Is the Pixel 7 Pro Worth $300 More Than the Pixel 7?

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Google has officially refreshed the Pixel enactment with the caller Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Both phones propulsion the Android envelope with advances successful computational photography, information enhancements, and the longest bundle enactment of immoderate Google phone. But determination are, of course, differences betwixt the 7 and the 7 Pro. The question is, which 1 is worthy buying?

Google Tensor G2 chip

With the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google introduced its Tensor chip, the archetypal clip a Pixel instrumentality shipped with a Google-made SoC. Google is continuing connected that momentum with the Tensor G2 chip. This year, the spot features a next-gen on-device Tensor processing portion (TPU), which helps powerfulness instrumentality learning passim Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. That instrumentality learning is up to 60% faster and 20% much efficient, according to Google.

The G2 powers rather a fewer caller features. Google showed disconnected its changes to dependable assistance, including making emoji typing overmuch much accurate, including nary longer needing to accidental the emoji’s “official” sanction to get it right. For example, you tin accidental “upside-down face,” and G2 should benignant the due emoji. The spot besides transcribes audio messages, which is adjuvant erstwhile you can’t perceive to the connection close away. Later this year, the Pixels’ Recording app volition person talker labels, truthful you cognize who’s talking passim the recording.

With G2, Direct My Call present lets you take directory options earlier they’re spoken. That way, you don’t request to hold for a prerecorded directory to tally done each enactment earlier your Pixel shows you the enactment to tap. With Clear Calling, it’s present easier to perceive radical connected the different extremity of the call. The G2 uses instrumentality learning to artifact retired backgrounds noises and heighten the different person’s voice.

Pixel 7 and 7 Pro design

Google builds connected the plan connection of the Pixel 6 with the 7 and 7 Pro. We inactive person a raised set connected the backmost of the device, this clip with much pronounced camera cutouts—two connected the Pixel 7, and 3 connected the 7 Pro (but much connected that below). Both phones are made with aluminum, though the 7 Pro features a polished metal.

Pixel 7 sports a 6.3-inch 1080 x 2400 show astatine 416 ppi. It has a adaptable refresh complaint of up to 90 Hz, and reaches a brightness of up to 1,000 nits (HDR) and 1,400 nits highest brightness. The 7 Pro has a somewhat larger 6.7-inch 1440 x 3120 show astatine 512 ppi. It has a adaptable refresh complaint of up to 120 Hz, and the aforesaid HDR brightness of 1,000 nits. However, it gets a spot brighter astatine its peak, with 1,500 nits.

Google claims some devices athletics “all-day battery.” The 7 has a 4,270 mAh battery, portion the 7 Pro’s is 5,000 mAh. That said, Google’s artillery specs are the aforesaid for both, with “24+ hr artillery life.”

Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are each astir the cameras

The Pixel 7 comes with 2 rear cameras: 1 50MP wide camera and 1 12MP ultrawide. The Pixel 7 Pro comes with those aforesaid cameras (although its ultrawide camera has a somewhat larger tract of view), positive a 48MP telephoto camera. Both phones present person a bigger 10.8MP sensor connected the beforehand camera, which uses instrumentality learning for look unlock.

Both phones instrumentality “next generation” Super Res Zoom, doubling the magnification of the optical lens. This diagnostic crops the main 50MP camera to make a 12.5 MP representation astatine 2x “zoom.”

Of course, the large quality betwixt these phones is the 7 Pro’s caller telephoto camera, which pushes Super Res Zoom adjacent further. The 7 Pro merges the main camera’s 2x “zoom” and the telephoto’s 5x optical zoom to make an adjacent amended extremity product. Even erstwhile you commencement a existent integer zoom, the 7 Pro keeps things sharp. When you pinch to zoom into 10x, the 7 Pro uses the aforesaid process arsenic the 2x zoom to marque your “zoom” photos look great.

Google besides wants your presumption finder to enactment amended erstwhile zooming successful far. Zoom stabilization present keeps happening unchangeable past 15x integer zoom, which helps framework your shots better, and 20x–30x zoom has an “ML Upscaler.” The 7 Pro’s ultrawide is besides wider than 7's, which allows you to drawback Macro Focus shots up to 3 cm away.

We’ll person to spot however good this each performs successful existent beingness earlier knowing if Google’s claims are true. But the company’s beardown suit is computational photography, truthful they bash person immoderate laurels to remainder connected here.

Another awesome assertion from Google is that the 7 and 7 Pro volition lick your blurry photos for good. That applies to pics captured with Night Sight, arsenic the diagnostic is present doubly arsenic accelerated and automatically fuses images from some cameras to sharpen your photos. But the caller phones besides region blur with instrumentality learning with a caller diagnostic called Photo Unblur. It unblurs any photograph successful your Google Photos library, whether oregon not they were taken connected the 7 oregon not. The aboriginal is now, people.

Google is besides introducing Cinematic Blur, which gives a shallow extent of tract to your videos, successful summation to high-quality 10-bit HDR for the archetypal time. Google is moving with apps similar Snapchat and YouTube to marque definite this 10-bit media is decently displayed connected your societal media accounts. We besides person Active Stabilization for amended video stabilization, and code enhancement and 4K 60 fps video connected each cameras. According to Google, your videos volition beryllium precocious quality, smooth, and dependable great.

A large accessibility diagnostic this twelvemonth is Guided Frame, which gives instructions retired large to assistance you determination your camera to instrumentality the cleanable selfie.

Google really wants you to deliberation the Pixel is secure

The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are the “most unafraid and backstage phones yet,” astatine slightest says Google. Part of that assertion comes from the caller Titan M2 information spot (no narration to Apple’s M2). This spot is present officially certified, which gives Google immoderate backing here. Plus, you get 5 years of guaranteed information updates and bundle updates. Previous Pixels lone received 3 years of guaranteed bundle updates, which is simply a frustrating timeline fixed that phones past longer and longer. Now, you cognize your Pixel 7 volition support getting caller features from present until 2027.

Protected computing is Google’s large privateness play this year. The extremity is to minimize your information footprint, de-identify information truthful nary 1 knows it belongs to you, and restrict access. The allows for features similar Live Translate, spam detection, and astute reply to each hap on-device. And for the archetypal time, wellness and wellness information is present backstage connected the 7 and 7 Pro. They tin adjacent way your prime of slumber by analyzing coughs and snores passim the night.

My idiosyncratic favourite feature, however, is Google’s caller VPN service: The 7 and 7 Pro are the archetypal Pixel phones to travel with a built-in VPN astatine nary other cost, which prevents third-parties from associating browsing postulation with your instrumentality oregon identity. I deliberation that’s awesome, and a large measurement for a institution similar Google.

What bash the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro cost?

Google priced the Pixel 7 astatine $599 and the 7 Pro astatine $899, which is rather competitive. By comparison, the iPhone 14 starts astatine $799, portion the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max commencement astatine $999 and $1,099, respectively. If you were debating astir the 2 platforms, Google has a coagulated statement here.

In my mind, the 7 is the wide victor among the company’s 2 caller phones, arsenic it’s astir identical to the 7 Pro. What you miss retired connected are the telephoto camera, amended Super Res Zoom, and the larger show with a somewhat amended refresh rate. Everything other though is fundamentally the same, for $300 less. Google didn’t marque excessively galore sacrifices connected its “cheaper” flagship this clip around, and I stake it’s the 1 astir Pixel fans volition privation to spell with.

After all, that $300 savings astir affords you a caller Google Pixel Watch, which starts astatine $349.99, and it much than covers a brace of the company’s caller Pixel Buds Pro—no uncertainty thing Google considered erstwhile pricing its caller devices. However, if you’re superior astir telephone photography, that other outgo mightiness beryllium worthy it to you for the 7 Pro’s fantabulous camera features.

As always, these are my views on paper. The phones aren’t retired yet, truthful we’ll request to hold for reviewers to excavation into them to spot what’s what. Until then, to me, the 7 seems to beryllium the mode to go.