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Pixel 7 Pro prototype reveals some specs, new details

A prototype model of the Pixel 7 Pro has been scanned for new hardware details, as well as seemingly confirming some previously reported specs.

Over the past few months, a small handful of Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro pre-launch prototypes have managed to release into the wild. Google detected most of the leaked units and remotely wiped them, rendering them unusable (bricked) and preventing discovery of the full specs of either phone before their official launch later this year .

The owner of one of these brick prototypes contacted the owners of the “Google News” group on Telegram. The group then used the limited amount of information they had – specifically the logs generated while trying to boot the phone, as well as the bootloader code itself – to dig up additional specs on the Pixel 7. Pro.

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

No details have been uncovered regarding the mid- and high-level cores of Tensor 2, but it is claimed that the Pixel 7 series chip will use the same Cortex A55 cores for low-level tasks. The group cites a line in the boot logs that suggests a workaround is applied only for chips with Cortex A55 cores.

Other recently uncovered details include that the Pixel 7 Pro is expected to feature a Cirrus Logic CS40L26 chip for haptics, a newer generation than what’s found in the Pixel 6 Pro. Meanwhile, while last year’s phone featured STMicroelectronics ST54K NFC hardware that also included UWB connectivity, the logs point to a simpler ST21NFC hardware that doesn’t have UWB. It is likely that UWB will be handled by a different component.

This latest round of digging into the Pixel 7 Pro prototype was also able to corroborate our findings on the codenames of the Google Pixel devices in development, including Ravenclaw and Felix, although there is apparently no sign of the codename. “Lynx”.

Finally, the group claims that the specs of the Pixel 7 Pro prototype show the Samsung S6E3HC4 display panel, which is one generation newer than the Pixel 6 Pro’s display. Our previous report on the screens used in the Pixel 7 series showed that Google is preparing to use this new screen or continue to use the same one since last year.

Whatever screen ends up in the Pixel 7 Pro retail models this fall, at least one upgrade will be in place. Spotted by Dylan Raga (via Mishaal Rahman), the code for both potential Pixel 7 Pro displays includes a higher peak brightness of 1000 nits, in high-brightness mode, compared to 800 in last year’s phone.

Overall, while these specs might be quite interesting for enthusiasts, they don’t tell us much about the real-world performance of the Pixel 7 Pro. Also, since the device under analysis is technically still a prototype, no matter how far away it is, it’s possible that some of these minute details will change before launch.

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