Google has officially announced the release date for the Google Pixel 8 series, scheduled for October 4, just weeks after the iPhone 15 launch. As always, the upcoming Pixel series will consist of the Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro variants. While the latter is poised to boast the most advanced features, the Pixel 8 is expected to remain highly appealing to a wide range of customers due to its relatively affordable price point. In terms of the software experience, both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will offer a similar user interface with minor adjustments. Both phones are likely to run on Android 14 out of the box. No substantial design changes are expected in the Pixel 8 series, although we can expect some upgrades in the specifications.
Here’s a complete overview of what we currently know about the Google Pixel 8:
Google Pixel 8: Design
According to renders provided by MySmartPrice in collaboration with the well-known leakster OnLeaks, the Pixel 8 is expected to share some similarities with its predecessor, the Pixel 7. This includes the distinctive camera bar on the rear. The standard Pixel 8 model is likely to retain dual rear cameras, while the Pro variant may house three rear sensors. The standard Pixel 8 could also include the same classic black and white color variants. Leaks also suggest that this smartphone will be thinner and lighter compared to its predecessor.
The phone is more rounded around the corners which makes it look distinguished than the Pixel 7 series.
Google Pixel 8: Display
In terms of display, the Pixel 8, might feature a slightly smaller display. It is rumored to come with a 6.17-inch 120Hz AMOLED display boasting a peak brightness of 1,400 nits and a pixel density of 427 ppi. Google may opt to keep a flat display design for the regular model with a center-aligned punch hole cutout.
Software and Performance
As far as the performance is concerned, the Pixel 8 will be powered by an in-house Tensor G3 chipset based on Samsung’s Exynos technology. In terms of battery, there could be a 4,485mAh battery with 24W fast wired charging and 20W wireless charging support. We also expect Google to follow the trend by not including the charger in the box.
On the software front, Google has been continuously enhancing its Pixel phones with AI and machine learning features, such as live translations and photo blur. Google is expected to leverage the Pixel 8 with Android 14 out of the box with Google Bard features to capitalize on the generative AI trend.
Google Pixel 8: Camera
If the rumors are to be believed, the Google Pixel 8 will sport a 50MP GN2 primary sensor and a 12MP IMX386 ultra-wide sensor on the rear. Additionally, there might be a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor to improve subject detection. This new camera setup is said to improve light processing by 35%, resulting in better HDR capabilities.
There will be an 11MP front-facing shooter for selfies and video calls.
Price & Availability
There hasn’t been a word by Google regarding the pricing of the Pixel 8 series, and it looks like we will have to wait till the official launch event on October 4.
But we can expect it to launch somewhere around its predecessor with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.
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