The design of the devices is expected to stay the same, mostly, with slight changes in the colour and textures to differentiate the new models. The base Pixel 7 will be available in Snow, Obsidian and Lemongrass colours, while the Pro model will get Obsidian, Hazel and Snow options in slightly different hues. The one major design change that is expected to highlight the new models will be the finish of the camera bar, which will get a metallic cover and an updated layout. The lower-end model will only get two cameras in the rear, while the Pro versions get three. Other changes that differentiate the Pro model include a curved screen and a small hole-punch camera in the front. They will probably go for a centre placement like the 6A, although we don't know if they might include a second sensor in the Pro model.
All smartphones these days are getting bigger with each iteration, and the Pixel phones will most likely follow the same route. The new Pixel 7 is expected to feature a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display, featuring a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone will get Gorilla Glass protection, but we aren't sure whether it will be Victus or something more affordable. On the other hand, the Pixel 7 Pro is expected to feature a 6.7-inch QHD+ display with a faster 120Hz refresh rate. We don't know if these panels will feature the latest gen LTPO technology with variable fresh rates that can go as low as 1Hz. But, just the fact that they are embracing high refresh rates as default bodes well for the future of smartphones.
Google is expected to update the camera hardware on both models, with the base Pixel 7 getting a 50MP main camera and a 12MP ultrawide. The Pro model features a triple camera array and is expected to feature an extra 48MP ultrawide sensor. The Pro model will also get optical image stabilisation while still remaining somewhat limited in optical zoom. However, these changes will end up playing only a limited role in the overall performance of the smartphone, as the heavy lifting will still be handled by Google's special image processing algorithms.
Google is actively focused on transitioning its devices to custom silicon, and the new Pixel models are expected to feature the next-gen Tensor G2 processors. We don't know if they will follow the Apple model of only giving the latest chipsets to the Pro model, but chances are that the Pixel 7 Pro will at least get more RAM and storage options. So far, there hasn't been any concrete information available about the performance of the Tensor chipsets or their future potential. We will have to wait and see what Google manages to accomplish in relation to the competition.
In addition to everything else, the latest leaks have also revealed the expected price for the new devices. The Pixel 7 is expected to come at a starting price of around $599, while the Pixel 7 Pro will feature a more premium price tag of around $899. Both phones are expected to provide at least 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for this price, but we certainly expect them to release other higher-priced models with better configurations. We will have to wait for the official launch event to see how many of these predictions actually come true. So, stay tuned, as we will certainly be reviewing these devices whenever they become available.