It appears that Google is tired of seeing its devices leak months before the official announcement, and it wants to get ahead of the rumors by teasing its devices in advance. Google hasn’t been good at keeping any of its devices under wrap, and the move isn’t surprising. The company revealed the design of the upcoming Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro devices, giving us a closer look at what to expect in the fall.
At the Google I/O 2022 Developer event yesterday, Google also revealed the much anticipated Google Pixel Watch, Google Pixel 6A smartphone, and the Google Pixel Buds Pro wireless earbuds. The company also teased an upcoming Google Pixel Tablet, AR glasses, and introduced a plethora of new features that will soon be making their way to Google products and services.
In this article, we collected our thoughts, official information, and the leaks that we have of the upcoming Google Pixel 7 flagship device. We have a separate article for the Google Pixel 7 Pro that we encourage you to check out.
Price & Availability
The Google Pixel 6 launched at $599 in the US, while the Pixel 6 Pro started at $899. Google didn’t reveal the pricing for the upcoming Pixel 7 series, but it’s fair to assume that the Google Pixel 7 will cost at least $599 when it launches in October.
It’s unclear if the Pixel 7 will receive a higher price tag in the US and elsewhere, but it’s possible given the current inflation and high prices worldwide. If we had to guess, we would say that it’ll cost anywhere between $599 and $649, but we’ll surely find out more in the coming months as we see more rumors and leaks.
As for availability, we would expect the Pixel 7 to be for up pre-orders when it is announced in the fall. Google usually releases its devices in early to mid-October, so we would expect the Pixel 7 series to ship sometime in late October or November.
The table below shows the estimated price. Be sure to keep an eye on this page, as we’ll regularly update it as more information becomes available.
|Device||United States (USD)||United Kingdom (GBP)||Germany (EUR)|
|Google Pixel 7 – 128GB||$599||£599||€649|
|Google Pixel 7 – 256GB||$699||–||–|
Google Pixel 6
The Google Pixel 6 is the more compact and affordable variant from the new flagship series. It features most of the same features, and it comes with the same primary and ultrawide camera as the Pixel 6 Pro.
Google confirmed that the Google Pixel 7 will be available in three color options: Obsidian (Black), Snow (White), and Lemongrass (Yellow). The Google Pixel 6 was available in Sorta Seafoam (Yellow and Green), Kinda Coral (Red and Pink), and Stormy Black options.It looks like Google is going for more toned-down colors this year, and we’re a fan of the new Snow and Lemongrass configurations.
Google Tensor is the first smartphone chip from the company, and Google is rumored to be hard at work developing the second generation SoC. Benchmark-wise, the first generation Google Tensor chip was disappointing, but we all know that benchmarks are different from real-life experience. The Tensor chip was fast and smooth, and it provided a great overall performance while multitasking or playing graphics-intensive games.
The first generation Google Tensor chip was manufactured on the 5nm process, and it had an Octa-core chipset, including two cores at 2.80 GHz, two cores at 2.25GHz, and four cores clocked at 1.80 GHz. It had a Mali-G78 MP20 GPU, and 8GB of RAM. The second generation of the Google Tensor chip is believed to have performance improvements, and it’s expected to be more power-efficient.
The Google Pixel 6 series introduced a brand new design language for the Pixel smartphones, and the Pixel 7 series will follow suit with nearly identical aesthetics. Based on the images that Google shared at I/O 2022, the software giant isn’t trying to make any significant changes this year; instead, build on top of an already unique and premium blueprint.
The front of the device wasn’t shown on any of the render images, but we assume it’ll look nearly identical to the Pixel 6 series with a selfie camera cutout on the top center. As for the back, the colors are different, but it still comes with a massive raised camera strip.
The strip, however, will be a differentiator this time around, and it won’t be painted in black; instead, it appears to be made out of aluminium. The raised edge will back the camera sensors, and the cutout for the camera, microphone, and the LED flash will be clearly visible, giving the device an R2D2 look, in my opinion. And that’s about it; we haven’t noticed any other major design changes apart from the camera module.
According to the leaks and previous rumors, the Pixel 7 may be slightly narrower than the Pixel 6, which is a welcome change given how wide the device felt. We also expect to see IP68 water and dust resistance certificate to keep the device safe in all environments. There isn’t much else that we know so far, so keep an eye out for this page as we’ll update it regularly with more information.
The current-generation Pixel 6 packs a 6.4-inch AMOLED display that sports 90Hz refresh rate. The Pixel 6 Pro has an LTPO panel that supports 120Hz refresh rate, and both devices support HDR10+. Current leaks suggest that the Pixel 7 may have a slightly smaller 6.3 or 6.2-inch display, hence making the device’s overall size smaller and hopefully bezel-free.
It makes sense to give the Pro variant more flashy and better features, and we expect Google to maintain its stance on the two devices, but we’d still love to see a 120Hz panel on the non-Pro Pixel smartphone.
Google has also been rumored to be working on an under-display selfie camera, but it’s unclear if it’ll make it to the Google Pixel 7 series in October. The company didn’t show the front of the device on any of the render images, and there is a potential that Google may be finalising the design and features to make it all work together. It’s unclear if the under-display front camera could make it for the standard Pixel 7, or only the Pixel 7 Pro.Unfortunately, we also have no information if Face Unlock is making a comeback, given how tremendously slow the fingerprint sensor was at the beginning of the Pixel 6 series.
Judging how long it took for Google to switch over from the 12MP camera sensors from previous Pixel devices, we expect the Pixel 7 to keep the current setup, and come with major software improvements to enhance and improve the quality. The Pixel 6 had a 50MP f/1.9 sensor, and a 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide. The telephoto sensor is reserved for the Pixel 6 Pro, and the renders confirm the same setup for the next generation.
The Pixel 7 will likely keep the primary camera sensor and the ultrawide. As for the features and improvements, it’s hard to tell. Google did confirm that the camera will be much better at optimizing the image quality for different skin colors, and the low-light capability will likely get a significant upgrade.
There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the battery. Google didn’t talk about any of the specifications. Given that we expect the Pixel 7 to be smaller and more compact than its predecessor, it makes sense to assume that it’ll have a smaller battery capacity.
The Pixel 6 arrived with 4,614 mAh cell, and while it could easily last a full day on a single charge, it didn’t have an amazing battery life. The phone came with an AMOLED panel and only 90Hz panel, and everyone expected it to perform better, yet it didn’t. We don’t have any information from reputable sources, and we’ll have to wait until we hear more.
The Pixel 7 series will likely support the already existing Google Pixel Stand, but we hope that Google will increase the charging speeds to at least 45W, like on many other competing smartphones. We also would love to see a 0 to 80% charge in 30 minutes.
Google Pixel Stand (2nd Generation)
The latest wireless charger from Google provides up to 23W of wireless charging to the Pixel 6 Pro, and 21W charging to the standard Pixel 6.
What we want to see
A problem-free smartphone, is that too much to ask?
- A smartphone without problems: Google hasn’t had a smooth ride ever since it launched its first Google Pixel-branded smartphone back in 2016. Nearly all Pixel smartphones were flawed with software and hardware issues affecting the charging, user experience, battery, fingerprint sensor, and display. It’s fair to say that Google’s quality control is equal to none, and it’s about time that Google steps up its game and releases a device without any issues. We understand that releasing a device and testing it can be difficult. Still, if Google wants to take on Samsung, and especially Apple, it has to invest in a more sophisticated method to ensure its devices are working properly the moment customers open them.
- Better support: Samsung revealed that its existing and future flagship devices are eligible for four major Android updates, and they’ll all receive five years of security updates. Google still_only_ offers three major Android updates, and five years of security updates. Given that Google is also the one developing Android, we’d expect at least the same support as Samsung, or even better, and it has no excuse not to provide it.**
- Better display: Although the display was great on the Pixel 6, we would love to see a 120Hz panel on the Pixel 7.
- Improved battery life: The Google Pixel 6 already had a great battery life, and we hope that Google maintains and improves it for the Pixel 7.
- Fast charging speeds: In a world where 60W+ charging speeds are more common, we have to ask Google to up its charging game by providing 0-80% charge in about 30 minutes.
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Ring Alarm 8-piece kit
Amazon.com is currently letting you save up lots of money on Ring security products to help you keep your home or business safe. First up, we have the Ring Alarm 8-piece kit available for $188 after receiving a 25 percent discount that will get you $62 savings. This home smart security system with optional 24/7 professional monitoring works with Alexa, so you can ask your digital assistant to sound your alarms, disable them, or whatever you want.
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You can also be concerned about what happens outside your home. in that case, you should consider the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro with Bird’s Eye View and 3D Motion Detection that sells for $200 after scoring a $50 discount that represents 20 percent savings. And if you want something even more affordable without smart functionality, you can also consider checking out the Solar Motion Sensor Outdoor Light that sells for $16; after the latest $12 discount that comes when you enter promo code TUSQ24T7.
Ring Alarm 8-piece kit
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Samsung Galaxy S21
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Samsung The Premiere
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ASUS ROG Strix NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
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HORI Force Feedback Racing Wheel
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HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: specs, price, features, and everything you need to know
HUAWEI unveiled its next-generation foldable device, the Mate Xs 2, recently. The new foldable from HUAWEI comes with a different form factor than the currently available foldables on the market — it comes with an outward folding display. The Mate Xs 2 packs a lot of features and is certainly a worthy competitor to the likes of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and OPPO Find N. For those looking for a new foldable device with a great screen, premium material, and pro-grade cameras, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is an excellent option. Read along and learn everything about the new foldable from HUAWEI.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Display and Design
Most of the foldables available in the market right now look the same. They feature a small cover screen on the outside with a foldable screen inside. The HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is a breath of fresh air as it brings a form factor that is not seen very often in the foldable market. The Mate Xs 2 sports an outward folding display just like its predecessor — which our own Roland thinks is not a very a wise choice.
Talking about the display, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 features a 6.5-inch OLED display that can be unfolded into a 7.8-inch display. The display features a 2480×2200 pixels resolution and supports up to a 120Hz refresh rate. The pixel density is also very high at 424 PPI. HUAWEI says it has added an Anti-reflection Nano Optical Layer on top that keeps the view clear, even in direct sunlight. When unfolded, the Mate Xs 2 is only 5.4mm thick. It is also one of the lightest foldable available, coming in at only 255g.
One of the concerns of the foldables with an outward folding display is that the screen that folds towards the back of the phone is exposed. This raises a lot of concern as the screen can pick up a lot of scratches. HUAWEI has, however, addressed this concern and is bundling in a protective case in the box with the foldable that covers the ‘back side’ of the screen when it’s folded. When the screen is folded with the case on, you can use the Mate Xs 2 just like any normal Android smartphone. But when you want to use full-screen real estate, you can remove the case and unfold the display.
HUAWEI says that the Xs 2 features an all-new Falcon Wing Hinge. This new mechanism allows the foldable to achieve perfect alignment between the display and hinge, all while improving the durability of the device. The company claims that the Mate Xs 2 is 2.5 times better in terms of drop resistance and 2.8 times better in terms of impact resistance than the last generation Xs. The company says it has been possible thanks to the new hinge mechanism and the advanced MIM steel used to build it.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Cameras
Moving onto the cameras, the Mate Xs 2 features a triple-camera setup on the back. This setup includes a 50MP primary camera, a 13MP ultra-wide angle lens with 120-degree FoV, and an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. The punch-hole cutout in the front houses the smartphone’s 10.7MP selfie camera. Like HUAWEI’s recent flagship smartphones, the Mate Xs 2 also supports HUAWEI XD Optics technology. HUAWEI says this technology enables the cameras to take in more light, all while improving the level of detail.
Thanks to the foldable featuring an outward folding display, you can use the main cameras of the foldable (in folded mode) to take accurate portrait selfies. The 8MP telephoto lens enables 3x optical zoom, so you can move closer to the object without losing any detail.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Processor, Battery, and Software
Despite being a mid-2022 flagship foldable, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 4G processor instead of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The Snapdragon 888 is, still, a powerful octa-core chipset that features one ARM Cortex-X1 Kryo Prime core clocked at 2.84 GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.42GHzm, and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz.
Though the Snapdragon 888 will be able to handle all the day-to-day tasks easily, the only downside of this chipset is that it doesn’t support 5G networks. HUAWEI has, however, tried to compensate for the lack of 5G by improving the Wi-Fi wireless connectivity. The Mate Xs 2 is the first smartphone to support tri-band Wi-Fi.
Backing the Mate Xs 2 is a big 4600 mAh battery cell that supports HUAWEI’s 66W SuperCharge technology. The company claims that HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 can be charged from 0-90% in just under 30 minutes. In addition, HUAWEI has added a Graphene Liquid Cooling System to keep the brain of the smartphone running cool. There’s no support for wireless charging, though.
The HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 runs on a specialized version of EMUI 12, which is based on Google’s latest Android 12 operating system. The icons, display, and text adjust automatically when you unfold the screen. Thanks to the big 7.8-inch display, you can also see up to 12 people at once during a video call on the Mate Xs 2. EMUI 12 also enables smart interactions such as split-screen, multi-window, and floating app windows. Like the other HUAWEI devices, no Google apps are present onboard.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Price, Colors, and Availability
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 was unveiled in China last month. The company has since confirmed that the device will be available in the international markets starting next month, i.e., June. However, unlike China, where the company launched three variants of the foldable, HUAWEI is bringing only one variant to the global markets.
In Europe, only the 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage variant will be sold. It will retail at a steep price of €1999 (~£1,700). This is much lower than the price at which Mate X2 was introduced but still higher than the price of Samsung’s foldables (which are available at a price of ~£1,500). The foldable will be available in three colors: White, Black, and Violet.
|Variant||Price (China)||Price (GBP/EUR)|
What’s in the box?
HUAWEI is one of the few rare companies that still includes some essential accessories, tools, and guides in the box. In addition to the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 itself, the box comes with a USB Type-C Cable, 66W fast charger, SIM ejection tool, quick start guide, an official case, and a protective film that is pre-applied on the foldable.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2
Latest foldable from HUAWEI
Mate Xs 2 is the latest foldable from HUAWEI. It builds on the legacy that Mate X2 left, and comes with a big 7.8-inch outward-folding OLED display. Other features include a 4,600 mAh battery, 66W charging, 50MP camera sensor, and Android 12. Check out all the deals on the device using the links given below.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 Specs
|Category||HUAWEI Mate Xs 2|
|Display||– Unfolded: 7.8-inches (2480 x 2200 Pixels)
– Folded: 6.5-inches (2480 x 1176 Pixels)
|Display Features||Foldable OLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 424 PPI|
|Processor||Snapdragon 888 4G|
|Expandable Storage||Yes, up to 256 GB (Nano Memory)|
|Rear Cameras||– Primary: 50 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF, Laser AF
– Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.4, 3x optical zoom
– Ultra-wide: 13 MP, f/2.2, 120-degree FoV
|Front Camera||10.7 MP, f/2.2|
|Video Modes||4K @ 30 fps, 1080p HD @ 30/60/120/240/960 fps|
|Security||Pin, Pattern, Password, Fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM, LTE (No 5G), 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.2|
|Ports||USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, No 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Operating System||EMUI 12 (Android 12)|
|Colors||White, Black, Violet|
|Dimensions||– Unfolded: 156.5 x 139.3 x 5.4 mm
– Folded: 156.5 x 75.5 x 11.1 mm
|Release date||April 28, 2022|
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