We’re getting even closer to the launch of the Pixel 7 phone and Pixel Watch, with Google’s fall launch event set to take place on Thursday, October 6th, at 10AM ET.
While we have an idea of what to expect, Google may still have a few surprises in store. Here’s everything we’re looking forward to at the upcoming Google Pixel event.
There wouldn’t be a Pixel launch event without a new generation of Pixel smartphones. We’re going to see what Google has in store for the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, which Google offered a brief glimpse of during I/O back in May.
At the event, Google showed off renders of the devices, which each come with an aluminum camera bar and the upgraded Tensor G2 chip (we’ll get to that below). The Pixel 7 Pro houses two cutouts for its three-camera array, while the base Pixel 7 comes with one cutout for its two cameras.
We’re not expecting too many changes when it comes to camera specs, as the Pixel 7’s rumored to sport the same 50MP main sensor as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Both the base Pixel 7 and 7 Pro could come with an upgraded 11MP front-facing camera, though, which the Pixel 6 Pro already has.
Unlike the base Pixel 7, however, leaked specs indicate the Pixel 7 Pro could also come with a 48MP telephoto lens. In a leaked ad shared by Twitter leaker SnoopyTech, Google appears to show off the Pixel 7 Pro’s powerful “super-res zoom” and a “macro focus” option that lets you capture detailed close-ups. The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro could also come with “cinematic blur,” a feature that seems to dynamically shift focus during videos, sort of like the cinematic mode that Apple introduced with the iPhone 13.
According to 9to5Google, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro may also feature the same displays as their predecessors, coming with 90Hz 1080 x 2400 and 120Hz 1440 x 3120 displays, respectively. The display on the Pixel 7 may actually be slightly smaller than the one on the Pixel 6, while the Pixel 7 Pro may come with a native 1080p mode to potentially help users conserve battery.
Alleged prototypes of the device have made their way around the web, with one user claiming to sell one on eBay and another saying they purchased the device from Facebook Marketplace. More recently, what appears to be a more finalized version of the Pixel 7 Pro popped up in an unboxing video at a tech shop in Bangladesh. These images and videos don’t really tell us anything new about the device but corroborate much of what Google showed us at I/O.
In terms of price, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are expected to stay the same as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro at launch. Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii tweeted out the potential prices for both devices, which could cost $599 for the Pixel 7 and $899 for the Pixel 7 Pro.
Arguably one of the most exciting things coming out of Google’s upcoming event is the release of its new Pixel Watch. Although Google officially announced the watch at I/O, rumors about the device have been floating around for several months leading up to the event.
So far, we know that the Pixel Watch will feature a circular dome-style watchface with a tactile crown, side button, and a proprietary band that you can swap out for other styles. It will also come with an “improved” version of Wear OS 3 that includes native Google apps like Google Maps, Google Assistant, Google Wallet, and Google Home. A new Fitbit integration means you can view and track health information with the watch, such as heart rate, sleep tracking, and Active Zone Minutes. You can see how some of these integrations might look in a leaked ad shared by SnoopyTech.
We’re still not sure which chip the Pixel Watch will use, but a source told 9to5Google that it could come packed with a powerful Samsung Exynos 9110, over 1.5GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of storage. And thanks to potential images and information about the watch leaked to Reddit and Android Central, we know that the device could have a 40mm watchface that’s 14mm thick, while the display itself spans about 30mm.
We also got a glimpse at the bands the smartwatch could come with, along with potential watchface options in a set of leaked images shared with Slashleaks. It looks like the watch may feature a set of silicone bands in black, white, dark gray, and light gray, as well as colorful braided variations in red, black, and green.
There are also two different leather band styles: a sleek leather option in black, orange, and silver, in addition to a more rugged version in black and dark green. Meanwhile, the watch itself could come in three colorways: black, silver, and gold.
The leaked images show a variety of watchface designs, too, ranging from a minimalist hour and minute hand with the user’s heart rate to a more vibrant option showing a landscape design. Judging by the leaked images, the Pixel Watch could come with ECG tracking and support for Google’s Fast Pair. Another set of images uncovered by Esper’s Mishaal Rahman shows Google Home integration and emergency calls on the watch.
A report from 9to5Google claims the watch will have a $349 Wi-Fi / Bluetooth-only variation and a more expensive $399 option with LTE connectivity. This tracks with a leaked Pixel Watch listing that briefly appeared on Amazon in Germany, which prices the device at 356.76 euros (about $349 USD).
Google revealed its first in-house Tensor chip last year before debuting it on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. The company’s poised to reveal the second generation of the chip with the release of the Pixel 7, and some rumors have already given us an idea of what to expect performance-wise.