In a surprising turn of events, someone claims to have used the unreleased Pixel 7 Pro for three weeks without noticing it wasn’t the Pixel 6 Pro, and they have photos to prove it.
Last week, news circulated that a prototype version of the Pixel 7 was available for purchase on eBay, offering a first look at the next phone, but a bit more than what Google itself showed at I/O. . Shortly after, the listing was removed from eBay, but some noticed in the reflections that the Pixel 7 was photographed with a Pixel 7 Pro.
In a new post on the Google Pixel subreddit, user AMC20_ revealed that he purchased his device from a Facebook Marketplace listing where the device was described as a “Pixel 6 Pro”. It’s logic – It’s technology today reported that they also found a Pixel 7 prototype on Facebook.
In the post, AMC20_ says they were able to use the phone for three weeks with no issues. In fact, it’s unclear if the redditor even knows he was using a Pixel 7 Pro rather than the advertised Pixel 6 Pro.
After all, based on the photos shared – seen below – their Pixel 7 Pro prototype has the Obsidian color option and looks quite similar to the Pixel 6 Pro in Stormy Black. Both phones should even have the exact same display technology under the hood.
Unfortunately, things turned sour yesterday once news of the loose prototypes broke. According to the owner’s post, the Pixel 7 Pro prototype was remotely wiped by Google and rendered unusable. Enabling it now takes the phone directly to Android’s fastboot recovery menu. From there, we can see the Pixel 7 Pro codenamed “Cheetah” as well as confirmation of our report that the Pixel 7 series will use the Samsung Exynos 5300 modem.
On the one hand, it’s great that Google managed to find a stable design language for the Pixel series, which makes it more easily recognizable. However, it’s probably not a good thing if someone can’t easily visually tell two generations of your phone apart. Nor is it a great experience to buy a phone online and have it remotely turned off three weeks later without understanding why.
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