Google launches its Pixel 7, the (much more affordable) competitors of the iPhone 14

Google has announced its Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, its state-of-the-art smartphones that once again rely on photography and multiple functions boosted by artificial intelligence.

They had already said hello right after Google’s previous conference, now they’re officially here: the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro were announced Thursday at an event in New York. These 100% Google smartphones inside and out are once again betting on photography and in-house know-how in artificial intelligence. And especially on prices much lower than those of the iPhone.

After the acclaimed Pixel 6, the Pixel 7 Pro is particularly expected at the turn. And Google has therefore shifted into high gear in all sectors. First of all at the level of autonomy, often the weak point of its previous models. The Mountain View giant promises more than a day of autonomy in standard use and up to 72 hours thanks to the arrival of an Ultra Battery Saver mode (several functions and 5G disabled). It will take that to support the improvements, particularly in terms of photography and video.

The Google Pixel 7 Pro
The Google Pixel 7 Pro © Google

The photo at the heart of a 100% Google smartphone

In terms of design, the Pixel 7 Pro offers a 6.7-inch OLED screen with image refresh rate up to 120Hz and made of ultra scratch-resistant glass. On the back, there are three larger photo sensors to capture more light, including a 50MP main sensor, a telephoto (48MP) x5 optical zoom and a high-resolution x30 digital zoom. This should allow for extremely sharp photos even from a distance. The ultra wide-angle with autofocus (125.8° field of view – 12 Mpx) has been improved and also allows macro photography.

On the front, both Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro feature the same 10MP camera (which helps with facial recognition). As with the latest iPhones, it is also possible to use Cinematic Blur in video (choose to film with a blur in the front or in the background). Champion of night photography and portraiture, the Pixel 7/7 Pro is also enriched with a Real Tone function to make skin tone differences more realistic.

The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro © Google

Once again, the contribution of AI in the photo proposed by Google will be felt with many improvement tools (Movement or Face mode, magic eraser), but also the anti-blur function to catch up with your failures of photos (old and new), and better help you frame a scene correctly. For people with visual impairments in particular, audio or haptic signals can help to take selfies.

Inside the Pixel 7 Pro and its little brother, there is a chip designed entirely by Google, the Tensor G2 accompanied by the Titan M2 security chip to better protect the device. Note that Google does not specify under which version of Android the Pixel 7 will work. In any case, they will be compatible with Wi-Fi 6e and Bluetooth 5.2.

But the strength of the Google Pixel is also the multiple home functions to help out on a daily basis. Written transcription of voice messages that can be read more easily, automatic translation or voice dictation now available in French.

The Google Pixel 7
The Google Pixel 7 © Google

The Pixel 7, the good alternative

The Pixel 7 follows the same recipe as the Pixel 7 Pro with obviously some compromises to sweeten the price. First of all in terms of design, it swaps the polished aluminum of the chassis for matte. But like its sidekick, it’s designed for durability and aesthetics, made in part from recycled materials. Both are also dust and water resistant thanks to their IP68 certification.

But the proposal is also visually different. The Pixel 7 is a little more compact and lightweight, sports a 6.3-inch OLED display, with a 90Hz refresh rate.

It only has two photo sensors on the back (same main sensor, but an ultra wide-angle without autofocus and with a field of view of only 114°). On the charging side, the two devices display the same speed: 50% autonomy recovered in 30 minutes (with the Google 30W charger not supplied…).

Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro price and availability

The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are already available for pre-order on the Google site and from partner resellers from 649 euros for the Pixel 7 (128 GB) and 899 euros for the Pixel 7 Pro (128 GB) . Prices much lower than those of the iPhone 14 (1019 euros) and iPhone 14 Pro (1329 euros). They will go on sale in a few weeks. They are available in Volcanic Black, Snow, Lime Green (Pixel 7) or Sage Green (Pixel 7 Pro), in 128 GB and 256 GB.

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Google launches its Pixel 7, the (much more affordable) competitors of the iPhone 14


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