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Google's flagship handsets have launched in October for years, ever since the first-gen Pixel was unveiled to the world. (Well, all of them except for the Pixel 5, which was unveiled at the end of September.) Google's announcement of its Oct. 6 event was accompanied by a video showing the Pixel 7 series, which makes it clear the phone will be the main focus of the event.
Google's in-house silicon, known as the Tensor chip, made its debut in the Pixel 6 series. And Google will continue to pack its phones with its own chips with the upcoming Pixel 7 lineup. It's set to receive a second-gen Tensor chipset, the company said in May. This announcement isn't surprising: Google took on the costly and complex task of developing an in-house chipset, so why not use that chipset in its phones?
Some of the enhancements from the chip are evident in the Pixel 6's camera system, which has new features that aren't available on previous Pixel devices. These include Magic Eraser for deleting unwanted objects in photos and Real Tone, which portrays skin tones more accurately. Although we don't know much about the second-gen Tensor chip yet, we can likely expect similar machine learning-based improvements.
Last year's Pixel 6 shook up the design that the last five generations of Pixel phones otherwise held onto. After that design overhaul, Google is simply making refinements to its now signature aesthetic. Remember the black camera bar that runs across the width of the chassis? This year, the bar will be made of recycled aluminum and flows into the device's side rails, making the camera cutouts more visible. (The Pixel 6 series had a bold black bar that abruptly stopped at the edges).
Images shared by Google in May show Pixel 7 will have a pill-shaped camera notch while the Pixel 7 Pro will feature a punch-hole cut out and a pill-box cut out that together form a sort of sideways exclamation point, housing three cameras.
Google renders show the Pixel 7 Pro will also have a triple rear camera system, like the 6 Pro, while the base Pixel 7 seems to have two rear cameras, like the standard Pixel 6. As far as the cameras go, we don't have confirmation of much more beyond that, but the pictures seem to show that Google will stick to the configurations of standard wide, ultrawide and telephoto for the Pixel 7 Pro.