OS upgrades, one year less than Samsung’s commitment to support four years of Android version updates. on his recent phones. Predictably, the phones will ship with Android 13, the latest software release from Google.

First thoughts on Google Pixel 7 Pro

Close up of hazelnut colored Pixel 7 Pro on dark background

Close-up of Pixel 7 Pro in hazelnut color


The Pixel 7 Pro seems like a minor upgrade over last year’s Pixel 6 Pro, but it’ll likely feel like a remarkable upgrade to anyone coming from a Pixel phone that’s at least two years old. It also shows that Google is still focusing on the camera as the main differentiator between its premium and regular flagship smartphones. Apple and Samsung, meanwhile, have found other ways to distinguish their “pro” phones from their cheaper models, through the Dynamic Island in the iPhone 14 Pro and the S Pen in the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

We’ll have to wait until we test the Pixel 7 Pro to find out if it’s worth upgrading to an earlier model.

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