Real-world tests show that using the screen outdoors quickly drains the battery.
Earlier this month, Google launched the Pixel 7 line of smartphones. And before they’re in the hands of customers, there’s already a potential battery life issue. Adam Conway in XDA Developers noticed that its Pixel 7 Pro review unit drained power much faster when used at higher brightness, especially outdoors.
While it’s no surprise that a phone consumes more power when competing with the sun, Conway reported that his Pixel 7 Pro’s battery level dropped 10% in 15 minutes when he was out for coffee. After inspecting the rest of the XDA team, Conway discovered that it was not an isolated problem. So, with the help of display analyst Dylan Raga, Conway began digging into the mystery of the Pixel 7 Pro’s display battery drain.
After comparing power consumption readings from the Pixel 7 Pro to data from the Google Pixel 6 Pro, Conway and Raga realized that both devices seem to draw too much power when the brightness is turned up — the weird Pixel battery life. 7 Pro can be a symptom of a long run. permanent problem. Conway reached out to other journalists who received review units from Google and found that the problem was widespread.
To summarize the problem, according to XDAHowever, if your Pixel 7 Pro’s screen is set to full manual brightness, it may be using almost half the maximum power of the device’s chipset. That would leave you with about three hours of battery life on a full charge. And that only takes into account the screen and the chipset. All other components of the Pixel 7 Pro also consume power. Therefore, no one knows how much battery life can be expected from the device in real-world usage scenarios.
Conway hasn’t finished his tests yet, and he warns that Google could fix the problem with a software update. However, he cautions that if you’re still on the fence about buying a Pixel 7 Pro, put off that big purchase until the battery life issue is resolved.
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