While they’re similar in name, the Google Pixel 7 and the Google Pixel 7 Pro have several key differences. They were released on October 13th after being fully revealed a week earlier on October 6th. The two phones are the latest in the Google Pixel series, following the Google Pixel 6, which was released on October 28th 2021.
A key difference between the two phones is the price, with the Google Pixel 7 Pro being £250 more expensive than the standard Pixel 7. The price for the Google Pixel 7 Pro and Google Pixel 7 is £849 and £599, respectively. For that extra £250, you get a much better phone with a larger screen, more cameras, more memory, a bigger battery, and more storage. If you can afford to splash out, we’d recommend picking up the Pro, but the standard Pixel 7 is still a great phone if you’re on a budget.
One area in which the two phones are similar is the design, but there are subtle differences if examined closely. They look almost identical at a glance, as they both have a punch-hole camera at the front and a camera bar that spans the phone’s width. However, the Pixel 7 Pro offers a polished aluminium frame, whereas the standard Pixel 7 has a matte frame. There is also a difference in the third colour option. Both come in Snow and Obsidian, but the Pixel 7 Pro comes in Hazel, whereas the standard Pixel 7 comes in Lemongrass. While they’re incredibly similar, some may prefer the Pixel 7 Pro’s design thanks to its polished frame and slightly curved display.
A significant difference between the two phones is the camera setup. The standard Pixel 7 only has a dual camera on the rear of the phone, with a 50MP wide camera as its primary lens and a 12MP ultrawide camera. The Pixel 7 Pro offers a triple camera setup with a 48MP telephoto lens on top of a 50MP wide lens and a 12MP ultrawide lens. While both phones offer a 10.8MP front camera, there’s no denying that the addition of the third lens gives the Pixel 7 Pro a clear edge in this department.
Another significant difference between the phones is the display. The screen on the Pixel 7 Pro is larger than the standard Pixel 7 – 6.7 inches compared to 6.3 inches. It’s also a better quality display, offering Quad HD+, a 120Hz refresh rate, and up to 1500 nits of brightness. While the Pixel 7 offers Full HD+, 90Hz refresh rate, and up to 1400 nits of brightness. When choosing your phone, it’s important to consider the quality of the display, specifically how bright it gets and how vibrant the colours are on the screen. No matter which usage you give to your phone, if it’s watching TV shows, reading game reviews such as the Starburst slot review, or looking at and taking photos on a daily basis, you’ll want to pick the phone with the best display, which in this case is the Pixel 7 Pro.
Hardware and Specs
The standard Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro run on the latest Google Tensor chip – the Google Tensor G2, but that’s where the similarities end between the phones. The Pixel 7 Pro has 4GB more RAM – 12GB compared to 8GB and has the capacity for twice as much storage space. The maximum amount of storage in the standard Pixel 7 is 256GB, whereas the Pixel 7 Pro has up to 512GB. If you use many resource-intensive apps or require a lot of storage space, the Pixel 7 Pro is the phone for you.
Lastly, we’ll look at the difference in battery life. With how much we use our phones on a day-to-day basis, it’s essential that they can keep up with demand. Many apps use a lot of battery life, like when we’re streaming on Amazon Prime or playing a mini-game from the app store. While the Pixel 7 Pro has a slightly larger battery – 5000mAh compared to 4355mAh, we found that the added features have a bigger impact on battery life. After a full day of usage, the standard Pixel 7 had around 20% of its battery left. In contrast, the Pixel 7 Pro only had about 15%. It’s not a huge difference, but if you’re on your phone a lot and aren’t worried about having the latest tech, you may be better off with the standard model.
It’s clear that between the two models, the Pixel 7 Pro has an advantage. However, both are great phones, and while the standard Pixel 7 may not have all the best features, it’s more than capable of handling your day-to-day needs and may better suit your budget.