Tests of the all-new Pixel 7 Pro show that its screen is particularly power-hungry when placed in direct sunlight. A defect that could well be critical for some.
The Google Pixel 7 Pro screen is very bright, maybe even too bright. In our test, we measured a peak brightness of over 1300 nits, making it the brightest smartphone to pass through the editor after the iPhone 14 Pro (and Pro Max).
This shouldn’t be a problem with the latest screen technologies available, but the Pixel 7 Pro seems to behave relatively off the charts on this point.
A very greedy screen
During our test of the Pixel 7 Pro, we noticed that our screen tests, carried out at maximum brightness, caused the battery to melt more than usual. This certainly should have given us more warning, as it did for the journalists at XDA.
They noticed that the autonomy of the Pixel 7 Pro was very good, even better than on the Pixel 6 Pro, provided you stay indoors. A short passage in the open air and the battery discharges by 10% in 15 minutes. They therefore measured the consumption of the telephone.
By displaying a 100% white screen, the Pixel 7 Pro therefore consumes 3.4 to 4 W for a brightness of 600 nits. For comparison, under the same conditions, the Pixel 6 Pro consumes 2.9 W and the Galaxy S22 Plus 2 W. Going up to 1000 nits, the Pixel 7 Pro then consumes 6 W, i.e. 50% more than the 4 W of the Galaxy S22 Plus.
Is this a real problem?
In itself, it is true that it is annoying that a screen consumes much more than the competition in equal conditions, especially for a phone whose autonomy is nothing exceptional (without being bad) and whose charge is particularly slow. However, we did not notice any particularly energy-intensive behavior on the Pixel 7 Pro, even outdoors.
During the test, the Pixel 7 Pro was used several times as a GPS outdoors, with the screen lit continuously. One day, it was used to guide me for more than an hour and a half while I was cycling through the streets of Paris. I ended my day without having to stick myself to a wall to charge my phone. However, it would be necessary to try the experience again in the middle of summer…
And the Pixel 7?
In order to check if this problem affected the entire range, XDA also carried out tests on the Pixel 7. This one does not suffer from the same problem and its consumption therefore remains consistent according to the specialized media.
It remains to be seen now if it is an imperfection related to the LTPO screen of the Pixel 7 Pro or if it is a bad software optimization that can be fixed through a simple update. . Anyway, here is a fly in the ointment of Google’s new flagship.