Google teased the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro’s backs during its I/O developer conference earlier this month, showing us both of their backs and confirming that the camera visor design will remain. If you’re curious about what’s on the other side of this fall’s Pixels, a new report released today claims to have information about their displays.
Let’s start with the specifications, and then we’ll explain how they were discovered. The Pixel 7 will feature a screen with a resolution of 1080×2400 and a refresh rate of 90 Hz, while the Pixel 7 Pro will have a screen with a resolution of 1440×3120 and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. If those figures sound familiar, it’s because they’re the same as the ones used to debut the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro last year.
This revelation originates from the Android Open Source Project, where 9to5Google discovered that Google has produced two new display drivers, one labeled C10 and the other labeled P10. Cheetah (thus the “C”) is the Pixel 7’s codename, whereas Panther is the Pixel 7 Pro’s (hence, “P”). The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will have the exact identical Samsung-made display panels as their predecessors, with model numbers S6E3FC3 and S6E3HC3, respectively, according to the code.
However, Google has been working on compatibility for an S6E3HC4, which might be a newer generation of the Pixel 6 Pro’s panel that will be used in the Pixel 7 Pro. Because the resolution and refresh rate will remain unchanged, the only enhancements will be in quality, brightness, power consumption, or any combination of these.
The display specifications for the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have been leaked. The Pixel 7 will be slightly smaller than the Pixel 6, and the display panel will be 1mm thinner and 2mm shorter as a result. The Pixel 7 Pro, on the other hand, is the same size as the Pixel 6 Pro and has the same screen.
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Another interesting nugget is that the Pixel 7 Pro’s display will support native 1080p, which should help with battery life in Low Power Mode. First, there’s the similarity in design. Now for the display specifications that are similar. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro appears to be nothing more than incremental improvements over their predecessors. However, because its introduction is only a few months away, things could change.
Pixel 7 & 7 Pro display specs
Instead, the Pixel 7 Pro’s display looks to gain a native 1080p mode. We believe that by rendering everything at 1080p and having the panel’s “DDIC scaling” convert it to 1440p, Android might save power. While not as appealing to the eye, it’s likely that this is intended as an optional solution to save battery life, perhaps as part of Low Power Mode. Samsung and other Android OEMs have implemented similar battery-saving scaling choices.
Notably, the Pixel 7 Pro’s display may receive a minor hardware upgrade, as Google has been working to enable a nearly identical display besides the one specifically marked for “C10.” The model number on this display is “S6E3HC4”, and it could be one generation newer. For the time being, there’s no word on whether this will make its way to the Pixel 7 Pro, but the feature list is nearly identical, so it’s a possibility.
Overall, these newly revealed display specifications seem to support the notion that the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will be more incremental hardware-wise. Our best guess is that Google is moving forward with a “tick-tock” release cadence for the Pixel series, but only time will tell.
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