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Google Pixel 7: Everything you need to know
Google is doubling down with the Pixel 7.
Google's next pair of premium devices are coming in hot. There are two flagship models this year; the Google Pixel 7 and the premium Pixel 7 Pro. Which one is right for you?
Here's everything we know about Google's newest set of smartphones to help you decide.
When will the Google Pixel 7 be released?
The Google Pixel 7 was teased way back in May 2022 at the Google I/O conference but we finally got official release and pricing details in October 2022.
Both the Google 7 and the Google 7 Pro are now available to buy.
Google Pixel 7 plans
If you want to pay the Google Pixel 7 off over a 24 or 36-month period, Telstra and Vodafone are currently offering plans on both storage variants while Optus Google Pixel 7 plans not expected to drop until sometime in the future. Here's a selection of each storage variant through each available provider.
Telstra Google Pixel 7 128GB plans (36 months)
Telstra Google Pixel 7 128GB plans (24 months)
Telstra Google Pixel 7 256GB plans (36 months)
Telstra Google Pixel 7 256GB plans (24 months)
Vodafone Google Pixel 7 128GB plans (36 months)
Vodafone Google Pixel 7 128GB plans (24 months)
Vodafone Google Pixel 7 256GB plans (36 months)
Vodafone Google Pixel 7 256GB plans (24 months)
Google Pixel 7 Pro plans
If you're looking to go Pro with Pixel's latest smartphone, you'll find plans from both Telstra and Vodafone available. However, if you're after the 512GB, you'll only find it through Telstra at the time of writing.
Telstra Google Pixel 7 Pro 128GB plans (36 months)
Telstra Google Pixel 7 Pro 128GB plans (24 months)
Telstra Google Pixel 7 Pro 256GB plans (36 months)
Telstra Google Pixel 7 Pro 256GB plans (24 months)
Vodafone Google Pixel 7 Pro 128GB plans (36 months)
Vodafone Google Pixel 7 Pro 128GB plans (24 months)
Vodafone Google Pixel 7 Pro 256GB plans (36 months)
Vodafone Google Pixel 7 Pro 256GB plans (24 months)
Telstra Google Pixel 7 Pro 512GB plans (36 months)
Telstra Google Pixel 7 Pro 512GB plans (24 months)
How much does the Google Pixel 7 cost in Australia?
Barely after a month after the iPhone 14 was revealed and a just a few months after the release of the wallet-friendly Pixel 6a, Google has officially announced local pricing and release details for the upcoming Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro. Both devices are now available to buy through The Good Guys, JB HI-FI, the Google Store and more.
The Google Pixel 7 is available in Chalk (White), Obsidian (Black) and Lemongrass while the Pixel 7 Pro is available in Chalk, Obsidian and Hazel.
Here's a quick round-up of the best deals on Google Pixel 7 in Australia.
Google Pixel 7 design
Thanks to Google I/O, we already have a pretty good idea of what the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will look like. When it comes to the design of their 2022 devices, Google isn't looking to stray too far from what it brought to the market in 2021.
The brief glimpse we got of the new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro earlier this year suggests that the two devices might look a little sleeker, but they don't look all that meaningfully different. If you bemoaned the wider camera bump on last year's devices, this tendency towards similar isn't not necessarily going to be good thing. However, if nothing else, it should make for a Google-branded flagship that's distinct from both the new iPhone 14 and Samsung's Galaxy S22.
As it stands, the Google Pixel 7 is expected to boast a 6.2-inch OLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, 1080p resolution and flat edges. Meanwhile, the Google Pixel 7 Pro is said to be kitted out with a larger 6.7-inch OLED screen with a 1440p resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate and curved edges.
Those dimensional deviations aside, we expect that both devices will boast all the bells, whistles and creature comforts seen in last year's crop of Pixel devices. Both the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are likely to be IP68-rated for water resistance and incorporate an in-display fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers, 5G connectivity and an always-on display.
Google Pixel 7 models
Google's 2022 flagships will conform to the blueprint laid out by last year's lineup. The standard Pixel is cheaper, while the new Pixel Pro has a bigger screen and a better camera.
If you're more price-conscious, you'll likely navigate towards the standard Google Pixel 7. On the other hand, those who can afford to spend more may be drawn to the more premium capabilities of the pricey but powerful Google Pixel 7 Pro.
Google Pixel 7 colours
When it comes to the 6.2-inch Google Pixel 7, consumers will have three colours to choose from:
- Obsidian (Black)
- Snow (White)
- Lemongrass (Green)
As for the larger Google Pixel 7 Pro, there will still be three options in the mix. However, these colours aren't necessarily going to be the same ones on offer for the Pixel 7. The colour options for Google Pixel 7 Pro are as follows:
- Obsidian (Black)
- Snow (White)
- Hazel (Green)
Google Pixel 7 tech specs
Last year's Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro debuted Google's Tensor processor.
Given that Google's first-generation silicon has now made its way into the company's budget-friendly Google Pixel 6a, it's no surprise that you'll find a second-generation effort inside the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro that offers better performance over last year's house-brand silicon.
As for RAM, expect to see the same split between the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro that as you did with Google's sixth-generation smartphones. The Pixel 7 will ship with 8GB of RAM and the Pixel 7 Pro will sweeten the deal for power users with a whopping 12GB of RAM. That divide mirrors the one between the Samsung Galaxy S22 and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 ships with either 128GB or 256GB of onboard storage while the Pixel 7 Pro should offer those same options alongside a larger 512GB variant.
Google Pixel 7 camera
The camera has always been Google's secret weapon when it comes to the Pixel, and that's not likely to change with this year's Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
The Google Pixel 7 comes kitted out with a dual-lens rear camera that combines 50MP main sensor with 12MP ultrawide sensor. As with last year's Pixel devices, the Pixel 7 Pro will add a third 48MP telephoto lens into the mix. As for selfie shooters, both devices boast a more-or-less identical 11MP front-facing camera.
Despite these hardware tweaks, the expectation is that Google's software is likely to offer up the biggest improvements here. If the Google Pixel 6 Pro saw Google graduate to higher megapixel sensors in their smartphone cameras, this year's software promises to tame the quirks of those larger sensors and fully harness the potential of the hardware. We'll have to wait for the full reveal of this year's Pixel flagships to see what possibilities that enhancement and refinement might entail.
Still, the fact that Google was so willing to show off the design for this year's Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro ahead of time might speak to the company's broader confidence about the camera and what it can offer consumers this time round. If you're someone who cares a lot about the capabilities of their smartphone camera, the Pixel 7 Pro is definitely going to be one to watch out for.
Google Pixel 7 software
As with prior Pixel devices, we expect the new Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro to run on the latest version of Android out of the box. In 2022, that'll be Android 13. This new version of Android boasts a number of subtle but significant changes to how the operating system handles your notifications, security, and privacy.
Android 13 also brings with it support for spatial audio, Apple-like copy-and-paste between Android phones and tablets, app-specific language settings and new personalisation options.
Google Pixel 7 battery
While wireless and fast charging can be found on both new Pixel devices, the size of the batteries inside the new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro varies.
Last year's Pixel 6 had a 4,614 mAh battery while the Pixel 6 Pro had a 5,000mAh battery. Given that battery life was a weakness noted by many reviewers at the time, it's easy to imagine Google squeezing a few extra milliamps into the mix this time around.However, the reality is a little less clear-cut.
The new Pixel 7 has a smaller 4355mAh battery. Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 Pro has a 5000mAh battery on par with the one found in last year's Pixel 6 Pro.