Late-breaking Pixel 7 Pro leaks show a sleek phone with poor performance

Today is the day all Google Pixel 7 leaks will finally dry up, as the phone – alongside the Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel Watch – is unveiled in just a few hours. We have a Pixel 7 event live blog for you to follow, but ahead of launch two latest leaks have surfaced regarding the Pixel 7 Pro, and they paint a mixed picture.

First, there is a reference leak of Yogesh Brar (opens in a new tab) – a backer with a decent track record – spotted by GSMArena (opens in a new tab). This shows a multi-core Geekbench 5 result of 3,149, a single-core result of 1,068, and a benchmark on AnTuTu of 801,116.

Either way, the higher scores are better, but overall it’s only a modest improvement over the Google Pixel 6 Pro. In our own tests, we found that the Pixel 6 Pro had a Geekbench 5 multi-core result of 2,760, for example.

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While those scores beat last year’s phone, they still trail the flagship competition, with our review of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra scoring 3,417 for example, while the iPhone 14 Pro scored a whopping 5,345.

Indeed, Brar notes that the Pixel 7 Pro’s results are roughly in line with the Snapdragon 888 or Snapdragon 888 Plus, which are chipsets that were found in flagship phones from 2021.

It’s not all bad news though, as Brar claims the Pixel 7 Pro’s chipset – which we know to be the Tensor G2 – will take the lead in ISP (image signal processing) and AI performance. Now for some more positive news…

While the Pixel 7 Pro might be a bit lacking in power, it could at least look good, going by a leaked video of the phone in Hazel, shared by @saiyanpride92 (opens in a new tab) (via Phone Arena (opens in a new tab)), as it looks much brighter and more eye-catching than previously suggested marketing images.

This phone should come with a hefty price tag but – based on this video at least – it should look good enough to justify it.

Analysis: Lots of power for most people

While it’s in some ways disappointing that the Pixel 7 Pro likely trails other flagship phones in power, that’s hardly surprising given that the Pixel 6 lineup was the same. It’s also unlikely to be a problem.

In our Pixel 6 Pro review, we found the performance to be smooth and never lacking in grunt, which isn’t surprising since high-end smartphones arguably have more power than they need. need it in most cases.

Benchmark numbers continue to rise for new models, but in the real world the differences are often imperceptible.

That said, if you like demanding mobile games etc then you might want to consider a beefier handset; for everyone else, the Pixel 7 Pro has a good chance of ranking among the best phones on the market.

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