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Google launched its new flagship Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro mobile phones at the company’s Made by Google event on Wednesday.
Both phones include Google’s new Tensor G3 processor, enhanced cameras, and new amazing features backed by Google AI, among other upgrades.
Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro: Price
- The Google Pixel 8 starts at $699 with 128GB of storage.
A 256GB model of the Pixel 8 is available for $759.
- The Google Pixel 8 Pro starts at $999 with 128GB of storage.
The Pixel 8 Pro is also available with 256GB ($1,059) and 512GB ($1,179) in its Porcelain, Bay, and Obsidian colors, and a 1TB model ($1,399) is exclusive to the Obsidian color in the Google Store.
Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro: Release Date
Google will release the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro in stores and online on October 12.
Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro: New Features
Both the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro run on Google’s new Tensor G3 processor, which enables a slate of new features through the company’s latest AI machine learning capabilities.
Both phones are slated to get seven years of Android operating system and security updates — a stark improvement from recent Pixel models, which have offered at most three years of software updates and five years of security updates. It’s a support window that surpasses any of the best Android phones currently available.
The Google Pixel 8 has a 6.2-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate, which you should find noticeably smoother than the 90Hz display of the 6.3-inch Pixel 7.
While the Pixel 8 retains the 50MP main and 12MP ultrawide rear camera specs of the Pixel 7, the Pixel 8’s camera system is enhanced by the addition of a Macro Focus mode that was previously exclusive to the Pixel 7 Pro. It allows you to take extreme close-up photos with sharp clarity and detail for best results.
Both smartphones enhance the Pixel series’ array of innovative photo-editing capabilities with a Prime Capture functionality that enables users to capture multiple group photos and replace the best shots of each individual’s face to produce a single “optimal capture.” Additionally, a novel Audio Sorcery Remover empowers users to segregate and modify unique audio components within video recordings.
The Google AI Assistant on both iterations boasts a variety of fresh functionalities, such as the capacity to audibly narrate and translate webpages, enhanced voice input, and the capability to condense any article or on-screen text into essential bullet points using Google’s AI.
Both phones also come with a better Call Screen feature for handling calls from people you don’t know. This feature can pick up the call for you and respond to the caller using a virtual assistant, so you don’t have to talk to the caller yourself.
However, the Pixel 8 Pro features a fresh matte glass back design, and its standard 6.7-inch screen now boasts a new 1-120Hz refresh rate, which automatically adjusts the screen’s quality to enhance performance and save power.
Regarding the specifications of its rear camera setup, the Pixel 8 Pro retains the same 50MP main and 48MP telephoto (with 5x optical zoom) lenses as the Pixel 7 Pro. However, it upgrades the ultrawide lens to 48MP from the 12MP found in the Pixel 7 Pro. Google has also made enhancements to the Pro model’s low-light photography and video capabilities, as well as its software-backed Super Res 30x zoom.
Finally, a brand-new addition to the Pixel lineup is the inclusion of a built-in thermometer on the Pixel 8 Pro, which uses a sensor beside the camera system to scan objects and read their temperature instantly.