Google Unveils Pixel 8 And Pixel 8 Pro: 7 Years Of Updates And Tensor G3 SoC

Google Unveils Pixel 8 And Pixel 8 Pro: 7 Years Of Updates And Tensor G3 SoC

Google has introduced its latest smartphone models, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, featuring notable hardware and software updates. These devices are designed with a focus on sustainability, as they include casings made from 100% recycled aluminum.

In terms of design, they closely resemble their predecessors, with the most significant change being the consolidation of all rear camera lenses into a single module. Both phones feature OLED displays, but there are differences in size and resolution.

The Pixel 8 boasts a 6.2-inch screen with FHD+ resolution and a variable refresh rate of 60 Hz to 120 Hz, while the Pixel 8 Pro offers a larger 6.7-inch LTPO display with QHD+ resolution and a variable refresh rate between 1 Hz and 120 Hz. Additionally, the Pixel 8 Pro includes a temperature sensor on the rear panel alongside the cameras.

Under the hood, both devices share Google’s proprietary Tensor G3 chipset built on a 4nm process. They come equipped with up to 12 GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 512 GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. Connectivity options include 5G support, Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC for contactless payments, under-display fingerprint sensors or facial recognition, and IP68 certification for water and dust resistance.

Powering the devices are 4,575 mAh and 5,050 mAh batteries for the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, respectively. Both support fast charging of up to 30W with a wired connection and up to 23W wirelessly.

We were invited at Google launch event in New York,  stay tuned for more info and photos.

Improved Cameras

The camera systems have also seen improvements. The standard Pixel 8 features a 50 MP primary sensor and a 12 MP ultrawide lens. The Pixel 8 Pro steps it up with a 50 MP primary camera, a 48 MP ultrawide lens, and a 48 MP telephoto lens that enables optical zoom of 5x or 30x via software.

Several software enhancements have been introduced for these cameras, including a night mode for video recording and a “Best Take” feature for editing group photos.

Android 14 and 7 Years of Updates

In terms of software, the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro come with Android 14 out of the box and come with a remarkable promise of 7 years of software updates, extending their usability and security for an extended period.

Specs

Google Pixel 8

  • 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED Actua display
  • Punch-hole design with support for up to 120Hz refresh rate
  • Google Tensor G3 SoC
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB of internal storage
  • 10.5MP front camera
  • Dual rear cameras:
    • 50MP primary lens with OIS and EIS
    • 12MP ultrawide lens
  • 5G connectivity, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, stereo sound, IP68 rating, and Wi-Fi 7
  • 4,575mAh battery with 27W wired charging and 18W wireless charging
  • Android 14
  • Dimensions: 105.5 x 70.8 x 8.9 mm
  • Weight: 187g

Google Pixel 8 Pro

  •  6.7-inch QHD+ Super Actua LTPO OLED display
  • Punch-hole design with support for up to 120Hz refresh rate
  • Google Tensor G3 SoC
  • 12GB of RAM
  • 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of internal storage
  • 10.5MP front camera
  • Triple rear cameras:
    • 50MP primary lens with OIS and EIS
    • 48MP ultrawide lens
    • 48MP telephoto lens (5x optical zoom or 30x via software)
  • 5G connectivity, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, stereo sound, IP68 rating, and Wi-Fi 7
  • 5,050mAh battery with 30W wired charging and 23W wireless charging
  • Android 14
  • Dimensions: 162.6 x 76.5 x 8.7 mm
  • Weight: 213g

Availability and Price

Both phones are available for pre-order in the United States, with the Pixel 8 starting at $699 and the Pixel 8 Pro at $999. The color options include pink, green, or black (Rose, Hazel, and Obsidian) for the Pixel 8 and beige, blue, and black (Porcelain, Bay, and Obsidian) for the Pixel 8 Pro. Both devices will be available at the Google Store and retail partners beginning October 12.

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