The Google Pixel 7 is a high-end picture smartphone for lower than $600 with Android 13 in its purest and most full model. On this Pixel 7 evaluate, I offer you my full evaluate of the brand new flagship from Google.
- Properly-calibrated 90Hz Full HD+ Oled show
- Premium design (Gorilla Glass Victus, aluminum body, IP68)
- Environment friendly twin digital camera module
- Android 13 with a lot of unique options
- Wonderful battery life
- Aggressive worth
- No 120 Hz for the display
- 20W wired charging too sluggish
- Again design much less lovely than final yr
- No vital efficiency acquire between Tensor G1 and G2
The Google Pixel 7 in a nutshell
The Google Pixel 7 is on the market for buy within the U.S. from this October 6, 2022, beginning at $599. If you buy the Pixel 7 Professional by October 17, Google is providing a credit score amounting to $200 for the Pixel 7 Professional.
The Pixel 7 falls into the class of inexpensive high-end smartphones. And, as all the time with Google’s smartphones, it’s a digital camera smartphone and a showcase for Android 13 above all. Its large benefits are Google’s picture processing software program options and the person expertise of Android 13 in its purest, but most full model (the well-known Pixel-exclusive options).
The Pixel 7 makes use of the design language of the Pixel 6 with some adjustments to the digital camera bar, that aspect bar that homes the rear digital camera module.
- Aluminum body and Gorilla Glass Victus on the back and front
- IP68 ranking
- Type issue not too imposing (however not compact both)
I did not like:
- The uninspired colours and the actually bizarre Lemongrass model
- No microSD or 3.5mm jack
- The design of the digital camera bar much less cool than final yr.
The Pixel 7 ticks all of the packing containers of a premium smartphone by way of design. We have an aluminum body and Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus on the back and front. It is available in three colours: Obsidian, Snow and Lemongrass. It’s IP68 licensed for water and mud resistance. Storage just isn’t expandable through microSD. The Pixel 7 has two stereo audio system but in addition skips a 3.5mm jack.
The large visible change is the digital camera bar. On final yr’s Pixel 6, it was utterly fabricated from glass and black, giving the impression of getting a pair of futuristic glasses on the again of the smartphone. On the Pixel 7, Google has chosen an aluminum design that makes the rectangular pill-shaped island of the digital camera module way more seen. We even have a small punch to the proper of the digital camera bar for the LED flash.
Personally, I am much less keen on this look as a result of it takes away the cyberpunk attraction of the digital camera bar. However we are able to additionally say that this alternative of Google permits to create contrasts of colours and coatings to make the design on the again of the Pixel 7 extra complicated and fascinating.
The Pixel 7’s kind issue just isn’t precisely compact, with dimensions of 155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7 and a weight of 197g. It’s fairly thick, however its rounded corners and 6.3-inch display with diminished edges supply a greater grip than on final yr’s Pixel 6. By the best way, I am not a giant fan of the overly shiny coating on the again, which I’d have appreciated to be extra matte.
The Pixel 7 encompasses a 6.3-inch Oled show with a Full HD+ decision of 1080 x 2400p with a 90Hz refresh fee and a most brightness of 1400 nits.
- Properly-calibrated colorimetry.
- 90 Hz refresh fee (reserving the 120 Hz for the Pixel 7 Professional is petty)
Did not like:
- Chin just a little too large at a look
- Brightness properly beneath the marketed values (felt solely with the bare eye).
The Pixel 7’s show is fairly customary by way of spec sheet, to not point out a bit boring. The 120 Hz and the LTPO expertise stay unique to the Professional mannequin.
The Full HD+ Oled panel is nothing particular, and I discover it a bit foolish to not supply a 120 Hz refresh fee in 2022. However hey, it is principally psychological. I did not discover any apparent distinction throughout my check interval. Whether or not for gaming or VOD streaming, I discovered the picture high quality superb. I solely remorse the shortage of settings for colorimetry.
The utmost brightness of 1400 nits was measured by Google solely on 5% of the display floor, so you will by no means get such a measurement on the complete panel of the Pixel 7. The brightness in HDR mode can nevertheless go as much as 1000 nits, which may be very right on paper. In precise use, I had some brightness considerations after I was outside in direct daylight, after I needed to have a look at some check images I had simply taken. However be aware that I shouldn’t have a probe to exactly measure the brightness. My feeling solely primarily based on bare eye observations could also be fallacious or biased.
The Pixel 7’s display is flat, however I discover the chin a bit extra distinguished than the remainder. I do not know if it is my creativeness, and I have not completed exact measurements. However on this worth vary, I desire a 100% edge-free display. There may be additionally a traditional punch centered on the high to accommodate the selfie digital camera.
The Google Pixel 7 runs Android 13, the most recent cellular OS from Google in its purest and most full model. Google ensures 3 Android updates and 5 years of safety updates.
- Android 13 uncluttered and with unique options.
- Right replace coverage (however inferior to Samsung’s).
- Very good picture options.
Did not like:
- Google, clarify learn how to use/allow your new options!
We have already talked at size about Android 13 and you could find all of the details about Google’s new OS on our web page devoted to Android 13.
Google is actually repeating the superb foundations laid by Android 12 by way of UI design with dynamic themes to adapt the colour of the interface to your wallpaper. The Privateness Dashboard, clipboard safety and mic/digital camera/place indicators are nonetheless a part of the package deal.
The Pixel 7 may even supply unique Android 13 options. Probably the most fascinating of those, voice message transcription within the Messages app, did not work throughout my check. Google could not inform me why. I’ll dedicate an article to this later.
One other function is the interpretation of messages, nonetheless within the messaging software of Google. It is actually handy and works fairly intuitively.
We will additionally speak about some picture options. Specifically, the Pixel 7 permits you to cut back the movement blur of some failed images. This function just isn’t restricted to images taken with the Pixel 7, you’ll be able to edit any shot taken with any digital digital camera.
I did the check with an previous picture of my lovely cat taken three years in the past with the Pixel 4 Professional after I was nonetheless dwelling in Paris. The consequence just isn’t apparent, and you may see the artifacts of digital processing by zooming in. However seen from afar, the picture is certainly a bit sharper as I present you within the video clip beneath.
One other operate for images is Portrait Gentle. In your portraits, with Bokeh impact or not, you’ll be able to artificially change the publicity in your face. Mainly, you’ll be able to manually direct the sunshine and select the lighting that flatters your face essentially the most. I like to recommend watching this video to see how a lot publicity can change the form of your face in a portrait picture.
One final cool choice is the flexibility to use a background blur or bokeh impact to your portraits/selfies. It is all completed from Google Photographs in submit manufacturing, and the submit clipping is fairly clear, I believe.
The Pixel 7 options Google’s new SoC known as Tensor G2. It is backed by 128 or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage and 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM. And by way of uncooked efficiency, there actually is not a lot of an enchancment over final yr’s Pixel 6.
Did not like:
- No noticeable efficiency beneficial properties over the Pixel 6.
- Thermal throttling is current and may be felt on exams.
The Tensor G2 SoC is a chip manufactured by Samsung utilizing a 4nm course of. The GPU is a Mali-G710 and the CPU is an octacore with 2 giant ARM Cortex-X1, 2 giant Cortex-A76 and 4 small Cortex-A55. This tri-cluster format is similar to the primary Tensor SoC unveiled by the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional final yr.
The primary distinction, then, is the clock tower frequency, which is quicker on the Tensor G2. The Mali-G710 GPU additionally marks a pleasant step up from final yr’s Mali-G78. The excellent news is that there’s nearly no efficiency hole between the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Professional. The one distinction is that the Professional mannequin supplied a way more steady framerate in our benchmark (90.5% for the Pixel 7 Professional vs. 72.8% for the Pixel 7 on 3Dmark’s Wild Life Stress Take a look at benchmark).
Dangerous information, there actually is not a lot distinction both in comparison with the efficiency of the Pixel 6’s Tensor G1 SoC.
|Google Pixel 7||Google Pixel 7 Professional||Google Pixel 6||Apple iPhone 14||Samsung Galaxy S22|
|3D Mark Wild Life||6581||6527||6721||9541||5374|
|3D Mark Wild Life Stress Take a look at||Greatest loop: 6559
Worst loop: 4772
|Greatest loop: 6492
Worst loop: 5876
|Greatest loop: 6707
Worst loop: 3573
|Greatest loop: 9761
Worst loop: 8321
|Greatest loop: 5581
Worst loop: 3357
|Geekbench 5||Single: 1042
By way of temperature management, I did not discover any annoying overheating to the contact after my gaming classes. However I might really feel the temperature rising. And once you see the low stability of simply over 70% obtained on the Wild Life Stress Take a look at benchmark from 3DMark, you’ll be able to deduce that the thermal throttling is kind of aggressive.
As illustrated beneath, we are able to discover a giant lack of FPS on the 600th second of the check, that’s to say 10 minutes (the check lasts 20 minutes in all). And we are able to see that after this loss, the framerate stabilizes, however progressively drops in comparison with the primary half of the check.
In precise use, I used to be in a position to run Apex Legends Cell at 60 FPS with the graphics at max with none issues. You may see what it seems to be like within the (compressed high quality) video clip beneath. However on a protracted sport session of 1 hour, for instance, you need to anticipate some FPS loss until you decrease the graphics.
Picture high quality
The Pixel 7 packs a twin digital camera module on the again with a 50 MP large angle primary lens and a 12 MP extremely large angle lens. As for the selfie digital camera, it presents a ten.8 MP decision.
- Constantly good wide-angle images.
- The x2 zoom is efficient, particularly for the portrait mode.
- 4K video at 60 FPS with ALL lenses.
- The efficient night time mode in computerized and large angle.
- The very clear portrait mode.
I didn’t like:
- The ultrawide angle lens that’s unusable at night time.
- Disappointing zoomed images at night time (besides in x2).
- Selfies lack sharpness (an excessive amount of smoothing).
The primary lens incorporates a decent 1/1.33-inch sensor with 1.2 μm pixels and has an aperture of f/1.85. Google explains that the Pixel 7 can function as much as x8 zoom virtually with out loss with Tremendous Decision Zoom expertise. The ultrawide angle lens has an aperture of f/2.2 and presents a subject of view (FOV) of 114°.
The primary lens is clearly the one you are going to use normally, and that is good as a result of it’s totally efficient, each in the course of the day and at night time.
By day, the images are wealthy intimately, the sharpness is properly current and we understand a lot of textures within the picture (the crackle of buildings, pores of the pores and skin, foliage are well-defined and never a mush of pixels). I discover the colorimetry a bit synthetic, however the rendering is absolutely lovely. The Pixel 7 manages the dynamic vary significantly properly, even with complicated scenes. The truth that you’ll be able to alter distinction, temperature and publicity individually when taking pictures can also be a giant plus.
The primary lens can even simulate a x2 “optical” zoom which I discover very right. The digital magnification as much as x8 is nevertheless a bit disappointing. You may see the artifacts instantly and the x8 rendering just isn’t usable, for my part. The portrait mode continues to be as clear with a transparent clipping. And right here once more, the x2 zoom permits significantly better Bokeh pictures, day and night time.
The extremely large angle does properly in daylight however is catastrophic in low gentle. And it doesn’t enable to take actual macro pictures, this function being reserved for the Pixel 7 Professional.
At night time, the Pixel 7 does very well with the primary lens. Even x2 zoomed images are sharp and properly uncovered. The night time mode may be very aggressive and makes the images look unreal at occasions. However you could have the chance to decide on an evening mode Auto or Max. In Auto mode, I discovered most of my pictures to achieve success. The Max stage doubled, on common, the publicity time however distorted an excessive amount of the night time aspect of the images for my style.
On the video aspect, the Pixel 7 can shoot as much as 4K at 60 FPS with the rear digital camera module and the selfie digital camera, which is an excellent factor. Google additionally presents a cinematic mode just like Apple’s Cinematic Mode, which we’ll check in additional element in a devoted article and video.
The Pixel 7 has a battery with a charging capability of between 4270 and 4355 mAh (I do know, it is bizarre). The Pixel 7 accepts 20W wired quick charging, Qi wi-fi charging and reverse wi-fi charging.
- Wonderful battery life
- Wi-fi and reverse wi-fi charging
Did not like:
- The 30W charger not included
- The anachronistic 20 W charging
- Google lacks readability on the ability of quick wired charging
Google is decidedly much more slack in its language than Apple in terms of battery life. The individually bought charger can ship 30W of energy. However the Pixel 7 can solely cost at 20W. However to know that, you need to dig into the advantageous print on Google’s official web site. This lack of readability is downright anti-consumer.
Sure, the official charger delivers an influence of 30 W. No, you’ll be able to’t cost your Pixel 7 with 30W as a result of it solely accepts 20W. And if you happen to do not buy Google’s official charger, you would possibly get even much less charging than that. As with Samsung or Apple, it is excruciatingly lengthy and unworthy of a flagship bought for greater than 600 euros.
Thankfully, the producer makes up for this by providing wonderful autonomy with its Pixel 7. On the PC Mark benchmark, the smartphone took 14:33 earlier than falling beneath the 20% remaining autonomy mark. That is actually good. In concrete phrases, we are able to final a day and a half of use with none drawback and even two, with the power saving modes.
For the pace of charging, my observations are of restricted curiosity. I didn’t have the official 30W charger from Google. With a 65W OnePlus charger, it took me about 1.5 hours for a full cost. That is means too lengthy.
|Identify of the machine|
|Display screen||6.3-inch OLED, Full HD+ decision, 90Hz refresh fee|
|Dimensions & Weight||155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7 mm | 197 g|
|SoC||Google Tensor G2|
|Reminiscence||8/128 GB | 8/256 GB|
|OS||Android 13 Inventory|
|Primary Digicam||50 MP | f/1.85 aperture | 1.2 µm pixel dimension | PDAF | OIS|
|Extremely-wide angle digital camera||12 MP | f/2.2 aperture | 114° FOV|
|Selfie||10.8 MP | f/2.2 aperture|
|Video||4K at 60 fps max|
|Audio||2 stereo audio system|
|Battery||Between 4270 and 4355 mAh|
|Quick charging||20W wired | wi-fi QI | wi-fi reverse|
Google actually desires to be the Apple of Android, even when it means emulating the worst points of the Apple model’s technique. And as with theiPhone 14, the Pixel 7 would not supply way more than its predecessor. Nevertheless, Google just isn’t Apple, and the Pixel 7 just isn’t an iPhone.
Not like Apple, Google has not outrageously elevated its costs in 2022. 649 euros for the Pixel 7 is a really aggressive worth and a really trustworthy worth/efficiency ratio. We have now a high-flying picture expertise with a really versatile twin 50 MP module. The software program expertise, if Google avoids the setbacks of the Pixel 6 final yr, is great. Android 13 is a really full OS, the few Pixel-exclusive options are tremendous good to make use of.
The battery lifetime of the Pixel 7 is among the many finest in the marketplace as we speak, all worth ranges included. However I am nonetheless ready for critical efforts on quick charging. The Tensor G2 SoC might have been known as Tensor G1+ given the small acquire in efficiency. However the efficiency continues to be constant for this worth vary.
Briefly, between the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Professional, I select the Pixel 7 with out hesitation. The 120 Hz and the telephoto lens of the Professional mannequin do not actually justify the 200 euros worth distinction for my part. And even when my smartphone of the yr, by way of worth for cash, continues to be the Nothing Telephone (1), the Pixel 7 has an actual relevance if you wish to go a bit greater, particularly for images.
And also you, what do you consider the Pixel 7? Does its worth/efficiency ratio appear coherent to you?