Apparently, not all that glitters is… a matte finish? As soon as people got a hold of the Pixel 7 official images released by Google, many were quick to point out that the back of the devices, especially around the edges, featured a somewhat familiar shine.
This went against what Google previously disclosed in a response to tech Youtuber Marques Brownlee. The company claimed that the new Pixels were going to adopt the “soft-touch” glass finish of some previous generations of Pixels, most notably the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 Pro.
Since then, Google has reached out to Brownlee to correct this error and have now officially confirmed (again, and this time for sure) that the Pixel 7 will in fact come with a glossy finish on the glass back of the device.
Update: Google has confirmed to me that the Pixel 7 will in fact NOT be soft touch glass, despite previously telling us all that it would be
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) May 12, 2022
This is now in line with what we have seen thus far from the new Pixels. Unfortunately, many are bound to come in for a disappointment with this design choice for a number of reasons.
Firstly, given the expected price tags of Google’s new flagships, especially the Pro version, these smartphones are obviously being marketed as more premium devices. And a glossy finish just doesn’t cut it for many enthusiasts.
There is a reason why both Apple and Samsung have transitioned to matte finishes for the glass backs of their high-end models. Reflective glass gives off the same overall feel as plastic (barring the weight) – something few would consider ‘premium’ per se.
Secondly, a glossy finish on the back is by far the biggest fingerprint magnet imaginable. Even if one could stomach a glossy finish under normal circumstances, it takes just a couple of uses to make the smartphone look, frankly, disgusting.
All in all, this is a very strange design choice on Google’s part. It will definitely not break the Pixel 7 by itself, but comes as a disappointment for many nonetheless.