The Pixel 7 Pro is Google’s flagship smartphone for the year. It takes on some of the best Android phones of 2022, including the Galaxy S22 Ultra and, for the title of the best smartphone, the iPhone 14 Pro series. At first glance, the Pixel 7 Pro might not look like a significant upgrade over 2021’s Pixel 6 Pro. But there are plenty of refinements and fixes for problems that plagued its predecessor. So, is the Pixel 7 Pro worth upgrading from the Pixel 6 Pro? Or should you continue using last year’s flagship Pixel phone for another year and save money? Read our comparison to find out.
|Phone||Google Pixel 7 Pro||Google Pixel 6 Pro|
|Chipset||Google Tensor G2||Google Tensor|
|Storage||128, 256, 512GB||128, 256, 512GB|
|Display||6.7″ QHD+ (1440×3120, 19.5:9) LTPO 120Hz, 1,500 nits peak brightness, Always-On Display, Gorilla Glass Victus||6.7″ QHD+ (1440×3120, 19.5:9) LTPO 120Hz, 800 nits brightness, Always-On Display, Gorilla Glass Victus|
|Battery||5003mAh, up to 30W fast charging, up to 23W wireless charging||5003mAh, up to 30W fast charging, up to 23W wireless charging|
|Rear Cameras||50MP f/1.85 primary (82° FoV w/OIS); 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide with autofocus (125° FoV); 48MP f/3.5 5x telephoto w/OIS; LDAF, Spectral and flicker sensor; 5x optical and up to 30x Super Res Zoom||50MP f/1.85 primary (82° FoV w/OIS); 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide (114° FoV); 48MP f/3.5 telephoto w/OIS; LDAF, Spectral and flicker sensor; 4x optical and up to 20x Super Res Zoom|
|Camera Features||Magic Eraser, improved Real Tone, Face Unblur, Macro Focus, Photo Unblur, Cinematic Blur, 10-bit HDR video||Magic Eraser, Real Tone, Face Unblur|
|Front Camera||10.8MP f/2.2 (92.8° FoV, fixed focus)||11.1MP f/2.2 (94° FoV, fixed focus)|
|Connectivity||5G (mmWave supported in the US), Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, Ultra-Wideband, Dual-band GNSS, Dual SIM (nanoSIM + eSIM)||5G (mmWave supported in the US), Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, Ultra-Wideband, Dual SIM (nanoSIM + eSIM)|
|Dimensions||162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9 mm, 212g, IP68 certified||163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm, 210g, IP68 certified|
|Biometric unlock||Face unlock, in-display fingerprint scanner||In-display fingerprint scanner|
|Software||Android 13||Launched with Android 12, currently running Android 13|
|Software Support||Will receive OS updates until October 2025 and security patches until October 2027||Will receive OS updates until October 2024 and security patches until October 2026|
|Colors||Snow, Obsidian Black, and Hazel||Sorta Sunny, Cloudy White, and Stormy Black|
|Price||Starting at $900||Started at $900|
Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Pixel 6 Pro: Design and Build
Google showcased the design of the Pixel 7 series back at I/O 2022 itself. Since then, it has posted multiple teasers and videos highlighting the phone’s design. The Pixel 7 Pro carries forward the same design language as the Pixel 6 Pro, with minor tweaks. This means you continue to get a visor-like camera strip on the Pixel 7 Pro, but it has now switched to a pill-and-dot cutout. And unlike the 6 Pro, the newer Pixel uses polished aluminum for the camera bar instead of glass. That’s a good thing since the metal surface is unlikely to get scratched as quickly as glass.
Like the Pixel 6 Pro, the 7 Pro features a polished aluminum chassis sandwiched by Gorilla Glass Victus panels from the front and back, which carries an IP68 certification. Side-by-side, you will notice that the Pixel 7 Pro is slightly shorter but wider than the outgoing model. Many users found the Pixel 6 Pro unwieldy in daily use, and the slight dimension tweak on the Pixel 7 Pro should help resolve that to some extent.
Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Pixel 6 Pro: Display
Both Pixel phones sport a 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz OLED panel with Always-On display support. But Google is seemingly using a newer-generation Samsung display panel and touts the Pixel 7 Pro’s display to be 25% brighter than the Pixel 6 Pro. That should be sufficient to ensure you can view content on the display when out in direct sunlight. The display panels on the two phones are not curved, though the Gorilla Glass Victus curves slightly at the edges.
Google is using a newer in-display fingerprint scanner on the Pixel 7 Pro. So the poor fingerprint performance woes that have plagued the Pixel 6 Pro since its launch last year should hopefully not be a concern here.
Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Pixel 6 Pro: Chipset and Connectivity
Continuing the tradition that started with the Pixel 6 series in 2021, Google is using a semi-custom Tensor chip inside the Pixel 7 Pro. The Tensor G2 packs an octa-core CPU and is fabricated on Samsung’s 4nm node. That should make it more efficient than the original Tensor chip, which Samsung made at its 5nm foundries. Google is also using more powerful and power-efficient Cortex-A78 “medium” cores.
With the second iteration of its Tensor SoC, Google has focused more on AI and GPU performance instead of raw CPU horsepower. The chip uses a newer and more powerful Mali G710-MP7 GPU to deliver better graphics and Vulkan performance. The Tensor G2 packs a next-gen TPU that is 60% faster in ML tasks and 20% more efficient. This is an important upgrade since the TPU powers the Cinematic Blur, Photo Unblur, and other Pixel camera features. Google even says that Night Sight is twice as fast on the Pixel 7 series and can take sharper photos than before.
What’s disappointing is that Google continues to promise three years of OS updates and five years of security updates for the Pixel 7 series, the same as the Pixel 6 lineup. This is inferior to Samsung’s promise of updating its mid-range and flagship devices with four OS updates.
At this point, the poor connectivity issues plaguing the Pixel 6 series are no secret. The original Tensor chip uses Samsung’s Exynos 5123 modem, which could be blamed for these issues. While not mentioned, Google is hopefully using a newer and more efficient Samsung modem on the Tensor G2 to address these concerns.
Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Pixel 6 Pro: Camera
At first glance, it might look like the Pixel 7 Pro retains the same camera setup as the Pixel 6 Pro. But look closely, and you will realize that’s not the case. The primary 50MP Samsung GN1 sensor remains unchanged, but Google has ditched Sony’s IMX586 sensor for the 48MP telephoto shooter in favor of Samsung’s GM1 module. Seemingly, this change will help provide a consistent image quality across lenses. The optical zoom level has also improved. While the previous gen Pixel provided 4x optical zoom and 20x SuperRes Zoom, the Pixel 7 Pro offers 5x optical zoom and 30x SuperRes Zoom.
As for the ultrawide, it now has a 21% wider FoV and has gained macro focus support, so you can get as close as three centimeters to a subject to take detailed macro shots.
Despite the similar camera sensors, the Pixel 7 Pro should take better photos than the outgoing model, thanks to the Tensor G2’s improved ISP and processing improvements. Google claims Night Sight processing has improved on the Pixel 7 series, so you won’t have to hold the phone still as long as the Pixel 6. Additionally, it claims to have achieved optical quality similar to dedicated lenses at 2x and 10x levels.
So, the Pixel 7 Pro might not take noticeably better photos than the 6 Pro from the primary camera, but the overall experience will be better. And you will notice the improvements when using the zoom camera.
Video quality is another area where the Pixel 7 Pro trumps its predecessor in a big way. It can record 4K 60fps video from all three sensors, and there’s even an option to record in 10-bit HDR this time. Taking a cue from the iPhone 13 and 14 series, Google is introducing Cinematic Blur on the Pixel 7, which lets you shoot videos with a shallow depth of field effect. You are limited to shooting at 24fps in this mode, though
The selfie camera uses a larger and newer Samsung sensor. So, selfies taken from the Pixel 7 should look much more detailed. Additionally, the new camera allows Google to provide face unlock as another form of biometric authentication on the Pixel 7 lineup. But as we note in our Pixel 7 hands-on, Google’s settings page for face unlock has a bunch of warnings about the feature not being as secure as the fingerprint sensor.
Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Pixel 6 Pro: Battery life
The Pixel 7 Pro packs the same 5,000mAh battery as its predecessor. Google claims the battery can last beyond 24 hours, though your mileage will vary. We were never really impressed with the Pixel 6 Pro’s battery life, and the Android 13 update only worsened it. With a more efficient Tensor G2 chip and newer components, the Pixel 7 Pro should fare better than last year’s model.
Battery charging speeds remain unchanged as well. You can top up the battery to 50% in 30 minutes using a reliable PPS charger, but a full charge will take a while. And like the Pixel 6 series, you get fast wireless charging and Battery Share to charge your wireless accessories.
Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Pixel 6 Pro: Pricing and availability
Google surprised everyone with the Pixel 6 pricing in 2021. Despite packing high-end specs, these phones were surprisingly very affordable and did not cross the $1,000 barrier. The company is also continuing that trend this year, with the Pixel 7 lineup costing the same as the Pixel 6. So, you can get the entry-level Pixel 7 Pro for $899, making it among the most affordable flagship phones on the market. Despite the bevy of improvements and rising component costs, it is commendable to see Google retain the same price tag for the Pixel 7 series.
The Pixel 6 series was widely panned for its limited availability. Google made amends by expanding the phone’s availability to more markets a few months after launch, but that was not enough. This time, the Pixel 7 series is available in a broader range of markets from day one, including India, Sweden, and Norway. That still pales compared to the availability of flagship phones of Samsung and Apple, but it’s an improvement nonetheless.
Google Pixel 7 Pro vs. Pixel 6 Pro: Should you upgrade?
The Pixel 7 Pro packs some notable improvements over the 6 Pro. But none of them are compelling enough for an upgrade. The new Pixel only fixes the flaws found in its predecessor but does not bring any significant leap in image quality, performance, or design. Instead, you should save money and buy the Pixel Watch or one of the best Android smartwatches on the market, as it would be a better companion to your Pixel phone.
Perhaps the only scenario when you should upgrade to the Pixel 7 Pro is if you are tired of the poor battery life and connectivity issues of the Pixel 6 Pro. That said, we can’t make a final call on that until we’ve tried out the phones during our review period. Take advantage of the best Pixel 7 Pro preorder deals, and you can get the latest Pixel for a stellar price.
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Camera upgrades and processing refinements help the Pixel 7 Pro distinguish itself from last year’s model handily. If you’re feeling the urge to trade in and upgrade, now is the best time as trade-in values (especially at the carriers) are quite generous for the 6 Pro.
Overwatch 2 season 2: New game modes, holiday skins revealed
Overwatch 2’s second season and new tank hero Ramattra arrive on Dec. 6, and a new trailer for the free-to-play game’s new content shows what else players can expect in season 2. That includes a new Zeus-themed mythic skin for Junker Queen, Greek mythology-inspired skins for other heroes, a new Escort map, and the return of two classic Overwatch holiday events.
Season 2 of Overwatch 2 will also include a new limited-time event called Battle for Olympus, which runs Jan. 5-19, 2023. The trailer doesn’t offer much in the way of specifics, but it does appear to take place on the game’s Ilios map and includes Junker Queen calling down team-wiping lightning strikes. The Greek gods theme for the game’s second battle pass appears to include new skins for Roadhog (Cyclops), Ramattra (Poseidon), Lúcio (Hermes), Widowmaker (Medusa), Reinhardt (Minotaur), and Pharah (Hades). Junker Queen’s new mythic skin will likely be the end-of-battle-pass reward, similar to Genji’s Cyber Demon skin from season 1.
A closer look at Overwatch 2’s season 2 skins, some of which will be available through the battle pass, others through the in-game store, are in the gallery below:
Elsewhere in the trailer, we get a peek at new holiday cosmetics for Bastion, who appears to be getting a gingerbread house-inspired skin for Winter Wonderland 2022 (which runs Dec. 13 to Jan. 4), and Mei, who is getting a rabbit-themed skin for Lunar New Year 2023 (which runs Jan. 17 to Feb. 6).
But the bigger gameplay additions come in the form of Ramattra, who will be included as part of season 2’s battle pass, and a new Escort map, Shambali, set in the Himalayan peaks.
Overwatch executive producer Jared Neuss said earlier this month that, in response to season 1 of Overwatch 2, Blizzard wants players “to feel more rewarded” for playing the game in future seasons. Neuss hinted at more free skins that can be earned by playing events — like Battle for Olympus — and by watching streamers on Twitch.
Overwatch 2 is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
‘Super Mario’ Movie Trailer Sparks Mass Mockery Of Chris Pratt
Another trailer for the hotly anticipated Super Mario movie has hit the internet; the film looks gorgeous, and surprisingly faithful to the wonderfully weird lore of the games. If there’s a single criticism to be made, it’s Chris Pratt’s “Mario” voice.
It’s become something of an internet tradition to pile on Chris Pratt after the release of a popular trailer (usually a Marvel movie), and the Super Mario movie provided Pratt’s haters with plenty of material.
Most of the voice actors we hear in the trailer match their characters perfectly; Charlie Day nails Luigi’s anxiety, Anya Taylor-Joy is a soft, determined Peach, and Jack Black is clearly having a blast playing Bowser (and putting effort into crafting a gruff, distinctive voice).
Pratt, on the other hand, is saying Mario’s dorky little catchphrases using his regular voice, and it’s a little uncanny.
There’s nothing wrong with Pratt’s voice, exactly; the man has “generic main character” energy, and that matches the essence of Mario, an empty vessel inhabited by the player. But it is strange to hear Pratt’s voice emerge from such an iconic character.
Obviously, kids watching this movie aren’t going to care – to them, Pratt will be Mario. On Twitter, however, adult Super Mario fans weren’t impressed.
But Pratt’s flat voice acting wasn’t the sole inspiration for the pile on. Over the years, Pratt has gained a reputation as a staunch conservative and Evangelical Christian; at one point, actor Elliot Page called him out on Twitter, claiming that Pratt belonged to a church that is “infamously anti-LGBTQ.”
The church in question was believed to be Hillsong Church, which does view homosexuality as “sinful.” Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn once corrected the record on Twitter, insisting that Pratt didn’t deserve his bad reputation, while Pratt himself later claimed to have never attended the church, and even described himself as “not a religious person.”
Marvel fans didn’t buy it, and regularly post tweets and memes that frame Pratt as a homophobic MAGA-enthusiast (for the record, Pratt has never made a disparaging comment about the LGBT community). After the Mario trailer showed a scene featuring Rainbow Road, Pratt’s haters took the opportunity to crack a well-worn joke.
As for being religious, well, Pratt’s Instagram is filled with posts that praise God; there is even a photo of him dragging a large metal crucifix up a mountain, which seems like a religious thing to do. At the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, Pratt famously went on a lengthy tangent about God, Jesus, and the power of prayer.
While he might never have attended Hillsong Church, Pratt did mention in an interview that he plays golf with Chad Veach, the pastor of Zoe Church. Veach previously told The New York Times that he modeled Zoe Church after Hillsong Church, and was involved in the 2017 film The Heart of Man, a docudrama on “sexual brokenness” which aligns homosexuality with porn addiction and infidelity.
Pratt’s haters might be on to something. Or maybe they just find the actor kind of annoying, and the mass mockery has become a running joke.
Whether Chris Pratt is unfairly maligned, or not, he’s not a great fit for Mario; the man should have practiced that voice before he got to the recording studio.
Are Folding Phones Really a Good Choice for Mobile Gamers?
One of the latest developments in smartphone technology is the foldable phone. A foldable phone is basically a smartphone that comes with what is known as a folding form factor technology that enables the device to be folded, often in half. Some folding smartphones come with a flexible display, whereas other designs come with several touchscreen panels on a hinge.
They are great for the more graphically demanding, high-end video games, and they are also great for playing state-of-the-art live dealer casino games at licensed casino sites, such as LeoVegas Canada. One of the most popular foldable smartphones on the market today is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, which some of you may already be familiar with by now. The question being asked here is, are folding phones really a good choice for mobile gamers?
Are foldable phones any good for gaming?
The difference between some folding smartphones out there today and regular-sized smartphones is that when a foldable phone is unfolded, the screen is square in appearance and not rectangular, which is how almost every smartphone in the world appears. Games have been designed to be played across rectangular-sized screens, not square screens.
There are pros and cons for both when it comes to gaming, and in most games that are played across a foldable phone screen, the main thing that you will notice is that there is more space in the background. The landscape appears bigger in all directions. The gameplay has remained largely unchanged, so it’s just down to an individual’s personal preference.
Some players like to game on a foldable phone and watch the action across a square screen, and others still prefer to play on the standard-size smartphone screen. However, it seems that the vast majority of mobile games are actually in favour of gaming from a traditional smartphone and not a foldable smartphone.
A look at some of today’s best foldable smartphones
Some of today’s best foldable smartphones that are great for gaming in 2022 include a variety of Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei devices, such as the:
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Huawei Mate XS
- Motorola Razr 2020
If you’re not a fan of foldable smartphone devices, and if you’re looking to become more actively involved in mobile gaming, some of the other popular smartphone devices for gaming in 2022 to keep an eye out for are the following:
- Nubia Red Magic 7
- Xiaomi Black Shark Pro 5
- Asus ROG Phone 6D
- Asus ROG Phone 5
- Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
- Sony Xperia 1 IV
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
What are the best games to play on foldable smartphones?
There are literally too many great games for playing on your foldable smartphone to list individually here, so here are just some of the most popular foldable smartphone games to keep an eye out for in 2022. They include hit titles, such as Call of Duty Mobile, Pokémon GO, Raid: Shadow Legends, Monument Valley, Among Us, Alto’s Odyssey, Forge of Empires, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and Apex Legends Mobile. In addition to these great games, top-rated casino games, such as blackjack, roulette, slots, and video poker, also look fantastic on foldable phones.
Are foldable phones worth getting for gaming?
As mentioned, it all boils down to personal preference. You can see what mobile gaming from a smartphone looks like before spending hundreds of dollars on a device that you may not like by heading to YouTube. Famous live streamers have also uploaded lots of videos of themselves gaming from foldable smartphones on the Twitch video gaming site. The good thing about foldable smartphones is that the games look great. The only real downside is that these handsets still aren’t cheap. They are more expensive than your average smartphone.
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