Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro specs leak underwhelms — but it doesn't tell the full story

Google PIxel 7
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Thanks to yet another claimed leak, we pretty much know everything to expect from the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro on the hardware front, with the latest specs drop coming from Yogesh Bar (opens in new tab), a reasonably reputable tech tipster. But these specs don't tell the whole story.

The leaker says the Pixel 7 will feature a 6.3-inch FHD+ OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, the Tensor G2 chip, and other specs like a 4,700 mAh battery. And Bar has the Pixel 7 Pro down to use a 6.7-inch QHD+ display with a 120Hz LTPO panel, 5,000 mAh battery, and a 48MP telephoto lens added into the rear camera array. 

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Stop me if you've heard this one before, but these specs are very similar to those of the Pixel 6 phones. For comparison, check out the table below that shows the rumored Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro specs against those of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

Google Pixel 7 rumored specs vs Pixel 6

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Header Cell - Column 0 Rumored Pixel 7 specsPixel 6 specsRumored Pixel 7 Pro specsPixel 6 Pro specs
Display6.4-inch OLED, 90Hz6.4-inch OLED (2400 x 1080), 90Hz6.7 inches OLED, 120Hz 6.71-inch OLED (3120 x 1440), 120Hz
ChipTensor G2Tensor with Titan M2Tensor G2Tensor with Titan M2
RAM8GB8GB12GB12GB
Storage128GB. 256GB 128GB. 256GB 128GB. 256GB 128GB. 256GB, 512GB
Battery size4,700 mAh4,614 mAh5,000 mAh5,000 mAh
Charging30W fast charging23W wired 30W fast charging23W wired
Rear cameras50MP wide, 12MP ultrawide50MP wide, 12MP ultrawide50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 48MP telephoto50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 48MP telephoto
Front camera11MP11MP11MP11MP

So on paper those are pretty underwhelming. The Pixel 7 looks set to be a little more compact, which is no bad thing, and has a bigger battery. And the Pixel 7 Pro seems set to be near-identical to its predecessor. The upgrade to faster 30W charging for both phones would also be welcome. 

One could argue Google is following what Apple did with the iPhone 14 and really doing the most iterative of upgrades. 

Forget specs — it'll all be about smarts

a render image of the Google Tensor G2

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But the interesting thing here will be the Tensor G2 chip. This second-generation take on the Tensor chip has already been confirmed by Google, though we’ve not be given a lot of information around its capabilities. And that’s exciting. 

The current Tensor chip allowed for functions like the Magic Eraser to smartly remove people and objects for photos with almost no after effects. I'd also expect to see improvements with video, as that's an are smartphone makers are now really starting to focus on, as well as better low-light photography and improved renditions of a subject's skin tone (an area some phones still struggle with).  

Beyond photography, Tensor G2 could bring even smarter functions to the next-gen Pixel phones, likely with functions that cleverly serve up useful information or offer smart call functions, say building upon the ability for the Google Assistant to wait in line for you while on a customer service call. If nothing else it could improve upon the features already in use on the Pixel 6 phones. 

And a new chip could also improve the responsiveness of the under-display fingerprint scanner, which was annoyingly slow and inconsistent with the Pixel 6 phones even after some Google updates. 

We’ll find out more about these features and get a full reveal of the Google Pixel 7 phones, as well as the Google Pixel Watch, very soon at the Google October event October 6.

Make sure to check back with Tom’s Guide for all the coverage before, during and after the Pixel product showcase, and keep it locked to our Pixel 7 hub for all the last-minute rumors. 

Roland Moore-Colyer a Managing Editor at Tom’s Guide with a focus on news, features and opinion articles. He often writes about gaming, phones, laptops and other bits of hardware; he’s also got an interest in cars. When not at his desk Roland can be found wandering around London, often with a look of curiosity on his face.