Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro come to Singapore on 13 October
Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro come to Singapore on 13 October
Note: This article was first published on 6 October 2022.
Google announced the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro phones in its gadgets keynote this evening (6 October 2022), together with its new Pixel Watch and earbuds. Without further ado:
Refining the Pixel design for better handling
At a surface level, the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro look similar to the preceding Pixel 6 series handsets. Google keeps its unique Camera Bar design, but has made several small tweaks for better handling.
Google upped the number of smooth and rounded surfaces to give the new Pixels a better in-hand feel. On the Pro model comes a mildly adjusted curvature on the display’s sides for better ergonomics, which would be noticeable next to the base Pixel 7 model.
It also gave both phones a metal Camera Bar (instead of a glass-coated one). Pixel 7 Pro’s Camera Bar is also extra-shiny since it uses polished aluminium.
Pixel 7 is also slightly smaller than the Pixel 6, and the new one uses zirconia-blasted aluminium material that feels silky to the touch.
Finally, the metal enclosures on both models are 100% recycled aluminium, which Google claims it reduces carbon footprint by up to 35%.
Pixel 7 Pro has a 6.7-inch, 1440p resolution AMOLED display packing 120Hz refresh rate. The Pixel 7 uses a 6.3-inch version with 1080p resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, but now offers 25% higher peak brightness than the Pixel 6.
Google Tensor G2
Coming to the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro is the next generation of Google’s AI-induced proprietary mobile processor, Google Tensor G2. On it comes the Tensor Processing Unit (its name for extra AI performance) and a Titan M2 security chip (that’s also used in Google Cloud Data Centres). Overall, Google said Google Tensor G2 is faster, more efficient, and still as secure as before. In addition, machine learning is 60% faster and 20% more efficient than before.
The chipset’s upgrades trickle down to Google’s face recognition unlocking, in-display fingerprint authentication, AI-assisted battery savings, and computational photography for added imaging performance.
Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will also have a built-in VPN (virtual private network) at no extra cost. The phones also come with Android 13 out of the box.
Google said that both models have Extreme Battery Saver that grants up to 72 hours of uptime. On its specs page, the Pixel 7 has 4,355mAh with 20W wired and wireless fast charging (smaller capacity than Pixel 6), while Pixel 7 Pro has 5,000mAh with 23W wired and wireless fast charging (similar capacity as Pixel 6 Pro).
Pixel 7 Pro has a triple rear camera system consisting of a 50MP main camera backed by a 1/1.3-inch sensor, a telephoto camera, and an upgraded ultra-wide camera.
Pro’s ultra-wide camera now comes with a greater field-of-view than its predecessor, and it also added AutoFocus which also works for macro shooting (minimum 3cm focusing distance).
The upgraded 48MP telephoto camera has a default 5x optical zoom and up to 30x digital zoom. For 2x ‘optical’ zoom, Pixel 7 Pro uses the whole 50MP camera’s sensor and takes the centre 12.5MP part of the photo for the zoomed-in look. 2x to 5x zoom combines telephoto and main camera shots to create a sharp-looking composite result.
The Pixel 7 Pro also gets Super Res Zoom, which offers added zoom stabilisation, subject tracking, and a thumbnail preview of your scene when going above 15x zoom.
Pixel 7 offers a dual rear camera combo with the same 50MP main camera on the Pro model, and an upgraded ultra-wide camera. What’s new is its ultra-wide front camera for better nighttime selfies. 4K60FPS video recording is also available on every camera on the Pixel 7. It also gets the same 2x ‘optical’ zoom feature seen on the Pro model.
The new photo editing features are Photo Unblur (which builds upon last year’s Face Unblur), which works on photos taken before the Pixel 7 series. Night Sight (night mode photography) is now 2x faster too.
There's also a new Guided Frame feature for photo-taking that makes photo- and selfie-taking more accessible to visually impaired Pixel 7 users. The Camera app announces your selfie framing, and lets the user know when your photo's taken.
Real Tone (better skin tone in selfies) now gets more accurate colourisation even in low-light settings thanks to the 10,000 new images added to Google’s dataset.
New video features include Cinematic Blur, which works on people, pets, and objects. Cinematic Blur grants a professional-looking, bokeh-filled recording in 24FPS film format. Recorded 10-bit HDR videos are supported on third-party content platforms like Meta, Snap, YouTube, and TikTok, granting true-to-life vibrancy to your footage. There's also improved speech and audio enhancements for videos too.
Other machine-learning tricks
New to the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are audio-to-text transcription for voice messages in the Google Message app (available in English for Singapore), and clear-calling technology to remove background noise in phone calls.
The existing Recorder app will get speaker labels, where recorded audio automatically filters and categorises different people talking in the resulting audio transcript.
Pricing and availability
Singapore is one of the first-wave countries to get the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, which is a significantly shorter wait than their predecessors’ local availability.
We are also getting more storage choices, with 128GB and 256GB versions available for both models.
The Pixel 7 (128GB) starts at S$999, and the Pixel 7 Pro (128GB) starts at S$1,299 – just like last year’s launch prices. The phones do not have a provided charger in the box like before.
|Model||Storage||Colours||Price in SGD|
|Google Pixel 7||128GB||Snow, Lemongrass, Obsidian||S$999|
|Google Pixel 7 Pro||128GB||Snow, Hazel, Obsidian||S$1,299|
|Official phone case (Pixel 7)||–||Licorice, Limoncello, Marble Grey||S$44.99|
|Official phone case (Pixel 7 Pro)||–||Licorice, Hazel, Marble Grey||S$44.99|
Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are available online and in physical stores (Courts, Challenger) from 13 October 2022 onwards. Any purchase of the Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro comes with a S$250 coupon for your next Google Store purchase. Additional perks, promotions, deals and vouchers from your favourite e-commerce sites are located on their respective pages.
The phones come with five years of guaranteed security updates from Google as well.