It’s probably no accident that Google is sharing details of the Pixel 7 lineup on the day of the iPhone 14’s launch. After all, if any company can steal some of Apple’s thunder, it’s Google — or Samsung, but we’re not expecting anything else. big from the Galaxy Fold maker this year.
First, the company revealed that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro would be fully revealed on October 6th, and now – through its online store (opens in new tab) and spotted by phone arena (opens in new tab) – Google has revealed the colors you’ll be able to put the phones in.
In the case of the Google Pixel 7 it’s a choice of Obsidian, Snow or Lemongrass, and for the Pixel 7 Pro it’s Obsidian, Snow or Hazel.
So it’s not the widest selection, and each model only has a unique shade. Obsidian and Snow are basically black and white, respectively, while Lemongrass is greenish yellow and Hazel is greyish green.
In addition to the colors, Google also revealed the chipset these phones will use. We already knew it would be the next generation of the Tensor chipset seen in the Pixel 6 line, but now we know the name – it’s the Google Tensor G2.
Google promises that this chipset will bring “even more useful and personalized features for photos, videos, security and speech recognition”. However, going back to the previous version is unlikely to match the raw power of the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, which is the current top Android chipset, not to mention the A16 Bionic we expect to see in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Analysis: a new selection of shades
While the Pixel 7’s color selection isn’t especially wide, it does include some shades that weren’t offered on the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro.
The Pixel 6 can be purchased in Stormy Black, Sorta Seafoam or Kinda Coral, while the Pixel 6 Pro is available in Stormy Black, Cloudy White and Sorta Sunny. So there are blacks and whites in both selections, but this year’s Hazel and Lemongrass offerings are new.
However, the Pixel 6 line arguably has more interesting colors because, if nothing else, many of them are two-tone shades, with a different color above the camera block than below. For the Pixel 7, Google abandoned that idea.
The new phones look smarter as a result, especially with the metallic camera block, but they also look a little less attractive and distinctive. Still, they are sure to be among the best Pixel phones.