As more Google Pixel 7 rumors surface, we're able to get a clearer and clearer picture of Google's next flagship phone in our heads. But if imagining it is too much effort for you right now, we've got some renders to look at instead, which reveal a possible odd-looking design change.
These were made by 3D artist Parvez "TechnizoConcept" Khan and published by LetsGoDigital. LGD says these are based on recent leaks by another leaker, OnLeaks, who published his own renders for both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
As these images show, the design bears a lot of resemblance to the majorly-revised look of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. From the front, we can see a curved display with a centred punch-hole selfie camera. The display may change size compared to last year, going from 6.7 inches to 6.8 inches, but equally it may stay the same size but just in a differently sized overall body, since the leaked measurements show there will be a small change to the phone's height and depth.
We assume the display will again offer a QHD resolution and 120Hz refresh rate like the Pixel 6 Pro, as well as feature a fingerprint scanner underneath it. We just hope it's a lot more reliable on the Pixel 7 than it proved to be on the Pixel 6.
Pixel 7 cameras: This could be strange
The back uses a two-tone colorway similar to the Sorta Sunny option available on the Pixel 6 Pro. The big weird change however can be found in phone-wide camera bar. Rather than having the three rear sensors hidden in the black glass, there are clear glass panels over them on this render, drawing your eye to them.
We've seen this on CAD renders and other leaks in the past too in the form of a weird loop around two cameras and another around the extra sensor on the Pro model. It looks to be the only way you'll be able to tell the Pixel 7 series apart from the Pixel 6 at a glance.
The cameras beneath these transparent coverings are expected to again be a main/ultrawide/telephoto combination. Whether Google will introduce any changes to the hardware, such as higher-resolution or larger sensors isn't certain, as there have been no rumors about this so far.
While there are no rumors about the phone's software yet, it seems a given that the Pixel 7 will be one of the first phones equipped with Android 13 out of the box. That'll allegedly be run by a new chipset, presumably a direct successor to the Google Tensor, the company's first proprietary smartphone chip.
We expect the Pixel 7 to appear at an October launch event like the Pixel 6 did, perhaps after an extended teaser campaign just like the Pixel 6. We may also see a Pixel Fold (or Pixel Notepad) foldable phone alongside it, based on other rumors. We could also see the launch of the Pixel 6a before that in May or August, perhaps alongside a Pixel Watch smartwatch.
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Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.