The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro may not be as radical in their design as the Pixel 6, but that’s probably a good thing. Google’s Pixel 6 marked the adoption of a distinct visual style, as well as exciting features such as the Tensor chip. Recognizing its strengths, Google has stuck with these choices, making this year’s iteration a clear improvement over last year’s model.
The Pixel 7’s focus on improvements over new features, similar to Android 13, means that nothing has surprised us yet. However, a slew of new features keeps the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro among the most anticipated phones of the year.
The Google Pixel 7 has front-facing 4K cameras
Pixel phones are well-known for their photography (thanks in large part to Google’s fantastic image-processing software). This software could explain why Google hasn’t felt the need to replace the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6’s 50MP f/1.85 GN1 primary and 12.5MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lenses.
The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is the same as on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. With the ability to record 4K videos at 60 frames per second, it is certain to fulfill all of your selfie fantasies. (Perhaps you’ve joined the BeReal bandwagon?)
The Google Pixel 7 has Macro Focus and Super Res Zoom
Two new software features significantly enhance the Pixel 7’s camera capabilities. Both phones have Super Res Zoom, which can go up to 8x on the Pixel 7 and 30x on the Pixel 7 Pro. The Pro also has Macro Focus, which allows you to capture a subject from one to two inches away. Overall, the Pixel 7 phones will provide the same fantastic camera experience we’ve come to expect, but with some significant upgrades.
The Pixel 7 series includes the faster and smarter Tensor G2 chip
The Tensor G2 promises a slight performance improvement over the previous generation, but that’s not what has us excited. The Tensor chip inside the Pixel 6 phones powers Google’s machine learning tools, allowing the phone to translate languages in real-time and make complex camera tricks accessible to everyone.
The G2 is responsible for the Pixel 7 phones’ Super Res Zoom feature, as well as additional tools like Cinematic Blur and Face Unblur. At Google I/O, Google stated that the chip would propel advancements in speech, photography, video, and security. New Tensor-powered features are expected later this year.
Face unlock and fingerprint unlock are available on the new Pixel flagships
Face Unlock was available on the Pixel 4, but it was removed from subsequent models. The Pixel 7’s return of this feature is welcome, and thankfully it does not come at the expense of Fingerprint Unlock.
Many of the fingerprint scanner bugs in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have been ironed out over the last year, but they are still not perfect. We’ll have to wait and see how the Pixel 7’s scanners perform, but it’s nice to have another way to unlock your phone.
Pixels are always the first to receive software updates
This is a standard feature, but it remains one of the best aspects of Pixel phones. They are the first to receive Android updates, so the Pixel 7 will be the first to receive any future Android updates.
From the moment you turn on your Pixel 7, you’ll be able to experiment with the best features of Android 13. Google also guarantees up to five years of security updates, so the Pixel 7 is a good choice if you want a long-lasting phone.