Is the Pixel 7 Pro Worth $300 More Than the Pixel 7? (2023)

Is the Pixel 7 Pro Worth $300 More Than the Pixel 7? (1)

Google has officially refreshed the Pixel line with the new Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Both phones push the Android envelope with advances in computational photography, security enhancements, and the longest software support of any Google phone. But there are, of course, differences between the 7 and the 7 Pro. The question is, which one is worth buying?

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Google Tensor G2 chip

With the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google introduced its Tensor chip, the first time a Pixel device shipped with a Google-made SoC. Google is continuing on that momentum with the Tensor G2 chip. This year, the chip features a next-gen on-device Tensor processing unit (TPU), which helps power machine learning throughout Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. That machine learning is up to 60% faster and 20% more efficient, according to Google.

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The G2 powers quite a few new features. Google showed off its changes to voice assistance, including making emoji typing much more accurate, including no longer needing to say the emoji’s “official” name to get it right. For example, you can say “upside-down face,” and G2 should type the proper emoji. The chip also transcribes audio messages, which is helpful when you can’t listen to the message right away. Later this year, the Pixels’ Recording app will receive speaker labels, so you know who’s talking throughout the recording.

With G2, Direct My Call now lets you choose directory options before they’re spoken. That way, you don’t need to wait for a prerecorded directory to run through every option before your Pixel shows you the option to tap. With Clear Calling, it’s now easier to hear people on the other end of the call. The G2 uses machine learning to block out backgrounds noises and enhance the other person’s voice.

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Pixel 7 and 7 Pro design

Google builds on the design language of the Pixel 6 with the 7 and 7 Pro. We still have a raised band on the back of the device, this time with more pronounced camera cutouts—two on the Pixel 7, and three on the 7 Pro (but more on that below). Both phones are made with aluminum, although the 7 Pro features a polished metal.

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Pixel 7 sports a 6.3-inch 1080 x 2400 display at 416 ppi. It has a variable refresh rate of up to 90 Hz, and reaches a brightness of up to 1,000 nits (HDR) and 1,400 nits peak brightness. The 7 Pro has a slightly larger 6.7-inch 1440 x 3120 display at 512 ppi. It has a variable refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, and the same HDR brightness of 1,000 nits. However, it gets a bit brighter at its peak, with 1,500 nits.

Google claims both devices sport “all-day battery.” The 7 has a 4,270 mAh battery, while the 7 Pro’s is 5,000 mAh. That said, Google’s battery specs are the same for both, with “24+ hour battery life.”

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Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are all about the cameras

The Pixel 7 comes with two rear cameras: one 50MP wide camera and one 12MP ultrawide. The Pixel 7 Pro comes with those same cameras (although its ultrawide camera has a slightly larger field of view), plus a 48MP telephoto camera. Both phones now have a bigger 10.8MP sensor on the front camera, which uses machine learning for face unlock.

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Both phones implement “next generation” Super Res Zoom, doubling the magnification of the optical lens. This feature crops the main 50MP camera to create a 12.5 MP image at 2x “zoom.”

Of course, the big difference between these phones is the 7 Pro’s new telephoto camera, which pushes Super Res Zoom even further. The 7 Pro merges the main camera’s 2x “zoom” and the telephoto’s 5x optical zoom to create an even better end product. Even once you start a true digital zoom, the 7 Pro keeps things sharp. When you pinch to zoom into 10x, the 7 Pro uses the same process as the 2x zoom to make your “zoom” photos look great.

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Google also wants your view finder to work better when zooming in far. Zoom stabilization now keeps thing stable past 15x digital zoom, which helps frame your shots better, and 20x–30x zoom has an “ML Upscaler.” The 7 Pro’s ultrawide is also wider than 7's, which allows you to snap Macro Focus shots up to 3 cm away.

We’ll have to see how well this all performs in real life before knowing if Google’s claims are true. But the company’s strong suit is computational photography, so they do have some laurels to rest on here.

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Another impressive claim from Google is that the 7 and 7 Pro will solve your blurry photos for good. That applies to pics captured with Night Sight, as the feature is now twice as fast and automatically fuses images from both cameras to sharpen your photos. But the new phones also remove blur with machine learning with a new feature called Photo Unblur. It unblurs any photo in your Google Photos library, whether or not they were taken on the 7 or not. The future is now, people.

Google is also introducing Cinematic Blur, which gives a shallow depth of field to your videos, in addition to high-quality 10-bit HDR for the first time. Google is working with apps like Snapchat and YouTube to make sure this 10-bit media is properly displayed on your social media accounts. We also have Active Stabilization for better video stabilization, and speech enhancement and 4K 60 fps video on all cameras. According to Google, your videos will be high quality, smooth, and sound great.

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A big accessibility feature this year is Guided Frame, which gives instructions out loud to help you move your camera to take the perfect selfie.

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Google really wants you to think the Pixel is secure

The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are the “most secure and private phones yet,” at least says Google. Part of that claim comes from the new Titan M2 security chip (no relation to Apple’s M2). This chip is now officially certified, which gives Google some backing here. Plus, you get five years of guaranteed security updates and software updates. Previous Pixels only received three years of guaranteed software updates, which is a frustrating timeline given that phones last longer and longer. Now, you know your Pixel 7 will keep getting new features from now until 2027.

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Protected computing is Google’s big privacy play this year. The goal is to minimize your data footprint, de-identify data so no one knows it belongs to you, and restrict access. The allows for features like Live Translate, spam detection, and smart reply to all happen on-device. And for the first time, health and wellness data is now private on the 7 and 7 Pro. They can even track your quality of sleep by analyzing coughs and snores throughout the night.

My personal favorite feature, however, is Google’s new VPN service: The 7 and 7 Pro are the first Pixel phones to come with a built-in VPN at no extra cost, which prevents third-parties from associating browsing traffic with your device or identity. I think that’s awesome, and a big step for a company like Google.

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What do the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro cost?

Google priced the Pixel 7 at $599 and the 7 Pro at $899, which is quite competitive. By comparison, the iPhone 14 starts at $799, while the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max start at $999 and $1,099, respectively. If you were debating about the two platforms, Google has a solid argument here.

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In my mind, the 7 is the clear winner among the company’s two new phones, as it’s almost identical to the 7 Pro. What you miss out on are the telephoto camera, better Super Res Zoom, and the larger display with a slightly better refresh rate. Everything else though is essentially the same, for $300 less. Google didn’t make too many sacrifices on its “cheaper” flagship this time around, and I bet it’s the one most Pixel fans will want to go with.

After all, that $300 savings almost affords you a new Google Pixel Watch, which starts at $349.99, and it more than covers a pair of the company’s new Pixel Buds Pro—no doubt something Google considered when pricing its new devices. However, if you’re serious about phone photography, that extra cost might be worth it to you for the 7 Pro’s excellent camera features.

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As always, these are my views on paper. The phones aren’t out yet, so we’ll need to wait for reviewers to dig into them to see what’s what. Until then, to me, the 7 seems to be the way to go.

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FAQs

Is the Pixel 7 Pro worth it? ›

If you're looking for cameras that can hold their own against the iPhone 14 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra for a more affordable price, the Pixel 7 Pro is worth the extra cash.

Whats the difference between Pixel and Pixel pro? ›

The 6 Pro also has a better, higher-resolution, wider-angle selfie camera, so you can squeeze more people into shots. Lastly, the Pixel 6 also has a little less RAM (8GB vs. 12GB) and a smaller maximum storage option (256GB vs. 512GB) compared with the Pixel 6 Pro, as well as a slightly smaller battery.

How much is Google Pixel Pro 7? ›

128GB 12GB RAM$ 775.00$ 895.97
256GB 12GB RAM$ 999.00C$ 2,049.00
512GB 12GB RAM$ 1,099.00

Which Google pixel is worth buying? ›

Google Pixel 6A

The Pixel 6A (8/10, WIRED Recommends) remains one of the best smartphones you can buy. For just $449 (frequently on sale for $349), you're getting a sharp OLED 6.1-inch screen that delivers inky blacks and also gets bright enough to read in direct sunlight.

Does pixel 7 have fingerprint sensor? ›

The fingerprint sensor is housed under the display, and I've generally had no issue with it. That said, it does take a second for the phone to unlock when using it.

Does Google Pixel 7 have dual sim? ›

Just like a lot of other smartphones out there, the new Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro offer dual SIM support. While you only get a single Nano SIM card slot on the new Pixel phones, you can have another eSIM to go along with it and use both numbers simultaneously.

Is Google pixel 6 Pro worth the extra money? ›

Should I buy the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro? If you want the best, go for the Pro. The extra camera may seriously come in handy, while the higher refresh rate will make for a smoother experience.

Is the Google pixel 6 Pro worth buying? ›

With an incredible camera array and the promise that Tensor provides, the Pixel 6 Pro is certainly a good choice for Android enthusiasts. It has enough power for any task and it is a wonderful camera phone. The best part is the price.

When did Google 7 come out? ›

The Google Pixel 7 made its way to pre-order following its October 6 launch, and started shipping as of October 13. The device starts at $599 / £599 / AU$999, which Google rightly points out is $100 less than the latest iPhone 14 and marries up with the price of its predecessor, 2021's Google Pixel 6.

Does Pixel 7 come with charger? ›

Note: The new Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro come with a USB-C to USB-C cable inside the box, meaning you should look for chargers with a USB-C port.

Which is the latest Google pixel phone? ›

Google Pixel 7 Pro

The Pixel 7 Pro features a fresh design with some exceptional camera improvements. New is the metal wraparound camera bar, whereas, in previous models, the camera bar stopped at the edge of the phone. Differentiating the 7 Pro further is the extra cutout for the phone's third camera.

Is the Google Pixel 7 5G? ›

So if you're wondering whether the new phones support 5G, then the short answer is yes. Both Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro support 5G, but not every unit has the same 5G capabilities.

Is Pixel camera better than iPhone? ›

The Pixel's shot is brighter but less sharp than the iPhone's. It's really impressive that the phones are able to capture such good photos at night, and they're definitely at the top for night-mode imagery.

Is Pixel better than iPhone? ›

The Pixel has a bigger screen and fast refresh rate, two advantages over the iPhone. The biggest difference between these two is just in physical size as the iPhone is the more compact phone, while the Pixel is a wider and taller device.

Does the Pixel 7 have face unlock? ›

Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro. If you have a Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro, you can use Face Unlock to unlock your phone. Face Unlock can't be used on Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro for signing into apps or making payments.

Will Google make a smaller Pixel? ›

Google is said to be building a new small-sized Pixel, according to a new report. After the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro launch, the company's next moonshot is into the small phone market recently vacated by Apple.

Is Google coming out with a pixel 7? ›

The Google Pixel 7 is now on sale, with the 128GB version of the phone starting at $599 / £599/ AU$999. That's the same price the Pixel 6 debuted at a year ago, as Google looks to maintain a pricing advantage over rival smartphones.

Is the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro better? ›

The RAM: The Pixel 6 has 8GB of RAM while the Pro has 12GB. The cameras: The Pro has a higher-quality front-facing camera along with an extra telephoto lens on its back side. The storage: The Pro goes up to 512GB as an option for local storage space, while the regular 6 tops out at 256GB. (Both phones start at 128GB.)

Are Pixel 6 and 6 Pro the same size? ›

The first, and most obvious difference between the two devices is the size. As is customary, the Pro is bigger, with a screen size of 6.7 inches. The regular Pixel 6 is only slightly smaller, at 6.4 inches. In other words, the regular Pixel 6 is by no means a "mini" or "compact" — it's more of a medium-sized phone.

Is the Pixel 6a better than the Pixel 6? ›

The Pixel 6 packs more RAM and storage than its smaller sibling. It comes with 8GB RAM and is available in 128GB and 256GB storage configurations. The Pixel 6a comes only in one configuration with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage—there's no microSD card slot or 256GB variant configuration.

Does Pixel 6 Pro have SD card slot? ›

The answer is no. Just like most of the popular smartphones released nowadays, the Google Pixel 6a doesn't include a microSD slot. This means that there's no easy or convenient ways to expand.

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