After the Pixel 7 Pro, it’s time for the “standard” version of Google’s high-end smartphone. Far from being the poor relation, the Pixel 7 has many advantages to claim for a tighter price.
Positioned at 649 euros in starting price (for 128 GB of storage), it is 250 euros less expensive than its better equipped sidekick in photography in particular. Some minimal differences that deserve to take a closer look at the more “standard” little brother, but endowed with the same talents or almost.
The strengths of the Pixel 7
The lighter photo, but still on top
The Pixel 7 has only two photo sensors on the back: a 50MP wide-angle and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle (125.8° field of view). If you dreamed of playing with the telephoto lens and zooming in perfectly, you will have to rely on the Pixel 7 Pro. Macro mode is the other major absentee. But the Pixel 7 also takes advantage of the talents of Google’s artificial intelligence and the power of the Google Tensor G2 in-house chip to work miracles.
It’s almost impossible to miss a shot with a Pixel 7, day or night. The AI catches up with just about everything thanks to its correction tools. The magic eraser allows you to erase unsightly elements (or people if you wish), the Anti-blur option catches up with rare movements, and it is even possible to add a blur in the background after taking the Photo.
In addition, Google will systematically suggest improvements to embellish your shots, whether filters or brightness retouching.
The zoom remains good, even if it does not go up to x30 in digital or even x5 in optics (you have to be satisfied with an optical x2). In maximum x8 zoom, the loss in quality is felt, but it remains more than respectable and much better than some competitors.
At night, the Pixel 7 is also comfortable, as has been Google’s trademark for several years. On the front, we find the same camera as that of the Pixel 7 Pro, capable of taking group selfies thanks to its ultra wide-angle. It can film in 4K/60 fps and is quite good in low light.
A premium design
As with the Pixel 7 Pro, Google has reworked the look of its smartphones. The Pixel 7 is elegant with its matte aluminum edges and is above all good in the hand so as not to slip (it is IP68 certified to protect against immersion and resist dust). It is available in snow white, volcanic black and lime green.
Note that the 6.3-inch Oled screen is smaller than that of the Pixel 7 Pro, but very well made, with excellent brightness. On the other hand, you have to be satisfied with an image refresh rate of 90 Hz against 120 Hz. Only the most experienced players will really notice the difference, or those who have already tasted 120 Hz.
On the back, the photo module has been repositioned in a black bubble, within a metallic strip that occupies the entire width. This allows you not to be embarrassed by using the buttons on the side (volume, standby) or by holding it. The glass back is quite resistant to shocks of all kinds, less to fingerprints. On the front, Gorilla Glass Victus holds up well against potential scratches.
Like the Pixel 7 Pro, which we invite you to reread the test on this specific part, the Pixel 7 benefits from functions that differentiate it from other Android smartphones (Android 13 here). Google notably integrates translation tools and instant subtitling for any video, but also the possibility of having a transcription of a voice message.
Pixel 7 Weaknesses
Not very fast charging
Google has announced that it has improved the autonomy of its smartphones and it must be said that this has been a bit of a black point in recent years. The Pixel 7 wears a little better and easily lasts the day, a little more in standard use. But don’t expect miracles. In game or video, he can even see his autonomy drop quickly. Above all, it takes 40 minutes to recover 60% autonomy and almost 1h40 for a full charge, at a time when Oppo or Xiaomi are under 20 minutes.
Heats up easily
The Pixel 7 tends to heat up quickly if you’re mobile gaming, filming, or browsing a bit assiduously. It feels quickly under the fingers.
For the price of an advanced mid-range smartphone, the Google Pixel 7 is a steal. It has many attributes found on the top of the range (photo quality, specific functions, fast and efficient processor, refined design) for less than 700 euros, a little more if you want 256 GB of storage. There is arguably no better value for money in its segment.
If it makes concessions compared to its big brother, the Pixel 7 Pro, it has something to think twice about those who hesitate between the two models. If the quality photo is your priority and the high resolution zoom is not essential, go for it!
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