Google encased its big fall event, steering off its Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch. The company also showed more attributes on its upcoming Pixel Tablet in 2023.
Google already spilled its hardware beans at Google I/O, but it was great to see these devices up close and to get firm costs, release dates, and more.
In case you missed out on the event, the article will tell you every significant announcement that took place.
The Pixel 7 starts at $599 — just like the Pixel 6 — although its OLED display is just a hair more petite, going from 6.4 inches to 6.3 inches. You’re still reaching the same 90Hz refresh rate. It features some notable improvements, including the jump to the Tensor G2 processor, a refined set of colors, up to three days of battery life in Extreme Battery Saver mode, and a better 10.8-megapixel selfie cam.
While the camera hardware is similar to the last-gen model, Google is praising some Pixel 7-exclusive features, like 4K / 60 FPS video on each lens and Cinematic Blue. In addition, one of its modern camera features counts depth of field to your video.
The Pixel 7 Pro is Google’s actual flagship phone, as was the Pixel 6 Pro in 2021. It’ll cost $899. It features a more noticeable QHD display that has an LTPO layer that allows it to adjust its refresh rate between 10Hz and 120Hz for efficiency. The screen seems like a big deal, but one of the other big highlights is the cameras.
The ultrawide camera has widened its field of view, and the 48-megapixel telephoto camera has a slightly boosted Super Res Zoom and another step of optical zoom, going from 4x in the Pixel 6 Pro to 5x in the newer phone. Like the Pixel 7, Google is touting 4K / 60fps in all its new cameras.
Very little hasn’t been leaked or rumored about Google’s Pixel Watch, but it’s finally all out in the open. The Pixel Watch starts at $349.99 for the Bluetooth and GPS-enabled version, while an LTE-enabled version costs $50 more.
The Pixel Watch comes in one size: a 41mm case. The default model supports Bluetooth 5.0, NFC for Google Wallet contactless payments, and Wi-Fi. In terms of GPS support, it works with GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo satellites. The incredibly fragile-looking glass dome covering the top of the Pixel Watch is made of Gorilla Glass 5, and it covers an OLED display that Google claims can reach a peak brightness of 1,000 nits. It also supports an always-on display.
This smartwatch features Samsung’s Exynos 9110 system on a chip with the Cortex M33 co-processor. It runs Wear OS 3.5 and touts 32GB of eMMC flash storage and 2GB of SDRAM. So, it remains to be observe if the Pixel Watch feels faster than other Wear OS watches.
The specs don’t seem impressive, but the design is another story.
Google partnered with Molly Burke, a social media content creator and motivational speaker who is blind, to show off an accessibility feature called Guided Frame that allows the Pixel 7 to provide verbal feedback on the fly in selfie mode.
It automatically puts the user in focus, guiding them to find the ideal angle. It’ll confirm vocally that it’s ready for the selfie and then perform an audible countdown.
The company confirmed that this feature requires a Tensor G2 processor, so Pixel 6 owners won’t get it unless Google finds a way to port the part to older chipsets.
The company first teased the existence of a Pixel Tablet at Google I/O, and it’ll come in two colors, including an off-white and an olive green. In addition, you can purchase a charging speaker dock that transforms the experience into a next-gen Google Nest Hub. The tablet has pogo pins on its rear that attach magnetically to the port.
The Pixel Tablet will stock the Tensor G2 processor, the same one in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The company is touting that this gadget will be helpful for video calling, photo editing, or just yelling at it across the room to summon Google Assistant.