Google unveiled the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro

During the recent “Made by Google” event, Google unveiled the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, two flagship Android smartphones, slated for official release on October 12th.

Specification-wise, both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro embody design elements reminiscent of their predecessors. They both feature flat-screen displays: the Pixel 8 is equipped with a 6.2-inch Actua display panel, boasting a refresh rate ranging from 60-120Hz, while the Pixel 8 Pro is endowed with a 6.7-inch Super Actua panel, supporting a versatile 1-120Hz refresh rate. Their battery capacities are 4485mAh and 4950mAh, respectively, with charging speeds of 24W and 27W. Notable distinctions include memory configurations of 8GB and 12GB. However, both models are powered by Google’s proprietary Tensor G3 processor.

Aesthetically, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro continue to champion contemporary design nuances. The Pixel 8 incorporates a glossy glass rear, while the Pixel 8 Pro features a matte finish. Both models are safeguarded by Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus on both front and rear panels.

In terms of photography, both devices are equipped with a 10.5-megapixel video camera. The Pixel 8’s primary camera boasts 50 million pixels with a 2x lossless zoom wide-angle lens, complemented by a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens, reaching up to 8x digital zoom. Conversely, the Pixel 8 Pro features a 50-megapixel wide-angle lens, paired with a 48-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and an additional 48-megapixel telephoto lens capable of 5x optical zoom, escalating to a staggering 30x digital magnification.

Photography enhancements include the integration of Night Sight, Magic Eraser, and other AI-driven techniques. The “Best Take” feature empowers users to select the most flattering shots, while the upgraded Magic Eraser enables more organic photo retouching. The newly launched “Video Boost” facilitates post-processing by uploading content to Google Cloud, enhancing video brightness and clarity.

Proclaiming “AI in Your Hands,” Google has augmented the Pixel 8 Pro with “Pro Controls” for photography enthusiasts. This feature allows granular adjustments to settings such as shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity, and includes manual focus capabilities. Photos can be saved in JPEG, RAW, or a combined JPEG+RAW format, offering users expansive camera control.

Furthermore, the Pixel 8 Pro comes with an added temperature measurement functionality. Collaborations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are in the pipeline to further explore its diverse applications.

The Pixel 8 will be available in Obsidian Black, Misty Grey, and Rose Pink, with a starting price of $699. The Pixel 8 Pro, on the other hand, will be offered in Bay Blue, Ceramic White, and Obsidian Black, commencing at $999.

Both models will be available for pre-order from October 5th to 11th and will officially hit the market on October 12th.