Google started teasing its Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones, Pixel Watch, and even Pixel Tablet months ago. Finally, we have all the specifications (and prices). The Engadget team was even able to briefly test everything but the tablet, which is due out next year.
The Pixel 7 Pro is probably the more exciting of the two phones, thanks to its triple-lens camera system on the back. This year it includes an improved telephoto camera with the same Quad Bayer PD technology as the main 50-megapixel sensor. It has a 5x optical zoom and the high resolution sensors mean you can get a 10x zoom cropped image at 12.5 megapixels.
The Pixel Watch, rumored for years, will finally launch next week. It will last up to 24 hours with its always-on screen and can be fast charged to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. Can Google make WearOS an attractive smartwatch option? Stay tuned.
Was a long morning of announcements of Google. We’ve rounded up the biggest stories below.
The most important stories you might have missed
Stylish design, same great price.
It is the second generation of Google Pixel phones powered by its internal Tensor chips. The next-gen chips come in a state-of-the-art design, with new aluminum camera bars on the Pixel 7 ($599) and Pixel 7 Pro ($899). The finishes of the two phones vary slightly: the Pixel 7 has a brushed aluminum look, while the Pixel 7 Pro has a shiny, polished chassis. Sam Rutherford of Engadget prefers the matte finish. The Pixel 7 has a 6.3-inch 90Hz OLED screen, making it slightly smaller than the outgoing Pixel 6. You’ll have to wait a bit longer for our full verdict on the new set of cameras, but we’ve already noticed a smoother zoom experience and more detailed shots.
We are all used to seeing Instagram copy TikTok. Now, in a new twist, TikTok is copying Instagram with a new feature called Photo Mode. The update allows TikTok users to share multiple still photos in one post, along with captions of up to 2,200 characters.
New photo posts, which can also include music, will appear on users’ For You page alongside videos. Social networks are all converging. If you didn’t notice, only in the last six weeks instagram, tik tok Y Snapchat have created their own version of the French upstart BeReal (Instagram has yet to formally launch). Twitter introduced a TikTok-style feed for full screen videos AND YouTube Shorts, itself a clone of TikTok, added TikTok style voiceovers.
Chris Pratt, Jack Black and Anya Taylor-Joy star in the CG blockbuster.
Yes, we got our first look at the next Mario movie. The clip shows Bowser (played by Jack Black) terrorizing a kingdom of penguins in his search for an invincible star. Mario (Chris Pratt) soon makes an abrupt entrance to the Mushroom Kingdom, while his brother Luigi (Charlie Day) also appears briefly. Super Mario Bros. It is expected to be released on April 7, 2023.
Your first smart watch.
Finally, it’s here. The Pixel Watch, priced at $349. And Engadget’s Cherlynn Low says it’s “one of the most beautiful smartwatches” she’s ever seen. (Although I’m not sure I agree.) The device is only available in one size, 41mm, but many straps knowingly follow rival Apple’s styles. In that sense, it’s about the same size as the little Apple Watch. The device feels like a polished pebble, thankfully covered in a custom 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5, giving some assurance that it will survive a drop or scratch. Read on for our first impressions.
A new trial could be scheduled in November.
Twitter’s trial against Elon Musk is now on hold while the two sides reach a deal for Musk to complete his purchase of the social media company. On Thursday, Judge Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick, chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, adjourned the trial until Oct. 28, following a motion by Musk’s attorneys to cancel the trial. However, if the two parties are unable to settle before the end of the month, a trial could start again.
It’s an iPhone, but bigger.
If you want an iPhone with a big screen and better battery life without spending a ton of money on a Pro Max model, the new iPhone 14 Plus is exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Like the standard model, the iPhone 14 Plus has two rear cameras and an A15 bionic chip, but with a larger 6.7-inch screen. It has the kind of prodigious battery life that most phones can only dream of.
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