Google Pixel 7 Pro will get major update to beat iPhone 14 Pro

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The Google flagship may be more competitive if it had a brighter display.

The Pixel 7 Pro with its distinctive rear camera housing. (Image source: Google News)

When the Google Pixel 7 Pro is released this autumn, it may resolve a long-standing problem with Google’s phones. And the enhancement may put the Pixel 7 Pro in a better position to compete with products like the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S models.

That is supported by display specifications that senior technical editor for Esper Mishaal Rahman(opens in new tab) shared on Twitter. Google’s forthcoming phone looks to have a Samsung S6E3HC4 display, which would be a shift from the Samsung S6E3HC3 used on the Pixel 6 Pro, according to leaked specifications from a Pixel 7 Pro prototype.

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More significantly, Rahman predicts that those who purchase the Pixel 7 Pro will benefit from a screen that is brighter because to the upgraded display. The Pixel 7 Pro’s maximum brightness at its default setting is estimated to be 600 nits, as opposed to 500 nits for the Pixel 6 Pro.

Rahman estimates a 1,000-nit brightness level for the Pixel 7 Pro in maximum brightness mode, making the news even better. That’s an upgrade over the Pixel 6 Pro’s 800 nits. Those numbers show a phone with an average image level that is at its maximum (APL). Rahman tweets that the Pixel 7 Pro might reach 1,200 nits at a lower APL.

If accurate, that would put Samsung’s more expensive Galaxy S22 versions and the iPhone 13 Pro alongside the Pixel 7 Pro. Brighter panels that are simpler to view in direct sunlight are emphasized in both Apple’s and Samsung’s most recent flagships. On the other hand, Google’s smartphones before the Pixel 7 were frequently criticized for being excessively dark.

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Current display brightness: Pixel 6 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro

Consider the Pixel 6 Pro, which we tested last year and found to have a peak brightness of 842 nits. However, when adaptive brightness was turned off, our light meter’s value decreased to 495 nits. When adaptive brightness was off, the iPhone 13 Pro’s maximum brightness was 825 nits; when it was switched on, it reached 1,024 nits. Both outcomes were superior to the Pixel 6 Pro.

If Apple and Google follow their customary release schedules, the iPhone 14 will arrive later this autumn, perhaps right before the Pixel 7 ships, and we don’t anticipate the iPhone 14 Pro to get any darker. Even if there haven’t been many rumors regarding Apple trying to increase the brightness of its phones, the rumor mill has mostly been focused on the possibility that the iPhone 14 Pro would gain an always-on display.

Google is also being pushed by other Android phone manufacturers to increase the brightness of their panels. Peak brightness of 1,750 nits was a big selling point for the Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra. While the Plus and Ultra’s HDR modes measured 1,150 nits and 1,359 nits, respectively, in actuality, that’s still significantly brighter than what Google’s phones have provided.

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Display brightness has developed into a characteristic where phone manufacturers may differentiate their goods because phones are increasingly delivering comparable features. The assumption is that if you’re shopping for a new phone, you’ll want one that is legible in a variety of lighting situations without muddying colors or hiding important features. Google appears to have received the memo based on the rumor that was released above.

Rahman doesn’t anticipate any changes for the Pixel 7 Pro display, except than brightness. According to reports, the next phone would have a 3120 x 1440 resolution with a 10-120Hz refresh rate. These two attributes line up with the Pixel 6 Pro.

During the Google I/O developer conference in May, Google gave a glimpse of the Pixel 7. Few more Pixel 7 facts have surfaced, other from showcasing its changed look and confirming that a new Tensor chipset would power this gadget. Between now and the arrival of the Pixel 7 later this year, anticipate that to alter.

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