Google traditionally releases its flagship Pixel phones in October each year, and we don’t expect that to change in 2022. While we’re still eight months away, a trusted leaker has shown legitimate looking renders of the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
Those hoping Google drops the design language of the Pixel 6 will be disappointed. The renders below, courtesy of leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @OnLeaks) and dedicated automotive site CARHP, show a vanilla-flavored Google Pixel 7 in renders based on leaked CAD files.
Leaked white CAD renders of the Google Pixel 7. CARHP and @OnLeaks
There’s no other way to put it. The Google Pixel 7 looks a lot like the Pixel 6. it appears to have a large, flat display with minimal bezels and a front-facing perforated camera. carHP says the phone measures 155.6 x 73.1 x 8.7-11.44 mm, which is slightly shorter, narrower and thinner than last year’s phone. However, the source also said the Pixel 7 will have a screen size between 6.2 inches and 6.4 inches. the Pixel 6 has a screen size of 6.4 inches.
Google appears to have retained the dual-camera setup found on the regular model, although the physical layout of the camera sensors looks slightly different from the Pixel 6. No word yet on camera specs, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Google retains the Pixel 6’s 50MP primary + 12MP wide-angle camera setup.
Elsewhere, the Pixel 7 appears to retain the power and volume buttons on the right side and the USB-C port at the bottom. In keeping with tradition, the Pixel 7 probably won’t have a headphone jack.
On Wednesday, @OnLeaks also teamed up with retail site Smartprix to reveal renders of the Pixel 7 Pro. Spoiler alert: They look just like the Pixel 6 Pro.
Like last year’s flagship, the Pixel 7 Pro appears to have a larger display with slightly curved edges and a front-facing punch-out camera. smartprix says the display will be 6.7 to 6.8 inches, which matches the 6.7-inch display of the 6 Pro.
The dimensions are also very similar. The leaked information shows that the phone measures 163 x 76.6 x 8.7 mm, which is slightly smaller than the Pixel 6 Pro. But make no mistake, the Pixel 7 Pro will still be a big phone. We found the 6 Pro to be slightly bulky due to its overall size and the placement of the power and volume buttons. That probably won’t change with this year’s model.
As was the case with the Pixel 7, the 7 Pro appears to have three rear camera sensors. Again, these sensors are arranged slightly differently, but the large camera bar is still there. There’s no word yet on camera specs. For reference, the 6 Pro has a 50-megapixel main lens + 12-megapixel wide-angle lens + 48-megapixel telephoto lens.
Future Pixel smartphones may also retain the familiar camera bar. Trusted phone leaker @MaxWeinbach recently said that Google is using a larger-than-necessary camera bar on the Pixel 6 series so that it can leave room for updates and potentially more camera hardware without redesigning or resizing the camera bar.
I’d like to point out that it’s fairly early in the product development process to see leaked smartphone renders. However, it’s clear from these renders that Google isn’t reinventing the wheel (er – smartphone), so it’s not too much to assume that the company already has an almost fixed design in place. That said, the wait for these phones to hit store shelves is too long. The consumer-ready versions of these phones may look slightly different than what you see here.