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Google Pixel 7 Pro display drains battery faster? Find out

New Delhi: Google’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones are finally making their way to customers in India, but there seem to be a few issues with the Pixel 7 Pro. The recently reported issues seem to be related to the display in particular, and according to the report, they seem to only affect the Pixel 7 Pro.

The Pixel 7 Pro comes with a 6.7-inch QHD+ LTPO AMOLED display that offers a 120Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 1,500 nits. Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 will get a 6.3-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate.

A report from XDA points out that the Pixel 7 Pro’s display is a bit power-hungry. The report states that the Pixel 7 Pro’s 6.7-inch QHD+ LTPO AMOLED panel is consuming more power than expected, leading to faster battery drain.

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According to the source, this mainly happens when using the smartphone outdoors, where the ambient light sensor increases the brightness of the display. The Pixel 7 Pro’s display uses about 3.5-4W at 600 nits, which is about half the brightness levels the display is capable of. In high brightness mode, which is around 1000 nits, the display consumes 6W. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S22+ consumes 2W at 600 nits and 4W at 1000 nits.

Gadgets 360 Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro review units are still undergoing testing. We can confirm that we have experienced battery drain issues with the larger Pixel 7 Pro, which only lasts a day in normal use (minimal camera and gaming).

A tweet by Prasad Naik also pointed out another display-related issue. His tweet explains how the display remains active for a few milliseconds even after the smartphone is locked. The view remaining active under the lock screen causes random apps to launch. So users may find random apps open every time they unlock their smartphone.

Gadgets 360 can confirm that this issue also exists with our review unit. We can also confirm that the active display issue also exists on our review unit of the Pixel 7.

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The issue appears to be triggered during the lock animation, where the screen remains active for a few milliseconds until the lock screen fade animation completes. It’s unclear whether Google will fix both issues in a software update, but we’ve reached out to Google for comment.

The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones went on sale in India yesterday. These are the first premium smartphones from Google to make it to India after a four-year hiatus. The Pixel 7 is available for Rs. 59,999, while the larger Pixel 7 Pro is available for Rs. 84,999 on Flipkart.

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