Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro battery life: small improvements
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The Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro are Google's current premium phones, or the contenders for the title of the best flagship phone right now. The two phones were released in October of 2022. They introduce notable improvements over their predecessors while still sporting a similar and easily recognizable design. And, as things go here at PhoneArena, we've extensively tested them so we can tell you exactly how they perform in real life.
If you're here, you're probably thinking of getting one of these two phones and you are wondering about the Pixel 7 battery life - has it improved, by how much, how is it in general compared to the competition... Well, you've come just to the right place! As we do with any major phone release, we have run these two phones through a variety of extensive battery tests (designed by us to best represent real-life use!) so you get the most info about their battery life as possible.
Pixel 7 series doesn't bring an upgrade in terms of battery sizes. Actually, the Pixel 7 phones have similar battery sizes to their predecessors (a slightly smaller one for the regular Pixel 7).Now, let's see how things are. First off, it's important to say that the
However, what's on paper doesn't necessarily mean everything in tech (and in general). Testing a phone in real life and seeing how it compares to the competition is sometimes more important than what's on a phone's spec sheet. And this article is just for that - we've tested the two phones and we're comparing them to the competition for you. Now, let's dive into the details of how the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro battery life is exactly, and what does that mean for you.
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Does the Pixel 7 have better battery life?
The Pixel 7 Pro sports a better battery life than its predecessor, but the smaller Pixel 7 is lagging behind the Pixel 6 in terms of battery performance. Our extensive battery tests show that the Pixel 7 Pro consistently beats the 6 Pro in video streaming and web browsing, and has a similar result to its predecessor in 3D gaming (although, it lags a bit behind).
On the other hand, the Pixel 7's battery life loses to the Pixel 6 in the majority of our tests (the phone lost almost 2 hours to the Pixel 6 in web browsing and around an hour and a half in 3D gaming, as you can see on the results down below).
The Pixel 7 situation could easily be explained by the fact that the phone sports a slightly smaller battery cell than the Pixel 6. However, you should keep in mind that Google's Extreme Power Saver mode will be able to help the Pixel 7 last up to 72 hours. The tests we performed on the two phones have been done without any Power Saver on, as we usually do them (with the settings you're more likely to use for the phone).
How much battery does the Pixel 7 have?
The Pixel 7 series doesn't sport any improvements in battery on paper either. The Pixel 7 has a 4,355mAh battery cell, slightly smaller than its predecessor, and the Pixel 7 Pro retains the 5,000mAh one for the 6 Pro.
However, Google has decided to nevertheless put some effort into improving battery life on its newest flagships. Using Extreme Battery Saver mode, Google says the two phones will be able to last up to 72 hours.
Does the Pixel 7 have wireless charging?
Yes. Wireless charging has become a must-have nowadays for flagship phones and the Pixel 7 series is no exception. Since the Pixel 3, Google has equipped its most expensive phones with the feature. The Pixel 7 supports wireless charging rates up to 20W, while the Pixel 7 Pro - up to 23W charging with Google Pixel Stand (2nd gen), which is sold separately.
Does Pixel 7 have reverse wireless charging?
Yes. The Pixel 7 series keeps this useful feature from its predecessors. Reverse wireless charging allows you to charge accessories or other phones on the back of your Pixel with the Battery Share feature (they should support Qi wireless charging).
What charger does the Pixel 7 use?
As you know, phones nowadays no longer come with power adapters in the box, and the Pixel 7 is no exception. You will need to buy a power brick for your new phone separately (or use an older one).
The two phones, just like their predecessor, can charge fastest with a power brick like Google's 30W USB-C Power Adapter with PPS. They don't support the full 30W (just like the Pixel 6 series), instead, the Pixel 7 supports 20W wired charging, and the Pixel 7 Pro - 23W.
If you're going for a third-party charger, make sure it's compatible with USB Power Delivery PPS (a USB-C standard for fast charging).
How fast does the Pixel 7 charge?
The Pixel 7 series support fast charging, just like the Pixel 6 – the two phones can charge relatively fast with a 30W power brick. This is not the fastest charging out there, but despite that, Google says you can get up to 50% charge in about 30 minutes with Google's 30W charger. That's not bad for a quick top up during a busy day. Below, you can find the results of our charging tests on the Pixel 7 series.