After months of teases, Google on Thursday unveiled its latest flagship phone, the Pixel 7, at an event in New York. The Pixel 7 comes with a redesigned camera bump in the back that houses two cameras, and a new punch-hole front camera.
For this new generation of phones, Google has refined the already highly rated Pixel 6 series rather than drastically shaking up the formula — including design. Ahead of the event, we already knew what the Pixel 7 would look like thanks to Google showing it off in a video.
The two-tone design that gave the Pixel 6 its distinctive look is back for another spin, but some new details help set this newer phone apart. An aluminum bar now runs along the back, curving around the phone’s edges, and a black pill box surrounds the two rear cameras.
The Pixel 7’s predecessor, the Pixel 6, was one of CNET’s favorite phones of 2021, earning it an Editors’ Choice Award. In our review, CNET’s Patrick Holland praised the phone’s excellent main camera, neat design and relatively affordable price tag. This was the first phone Google released with its own homemade Tensor chip, so the fact that it lived up to his expectations for performance bodes well for its successors.
According to Google its new Tensor G2 chip in the Pixel 7 lineup will bring more helpful, personalized features to photos, videos, security, and speech recognition. You can add to that what Google describes as an “all-day battery” — allowing you to go up to 72 hours between charges in battery-saver mode — and a larger camera sensor for better nighttime selfies for a subtly upgraded Pixel experience.