For two phones leaked a few months ago in high-resolution CAD-based renders, Pixel 7 and 7 Pro did a pretty good job of keeping a lot of their specs a secret, even after Google bragged itself their real designs (and eye-catching colors) well ahead of a “fall” release.
Of course, it doesn’t take a highly skilled psychic to anticipate all the official details coming out sometime in October, but why wait so long when the full display information has already been discovered by the almost always reliable folks at 9To5Google
No major (or even minor) upgrades in the pipeline
While this is just one piece of a much bigger puzzle, there’s really no getting around it – it’s (to say the least) disappointing to learn that the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will likely use the exact same screens as their 2021 predecessors.
We’re not just talking about identical specs, mind you, but identical Samsung-made components, at least based on the unmodified S6E3FC3 and S6E3HC3 designations of the two panels found in new drivers.
Let’s not mince words here, this looks like sheer laziness Google’s share, which essentially guarantees that even minor display hardware improvements won’t come over the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, let alone the 120Hz refresh rate upgrade that many fans of last year’s vanilla model have no doubt fantasized about all along.
To be clear: the Pixel 7 is now tied to the same 2400 x 1080 screen resolution and 90Hz refresh rate technology as the 6.4-inch Pixel 6, with the Pixel 7 Pro almost certainly looks to share its 3120 x 1440 pixel count and 120Hz support with the stock Android running 6.7-inch giant from 2021.
That said, the “regular” Pixel 7 is tipped to slightly reduce its predecessor’s screen space (and overall body), while the 7 Pro could maximize battery life by adopting a native 1080p mode. That’s certainly not an ideal “list” of changes, but for what it’s worth, screen resolution, refresh rate, and overall quality of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro panels were never a serious hindrance to the potential buyers of the two.
Pixel 7 and 7 Pro versus the competition
Since it’s a little too early to know exactly what the Fall League will look like, let’s compare these newly “confirmed” display specs with some of the best phones you can buy right now.
Unfortunately for Google, it’s hard to find a worthy (high-end) candidate for that title limited to 90Hz refresh rate, as even recent additions to mid-range OnePlus ranges can go all the way up to 120Hz for smoother gaming. (at least in theory) and a more fluid overall playing experience.
Of course, a screen’s refresh rate isn’t everything, and the high-end AMOLED sporty Pixel 7 is almost guaranteed to look a lot better than, say, the Nord CE 2 Lite 120Hz LCD panel. The same isn’t set in stone when it comes to comparing this unreleased 6.2 or 6.3-inch bad boy with the 120Hz AMOLED rocking Galaxy S21 FE or S22 for example and the “vanilla” iPhone 14 is also expected to make the leap to the same state-of-the-art technology.
Hopefully the The Pixel 7 will make up for this glaring flaw with a low enough price (ideally even below $600), with the same (unlikely) dream that the Pixel 7 Pro is kept alive by that thing’s striking similarities to its predecessor. On paper, of course, the Pixel 7 Pro is expected to largely match Samsung’s display technology Galaxy S22 Ultra while it is (slightly) higher than the The screen resolution and pixel density of iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Still, other parts of the Pixel 6 Pro definitely need to be vastly improved for the 7 Pro to properly justify its existence, meaning everything now depends on the cameras and processing power.