We expect the Google Pixel 7 series to arrive soon and now there is more evidence of that as the phones believed to be the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have been listed in an FCC (Federal Communications Commission) database.
The listings – which were identified by 9to5Google (opens in new tab) – are something we hope to see closer to launch. More specifically, they suggest we could be around a month away, with a mid-September launch possible, as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6a arrived at the FCC about a month before they were revealed.
The Pixel 6 was unveiled in October, but it looks like its successor could be earlier this year. As well as being a sign that these phones could be just weeks away, the listings also provide some details about them.
They don’t tell us much, but they do suggest that the Google Pixel 7 Pro will get UWB (ultra-wideband) while the standard Pixel 7 won’t.
UWB, for those unfamiliar, is a wireless technology that can enable extremely accurate positioning and device location tracking. It’s used by Apple’s AirTag, for example, and on the Pixel 6 Pro it’s used for Near Share, which lets you share content with nearby devices. While you don’t need a Pixel 6 Pro for close sharing, UWB isn’t an essential component here.
The Pixel 6 Pro is currently the only Pixel device with UWB, and it looks like Google is keeping a Pro feature if that FCC info is accurate – which it probably is, as this is an official database.
The FCC listings don’t reveal much else, though they mention unsurprising things like support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as versions of the phones that offer both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G connectivity and those that only offer sub-6GHz. These refer to different 5G frequency bands, and it is likely that the mmWave version will only be sold in countries that can take advantage of these frequencies.
While we always have leaks with a pinch of salt, FCC details tend to be accurate. We should know for sure soon, as – even without those listings – we expect to see the Pixel 7 lineup in October.
Analysis: Limited UWB support means Google may not do much with it yet
If you were thinking about buying the standard Pixel 7, you probably won’t miss out on much by not getting the UWB, as Google doesn’t use the technology much at the moment.
While it’s possible that will change, the fact that the company is keeping it exclusive to the Pro models suggests there’s probably nothing big planned for the UWB in the near future – otherwise it would make sense for it to be more widely accessible.
So the presence or absence of UWB is probably not something you should consider when choosing which of the best Pixel phones to buy.