This post was most recently updated on May 16th, 2023
We tested the new Google Pixel 7, which comes with a new Tensor SoC and new features for its camera. Are the few new features compared to the Pixel 6 enough to become the best high-end Android?
Almost a year has passed since Google announced the Pixel 6, and just a few months since the device arrived in Spain, I was able to pass through my hands to finally conclude that it is one of the best Android phones today. Now, this model has a substitute: the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 price bd, whose mission is not only to deal with current high-end phones, such as the Xiaomi 12 (or the Xiaomi 12T) or even the iPhone 14.
The new The company’s smartphone also arrives to try to solve those negative points of the Pixel 6, such as its not-so-premium construction or performance that, although it was correct, was not up to other high-end mobile phones.
The Pixel 7, in fact, does not offer such a drastic generational leap compared to its predecessor. At least, not like the one we saw between the Pixel 5 and Pixel 6. It’s just a slight update, and we can see it in the few changes that Google has implemented. They are next.
- It has a new processor: the Tensor G2 is slightly more powerful and smarter than the first-generation SoC. Also, it is built on a 4nm architecture instead of 5.
- Its design is more sophisticated: new colors, new materials and a somewhat different front.
- It has some improvements in the photographic section: the configuration is maintained, but new modes and improvements are added that are possible, in part, thanks to the G2 tensor.
Taking into account that the Pixel 6 has been one of the phones that I have recommended the most throughout the year, everything seems to indicate that this Google Pixel 7 is going to be an equally good alternative. But we must keep in mind two important points. The first is that the Pixel 6 is still on sale at some official distributors and at a very attractive price of about 500 euros. The second is that there are many manufacturers betting on mobile phones with similar characteristics, such as the Nothing Phone (1). All this makes me wonder if the Pixel 7 is really worth it compared to its predecessor and if it is also a good alternative to other high-end mobiles.
Design and screen: keeping the essence
One of my favorite points about Pixel phones is their appearance. Not only for the simple fact that they seem to me to be beautiful mobiles —yes, in my opinion, they are—but because they are very different from the rest of the mobiles that we find on the market. Google goes from bright and ostentatious colors to rectangular photo modules located in the upper corner of the screen.
The company, on the other hand, offers a more original look, and proof of this is the extravagant, but successful, back of this Google Pixel 7. In this, the camera area stands out, which is made up of an aluminum module that it reaches from edge to edge and merges with frames in the same tone and material. The glass on the back also stands out, with a slightly glossy finish and some very successful pastel colors.
The Pixel 7, in fact, has a very continuous design compared to the Pixel 6. It maintains the essence of Google but with small changes that seek nothing more than to offer an aesthetic that reflects maturity compared to its predecessor. There is, however, a change that Google has not talked about and that I noticed as soon as I took this smartphone out of its box: its construction.
The Pixel 7 isn’t just visually more premium than the Pixel 6; it feels like it too. It is more robust than last year’s model, and its materials seem to be of higher quality; the expected in a mobile of 650 euros. It is, unfortunately, something that I could not say about the Pixel 6, whose manufacture is more similar to that of a mid-range mobile. Therefore, it is appreciated that Google has improved this point.
There is also another area in which Google has reached out to improve it compared to its predecessor: the front and, more specifically, the screen frames. These are now a bit slimmer, making the Pixel 7 a bit more compact. Its screen, yes, is slightly – very slightly – smaller than that of the Pixel 6.
This terminal, in particular, has a 6.3-inch OLED panel. It maintains, yes, the Full HD + resolution and a refresh rate of 90 Hz, although it is, according to the company, up to 25% brighter.
The truth is that the Google Pixel 7 screen is very good in terms of color interpretation and brightness. Its resolution also offers excellent sharpness, and its refresh rate, despite not being as high as its competition, provides that extra fluidity that is so appreciated when browsing the interface.
Tensor is back to offer more than just good performance.
That fluidity that we see on the screen, and above all, that good experience when navigating the interface, we can also thank the processor, Google’s Tensor G2, which, although it is not the most powerful on the market and does not improve drastically compared to last year’s Tensor, it does make the Pixel 7 able to perform any action without any chopping or slowing down.
Now, if Google’s SoC is not as powerful as, for example, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, why does the company implement it in its smartphones? The truth is that having your own processor, no matter how powerful it is compared to other models, has a number of advantages. And these, in addition, have an impact on other sections of the smartphone that go beyond performance.
In this case, Google bets on Tensor for its capabilities in machine learning and what it is capable of doing both in additional functions and in the photographic section. But let’s talk first about the extra features that this chip can offer and that are, above all, complemented by the software.
One of these features is the possibility of transcribing audio messages to text or, in a similar way, making the device convert what we say into writing so that we do not have to type when, for example, we are walking or have our hands full. In the latter case, the Google Pixel 7 is even capable of recognizing the descriptions of the emojis so that when saying them out loud, it includes them in the text.
This feature, yes, is only available in English. In the future, in addition, the Pixel 7 will be able to detect external noise that could cause discomfort during calls, such as the sound of traffic or construction, and minimize it so that the recipient of the call hears the voice correctly.
Cameras: where two fit, three fit (or almost)
What is interesting, without a doubt, is what the Tensor G2 SoC is capable of doing in the photographic section. The section that, by the way, is exactly identical in terms of configuration with respect to the Pixel 6. We find ourselves, therefore, with a 50-megapixel resolution primary sensor, as well as a second 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. We still do not have a telephoto sensor that allows us to take pictures with optical zoom, as the Google Pixel 7 Pro does include.
Google, however, has sought a curious alternative: a two-fold digital zoom whose results, according to the company itself, mimic those of a telephoto lens.
To do this, Google makes use of the wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle camera simultaneously, and the Tensor G2 processor is in charge of combining the image not only to perform the 2x crop but also to ensure that the photograph does not lose quality and is similar, therefore, to what we would obtain with a mobile with a telephoto sensor. But does Google really deliver what it promises?