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Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional Evaluate: It’s Not Simply In regards to the Cameras Anymore


Google’s Pixel smartphones have all the time been recognized for his or her glorious digicam capabilities, regardless of not all the time having probably the most aggressive {hardware}. However with among the latest crop of flagship Android telephones sporting add-on imaging chipsets, producers have been in a position to ship an analogous degree of imaging high quality that simply rival the Pixel’s AI pictures smarts. Google’s return to the premium smartphone section in India after 4 lengthy years might have fanatics and Android purists very excited, however can it nonetheless entice the overwhelming majority of customers who’ve moved on to competing manufacturers? Learn on to search out out.

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional pricing in India

Pricing is all the time a sensitive topic within the premium smartphone area, however Google appears to have completed justice to the brand new Pixels by pricing them well-below the ‘Professional’ and ‘Extremely’ choices from Apple and Samsung. The Google Pixel 7 is obtainable for Rs. 59,999 for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, whereas the larger Pixel 7 Professional is priced at Rs. 84,999 for the 12GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. Each telephones have been launched in simply their respective base variants in India.

The storage could seem a bit restricted (particularly for the Pixel 7 Professional) with no choice to develop it, however this additionally permits Google to push customers into shopping for one in all its cloud storage plans. Sadly, there’s no free unlimited cloud backup out there anymore both. The Pixel 7 is obtainable in Obsidian, Lemongrass, and Snow finishes, whereas the Pixel 7 Professional is obtainable in Obsidian, Snow, and Hazel. I obtained the Pixel 7 in Obsidian and the Pixel 7 Professional within the Hazel end for evaluation.

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional design

I like how Google has made an effort to present each of its 7 collection smartphones a special really feel, regardless of having the identical overhauled design which is predicated on the earlier Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The Google Pixel 7 is smaller than the Pixel 7 Professional, however not as small as Samsung’s Galaxy S22, which nonetheless one of many few correct compact (or mini) Android flagships.

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Google’s Pixel 7 (proper) and Pixel 7 Professional (left) have Gorilla Glass Victus on the entrance and rear panels

 

The Pixel 7’s body has a brushed steel look which appears to be like just like the Pixel 6a (Review), however feels smoother and seems extra refined with a digicam module wanting so much cleaner because of the only piece aluminium band that stretches throughout the width of the telephone. The Pixel 7 Professional will get an analogous therapy however has a cultured aluminium body as an alternative.

As anticipated, the matte end of the Google Pixel 7 makes the telephone fairly slippery, so I all the time ended up inserting my index finger below the thick digicam bump, which appears to be Google’s signature design function because the Pixel 6 collection. The polished body of the Pixel 7 Professional makes it so much simpler to grip. Each smartphones have polished glass rear panels made out of Gorilla Glass Victus and the identical goes for the shows on the entrance, each of which did a superb job of resisting fingerprints and scratches.

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The Google Pixel 7 Professional’s rear digicam module will get scratched simply

 

Each smartphones even have a pleasant heft to them which added to the premium in-hand really feel, which I felt was lacking on the Pixel 6a. The Pixel 7 weighs 197g and the Pixel 7 Professional weighs 212g, each of which are not abnormally heavy in comparison with different units of their respective segments. Each units additionally function an IP68 score for mud and water resistance.

Through the evaluation interval, I seen that polished digicam module on the Pixel 7 Professional received scuffed very simply. The matte-finished digicam module of the Pixel 7 nonetheless didn’t choose up any scratches in any respect. The curved edge show of the Pixel 7 Professional definitely makes it feel and look extra premium in comparison with the flat show of the Pixel 7. I additionally discovered the sides of the Pixel 7’s body a bit sharp when swiping in from the edges. The bezels on Pixel 7 are additionally not as skinny as I anticipated it to be, which takes a bit away from the machine’s premium attraction, particularly because the Pixel 6a appears to be like fairly related.

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional specs and software program

The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional do share a couple of frequent parts regardless of being priced far aside. There’s the brand new Google Tensor G2 processor, a 50-megapixel main digicam and 10.8-megapixel selfie digicam, and stereo audio system. Communication requirements between the 2 telephones additionally stay an identical, with each providing Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, USB Sort-C (3.2), and assist for the standard satellite tv for pc navigation programs.

The Google Pixel 7 will get a 4,355mAh battery with 20W wired charging, whereas the Pixel 7 Professional will get an even bigger 5,000mAh battery with 23W charging. Each smartphones assist wi-fi charging at 20W and 23W respectively and in addition assist reverse wi-fi charging (Battery Share) for charging equipment. Surprisingly, the Pixel 7 is lacking the Extremely-wideband (UWB) antenna that is out there on the Pixel 7 Professional.

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The Google Pixel 7 (proper) appears to be like fairly just like the Pixel 6a (left) which was launched earlier this yr in India

 

Each the Google Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Professional run the most recent model of Android 13, which has been customised to ship the distinctive Pixel software program expertise. The telephones are loaded with software program smarts equivalent to the extremely correct voice recorder app that may additionally do real-time transcription of audio to textual content. These smarts additionally make their approach into different apps just like the Google Assistant-powered keyboard which might additionally enter textual content in textual content fields precisely utilizing simply voice instructions. The telephones are additionally able to transcribing audio messages within the Messages app, which is useful.

As for the interface, there’s now extra assorted color palettes to select from upon deciding on a wallpaper. Nevertheless, themed icons proceed to stay in a beta state and only some third-party apps at present assist the design function.

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Google’s software program efficiency on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional is fluid because of no added bloatware

 

Google continues so as to add software program and Tensor-powered options in its Pixel smartphones yr on yr, and this yr is not any completely different. The brand new Tensor G2 permits for options equivalent to Cinematic Blur which applies the bokeh impact to video recordings, and Picture Unblur which does a good job at sharpening previous and not too long ago shot blurred images from any supply.

The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional are assured to get Android updates for the subsequent three years, and safety updates for the subsequent 5 years. 

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional Efficiency

Software program efficiency was fluid throughout each the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional, although I seen some random situations of stuttering initially. I additionally encountered my justifiable share of interface-related bugs which had been extra frequent once I first started utilizing the units, however these disappeared after subsequent software program updates. Each telephones warmth up a bit whenever you’re merely looking by means of the interface outdoor through the day or when downloading massive recordsdata or video games, however I had no issues in any other case.

Efficiency in benchmarks turned out as anticipated, however Google’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional fall behind the present era of Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1-powered units such because the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 or the Galaxy Z Fold 4. The Pixel 7 Professional with 12GB of RAM managed scores of 1,039 and three,116 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core exams respectively. When it comes to graphics, the Pixel 7 Professional achieved scores of 60fps, 120fps, and 37fps in GFXBench’s Manhattan 3.1, T-Rex and Automotive Chase exams respectively. The Pixel 7 with 8GB RAM and its decrease decision show additionally got here fairly shut when it comes to benchmark scores.

Gaming efficiency was fairly good on each telephones. I attempted out Name of Obligation: Cellular which defaulted to ‘Excessive’ graphics and body charge settings, however managed to run easily on the ‘Very Excessive’ settings too. The Pixel 7 and seven Professional are likely to warmth up barely whereas enjoying video games however this did not have an effect on efficiency an excessive amount of.

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The Pixel 7 Professional (left) has a 120Hz QHD+ AMOLED show whereas the Pixel 7 (proper) has a 90Hz full-HD+ AMOLED panel

 

The 6.3-inch full-HD+ show on the Pixel 7 is of the AMOLED selection and produces a sharp-enough picture because of its 416ppi pixel density. It is sufficiently brilliant outdoor and the 90Hz refresh charge felt enough, each whereas enjoying video games and through common utilization. The 6.7-inch QHD+ curved-edge AMOLED show on the Pixel 7 Professional is kind of massive, however doesn’t really feel as unwieldy because the Galaxy S22 Extremely’s show, which is broader.

The Google Pixel 7’s show, in contrast to the Pixel 7 Professional, doesn’t function LTPO know-how which in response to Google lets its refresh charge differ between 10Hz-120Hz. Nevertheless, enabling the ‘Present refresh charge’ choice in Developer Settings revealed that it solely went from 60-120Hz so far as I might inform, which was a bit unusual. Color copy on each the shows are vivid on the default setting however altering this to ‘Pure’ made it extra true-to-life. The contact sampling charge on each smartphones was spot-on so there was no drawback when swiping by means of apps and even enjoying intensive 3D video games.

Battery life on the Google Pixel 7 was fairly good and it simply lasted for one and half days with informal use, together with some gaming and digicam utilization. Sadly, issues weren’t nearly as good on the Pixel 7 Professional because the battery normally wouldn’t final past a full-day of use. Our HD video loop check mirrored related outcomes with the Pixel 7 lasting 14 hours and 34 minutes, whereas the Pixel 7 Professional managed 12 hours and half-hour.

This might be all the way down to its QHD+ show on the Pixel 7 Professional, which in response to an earlier report, is claimed to devour extra energy in comparison with different telephones with an analogous panel. Regardless, the with day-to-day utilization, its battery life continues to be fairly poor in comparison with units such because the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra which has an equally massive and high-resolution show.

Charging the Google Pixel 7 and seven Professional was a comparatively sluggish expertise too. Since each smartphones do not include a charging adapter within the field, I relied on my 61W USB PD adapter to get the job completed. The Google Pixel 7 managed to cost from zero to one hundred pc in 1 hour and 47 minutes, whereas the Pixel 7 Professional achieved the identical in 1 hour and 55 minutes. Certainly, that is comparatively sluggish even when in comparison with Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Extremely’s 45W quick charging. Examine this to the Vivo X80 Pro which fees its 4,700mAh battery totally in simply 36 minutes (utilizing the charger that comes within the field) and instantly, Google’s charging speeds for its new Pixels feels dated.

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional Cameras

The Google Pixel 7 has two rear cameras. There is a 50-megapixel main and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam. The Google Pixel 7 Professional has three which incorporates the 50-megapixel main as the Pixel 7, a barely completely different 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam with a 126-degree area of view (as an alternative of 114 levels), and a 48-megapixel telephoto with 5X optical zoom and as much as 30X SuperRes Zoom. Each smartphones share the identical selfie digicam which is a ten.8-megapixel shooter, which doesn’t have autofocus.

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The brand new Movement images options consists of the Lengthy publicity and Motion pan modes for including a artistic blur impact to images

 

The digicam app’s interface of the Google Pixel 7 and seven Professional is often “Pixel”, with fast settings tucked below the settings icon positioned in the top-left nook. Not a lot has modified right here in comparison with the Pixel 6a which I reviewed earlier this yr. There’s a new Cinematic video mode (out there on each telephones) which does a good job at taking pictures topics with blurred backgrounds, however is just able to doing so at 1080p with a fairly unstable body charge.

Google lastly added macro functionality on the Pixel 7 Professional (not out there on the Pixel 7) and it really works rather well. Macro images had been sharp and had good particulars. This mode does not allow you to get as near your topic as you possibly can with an iPhone 13 Professional, but it surely’s nonetheless shut sufficient. Extra importantly, Google additionally allows you to shoot macro images with Auto Night time Sight (barely longer exposures are supposed to herald extra mild), but it surely didn’t make a lot of a distinction to the lead to my expertise.

Additionally new is Movement Images which incorporates Lengthy publicity and Motion pan. Movement images delivers an impact that’s just like deciding on Lengthy Publicity to a Stay Picture on an iPhone. The outcomes are fairly good in all varieties of lighting circumstances and makes for fascinating lengthy publicity images while not having a tripod. Motion Blur provides a movement blur to the background on a shifting topic. It is tough to make use of however the outcomes are fairly stable. What’s extra is that each of those modes can be utilized even at 2X or 5X zoom.

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Google’s Pixel 7 Professional can shoot Movement images in all varieties of lighting and even at 2X or 5X zoom (Faucet to see full dimension)

 

The variations in picture high quality between the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Professional are negligible. The one distinction lies within the ultra-wide angle cameras, the place the Pixel 7’s digicam affords a barely constricted area of view (114 levels) versus the Pixel 7 Professional (126 levels). The Pixel 7 additionally showcases minor purple-fringing in the direction of the sides.

Coming to picture high quality, I in contrast the photographs from the Pixel 7 Professional with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely as it’s arguably the finest smartphone when it comes to digicam functionality within the Android area.

The first digicam on the Pixel 7 Professional snaps some actually good images which are not too sharp and in addition pack in loads of particulars. Google doesn’t over-process the photographs like Samsung does. I discovered the Galaxy S22 Extremely’s images a bit saturated (sometimes Samsung) and with elevated sharpness, which corrupts the textures on objects at a distance. Nevertheless, that is solely seen in the event you pixel-peep.

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Google Pixel 7 Professional daylight digicam samples (Faucet to see full dimension)

 

With images taken with the Pixel 7 Professional’s ultra-wide-angle digicam, Google as soon as once more manages to outdo Samsung however solely by a tiny margin. Colors from the Pixel 7 Professional are pure and the tone is just like the first digicam. Google’s processing additionally manages to seize extra particulars and higher dynamic vary.

In terms of zoom, I seen that the Google Pixel 7 Professional handles images higher with much less sharpening, whereas Samsung tends to sharpen images fairly a bit from the 3X magnification onwards. Surprisingly, the Pixel 7 Professional maintains good picture high quality until 5X optical zoom, exhibiting wonderful particulars like antennas on buildings within the distance. Images captured at 10X are nonetheless fairly spectacular, with the standard taking a noticeable hit at 30X. Samsung’s telephoto photos take a success at 3X zoom for some cause however then kicks into gear from 10X, delivering sharp however contrasted images as much as 30X, publish which the picture high quality takes a noticeable hit.

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Google Pixel 7 Professional versus Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely zoom comparability (Faucet to see full dimension)

 

As for selfies, Samsung captures sharper-looking selfies which are filled with element. Samsung additionally manages higher and extra natural-looking color tones in comparison with the Pixel, which for some cause made my face seem orange (most likely as a result of setting solar). Edge detection with Portrait selfies is extra correct on the Pixel 7 Professional.

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Google Pixel 7 Professional vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely low-light zoom comparability (Faucet to see full dimension)

 

In terms of low-light zoom efficiency, the Pixel 7 Professional comes out on high once more, this time for consistency. Google’s Pixel 7 Professional one way or the other manages to maintain the colors in examine and constant between alongside the zoom vary and in addition performs higher with regards to noise discount. I might nonetheless spot some blotchy textures round lit up objects, however these nonetheless seemed much better than the noisy photos from the Galaxy S22 Extremely. Regardless of Samsung’s telephoto {hardware} managing a 100X magnification, the ends in low mild appeared like oil work, with flat textures.

When it comes to normal low-light efficiency, the first cameras of each the Pixel 7s and the Galaxy S22 Extremely do a very good job in capturing good particulars with low noise, however aren’t in a position to deal with lens flares very properly from ambient lighting. Having too many brilliant mild sources within the scene tends to drop the picture high quality drastically, which I discovered a bit unusual particularly since I had the Pixel’s Auto Night time Sight and Samsung’s ‘Nightography’ modes turned on. These are speculated to routinely calibrate the cameras based mostly on out there mild.

Nevertheless, the Google Pixel 7 Professional nonetheless managed a lot better picture high quality, regardless of exhibiting lens flares whereas Samsung’s photos turned out textureless and noisy. With their respective Night time modes on, the Galaxy S22 Extremely tends to ship higher dynamic vary with a very good degree of element.

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Google Pixel 7 Professional vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely ultra-wide digicam comparability in low mild (Faucet to see full dimension)

 

Google’s Pixel 7 Professional shoots the highest quality video at 4K 30fps and 4K 60fps in daytime. Movies recorded at 1080p turned out a bit uneven with an unsteady framerate. Stabilisation was good and so was the dynamic vary. Nevertheless, Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Extremely carried out so much higher in any respect recording resolutions, with a rocksteady framerate and glorious stabilisation.

In low mild nonetheless, issues took a u-turn. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely’s footage was fairly noisy and with low element. There’s additionally focus-hopping which was fairly annoying. Google’s Pixel 7 and seven Professional surprisingly managed higher high quality movies in low mild, in any respect recording resolutions. Stabilisation was additionally good and the identical could be stated about dealing with lens flares, which Google managed higher than Samsung. Each smartphones are able to recording HDR video, however the Galaxy S22 Extremely did a greater job when taking pictures in daylight.

Total, Google’s Pixel 7 Professional fares higher than the Galaxy S22 Extremely for normal objective pictures because it manages higher high quality images and movies in all types of lighting circumstances. Samsung however did a greater job with selfies, whether or not it was day or evening, and additionally has the sting with regards to the utmost zoom degree. The Pixel 7 captures almost an identical images because the 7 Professional, which ought to be ok to most causal customers. Nevertheless, in the event you want macro functionality or high-quality zoom, then the 7 Professional has the benefit. 

Verdict

Google’s Pixel 7 is a stable premium smartphone with good digicam efficiency, battery life and a good show. It isn’t going to win many factors on fashion and design, primarily as a result of it seems similar to the mid-range Pixel 6a (Review), despite the fact that it is constructed utilizing extra premium supplies. A stable competitor to the Pixel 7 is the Samsung Galaxy S22 5G (Review). It’s compact, affords related battery life, a sooner 120Hz refresh charge, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. It additionally appears to be like extra premium with its razor-thin show bezels and is obtainable from Rs. 62,999.

The Google Pixel 7 Professional will get nearly all the things proper save for battery life and charging speeds, which falls in need of expectations. Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra (Review) might price much more with costs ranging from Rs. 1,08,990, but it surely provides equally good worth by providing higher battery life, sooner 45W charging, a built-in S-Pen stylus, distinctive design, and higher telephoto capabilities.

As for direct opponents to the Pixel 7 Professional, we’ve the Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G (Review) at Rs. 84,999 onwards and the Vivo X80 Pro (Review) at Rs. 79,999. These two telephones positively supply good worth and equally spectacular digicam efficiency because the Pixel 7 Professional. What offers the Pixel an edge although is its software program expertise and the promise of well timed software program updates, which is able to all the time arrive on the Pixel 7 collection earlier than another smartphone.


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