The Morning After: testing Google’s new Pixel 7 phones and its first connected watch

Google started teasing its Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones, the Pixel Watch, and even the Pixel tablet months ago. Finally, we have all the specs (and prices). The Engadget team was even able to briefly test everything except the tablet – which will be released next year.

The Pixel 7 Pro is probably the more exciting of the two phones, thanks to its triple-lens camera system on the back. This year, that includes an upgraded telephoto lens with the same Quad Bayer PD technology as the main 50-megapixel sensor. It has 5x optical zoom and the high resolution sensors allow you to shoot a cropped image with 10x zoom at 12.5 megapixels.

The Pixel Watch – rumored for years – finally launches next week. It will last up to 24 hours with its screen always on, and it can be quickly charged to 50% in just 30 minutes. Can Google make WearOS a compelling smartwatch option? Stay tuned.

It was a long morning of announcements from Google. We’ve rounded up the biggest stories below.

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Sleek design, same great price.

This is the second generation of Google Pixel phones powered by its internal Tensor chips. The next-gen chips feature a next-gen design, with new aluminum camera bars on the Pixel 7 ($599) and Pixel 7 Pro ($899). The finishes of the two phones vary slightly, with the Pixel 7 having a brushed aluminum look while the Pixel 7 Pro has a glossy, polished chassis. Engadget’s Sam Rutherford prefers the matte finish. The Pixel 7 has a 6.3-inch 90Hz OLED display, making it a bit smaller than the outgoing Pixel 6. You’ll have to wait a bit longer for our full verdict on the new camera array, but we’ve already noticed smoother zooming. experience and more detailed plans.

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Very retro.

We are all used to seeing Instagram copying TikTok. Now, in a new twist, TikTok is copying Instagram with a new feature called Photo Mode. The update allows TikTok users to share multiple still photos in a post, along with captions of up to 2,200 characters.

New photo posts, which may also include music, will appear on users’ For You page alongside videos. Social networks are all converging. If you haven’t noticed, in the last six weeks alone instagram, ICT Tac and Snapchat have come up with their own version of BeReal, the French upstart (Instagram hasn’t officially launched yet). Twitter has introduced a TikTok-style feed for full screen videos. And YouTube Shorts, itself a TikTok clone, added TikTok styling Voice off.

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Chris Pratt, Jack Black and Anya Taylor-Joy star in the CG blockbuster.



Yes, we got our first look at the next Mario movie. The clip shows Bowser (played by Jack Black) terrorizing a kingdom of penguins in his quest for star invincibility. Mario (Chris Pratt) soon makes an abrupt entrance into the Mushroom Kingdom, while his brother Luigi (Charlie Day) also appears briefly. Super Mario Bros. is set to release on April 7, 2023.

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His first connected watch.



Finally, it’s here. The Pixel Watch, priced at $349. And Engadget’s Cherlynn Low says it’s “one of the most beautiful smartwatches” she’s ever seen. (Although I’m not sure I agree.) The device only comes in one size, 41mm, but many straps knowingly tread on rival Apple’s styles. On that note, it’s about the same size as the small Apple Watch. The device looks like a polished pebble, thankfully coated in custom 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5, giving some reassurance that it will survive a drop or scratch. Read on for our first impressions.

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A new trial could be scheduled for November.

The Twitter lawsuit against Elon Musk is now on hold as the two sides reach an agreement for Musk to complete his takeover of the social media company. On Thursday, Judge Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick, Chancellor of the Delaware Chancery Court, stayed the trial until October 28, following a motion by Musk’s attorneys to have the trial dismissed. However, if the two sides cannot close by the end of the month, a trial could resume.

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It’s an iPhone, but bigger.

If you want an iPhone with a big screen and better battery life without shelling out over a ton of cash for a Pro Max model, the new iPhone 14 Plus is exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Like the standard model, the iPhone 14 Plus has dual rear cameras and an A15 bionic chip, but with a larger 6.7-inch display. It has the kind of prodigious battery life that most handsets can only dream of.

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