Google Pixel 7 Pro Someone just purchased and tested a prototype for three weeks

Google might need to be more cautious regarding its highly classified prototypes. In April, a model of the Pixel Watch was left in an eatery before the company could confirm it existed. And last week, the Pixel 7 was spotted for auction on eBay.

This listing was removed, and it’s been reported that the sales of prototypes have been on the go for several months, as one Redditor is said to have used this Pixel 7 Pro happily for months. It’s not even stated that the user knew it was an unreleased model at the time of purchase, which isn’t a great sign to those hoping for significant improvements.

AMC20_ (opens in a new tab) purchased what was described as a Google Pixel 6 Pro on Facebook Marketplace in North Texas and had been “using it for about three weeks” without any issues.

For the Redditor in the case, recent leaks of prototypes appear to have scared Google, and the device “started acting weird,” and eventually, it was subjected to a remotely reset factory. The result now seems to be that:

Pixel 7 Pro prototype

“It’s been working 100% fine the entire time I had it until yesterday morning,” the poster said. “It was early, about 4:00 [or] something; I was getting ready, and I saw the screen start flickering and doing weird stuff.”

The phone also declared that it was running an initial data reset and wouldn’t allow the user to interfere. “Then I saw a circle on the screen saying the erasing date, and then it went to that screen,” the Redditor added. “I think big G did it.”

Apart from being generally satisfied with the phone (“it’s an ugly phone, and the photos are stunning,” the poster commented on the Android Police (opens in a new tab)), there aren’t a lot of details to be found although it appears that it is compatible enough with the screen protector that was explicitly made for Pixel 6 Pro. Pixel 6 Pro to work: “even the fingerprint scanner portion matched up well,” the poster said (opens in a new tab).

To their credit, the initial seller appears to claim (opens in a new window) that they believed it to be the Pixel 6 Pro, but evidently, they also included “other units” that were also erased.Pixel 7 Pro prototype

Whether you believe that explanation is up to you: in the defense of the poster, it does look a lot like the Pixel 6 Pro, right down to the Stormy Black color scheme. In the case for the prosecution, the logo on the back is nothing like the usual Google ‘G’.

We know from Google’s own teaser that the Pixel 7 is going to look very familiar indeed, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Here, it sounds like incremental improvements with a faster second-generation Tensor processor, improvements to camera performance and — hopefully — stronger battery life, possibly based on screen resolution trickery.

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Aizaz was the first person to get a byline on his blog on technology from his home in Bannu in 2017. Then, he went on to a career in breaking things professionally at my electric sparks which is where he eventually took over the kit as a hardware editor. Today, as the senior editor of hardware for my electric sparks, he spends time reporting about the most recent developments in the hardware industry and technology. If he's not reporting on hardware or electronics, you'll see him trying to be as remote from the world of technology as possible through camping in the wild.

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