As expected, the new Google Tensor G2 processor, for example, brings only a modest boost in CPU performance. But Google is making the case that the new chip has an upgraded neural processing unit that brings support for new AI-enhanced photography, security, and voice recognition, among other things.
For example, Google says a Pixel 7 can process Night Sight photographs twice as fast as a Pixel 6, allowing you to take photos in low-light environments without using a flash bulb.
The Pixel 7 also adds support for a new Photo Unblur feature to the Google Photos app, allowing you to use on-device machine learning technology to sharpen blurry pictures. You can also use the latest version of Google’s Magic Eraser to remove unwanted people or objects from a photo.
Google has also added support for Cinematic Blur, enabling support for shallow depth-of-field video recording. There’s also support for speech enhancement when recording 4K video.
The company also notes that the latest version of its Super Res Zoom technology allows you to use the 50MP primary camera on the Pixel 7 to crop an image and then sharpen the image in a way that gives you a 12.5MP image that should look similar to one taken using a 2X optical zoom lens.
Since the Pixel 7 Pro also has a 5X telephoto lens, the company says you can combine data from the primary and telephoto cameras to capture images that look as if they were shot using a 10X zoom lens.
And that’s just the photography features. Google says Tensor G2 also comes into play with enhanced security, voice, and other functions. Google says combined with an upgraded front-facing camera (with better support for better low-light selfies), the new phones support face unlock.
Here’s a run-down of key features for Google’s new phones, which are up for pre-order today and begin shipping next week:
|Pixel 7 Pro||Pixel 7|
Up to 120 Hz
Up to 90 Hz
|Processor||Google Tensor G2|
|Storage||128GB or 256GB|
|Cameras (rear)||48MP telephoto (5x)|
12MP ultra wide-angle (autofocus)
12MP ultra wide-angle
|Cameras (front)||10.8MP w/4K video support|
|Camera features||Macro Focus|
High Resolution 30x Zoom
Movie Motion Bur
|High resolution 8X zoom|
Movie Motion Blur
Titan M2 security chip
|Battery & charging||Wired and wireless fast charging|
A few other changes in this year’s Google flagship phones? While the new phones have similar screens to the Pixel 6 series, they’re 25% brighter. Google says they’ll come with VPN by Google One for no additional cost (although it’s unclear how long that perk is good for). And Google teased some new upcoming features, like speaker detection for transcripts generated by the Google Recorder voice memo app (although it’s unclear if that’s a Pixel 7-exclusive feature).
Like the Pixel 6, the new phones will receive security updates for at least 5 years.