For a pair of high-end smartphones widely expected to release in October at the earliest, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro have certainly been making a lot of headlines lately, most likely already revealing their designs in pin-sharp detail.

But while Google has a habit of leaking big secrets months before its products are officially announced, one of the reasons we (supposedly) know so much about the company’s upcoming devices might actually be an early launch… for a change.

Will the iPhone 14 family have direct competition in September? Obviously, the answer to the first part of this question is yes. It’s equally clear that the second part is next to impossible to anticipate right now, but if Google is ever to pull off such a bold move as rivaling Apple, 2022 could be the perfect year to attempt it.

All the warning signs indicate that the Pixel 7 generation will be about refinement rather than radical changeand with the global chip situation looking more encouraging by the day, Google might be able to produce more smartphones more easily than last year.

Of course, this is all pure conjecture, but that’s not what Ross Young’s prediction of the panels starting shipping in May is. He’s an industry expert who knows a lot about smartphone screens, so you can be almost certain that his latest prophecy will come true.

A launch to face the iPhone 14 series?

Naturally, that doesn’t mean the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro have any chance of seeing the light of day in May or June, or July, or even August. But, September is a definite possibility given that both the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro smartphones are apparently about a month ahead of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro’s schedule, at least for now.

But then again, Google could still use that extra time to try to perfect the second-generation Tensor processor or polish recently leaked designs before unveiling and releasing the Pixel 7 duo in a traditional October deadline. Finally, there’s a chance the company is simply looking to make more devices than ever before an October launch to boost its still modest global sales numbers.

While a September debut directly against the iPhone 14 slate certainly sounds exciting, the other two theories also paint a much prettier picture than what happened with the availability of the Pixel 6 last year, so either way, Google is likely to become a bigger threat than ever to Apple (and Samsung) in 2022.

Little evolution?

The other part of Ross Young’s brand new prediction is as unsurprising as it is unexciting, calling for a “standard” 6.3-inch Pixel 7 and an ultra-premium 6.7-inch Pixel 7 Pro. If those numbers sound familiar, it might be because the Pixel 6 Pro also has a 6.7-inch screen, while the “full-sized” Pixel 6 actually offers a little more real estate. of screen that its successor should offer, at 6.4 inches.

Ross Young also “believes” that Pixel 7 Pro will support 120Hz screen refresh rate and LTPO technologywhich seems to suggest that the non-Pro model could keep the characteristics of its predecessor, namely a 90Hz and non-LTPO display, most likely to keep production costs and the resulting prices down.