Google Pixel 7 Pro prototype confirms more changes from Pixel 6 Pro
Earlier this week, Telegram channel Google News posted information about the Pixel 7 Pro, purportedly pulled from a bricked prototype unit. Although not the first time that Pixel 7 Pro prototype units have leaked, Google News revealed new details, including the possibility that Google would include a different Samsung display panel than the one found in the Pixel 6 Pro.
Subsequently, Mishaal Rahman discovered references to this new display panel within Android source code, which point to the Pixel 7 Pro having a much brighter display than its predecessor. Now, the Russian language version of the same Telegram channel has posted several hands-on images of the Pixel 7 Pro, while also outlining more component changes from the Pixel 6 Pro.
Apparently, Google has equipped the Pixel 7 Pro with a newer haptics chip, with the Cirrus Logic CS40L26 replacing the Cirrus Logic CS40L25 used in the Pixel 6 Pro. Additionally, the STMicroelectronics ST54K NFC controller has made way for the ST21NFC, a simpler solution that lacks dedicated ultra-wide-band (UWB) hardware. As 9to5Google notes, this suggests that the Pixel 7 Pro will utilise a different component for UWB capabilities, not that Google has abandoned the technology altogether.
Currently, Google appears to be on track to release the Pixel 7 Pro this autumn. Based on its I/O 2022 announcement, the Pixel 7 Pro will be joined by the Pixel 7 and the Pixel Watch. Meanwhile, Google is on the verge of opening pre-orders for the Pixel 6a, with the Pixel Buds Pro due this summer too.