This Pixel 7 design update left us a little disappointed


What do you want to know

  • During the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro preview, Google shared that the phone will have a soft-touch matte finish.
  • Now Google is backtracking, saying the Pixel 7 will feature a glossy finish instead.
  • This finish first appeared on the Pixel 3 and was available on the Pixel 4 before Google changed things up.

With yesterday’s introduction of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Google has started building the hype train leading to the company’s next set of flagship devices. We’ve learned that Google’s next-gen Tensor chip will be at the helm, while seeing some slight tweaks in the overall design.

Ultimately, it looks like Google doesn’t really have a firm grip on what’s to come later this year. As originally reported by YouTuber Marques Brownlee, (as well as our own cover story), the Pixel 7 has been told that the Pixel 7 will use a “soft-touch glass” material on the back. For reference, this is the same material that was found on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 but was not found on the Pixel 6.

Instead, Google opted for a more traditional glossy finish on the back. While there’s no difference in terms of protecting your phone, the soft-touch finish is more comfortable to hold, without needing to feel like you have to slap a skin or case on your phone. Unfortunately, Google is already backtracking, as Brownlee said, “that the Pixel 7 will NOT actually be soft-touch glass.”

(Image credit: @MKBHD)

While glossy phones look great, it’s obvious that today’s best Android phones are dominated by those with matte finishes. Everything from the Galaxy S22 Ultra to the iPhone 13 Pro sports this type of finish. Some phones outside of the Pixel range are still opting for the glossy back glass, however, the trend seems to be going in a different direction.

Pixel 4 matte finish in hand

(Image credit: Android Central)

Google has yet to provide comment or information on the reasoning behind the confusion. There may be a prototype version using the matte glass, and the decision to go with the glossy one came at the last minute. Or maybe Google just did an “oopsie” and shared the wrong information to begin with.


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