Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Pixel 7 Pro prototype confirms some specifications, reveals new details

A prototype model of the Pixel 7 Pro has been analyzed for new details about its hardware, as well as confirmation of some previously mentioned specs.

Over the past few months, a handful of pre-release prototypes of the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have managed to get out into the wild. Google has captured most of the leaked units and remotely wiped them, leaving them unusable (bricked) and prevented from finding any phones’ full spec sheets ahead of their formal launch later this year. has given.

The owner of one such bricked prototype contacted the owners of the “Google News” group on Telegram. The group then used the limited amount of information available to them — specifically logs that are generated when the phone tries to boot up, as well as the bootloader’s code — to dig up some additional specs about the Pixel 7 Pro. .

For starters, we may now have our first details about the CPU cores used by the Pixel 7’s GS201 chip. According to the post, the second generation Tensor chip should continue to use the “4+2+2” design, as seen on the first Tensor. In that design, there are four low-end cores for simple tasks, two mid-level cores, and two high-power CPU cores to handle work constraints.

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No details have been revealed regarding the mid- and high-end cores of the Tensor 2, but it is claimed that the Pixel 7 series chip will use the same Cortex A55 cores for low-end tasks. The group cites a line in the boot log that suggests a workaround is being implemented that is used solely for chips with Cortex A55 cores.

Other newly uncovered details include that the Pixel 7 Pro should be equipped with a Cirrus Logic CS40L26 chip for haptics, which is a generation newer than the one found in the Pixel 6 Pro. Meanwhile, where last year’s phone had STMicroelectronics ST54K NFC hardware that also included UWB connectivity, the logs point to simpler hardware, the ST21NFC, which doesn’t have UWB. It is likely that the UWB will be handled by a separate component.

This latest round of digging into Pixel 7 Pro prototypes was able to confirm our findings on the codenames of in-development Google Pixel devices, including the Ravenclaw and Felix, although there was no indication of the “Lynx” codename.

Lastly, the group claims that the specs of the Pixel 7 Pro prototype show a Samsung S6E3HC4 display panel, which is a generation newer than the display in the Pixel 6 Pro. Our previous report about the display used in the Pixel 7 series revealed that Google is either preparing to use that new display or will continue to use the same one from last year.

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Regardless of which display ends up in retail models of the Pixel 7 Pro this fall, at least one upgrade will be in place. As seen by Dylan Rag (via) Mishal Rahmani), the codes for both possible Pixel 7 Pro displays include a higher maximum brightness of 1000 nits in high brightness mode, compared to 800 in last year’s phone.

Overall, while these specs can be quite interesting to enthusiasts, they don’t tell us much about how the Pixel 7 Pro will perform in the real world. Additionally, since the instrument being analyzed is technically still a prototype, no matter how far it may seem, the details of some of these minutes before launch are likely to change.

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