Google Pixel 7 smartphone & Pixel Watch debut

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in General Discussion edited October 6
The Google Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch have been officially announced as parts of a coherent product ecosystem that all works together for the user.

Google shares details about its latest Pixel products
Google shares details about its latest Pixel products


Unlike Apple, Google shared a preview of its upcoming fall products ahead of time. So, there was already details floating around about what the new devices would look like and what they could do.

On Thursday, Google shared details about each product and their respective release dates and pricing. Google emphasized the "Pixel portfolio," a series of products that work better together, similar to Apple's product ecosystem.

The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro

The external design of the Pixel lineup has evolved to emphasize the camera rear camera bar. This strip of metal is now accented according to the device color rather than a solid black bar.

Pixel 7 Pro has a 6.7-inch display with 10Hz to 120Hz variable refresh rate. It has a rear camera system has three cameras -- telephoto, wide, and ultra wide.

Google detailed new accessibility features using machine learning to guide photo taking, like telling blind users when a selfie is framed and ready to take. The company also detailed extra efforts put into making photographic algorithms respect different skin tones.

The Pixel 7 Pro has a three-camera system
The Pixel 7 Pro has a three-camera system


The Pixel 7 has a dual camera system on the back and an ultra wide selfie camera. It gets the same camera features as the pro model despite using different sensors.

The main camera has a 50MP sensor, the telephoto camera has a 48MP sensor, and the ultra wide camera has a 12MP sensor. This camera system works together with the G2 processor to produce pristine photos.

Pixel 7 has a 6.3-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It has 8GB of RAM with 128GB and 256GB storage options. It has an aluminum band with three color options -- lemongrass, snow, and obsidian.

Storage options include 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. It has 12GB of RAM.

Under display fingerprint reading and face unlock are both available to users.

The Pixel 7 Pro comes in hazel, snow, and obsidian. Preorders start on Friday, with initial shipments starting October 13. The Pixel 7 starts at $599 and the Pixel 7 Pro starts at $899.

Processing, ML, and photography

Both models are run by the Google Tensor G2 processor. It has a dedicated TPU for improved on-device processing

The chip is up to 60% faster than the previous model. New machine learning capabilities make Pixel great at voice commands, photography, and more.

On-device machine learning models will scan old photos to remove image blur automatically. The same tools will ensure every photo take will appear less blurry with automatic fixing.

Zoom up to 30x using machine learning
Zoom up to 30x using machine learning


Google also introduced new video capabilities like a cinematic blur, 10-bit HDR, speech enhancement, and more. Algorithms ensure every video and photo look and function better.

The super zoom capability uses machine learning to upscale photos up to 30x. It uses machine learning to re-mosaic images and de-noise even as the user zooms.

Google detailed a free on-device VPN paired with new privacy tools in Android 13. The company wants users to know they are in control of their data.

Pixel Watch

The Pixel Watch is a Wear OS product built from the ground up for Pixel users. It has Fitbit health tech, Google services, and a round watch face.

The Pixel Watch has a round body and face
The Pixel Watch has a round body and face


The stainless steel finish is available in three colors -- gold, silver, and black. Bands fit with an internal pairing mechanism by sliding the band into the watch, then rotating them in place.

The Pixel Watch runs Wear OS and Fitbit software. Get apps from the Play Store, see data and control smart devices, and track your health.

The battery will last up to 24 hours even while monitoring the user's heart rate at 1 time per second. It offers sleep tracking as well, giving users data they need to try and sleep better.

Get more insights into health data and exclusive workouts with a Fitbit Premium subscription. Six months are included with purchase.

The Pixel Watch is available for pre-order now and can be purchased for $349.99 standard or $399.99 with LTE. There are over 20 band options available. Initial orders ship on October 13.

Google Pixel Tablet

Google showed off the Google Pixel tablet designed with Pixel aesthetics and the Tensor G2 processor. It uses Android Material You for a customized experience.

The Pixel Tablet has a dock for keeping it useful even when it is idle
The Pixel Tablet has a dock for keeping it useful even when it is idle


The tablet also acts as a home hub with a magnetic dock. When the tablet is placed on the dock it works as a docked station for showing photos and controlling the home.

The Google Pixel Tablet launches in 2023.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 17
    The watch aesthetics are clearly stolen from Apple (but circular). I kinda like it. But I doubt whether it can compete with the Apple Watch.
    retrogustoPatchyThePirateV.3watto_cobradk49StrangeDays
  • Reply 2 of 17
    retrogustoretrogusto Posts: 1,003member
    The watch aesthetics are clearly stolen from Apple (but circular). I kinda like it. But I doubt whether it can compete with the Apple Watch.
    Haha, yes, my first thought was that they did a great job of making it look like a round watch.
    CheeseFreezewatto_cobraStrangeDays
  • Reply 3 of 17
    Let’s see if the Google fans make fun of the bezels on the Pixel Watch, cuz, damn.
    edited October 6 williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 17
    pwrmacpwrmac Posts: 33member
    I pass....
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 17
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,937member
    Sure is hard to watch the Google keynotes. They scream "me too" way too loudly.
    Alex_Vwatto_cobradk49
  • Reply 6 of 17
    macguimacgui Posts: 2,239member
    I don't care how much Google may have copied from the Apple Watches. I want Apple to copy the Pixel Watch and make a round Watch.

    It probably won't happen since there are already round smartwatches from Samsung and now Google, and maybe somebody else. But I'd own a round Apple Watch in a heartbeat.


    williamlondon
  • Reply 7 of 17
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,937member

    They claim that RCS is the "modern" messaging tech, even though it's catching up to the likes of iMessage. 😝 They hope that "everyone in the industry" gets the message. 🤣
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 17
    While the Pixel 7 doesn't excite me much, I do like the idea of the Pixel Pass all in one subscription. $55/month for a Pixel 7 Pro and a decent subscription service offering. I get that it's US residents only, but I'd take that for sure. In Canada we already basically "lease" our phones from a carrier, so if something like this was available from Apple giving me a new iPhone, AppleCare+ and Apple One all for one price, I'd for sure consider it. 
    gatorguywatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 17
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,467member
    Let’s see if the Google fans make fun of the bezels on the Pixel Watch, cuz, damn.
    They were doing that even before its release. I think it will sell fairly well, but I can wait for next version. 
  • Reply 10 of 17
    danoxdanox Posts: 1,323member
    ME TOO…………I’m a complete tech company like Apple Computer.
    Alex_Vwatto_cobradk49
  • Reply 11 of 17
    Apple - where innovation goes to die. Google/Android - being copied since 2013.
  • Reply 12 of 17
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 12,251member
    Apple - where innovation goes to die. Google/Android - being copied since 2013.
    You forgot your sarcasm tag, bro. 

    Damn that watch is an absolute ripoff of the Apple Watch (yeah yeah but round), down to the digital crown and even the white rubber strap. I can’t help but keep looking for the Apple logo on it! That’s chinese-knockoff-level copying right there…yikes. Just confirms that Apple leads the way and the others follow, once again.
  • Reply 13 of 17
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,467member
    Apple - where innovation goes to die. Google/Android - being copied since 2013.
    You forgot your sarcasm tag, bro. 

    Damn that watch is an absolute ripoff of the Apple Watch (yeah yeah but round), down to the digital crown and even the white rubber strap. I can’t help but keep looking for the Apple logo on it! That’s chinese-knockoff-level copying right there…yikes. Just confirms that Apple leads the way and the others follow, once again.
    Gosh, you're so right! Looks nearly identical to an Apple Watch if they made one with a big bezel, domed crystal, round, and thick. Good eye. /s

    BTW, the band design is copied from their Fitbit line, but the watch attachment is proprietary. That IS a more Apple-like thing, encourage first-party buys by making accessories "not like the others".
    ctt_zh
  • Reply 14 of 17
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,467member
    A note on the Pixel 7 Tensor V2 processor:

    It was presumed to be built on a 4nm process from Samsung (no idea why that was the common claim). It is not. Google has clarified it is 5nm, but has so far declined to comment on whether it is Samsung or TSMC producing the Tensor G2. 

    The bigger gains over the last gen will be coming from the new co-processor, and a much improved GPU, with a little help from speedier processor performance cores. 
  • Reply 15 of 17
    gatorguy said:
    A note on the Pixel 7 Tensor V2 processor:

    It was presumed to be built on a 4nm process from Samsung (no idea why that was the common claim). It is not. Google has clarified it is 5nm, but has so far declined to comment on whether it is Samsung or TSMC producing the Tensor G2. 

    The bigger gains over the last gen will be coming from the new co-processor, and a much improved GPU, with a little help from speedier processor performance cores. 
    Whether it is fabbed on Samsung's 5nm or TSMC's 5nm is the most important detail, as far as I am concerned. And it is suspected to be on Samsung's 5nm node (like the Tensor V1 SoC), which is a significant negative for it. Android high end phones became terrible in the last 2 years due to Qualcomm using Samsung's 5nm node for fabbing SD 888, 888+ and SD 8 Gen 1 SoCs. SD 888/888+/8 Gen 1 have bad reputation for overheating. Qualcomm had to move to TSMC for fabbing SD 8+ Gen 1 to save face on the heat & inefficiency of its highest end SoCs when compared to Apple's A series SoCs. Google has not moved to TSMC is not a good look for its reputation (both on the performance benchmarks and heat/efficiency).
    edited October 11
  • Reply 16 of 17
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,467member
    gatorguy said:
    A note on the Pixel 7 Tensor V2 processor:

    It was presumed to be built on a 4nm process from Samsung (no idea why that was the common claim). It is not. Google has clarified it is 5nm, but has so far declined to comment on whether it is Samsung or TSMC producing the Tensor G2. 

    The bigger gains over the last gen will be coming from the new co-processor, and a much improved GPU, with a little help from speedier processor performance cores. 
    Whether it is fabbed on Samsung's 5nm or TSMC's 5nm is the most important detail, as far as I am concerned... Qualcomm had to move to TSMC for fabbing SD 8+ Gen 1 to save face on the heat & inefficiency.  
    The overheating issue with Qualcomm and Samsung concerned the 4 nm build. Google Tensor G2 is not that. A very early in-hand review also reported that heat was a non-issue which could not be said for the Pixel 6. I too suspect that it's still a Samsung manufactured processor, but I'd not be very surprised to learn it comes from TSMC instead..
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