The Pixel 7 could end up reusing more than the Pixel 6’s camera

Looks like Google is relying on last year’s display for its next-gen flagships

The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro look exactly like what we hoped Google would make, direct evolutions of some of the best Android phones you can buy today. The company wasted no time in announcing its upcoming flagships, even though we’re months away from an official launch. That didn’t stop the rumor from swirling around, and today we’re hearing even more about the Pixel 7 display.

As reported by 9to5Google, Google has two new display drivers ready to go for the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. The respective tags – C10 and P10 – line up with the codenames of the two phones (“Cheetah” and “Panther”, respectively). Just like the rest of the phone, it looks like Google isn’t planning on changing much in the display category. In fact, current driver information indicates that the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro use identical Samsung panels from last year.

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If you have a Pixel 6, you know what that means. The smaller model uses a 1080p panel with a 90Hz display, while its bigger sibling rocks a 120Hz 1440p display. We couldn’t find much to complain about with either device last year – in fact, our review of the Pixel 6 praised its 1080p display: “those perfect OLED blacks, colors are vibrant, viewing angles are great and it gets bright enough to use outdoors.” The Pixel 6 Pro’s high-res panel was even better. Unless you’re planning to upgrade directly from last year’s lineup, there’s no reason to worry.

That said, it marks a template for Google’s next flagship. In April, we heard that the Pixel 7 series would reuse the exact same camera components currently found in the Pixel 6. Google has yet to confirm specific sensor details, though, at all the least, early renders show the same amount of lenses on each. model. This might frustrate some hardcore Android users, especially if they’re the type who buys a new smartphone every year.

That said, Google isn’t leaving these panels completely unchanged. These new drivers appear to add support for a 1080p mode on the Pixel 7 Pro, similar to Samsung and other OEMs. This is something supported by Mishaal Rahman, who tweeted a settings page for this feature appearing in Android 13.

9to5Google also found evidence that an almost identical Samsung panel – literally a new generation of the Pixel 6 variant – could be supported on the Pixel 7 Pro, although it’s unclear if Google will actually use it. . For now, we’ll continue to wait for more concrete details as we get closer to its fall launch.


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