August 8, 2022

What you need to know

  • A pre-production Google Pixel 7 Pro prototype was recently sold online and has revealed a number of secrets about the upcoming phone.
  • That prototype featured an upgraded Samsung display with increased brightness versus the one on the Pixel 6 Pro.
  • This same prototype also revealed a number of other components and the architecture for Google’s Tensor 2 chipset, as well.

When a new phone comes out, people have certain expectations for upgrades. Historically, smartphone displays have gotten sharper, brighter, and better looking over time, and it looks like Google’s Pixel 7 Pro will follow that suit.

Based on a pre-production Google Pixel 7 (opens in new tab) Pro, it looks like the final device could receive a display upgrade that adheres to at least one of the aforementioned expectations. Specifically, the Pixel 7 Pro could see an increase of 200 nits of maximum brightness, topping out at 1,000 nits at its brightest setting, matching that of other great Android phones (opens in new tab). This is according to system-level information found by Esper’s Mishaal Rahman, which is contained in the Android source code.

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