According to the recently uncovered specs for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, the upcoming flagship phones are set to use the same screens found in the Pixel 6 series, but with a few tweaks.
With the Pixel 6 generation, Google’s phones took a big leap forward, taking their high-end option from 90Hz to 120Hz. This generation also marked the first use of a curved screen for the Pixel series. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro both used relatively newer Samsung displays, although in our reviewwe found both devices outperformed by Samsung’s own Galaxy S21 series and even more by this year’s Galaxy S22.
Starting with Google I/O 2022, where the company unveiled its full lineup of Android devices through 2023 (or most anyway – more on that in a moment), we know a little on the next Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. We’ve seen how both phones will refine the iconic design of the Pixel 6 series as well as a bit of how the internal hardware will step things up from the first Google Tensor chip.
That said, there’s quite a bit about the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro that Google has yet to share, including internal specs or even what the phones’ fronts look like. On the latter, we discovered code in the Android Open Source Project that reveals the displays used on the Pixel 7 series.
Pixel 7 and 7 Pro display specs
Specifically, we see that Google has created two new display drivers, a labeled with “C10” and the other with “P10”, which we know to be the abbreviated versions of the Codenames “Cheetah” and “Panther” for Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Thanks to these files, we now have fairly accurate display specs for next-gen Pixel phones.
The smaller Pixel 7 will feature a 1080 x 2400 display capable of running at up to 90Hz, while the Pixel 7 Pro will have a 1440 x 3120 display that can handle a 120Hz refresh rate. is because they’re identical to those offered on last year’s Pixel 6 series.
And that’s no coincidence, as current indications in the code point to the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro using the exact same Samsung panels – S6E3FC3 and S6E3HC3, respectively – as its predecessors.
On the one hand, that’s a little disappointing because it means we can’t expect a big improvement in display over last year’s phones. That said, there are still a few changes in store.
The most obvious of these is that the Pixel 7 is tuned to be a bit smaller than the Pixel 6, and the screen will reflect that, being 1mm narrower and 2mm shorter. Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 Pro’s screen size is unchanged from the Pixel 6 Pro.
Instead, the Pixel 7 Pro appears to be gaining a native 1080p mode for its display. We think this could be used to let Android save power by rendering everything at 1080p and leaving the panel “DDIC scaling” convert it to 1440p. While it’s certainly not as pleasing to the eye, it’s likely intended as an optional way to reduce battery usage, perhaps as part of low power mode. Samsung and other Android OEMs have adopted similar scaling options to save battery life.
In particular, it is possible that the Pixel 7 Pro could get a slight hardware upgrade to its display, as Google has been working to support a almost identical display next to the one specially marked for “C10”. This screen has the model number “S6E3HC4” and maybe a more recent generation. As of now, there’s no indication if this will actually appear on the Pixel 7 Pro, but the nearly identical feature set leaves the possibility open.
Overall, these newly discovered display specs seem to reinforce the idea that the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will be more iterative entries, at least in the hardware department. Our main theory is that Google is starting a “tick-tock” release cycle for the Pixel series in the future, but only time will tell.
Dylan Roussel contributed to this article.
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