Google Pixel 7 series may not bring enhanced displays

The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro may not get display upgrades over their predecessors. Recent code entries from the Android Open Source Project suggest that new Google phones will use the same panels found on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, respectively.

The folks at 9to5Google found out that Google has created two new display drivers. The drivers are labeled with “C10” and “P10,” which are shortened versions of “Cheetah” and “Panther,” the company’s internal codenames for Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, respectively. These files reveal the display specs of the upcoming Pixel duo.

According to the new report, the Pixel 7 will use Samsung’s S6E3FC3 panel while the Pro model will feature the Korean company’s S6E3HC3 display. These panels are unchanged from the Pixel 6 series. Display specifications also remain unchanged – 1080 x 2400 resolution with up to 90Hz refresh rate for the Pixel 7 and 1440 x 3120 resolution with maximum refresh rate 120Hz for the Pixel 7 Pro.

However, there will still be some differences this time around. First, this year’s base model will be a bit smaller than last year’s Pixel 6. As such, the screen will be 1mm narrower and 2mm shorter. With the resolution remaining unchanged, this will allow for a higher pixel density on the Pixel 7.

The screen size will see no change on the Pixel 7 Pro. However, the panel is reportedly getting a native 1080p mode this year. This is an additional resolution option that will help you save power. The device will output everything in 1080p, with panel ‘DDIC upscaling’ converting it to 1440p. The result may not be the same as the native 1440p resolution, but this technology will definitely reduce battery usage. Other Android OEMs, including Samsung, have done this in the past.

There’s always a chance for a display hardware upgrade on the Pixel 7 Pro

The new report notes that the Pixel 7 Pro can still benefit from improved display hardware. Google would have “worked to support an almost identical display alongside the one specially marked for C10”. Carrying the model number S6E3HC4, it could be a newer display panel from Samsung. Unfortunately, it’s unclear if the Pixel 7 Pro will feature this panel.

The Pixel 7 series will hit the cover later this year and based on available information, the new phones will be iterative entries rather than major upgrades over the Pixel 6 series. You can expect to hear more on devices in the coming months. In the meantime, you can refer to our Pixel 7 and 7 Pro preview for everything we know about the phones so far. Articles are regularly updated to add any new information that surfaces down the line.

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