Today, we learned the first details about Google’s upcoming Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones, which, if the company follows its usual schedule, will not be available until October. And yet, here we are in February, with some of the puzzle pieces already in place.
According to a new report, the Pixel 7 duo will be equipped with a second-generation Tensor chipset and a Samsung-made Exynos Modem 5300 for connectivity.
The codenames for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are reportedly Cheetah and Panther. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro were dubbed Oriole and Raven, respectively, and the avian theme continues with the yet-to-be-announced Pixel 6a, which is codenamed Bluejay.
When the first Tensor was in development last year, Google tested it internally by replacing the Snapdragon 765 in some Pixel 5 units with the Tensor. These models have then codenamed Whitefin, a mashup of “white” from the Tensor project’s codename “Whitechapel” and “fin” from the Pixel 5’s codename “Redfin.”
Similarly, the “Raven” in “Ravenclaw” may refer to the Pixel 6 Pro, and the “claw” is just a feline reference, in which case this would be a Pixel 6 Pro device with Pixel 7 innards created for testing purposes.
Of course, there’s still plenty of time before the Pixel 7 generation officially launches for rumors and information to confirm these details. Or maybe not.