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Morning After: Our Verdict on Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro | Engadget

Yes, we have full reviews of Google’s new flagship phone and first smartwatch. Phones perform better than wearables, but that’s to be expected since we’re using 7th-gen Pixel smartphones. In addition to the new software features and the Tensor G2 chip, the Pixel 7 Pro offers a number of additional hardware upgrades over the standard Pixel 7. There is a longer 5x telephoto zoom, and even the ultra-wide cam can take macro photos. The Pixel 7 Pro’s battery doesn’t last as long as the smaller, cheaper counterparts, but it can easily go for a day or so. But most importantly, the price is $899. The Pixel 7 Pro costs more than most of its competitors. The specs and hardware of the $599 Pixel 7 aren’t much different from last year’s devices, but the battery life is good and lasts almost 18 hours in our video rundown tests. It also has a better matte finish compared to the glossy Pro. Check out our full review of both phones here. Meanwhile, here’s all the big news from Microsoft, including our initial impressions of some of the new Surface PCs. – Mat Smith Did you know that these reports can be delivered directly to your inbox every day? Subscribe right here! The biggest story that may have missed Google and Fitbit’s incomplete marriage. The Engadget Pixel Watch feels good. As Cherlynn Low of Engadget put it, it’s like “soft, shiny pebbles.” But do you have a smartwatch? The software is competent and Fitbit’s health tracking integration is excellent. Unfortunately, the Pixel Watch has a relatively short battery life, and the Fitbit Premium paid wall blocks many health metrics. But if you’re looking for an Android-friendly wearable that’s as luxurious as Apple’s, this is it. Read on. No, you are not reading that CPU model wrong. It’s been four years since Microsoft introduced the Surface Studio 2, the flexible all-in-one PC from Microsoft. Now it’s time for some upgrades. The Surface Studio 2+ is actually much faster than before, thanks to Intel’s 11th Gen CPUs and NVIDIA’s RTX 3060 graphics. However, we’ve been impressed with Intel’s great 12th Gen hybrid chips that deliver significantly better performance than 11th Gen CPUs for most of the year. It’s not called the Surface Studio 3 for a reason, but prices still start at $4,300. Read on. Can Intel and ARM models live in harmony? The Surface Pro 9 is pretty much what we expected. That said, it’s a leap forward with Intel’s 12th generation CPUs. However, Microsoft has taken us by surprise with a major innovation in tablet PCs. There’s also a Surface Pro 9 running a custom SQ3 ARM chip with 5G. Select! Either way, you get a tablet PC that easily transforms into a functional laptop with a keyboard case. The SQ3 Arm model also has some features that the Intel version doesn’t have thanks to a neural processor. This includes some real-time improvements to video chat, such as blurring the background. According to Microsoft, these features could be brought to Intel chips if they had their own neural chips, but unfortunately these features aren’t available in Intel’s current lineup. Read on. But how long will it take before they can play ‘Doom’? Ollie Millington via Getty Images claims that researchers who grew brain cell cultures in the lab taught the cells to play a version of Pong. Scientists at a biotech startup called Cortical Labs say this is the first proven example of a “mini brain” that teaches you to perform goal-directed tasks. DishBrain received a strong and consistent feedback signal (effectively a form of stimulation) when the paddle hit the ball, and short, random pulses when the ball was missed. After playing pong for 20 minutes, the game culture seems to have improved. Read on. We are launching video doorbells, cameras and smart light bulbs. Roku is expanding beyond home theater setups to smart home devices. Initial deployments of Roku Smart Home products in collaboration with Wyze include smart doorbells, cameras, smart bulbs, smart light strips and smart plugs. The company hasn’t released specifications for the device ahead of time, but previous reports have suggested that they are badged versions of Wyze products, including the Cam v3, Cam Pan V2, and Bulb Color. You can also use the Roku Voice Remote to bring up a live camera feed from your TV. Roku didn’t provide pricing details, but said the camera “starts at under $27”. Read on. Listen to music (and meetings). It’s always nice to see something that goes beyond what you expect from Microsoft. Microsoft has unveiled the Audio Dock, which, as the name suggests, combines a speaker and a laptop hub. The design revolves around an omni-directional speakerphone and includes a 60W USB-C connection for computer charging, two regular USB-C ports, an HDMI 2.0 jack and a single USB-A port. Companies rely heavily on the usefulness of the Audio Dock for meetings, whether in the office or at home. You’ll find a mic toggle (useful for telecommuting) and a large dedicated button for starting Teams. Because of Microsoft. Continue reading All products recommended by Engadget are selected by an editorial team independent of the parent company. Some stories contain affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, you can earn an affiliate commission. All prices are correct at the time of posting.
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