07 March 2022
It has only been a few months since the Pixel 6 series launch but we are already hearing rumors related to next-gen devices. The latest report is coming from 9to5Google and gives a good idea of what to expect. It talks about Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro internal codenames, chipset, and modem among other details.
The report says Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are internally referred to as Cheetah and Panther respectively. Google seems to have changed the codename nomenclature theme once again. It used fish and sea life names for devices until the Pixel 6 series which is when it switched to beings that can fly. This is expected to continue with Pixel 6a and Pixel Notepad which are codenamed Bluejay and Pipit.
The Pixel 7 series is said to be powered by the Tensor successor processor. The current-gen chip is called Tensor GS101 and the next version is speculated to be named Tensor GS201. It will come packed with a new Samsung "g5300b" modem that will likely be released as Exynos 5300 commercially. The report does not mention specific improvements that the new chip and modem will bring.
Lastly, the report claims that Google is testing the new hardware on a testing device called "Ravenclaw". It is revealed the team tested the first-gen Tensor chip by replacing the Snapdragon 765 chip on a few Pixel 5 units. These test units were called Whitefin which was a mashup of Whitechapel and Redfin, codenames for the Tensor project and Pixel 5 respectively.
This suggests that Ravenclaw is a mashup of Raven (Pixel 6 Pro codename) and claw (related to Cheetah and Panther). It could also be nothing but a simple Hogwarts reference. Nevertheless, these are fairly early days for Pixel 7 series rumors and we would suggest you take all the details with a pinch of salt.