Google today held its annual Google I/O 2022 developer conference opening keynote and it brought with it a ton of new products.
Top of the list is a teaser of the new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro devices that will go on sale later this year, although the new Pixel Watch is also a big announcement for the company.
With so much shared for the first time it can be difficult to know what to focus on — but let’s start with the new flagship phones coming later this year.
Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
Google isn’t ready to release the new phones, but we already know what we can expect when they go on sale later this year. A next-gen Google Tensor processor will power both devices, with a new camera bar around the back featuring a new aluminum design. The Pixel 7 will ship in Obsidian, Snow, and Lemongrass colors while the Pixel 7 Pro will ditch Lemongrass for a Hazel. No firm pricing or release information was shared, although we do know that these things will arrive in the fall.
The Pixel 6a is Google’s new mid-range device and will be sold accordingly, priced at just $449. Three colors will be offered, black, mint green, and gray/silver. Sales will begin on July 21 and buyers can look forward to a 6.1-inch screen with a 2,340 x 1,080-pixel FHD+ OLED panel. That display has the same coating as the Pixel 5a so should be relatively resistant, while the Tensor processor will handle most things thrown at it. A Titan M2 security coprocessor is also included. Google says a single charge of the 4306mAh battery will get you up to 72 hours of use when using the Extreme Battery Saver mode. Cameras are 12-megapixel wide and ultra-wide parts. At this price, the 4K60 recording isn’t a bad deal, while 1080p video can be slowed down to 240fps when required.
The new Pixel Watch had already been leaked and even found in a restaurant, but now it’s official. It’ll come later this year alongside the Pixel 7 and that’s pretty much the only concrete information we have. We don’t know what this thing will cost, but we do know it’ll run Wear OS and feature heart rate and sleep tracking capabilities. Google also talked about smart notifications and fluid navigation, but it’s too early to know what that’ll actually mean in use.
Pixel Buds Pro
Set to compete with AirPods Pro, the new Pixel Buds Pro will offer active noise cancelation technology as well as spatial audio, although that feature won’t be available until a future software update arrives later this year. They’ll initially go on sale on July 21 for $199 and come in Lemongrass, Charcoal, Fog, and Coral colors. Google says to expect 11 hours of battery life that falls to seven hours when ANC is enabled.
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