In short, the Pixel 7 has a smaller screen and a lower price tag, while the Pixel 7 Pro sports a larger screen along with a telephoto camera. Also, it has a new macro mode for photos. The Pixel 7 Pro also includes a larger battery.
Of course, the improvements of the Pixel 7 Pro are noticeable in the price. The premium of the two phones costs 200 dollars more. The Google Pixel 7 starts at $599 for 128 GB of storage and that goes up to $699 for the 256 GB version (no more storage available). The Pixel 7 Pro starts at $899 for 128GB, and you'll pay $100 more for each storage upgrade, so that's $999 for 256GB and $1,099 for the 512GB version.
The Pixel 7 is a truly unique mobile. Google has endowed the new Pixels with a design language similar, although slightly different, to that of its predecessors: the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Gone is the two-tone color scheme that we saw in the previous Pixels. The new phones have smooth, rounded corners along with a new aluminum bar running across the cameras on the back.
That horizontal camera bar not only sets the Pixel 7 phones apart from other ones but also prevents the phone from wobbling when you place it screen-side up. It is a great detail, especially if we support the phone on a table to enjoy a series or a movie. Both Pixel 7 phones have IP68 protection that makes them not only resistant to splashes and dust without damaging their components, but they can also be submerged up to 6 meters deep for a maximum of 30 minutes.
The Pixel 7 has a 6.3-inch screen while the Pixel 7 Pro sports a 6.7-inch screen. The phones also have a difference in resolution - although they are both OLED screens, the Pixel 7 has Full HD+ resolution while the 7 Pro has a sharper Quad HD+ panel. The Pixel 7 has a refresh rate of 90Hz, while the Pixel 7 Pro has a better 120Hz.
The phones also have a slight difference in their aspect ratios - the Pixel 7 has a 20:9 screen aspect ratio while the 7 Pro has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Pixel 7 is rated for up to 1,000 nits (HDR) and 1,400 nits peak brightness; the Pixel 7 Pro is also rated for 1,000 nits for HDR content, but peak brightness is 1,500 nits higher.
Still, the Pixel 7's screen is bright enough to view outdoors, even in direct sunlight on a cloudless day. Sometimes you have to manually increase the brightness to appreciate the photos taken with the phone, but otherwise, the adaptive brightness works like a charm.
The Pixel 7 screen can vary from 60Hz when it perceives that there is no movement on it, and increase to 90 Hz in case we scroll or play a video game. This system is very intelligent and makes the Pixel 7 look like a phone with a higher refresh rate than it has. Of course, the Pixel 7 Pro goes up to 120Hz, as mentioned.
Underneath the screen, Google has placed a fantastic fingerprint reader that works at the speed of light, and that greatly improves the one used in the Pixel 6. The reader is still quite finicky, as it refuses to read your fingerprint when you touch the screen only with the tip of your finger: you have to put your whole finger on the screen to have any chance of success. Fortunately, the Pixel 7 adds face unlock, allowing you to unlock the device with a face scan. The feature is quite fast.
There is no Android phone that costs $599 or less that takes better photos or better videos than this Pixel 7. Still, it has some new features that could have been more polished, like the Cinema mode. Both the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro feature a 50MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture and a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, but the Pixel 7 Pro adds a 48MP telephoto camera for optical zoom.
With Pixel 7, Google wanted to significantly improve video recording. Both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro feature a new Cinema mode to add more depth to your footage while blurring the background, similar to the iPhone's Cinema mode. Both can record and play 10-bit HDR video.
The front camera has gone from 8 MP on the Pixel 6 to 10.8 MP, the same one you'll find on the Pixel 7 Pro. The Pixel 7 has a larger sensor and a faster aperture to improve photos with low light, and a wider field of view to fit more objects in the frame, compared to your old selfie camera.
The Pixel 7 houses a 4,355mAh battery while the Pro model has 5,000. Google says both phones can last up to 72 hours with Extreme Battery Saver turned on, a new mode that saves as much power as possible.
The Pixel 7 supports up to 30W fast wired charging. As for the maximum wireless charging speed, the phone can support up to 21W with the latest Pixel Stand.
Both the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro have the same Tensor G2 processor that is responsible for many of the photographic wonders that this smartphone is capable of. Tensor is a chip designed by Google itself, and it's the engine that powers the smart features that make the Pixel so unique among smartphones.
The Tensor chip is not limited to improving photographic functions. There are also everyday capabilities that it enables. You might remember the Direct My Call feature that Google introduced with the Pixel 6, where Google Assistant could bring up a list of call directory options, saving you from having to remember which number to press. With the Pixel 7, those numbers show up right away.
In the Messages app, Tensor can transcribe audio messages, making them easier to read in noisy environments or in places where you'd rather not broadcast the sound of your messages to a world of onlookers. It also has a fantastic voice recognition system that transcribes what we say out loud and puts it in the message. It can only transcribe recordings in English (with all kinds of accents, from Australian to Irish through American or English), German, French, and Chinese.
The Pro model is better than the regular one, which is clearly expressed in their prices. And while the regular Pixel 7 is great considering its price, with only $200 more, people can get a phone with more power and features.
The conclusion is simple – both phones offer amazing features for a much lower price than the competitors. Is it worth paying $200 more for a Pro model? Yes.