Google has already teased the upcoming Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro back at its I/O developer conference earlier this month, showing us both of their backs and thus confirming that it’s keeping the camera visor design.
If you’re interested on the other side of this fall’s Pixels, a new report today is here to deliver, with purported details about their displays. Let’s get through the specs first and then we’ll tell you how they were uncovered.
So, the Pixel 7 will have a panel with 1080×2400 resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate, while the Pixel 7 Pro’s screen gets 1440×3120 resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate. If you’re wondering why those numbers sound familiar – it’s because they’re identical to what the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro launched with last year.
This information comes from the Android Open Source Project, where the enterprising folks at 9to5Google found that Google created two new display drivers, one tagged C10 and the other P10. The Pixel 7’s codename is Cheetah (hence, “C”), while the Pixel 7 Pro’s is Panther (hence, “P”). The digging into the code also reveals that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will in fact have the exact same Samsung-made display panels as their predecessors, with model numbers S6E3FC3 and S6E3HC3, respectively.
However, Google has also been working to support a S6E3HC4, which might be a newer generation version of the Pixel 6 Pro’s panel which could end up in the Pixel 7 Pro. Since resolution and refresh rate are staying the same anyway, the only improvements can come in quality, brightness, power consumption, or any combination of these.
The Pixel 7 is going to be a tad smaller than the Pixel 6, and thus the display panel has shrunk accordingly, being 1mm narrower and 2mm shorter. On the other hand, the Pixel 7 Pro’s size is identical to the Pixel 6 Pro’s, and the same goes for its screen.
An interesting other tidbit is that the Pixel 7 Pro’s display will have a native 1080p mode, which should improve battery saving in Low Power Mode. First, the similar design. Now, the similar display specs. It seems like the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro might just be iterative upgrades compared to their predecessors, and not much more. But we’re still many months away from their launch, so things could change of course.