Google made the big announcement about its new phones right on time. After months of teases and sneak peeks, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are now official. They look pretty good, especially considering how Google priced them. In terms of price, the Google Pixel 7 costs the same as the Pixel 6 did last year. In terms of how they look and how they are made, the two phones are also very similar. But the Pixel 7 has some changes and additions that you should know about, especially if you are thinking about getting the Google Pixel 6.
When we review the Pixel 7 in person, you’ll see that there aren’t that many differences. In fact, the Pixel 7’s screen is smaller than that of the Pixel 6. But the size of the screen is by far the biggest difference. But the biggest difference is the switch to Google’s new Tensor G2 chip, which continues to highlight Google’s machine learning abilities to give the Pixel 6 and better Android phones an edge. Other changes include a slimmer design, great new camera features like cinematic blur, and a brighter screen.
Google Pixel 7 Vs Pixel 6 Comparison Table
|Specification||Google Pixel 7||Google Pixel 6|
|Display||7-inch OLED, 120Hz||6.4-inch OLED, 90Hz|
|Resolution||2560 x 1600 pixels||2400 x 1080 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx||Google Tensor|
|Storage Options||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB|
|Rear Camera||12.2MP||50MP + 12MP|
|Operating System||Android 12||Android 12|
|Price||Starts at $599||Starts at $699|
|Visit Website||Official Website||Official Website|
Google Pixel 7 Vs Pixel 6 Design and Display
It is no surprise that the Pixel 7 has an AMOLED display, just like the Pixel 6 before it. The panel is slightly smaller, 6.3 inches (versus 6.4 inches on the 6). This, together with the thinner bezels, means that the Pixel 7 has a slightly smaller footprint than its predecessor. Without a doubt, the display’s biggest improvement is the 25 percent improved peak brightness for better outdoor visibility. Other than that, the display retains the same 90 Hz refresh rate, 1080p resolution, and Gorilla Glass Victus protection.
The back of the Pixel 7 should also be familiar to all Pixel 6 owners, as the camera strip is still there. However, it is now made entirely of metal and is less reminiscent of Robocop’s visor. Water resistance is now a must for any phone in this price range. The Pixel 7 is IP68 water resistant, just like the Pixel 6.
The under-display fingerprint scanner is still present on the Pixel 7. However, Google has confirmed to us that the new model uses a new sensor, which should improve latency by 30 percent. Given the poor performance of the Pixel 6’s scanner, this upgrade is more than welcome. After mentioning biometrics, Face Unlock is a feature found on the Pixel 7. The Pixel 6 does not support biometrics. The Pixel 6 does not support facial recognition and we do not know if it ever will.
Performance & Software
The Google Pixel 7 is powered by a Tensor G2 chipset, while the Pixel 6 is powered by the Tensor chipset. Both phones are powerful, but the new chipset has improved performance with better battery efficiency.
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 6 both have 8 GB of RAM, enough for smooth multitasking. The Pixel 6 comes with 128 GB and 256 GB of internal storage, and the Pixel 7 also has the same storage options. In India, however, the Google Pixel 7 is launched only with a 128 GB storage option.
Google Pixel 7 Vs Pixel 6 Cameras
The camera hardware remains largely unchanged between the Pixel 7 and Pixel 6, but there are some notable upgrades. Both feature two rear cameras and a front camera. While the rear cameras have not been upgraded in this generation, the front camera has been upgraded. The Pixel 7 has been upgraded to 10.8MP and an f/2.2 aperture compared to the Pixel 6’s 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture.
The biggest difference in camera quality is due to the Pixel 7’s upgraded Tensor G2 chip. The Tensor G2 chip enables a 10.8 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.0. The Tensor G2 chip enables the Pixel 7’s camera to take less blurry photos due to multiple shots from the main and ultra-wide cameras. The Pixel 7 also offers a faster Night Sight mode, so you should get better low-light photos in less time.
Audio Quality and Haptics
The Pixel 6 has good-quality speakers that did not excite us in any way. They are a bit average, a bit tinny, and not something to listen to music with. However, they are loud and clear enough for spoken video. It would be nice to see the Pixel 7 improve this aspect a bit. Again, this is not a priority-we would rather Google stick to the $600 price tag instead of improving secondary features.
As for the headphone jack, none of these phones have it. Did it need to be said? Google’s haptic engines have been popular in recent years. And Google knows this, as it always loads a ton of small vibrations and haptic effects to provide feedback while navigating Android. They are satisfying, pleasant and accurate. We expect nothing less from the Pixel 7.
Google Pixel 7 Vs Pixel 6 Battery & Charging
As for the battery, the Pixel 7 has a 4,355 mAh battery, which is not an upgrade from the Pixel 6’s 4,614 mAh. However, there will not be much difference in battery life, considering that this battery in the Pixel 7 is powered by the highly efficient Google Tensor G2 chipset. Both phones have support for 30W fast charging and a Type-C port for charging the phone. You can also charge both devices wirelessly with Qi wireless chargers. A reverse wireless charging function is also available for charging smartwatches and earbuds.
Google Pixel 7 Pros and Cons
- Large 7-inch OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate
- Powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor
- Long battery life with 8000mAh battery
- Runs on the latest Android 12 operating system
- Relatively low resolution for a tablet in this price range
- Limited storage options compared to some competitors
Google Pixel 6 Pros and Cons
- High-quality camera with impressive features
- Google Tensor chip offers fast and smooth performance
- Attractive and modern design with customizable color options
- Good value for its price compared to other flagship phones
- No expandable storage options
- Limited availability of certain features in certain countries
- Battery life may not be as long-lasting as some competitors
- No headphone jack or included adapter
Is it worth getting Pixel 7 or Pixel 6?
Ultimately, we think you will be impressed with the camera performance of these two phones. However, if you take a lot of selfies or videos with the front, it might be worth opting for the Pixel 7 since it has a better selfie snapper.
Is Google Pixel 7 still worth buying?
Google does not reinvent the wheel with the new Pixel 7. It is a polished and refined upgrade of last year’s Pixel 6. The good news is that we already highly recommend the 2021 variant and its cheaper sibling, the Pixel 6a, and that remains the case with the latest model.