We don’t know exactly when the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro will have a full launch – September or October seems like good bets – but in the meantime, a hands-on video has surfaced showing prototypes of both phones.
The revealing video is from unlock therapy (opens in new tab) (through 9to5Google (opens in new tab)) and gives us a good look at the standard and premium versions of Google’s upcoming flagship. However, there is no software running on these devices, which appear to be developer devices.
While it’s important to remember that these aren’t retail versions of the phones, the specs may well go on: we have 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage in the Pixel 7, and that goes all the way up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in the Pixel. 7 Pro.
sizes and weights
Both phones are compared to their predecessors, the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro, although there are only minor tweaks when it comes to the design, with some minor differences in terms of the dimensions and curvature of the screens.
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro appear to be a little shorter than their predecessors, although there’s not much to it. The Pixel 7, meanwhile, is slightly lighter than the Pixel 6, although the Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro are roughly the same weight.
Aside from showing us the design, Google hasn’t told us much about these upcoming phones, except that they’ll be running an updated version of the Tensor chipset. Everything should be revealed in the coming months.
Analysis: the slow launch
It was in May, at the Google IO 2022 developer conference, that the Pixel 7 became official – and if it goes on sale in October, as has been widely reported. it will be a full five months between the first reveal and an actual release.
That’s certainly an extended timeline, and it’s hard to know exactly what Google’s thinking is. It’s not a strategy followed by the likes of Apple or Samsung, although OnePlus likes to launch its phones by releasing small bits of information in the days leading up to the big reveal.
Google IO is traditionally used to showcase Android features – Android 13 this year – and that makes sense because there are developer previews and public betas to work with before the final version of the software goes on sale. That’s not the case when it comes to the Pixel 7.
This could really stop people from buying other Google phones, including the Google Pixel 6a, if they know another handset is on the way. It will be interesting to see if Google will try this again next year, when we expect to see the Pixel 8.