Google took a strange approach to launching its latest flagship phone, leaving many people wondering whether to wait to buy or just buy the older version.
The Google Pixel 6 launched with much fanfare in October 2021, and while we expect the Google Pixel 7 to go on sale basically a year later, the company made the odd decision to unveil it in May. So we know a lot – but not everything – about the upcoming Android phone.
So if you’re thinking “Google Pixel 7 vs. Google Pixel 6 – which should I choose?”, you have a lot more information to consider than you normally would at this time of year.
But to make your choice a bit easier, we’ve decided to compare the two phones below – this is based on official information, nothing based on leaks and rumours.
Google Pixel 7 vs. Google Pixel 6 release date and price
While the Google Pixel 6 price started at $599 / £599 / AU$999, we weren’t told how much the Pixel 7 will cost.
However, due to the changes between device generations – which you’ll read about in a moment – we can’t imagine things will be that much different. Perhaps we’ll see shifts of $50 / £50 / AU$100 either way, but it’s unlikely the cost will change much more.
The Pixel 6 series launched in late October 2021, and while only a rough window has been given for the Pixel 7’s release, it really looks like an October debut for this device is likely as well.
Google Pixel 7 design and display compared to Google Pixel 6
Well, this is going to be a short section.
We were shown the design of the Google Pixel 7 and it looks almost identical to the Pixel 6. That means it has a two-tone back punctuated by a horizontal camera bumper. It is available in black, coral, blue or white.
One small change is that the Pixel 7’s camera bar is now one long piece of aluminum, but that’s a very small difference, to be honest.
We haven’t heard anything about the Pixel 7’s display, but we expect it to be identical to the Pixel 6’s. The has a 6.4-inch FHD+ 90Hz display that’s okay for the price, but not exactly budget-competitive given the 120Hz phones out there.
Google Pixel 7 vs. Google Pixel 6 cameras and battery life
The Google Pixel 6 has two rear cameras: a 50 MP main camera and a 12 MP ultra wide duo. The big selling point, however, is the software – it benefits from Google’s AI scene optimization and has some useful features like Magic Eraser for removing unwanted background objects on the fly.
We haven’t heard anything about the Google Pixel 7’s cameras, but we know from pictures that it still only has two. That means it probably hasn’t gotten a zoom lens from its Pro brethren, despite that lens being so useful.
We might see an increase in quality from either sensor or lens, but we wouldn’t imagine it. Google tends to update camera software, not hardware, between generations. So maybe we’ll see some new modes or tools available in the Photos app.
In terms of battery life, the Pixel 6 has a 4,614mAh charger and lasts about a day – but there’s reason to believe the Pixel 7 will be better, although we don’t have actual stats on that.
Over the last few Pixel generations, Google has really improved the durability of their phones and hopefully the Pixel 7 will last even longer than the 6.
Google Pixel 7 performance and software compared to Google Pixel 6
Now we’re back in territory where we have some facts, as Google has provided some information on the chipset and software for its new phone.
The Google Pixel 6 marked the debut of Google’s homegrown chipset, the Tensor, and the company has confirmed that the next generation of this mid-range chip will be used in the Pixel 7 family.
Sure, we don’t really know a lot of details about it, but presumably it will be a bit faster with some performance optimization tricks, and it might also support more AI camera tools.
In terms of software, both come on the contemporary builds of Android – that’s Android 12 in the case of the Pixel 6 and Android 13 for the Pixel 7. Google has already confirmed this, so it’s not speculation. The key features of this new software build are a redesign of Google Pay (which will be renamed Google Wallet) and an easier way to share files and links between devices.
Of course, the Pixel 6 will be updated to Android 13, so the Pixel 7 doesn’t really have an advantage here – except that it’ll likely be supported with updates longer.
Google Pixel 7 vs. Google Pixel 6 takeaway
It’s early to compare the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 7, but from what we know so far, it sounds like a pretty iterative update.
The design and display will likely be largely the same, and we’re not expecting any major camera upgrades. Plus, the software and processing tweaks aren’t likely to set the world on fire either.
Considering the Pixel 6’s price has come down quite a bit since launch, it seems like an enticing choice. But Google might have some interesting features up its sleeves for the Pixel 7 launch in October, so it might be worth the wait too.