Google Pixel Launch Event: We’re getting closer to the release of the Pixel 7 phone and Pixel Watch. Google’s fall launch event will take place on Thursday, October 6 at 10AM ET. Even though we know what to expect, Google might still have some surprises for us. Here are all the things we’re excited about at the upcoming Google Pixel event.
The Google Pixel 7 And 7 Pro To Arrive With Incremental Upgrades
A Pixel launch event wouldn’t be possible without a new line of Pixel phones. We’re going to find out what Google has planned for the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Back in May, Google gave us a quick look at them at I/O.
Google showed off images of the devices at the event. Each one has an aluminum camera bar and an improved Tensor G2 chip, which we’ll talk more about below. The Pixel 7 Pro has two holes for its three cameras, but the Pixel 7 only has one hole for its two cameras.
We don’t think there will be too many changes to the Pixel 7’s camera specs since the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have the same 50MP main sensor. The Pixel 6 Pro already has an 11MP front-facing camera, which could be added to both the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.
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— SnoopyTech (@_snoopytech_) October 2, 2022
Leaked specs, on the other hand, show that the Pixel 7 Pro could also have a 48MP telephoto lens. This is different from the Pixel 7. In a leaked ad that Twitter leaker SnoopyTech shared, Google seems to show off the Pixel 7 Pro’s powerful “super-res zoom” and “macro focus” feature, which lets you take close-up photos with a lot of detail. The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro could also have a feature called “cinematic blur,” which seems to change the focus during videos. This is similar to what the iPhone 13’s “cinematic mode” does.
9to5Google says that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro may have the same displays as their predecessors: 90Hz 1080 x 2400 displays and 120Hz 1440 x 3120 displays. The Pixel 7’s screen may be a little bit smaller than the Pixel 6’s, and the Pixel 7 Pro may have a native 1080p mode that could help users save battery. Also, check Five New Apple Products Could Launch In 2023
People on the web say they have seen prototypes of the device. One user says they are selling one on eBay, and another says they bought one from Facebook Marketplace. More recently, an unboxing video at a tech store in Bangladesh showed what looks like a more finished version of the Pixel 7 Pro. These pictures and videos don’t tell us much that we didn’t already know about the device, but they do back up a lot of what Google showed us at I/O
The Launch of Google’s First Pixel Smartwatch
The launch of Google’s new Pixel Watch could be one of the most exciting things to come out of its upcoming event. Even though Google officially announced the watch at I/O, there had been rumors about it for a few months before the event.
So far, we know that the Pixel Watch will have a circular face with a dome shape, a tactile crown, a side button, and a band that can’t be switched out for other styles. It will also come with an “improved” version of Wear OS 3, which has native Google apps like Google Maps, Google Assistant, Google Wallet, and Google Home. Because the watch now works with Fitbit, you can see your heart rate, track your sleep, and keep track of your Active Zone Minutes. A leaked ad that SnoopyTech shared shows how some of these integrations might look.
Google Pixel Watch: That's it pic.twitter.com/jfeac8FkuJ
— SnoopyTech (@_snoopytech_) October 2, 2022
We still don’t know which chip the Pixel Watch will use, but a source told 9to5Google that it could have a powerful Samsung Exynos 9110, more than 1.5GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of storage. And because possible images and information about the watch were leaked to Reddit and Android Central, we know that the device could have a 40mm watch face that is 14mm thick and a 30mm display.
In a set of leaked images shared with Slashleaks, we also got a look at the bands and watchfaces that the smartwatch might come with. It looks like the watch may have a set of black, white, dark grey, and light grey silicone bands, as well as red, black, and green braided bands.
There are also two kinds of leather bands: one that is sleek and comes in black, orange, and silver, and another that is rougher and comes in black and dark green. On the other hand, the watch itself could be black, silver, or gold.
The leaked images also show a variety of watchfaces, from a simple hour and minute hand with the user’s heart rate to a more colorful design of a landscape. Based on the images that got out, the Pixel Watch might be able to track your ECG and work with Google’s Fast Pair. Mishaal Rahman of Esper found another set of images that show how the watch can connect to Google Home and make emergency calls. How To Watch Tesla’s AI Day Event?
A report from 9to5Google says that the watch will come in two versions: one for $349 which only has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and another for $399 which also has LTE. This is in line with a leaked listing for the Pixel Watch that briefly showed up on Amazon in Germany. The listing said that the device costs 356.76 euros, which is about $349 USD.
A (slightly) More Powerful Tensor G2 Chip
Last year, Google showed off its first Tensor chip that it made in-house. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro were the first phones to use them. With the release of the Pixel 7, the company is about to show off the second generation of the chip, and rumors have already given us an idea of how well it will work.
Developer Kuba Wojciechowski found information on Geekbench that suggests the processor could have the same number of CPU cores as the first Tensor chip. This would give it a small 10 percent boost in performance. Wojciechowski says that the GPU should get a 20% performance boost and a 20% power reduction.
Another Look At The Google Pixel Tablet
Google showed a sneak peek of the Pixel Tablet at I/O earlier this year. It wasn’t very exciting. My coworker Dan Seifert said that it looks like “a Samsung tablet from 2013 or 2014” because of its thick white bezel. Google didn’t say anything else about the device at I/O, but we know for sure that it will run Android.
Leaked specs to 91Mobiles show that it could have an 11-inch screen, support for Wi-Fi 6, and both 128GB and 256GB of storage. Wojciechowski also found evidence of a “Pro” tablet variation buried in the first Android 13 quarterly platform release beta. It’s not clear what the differences will be between the standard tablet and the Pro version, but 9to5Google found that the two devices might have different cameras on the back.
If Google does give us a better look at the Pixel Tablet and show us a Pro version, the device might not even come out this year. Google said at I/O that the tablet should come out in 2023.
Some New Nest devices
We won’t just see Pixel devices at the event; there will also be a new smart home tech. We’re looking forward to a “Pro” version of Google’s Nest Wi-Fi router, for one. Recently, a listing for the upcoming device on B&H Photos showed that it will cost $199.99. The name “Nest Wifi Pro” also showed up on an FCC listing, which says it could support Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth LE, and Thread mesh networking radios to support the Matter smart home standard.
We might also get a new wired Nest doorbell. We don’t know much about the device other than what 9to5Google found in the Google Home app.
Is A Pixel Foldable In The Cards?
Since last year, there have been rumors about a mysterious Pixel foldable (or two), but we haven’t seen it yet. Recent leaks, however, show that Google is only working on one device, which could fold up like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold.
Midway through September, Wojciechowski found code that again talked about the folded and unfolded states of a device Google called “Felix.” The code also says that the device could have a 64MP main sensor, a 10.8MP telephoto lens on the back, an 8MP sensor on the inside, and another 10.8MP telephoto lens on the front.
Google’s rumored to release the foldable Pixel in the spring of next year, so we might not see it at this event.
Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.