Google Pixel 7 Pro to launch with Pixel 6 Pro cameras as hands-on leak confirms Google's continued collaboration with Samsung
More details about the Pixel 7 series have emerged, despite Google confirming that neither the Pixel 7 or the Pixel 7 Pro will be available until the autumn. As we covered earlier this week, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro prototypes were spotted in an eBay listing for the former, which has since been removed from the auction site. It turns out that the seller also listed the Pixel 7 prototype on Facebook Marketplace, along with the Pixel 7 Pro prototype.
According to Reddit user u/AMC20_, the seller advertised the Pixel 7 Pro prototype as the Pixel 6 Pro. While that may seem unlikely, u/AMC20_ claimed that they were able to use the Pixel 7 Pro for three weeks before Google remote wiped it, rendering it useless. Unfortunately, u/AMC20_ did not think to take screenshots of the Pixel 7 Pro prototype when it was in a working condition, but they claim it was running 'tiramisu', the codename for Android 13. So far, u/AMC20_ has only provided two images, one of the prototype's back and another of it in Fastboot Mode. Still, the images confirm a few aspects of the Pixel 7 Pro that Google has revealed yet.
Specifically, the black version of the Pixel 7 Pro has a glossy finish, while the new metal camera housing will pick up fingerprint smudges like its glass predecessor. Additionally, the Pixel 7 Pro will retain its predecessor's curved display panel, which also has a relatively small chin. Although u/AMC20_ has not shown the top of the device's display, the information contained within the Fastboot Mode report confirms that the Pixel 7 Pro is 'cheetah', references to which Google added in Android 13 Developer Preview 1. Hence, it seems that Google has assigned the 'Panther' codename to the Pixel 7. In comparison, 'Ravenclaw' is likely a portmanteau of 'Raven' and 'Claw', references to the Pixel 6 Pro's codename and the Pixel 7 series' codenames, respectively.
Moreover, the Fastboot Mode image reports that 'Cheetah' has a 'Cloudripper' bootloader, a codename last seen in October 2021. As Mishaal Rahman revealed, Cloudripper has the same cameras as the Pixel 6 Pro. Potentially, this could mean that the Pixel 7 Pro has the same cameras as its predecessor, although Rahman noted that 'Cloudripper' could be a development board like 'Slider' was for the Pixel 6 series.
Furthermore, the same image highlights that the Pixel 7 Pro will be available with 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB of storage, both supplied by Micron. Finally, the Pixel 7 Pro reports having a 'g5300g' baseband, confirming earlier reports that the GS201 chipset would utilise the Exynos Modem 5300 from the Exynos 2200. At this stage, the Pixel 7 Pro seems like a minor upgrade over the Pixel 6 Pro, particularly if it contains the same cameras as Google's current flagship smartphone.