We’re just a few short days away from Google’s hardware event on October 6, which is set to bring the Pixel 7 phones and quite a bit more. From the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro to all the latest Nest smart home gear, here’s everything we’re expecting Google to announce.
Confirmed Google announcements
In the weeks leading up to the October 6 hardware event, Google has only outright confirmed a few of the products that will be present — Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch. We’ve already got a pretty decent understanding of this trio, as they were all previously unveiled at Google I/O in May.
Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
The big announcement everyone is anticipating from this event is the arrival of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, the latest flagship Android phones from Google. In terms of hardware and performance, the Pixel 7 series is set to bring only small, iterative improvements over the Pixel 6.
Even the design is quite similar, featuring the same camera bar, albeit with a metallic finish instead of glass. Somewhat humorously, these similarities played a role in a pre-release Pixel 7 Pro being inadvertently used by a customer for three weeks without them realizing.
But that’s not to say the Pixel 7 series doesn’t pack some exciting upgrades. One feature we’ve been tracking for nearly a year now is the addition of Face Unlock in one form or another after the feature was seemingly pulled from the Pixel 6 Pro right before launch. From what our sources have told us, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro should be able to offer full face unlock either at launch or shortly thereafter.
Another upgrade that’s been spotted is that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will use a brand new Samsung modem. With any luck, this could go a long way toward fixing the connectivity issues that many have experienced with the Pixel 6.
For cameras, the Pixel 7 series will see the return of the 50MP Samsung GN1 sensor from last year, along with the Sony IMX381 for ultrawide photos. The only known difference will be a new Samsung GM1 sensor for taking telephoto pictures, which should be comparable in real world use. As always though, Pixel phones manage to be exceptional because of software, more so than raw hardware improvements.
No firm release date has yet been reported or leaked for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, but Google has confirmed that pre-orders will begin after the event on October 6. While pricing hasn’t leaked, we’re currently expecting the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro to stay in the ballpark of $599 and $899 respectively, matching last year’s prices.
Each of the two phones will be available in three distinct colors — Chalk, Obsidian, and Lemongrass on the smaller Pixel 7, while the Pixel 7 Pro swaps Lemongrass for a stylish shade of Hazel. Whichever color you pick for the Pixel 7 series, you’ll be able to buy a case to match, as Google’s official cases seem to be in the exact same…