Google is preparing to show the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro to the world on October 6. While we’re pretty sure they’re going to be among the best Android phones, the latest leaks tell us they’re not going to be. a big upgrade over the Pixel 6 series. However, Google seems to be working on improving many of the small details. The latest findings point to support for dual eSIM and face unlock.
As spotted by Android expert Mishaal Rahman, Google listed the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro (Panther and Cheetah respectively) on the Google Play console. While the company has since pulled the entries, Rahman was able to pull some interesting tidbits from the publicly available data.
Both the new Pixel models support eSIM MEP (short for Multiple Enabled Profiles). This means they can have two active eSIM profiles activated at the same time, emulating the dual SIM capabilities of previous Pixels, which relied on one physical SIM card and one eSIM profile to provide this functionality. The MEP would allow the Pixel 7 series to go without a SIM card tray while offering dual SIM support. However, it is unclear whether Google will release variants without trays. It could just be preparation for a move like this in a future product.
The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro listings also reveal that both phones come with support for “android.hardware.biometrics.face,” confirming that some form of biometric face unlock is on board. It’s not entirely clear how the devices will achieve this functionality, as the Pixel 4 and 4 XL were the last Pixel phones to declare support for properly secure face unlock.
It’s possible that Google has some new hardware built into the phones that makes this possible, or that the company has improved the algorithms they use for software-based facial recognition. Another option is that Google offers fingerprint-assisted facial recognition, which means it can lower the threshold for successful fingerprint unlocking when the right face is recognized. Whatever solution Google has planned, it’s good to see given that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro’s fingerprint scanners are incredibly finicky and slow.
The listing also confirms some key specs that were revealed earlier. The Pixel 7 will have 8GB of RAM and a screen resolution of 1080×2400 with a density of 420dpi. The Pixel 7 Pro comes with 12 GB of RAM and a 1440 x 3120 display with 560 dpi. Both phones come with Google’s new Tensor G2 chipset, which is now confirmed to be configured with two super large ARM Cortex-X1 at 2800MHz, two large A76 at 2250MHz, and four small Cortex-A55 cores at 1800MHz. This represents a small upgrade compared to the first generation Tensor chip, but we hope that this will mean it is less prone to overheating.