For several years, Google has managed to impose itself on the smartphone market by offering 3 models that adapt to its user and budget. The latest Pixel 7 has big shoes to fill, while the previous model had been highly praised as was the alternative 6a version of late. Does the standard model of this new series live up to its goals? Here is our complete test of the device!
DATA SHEET FOR GOOGLE PIXEL 7
|Screen||– 6.3″ Full HD+
– OLED screen (1080 x 2400)
– Up to 90Hz
– Pixel density: 416 ppi
– Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
|Dimensions||– 155.6mm x 73.2mm x 8.7mm|
|Colors||– Lemongrass, snow and volcano black|
|Processor||– Octa-core Google Tensor G2 processor
– Speed: 2×2.85 GHz, 2×2.35 GHz and 4×1.80 GHz
|Memory||– 8GB of RAM
– 128 GB or 256 GB of internal memory
|Operating system||– Android 13|
|Camera / video||Rear cameras:
– 50 MP Octa PD Quad Bayer wide angle camera
– 12 MP ultra-wide-angle camera
Video camera: Up to 4K at 60 IPS
Front camera: 10.8 MP
|Battery capacity||– 4355mAh|
|Price||CAD 799.99 / €649.99|
Enhance without distorting
In terms of design, compared to its predecessor, Google’s Pixel 7 offers a slightly more rounded shape. The band that holds the cameras is a bit smaller and seems to fit much better, while the corners of the device have been rounded for better grip. There are Gorilla Glass Victus surfaces that ensure maximum resistance in the event of a fall. Of course, it is always advisable to use an additional protective cover. After a few weeks of testing, I noticed that the back of the phone tended to feel quite light when we put our fingers on it. Note that the smartphone has an IP68 rating against dust and water, as was the case for the previous model.
In terms of dimensions, Google’s Pixel 7 is quite impressive (155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7 mm), but lost a bit of weight (197 gi instead of 207 g) when compared to the brand’s 6th generation device. The screen takes up a very large part in front, although there is still a small border around it. All are compatible with fingerprint unlocking technology with under-display fingerprint sensor as well as facial recognition unlocking. Overall, I didn’t see any problems re-enabling the touchscreen. Note that if, like me, you were bothered by the layout of the physical keys on the previous models, we again find the opening button and the one to control the volume located on the same dial.
Pixel 7 performance
Google’s Pixel 7 has the new version of the Google Tensor G2 in-house processor. With its 8 GB of RAM and its options of 128 or 256 GB of storage, this chip manages to once again surpass the performance of its predecessors. Using the Geekbench 5 application directly on the phone, however, we notice that the phone sits right in the middle of the other devices on sale. Without offering breathtaking performance, it must be admitted that the company continues to rise in line with the available power. I, for one, noticed a bit of overheating during intensive use, especially with quite greedy mobile games.
Using Android 13
The Pixel 7 smartphone runs on Android 13. This new version of the operating system offers many options regarding privacy management as well as the possibility to personalize its experience even more. The new preview window allows you to display the useful information you need, such as an event reminder or an airport boarding pass. The instant translation feature is also much better implemented, offering to interpret face-to-face conversations in 48 languages, chat in real-time and translate menus with your camera.
Pictures always a priority
It’s no secret that Google devices have always had photo-related features. The Pixel 7 is no exception, and other features include built-in motion blur, which keeps your subject in focus while blurring the background for a slightly more dramatic effect. . Artificial intelligence also makes the device more accessible with, for example, assisted framing, which enables people with impaired vision to take selfies. The image quality of high-resolution zoom is comparable to that of a dedicated 2x optical zoom and can go up to 8x for high-quality photos from a distance. The magic eraser is also back. As a reminder, this feature allows you to remove unwanted items.
In terms of sensor, the Pixel 7 has a 2-lens rear camera system: 50 MP wide angle and 12 MP ultra wide angle. On the other side of the device, there is a 10.8 MP photo sensor at the front for taking portraits. Finally, videos can be recorded in up to 4K at 60 FPS.
Autonomy and charging
On the autonomy side, Google’s Pixel 7 has a 4355 mAh battery. If the figure surprises you, it’s no wonder, as it’s a significant drop compared to the brand’s other models. Nevertheless, the company assures that the phone now uses the battery more efficiently to increase autonomy. The figures announced by the company are 24 hours of autonomy or even 72 hours using the extreme battery saving option. In terms of charging, you must use the USB-C cable that came with the purchase. As with other brands, the AC adapter is not included. For my part, I was disappointed with the recharge, which gives 50% in 30 minutes. This is a much lower number than other phones on the market and at the same price.
In conclusion, the Google Pixel 7 is a powerful device and very comfortable to use. Having the latest version of Android with no overlay also allows for a smoother experience. The cameras use the many functions of artificial intelligence to produce quite surprising results. Nevertheless, the device is not a revolution, and perhaps it is not necessary to switch to this model if you already have the previous one. The improvements are subtle but offer a smooth transition to the next technologies developed by the American company.
Pixel 7 review: subtle improvements