Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro: Everything We Know So Far
Google made massive changes to their Pixel portfolio in 2021, with the Pixel 6 packing flagship cameras and a flagship chip with a 90Hz Flat 1080P Panel for a staggering 599$ and the Pro was incredible value, too, offering 1440P 120Hz and periscope zoom for just 899$. The Pixel 7 series was an iterative bump to the 6 series, with the 7 being nearly identical except for a new chip and software features. The 7 Pro, however, had a weird upgrade, with Google shrinking the sensor size slightly in favour of more organic optical zoom (5X periscope from a 4X periscope).
The Pixel 7 introduced sensor crop zoom, which crops into the middle of the large 50MP sensor to still give you a full res and near-lossless 12.5MP output, enabling them to provide you with lossless 2X zoom, which is nearly as good as 2X optical zoom, and also into the middle of the 48MP periscope to give a full 12MP 10X output, which is almost as good as a dedicated optical lens. It also uses software magic and machine learning algorithms to clean up the output and offer zoom up to 30 times.
March 17: Google is working on a new Video Unblur tool for Google Photos. The Video Unblur could be Pixel series exclusive and may arrive deduct with the upcoming Pixel 8 series later this year. The tool will likely use machine learning to give videos a sharper appearance.
March 16: The pixel 8 series CAD render has been leaked online via MySmartPrice and SmartPrix. Pixel 8 Pro will feature a 6.7-inch display, while the vanilla Pixel 8 will have a 6.2-inch display.
December 20: According to tipster Kuba Wojciechowski, the Google Camera Go app source code suggests that the Pixel 8 series will feature Staggered HDR, allowing the sensor to capture several exposures simultaneously with the same pixels. Google has not used Staggered HDR on its current pixel camera yet.
Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are codenamed Shiba and Husky respectively
Codenames for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro have already surfaced, and according to WinFuture, the Pixel 8 is codenamed “Shiba”. It supposedly has a resolution of 2268×1080 (A little over FHD+) and a 90Hz refresh rate. The Pixel 8 Pro is codenamed “Husky” and has a resolution of 2822×1344 (QHD) and a 120Hz refresh rate. These are not foldable phones, and while it is just pure speculation that these are the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, the data seems to suggest that strongly. These might even be just test platforms for Google’s hardware team, and it is pretty early to determine anything about the next generation of Pixel phones which are nearly one year away from launch. The codenames for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro were “Cheetah” and “Panther”, respectively.
WinFuture has also reported that a new processor named “Zuma” has been leaked. It has the same modem as the Tensor G2, and the Zuma processor has been used in both “Husky” and “Shiba”, so it is safe to assume that this is the next generation Tensor G3 chip. It has plenty of RAM, suggesting that these are high-end phones (the 8 and 8 Pro). We can also presume that these phones are not Foldable, and it’s mostly not the upcoming Pixel 7a either, since that’s a lower-end midrange phone.
These phones are expected to launch with nearly the same specs as the previous year. So we can expect a 120Hz curved AMOLED 1440P display on the 8 Pro and a 90Hz 1080P flat panel for the Pixel 8. We expect to see the same set of cameras, Pixel 8 probably getting the better ultra wide-angle lens from the previous year or sticking to the same one as the Pixel 7.
It has been reported that Samsung has been working on a new chipset, the Exynos 2300, an ARM SOC from the Samsung foundry. We can assume that the Tensor G3 (Zuma) is a customised Exynos 2300 with Google’s flair for AI and Machine Learning sprinkled across for Google optimisation. They will also come with Android 14 (Upside Down Cake).
There’s no information on the other specs, except that the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will come with a new generation Tensor chip.
When can we expect the Pixel 8 Series to be released?
- The Pixel 8 series will likely be released in October 2023.
There is no official information or any leak yet about the launch of the Pixel 8 series since we are nearly 11 months away from it, and it has only been a month since the Pixel 7 launched. But since we saw the Pixel 7 in October 2022, we can expect the Pixel 8 to also launch around this time next year unless Google decides to move the release date to earlier months. It is, however, too early to speculate on a proper release date, and this post will be updated periodically to deliver more accurate information about this.
Google Pixel 8 Series Expected Price in the US
- The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro could be priced at $599 and $899, respectively, in the US.
Google’s main selling point for these Pixels is flagship specifications for a lower price. We got flagship cameras and a flagship chip for the 7 at a staggering 599$ (59,999 INR) and a 120Hz 1440P curved screen with periscope zoom and all the flagship specs you need for just 899$ (84,999 INR). And since Google is using their own SOCs, they are able to keep prices down. Hence, we expect the Pixel 8 series to continue this same trend of 599$ for the 8 and 899$ for the 8 Pro.
Since it is too early to judge pricing as of now, this article will be updated with further information later on. These leaked specifications suggest that the phones are just iterative upgrades with a slight performance boost. There might be differentiating software features to make the phones stand out, but it all but confirms that pricing will mostly not be over the roof.