After much anticipation and numerous leaks about the Google Pixel 8 Series, including details about colors, pricing, and features, the wait is over. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro have officially been launched, and there is some exciting news for Pixel enthusiasts. Google has made a significant announcement: they are providing an impressive 7 years of operating system (OS) updates, and they have introduced their very own Tensor G3 chipset.
Let us take a closer look at all the improvements and additions in this latest release.
The heart of the Google Pixel 8 Series is its brand-new chipset, the Tensor G3. It is built on Samsung’s advanced 4nm technology, not only ensures good performance but also brings enhanced security to your device. Tensor G3 works with Titan M2 security chip providing robust protection for your personal information and making your Pixel device more secure. But that is not all – the Tensor G3 chipset also brings exciting improvements to your photography experience. It offers a range of enhanced photo editing and image enhancement features.
Google has made a significant announcement with OS updates, directly challenging iPhone and Samsung. They have committed to providing seven years of comprehensive software support for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. This support encompasses essential aspects such as OS upgrades, security updates, and regular feature enhancements through Feature Drops.
When it comes to memory, the Pixel 8 keeps it at 8 GB, whereas the Pro version steps it up to a generous 12 GB. As for storage, the regular Pixel 8 offers options of 128GB or 256GB, while the Pro takes things to the next level with choices of 512GB or a whopping 1TB. It is worth noting that both phones still rely on UFS 3.1 storage technology.
Pixel 8 comes with a 6.2-inch 120Hz OLED display, HDR 10+ support, and 2000 nits peak brightness, along with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection. Pixel 8 Pro features a 6.7-inch LTPO OLED display with HDR 10+ support and an impressive 2400 nits peak brightness, and it is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2.
The Pixel 8 Pro sports a triple-camera setup on its rear. It includes a powerful 50MP Octa-PD wide camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), a fresh 48MP Quad-PD ultrawide camera, and a versatile 48MP Quad-PD 5x zoom camera, capable of achieving up to 30X Super-Res digital zoom. On the front, you will find a 10.5MP selfie camera. The front-facing camera now features autofocus, ensuring you capture the best selfies possible. Additionally, there is a skin temperature sensor located next to the cameras.
The Pixel 8 introduces a new ultrawide camera, although it differs from the Pro version. It is a 12MP unit equipped with autofocus and macro capabilities. Next to it, you will find a 50MP Octa-PD primary camera with an impressive 8x Super-Res digital zoom feature. The Pixel 8 also retains the same 10.5MP selfie camera.
In the case of the Pixel 8 Pro, you will enjoy Pro Controls, which offer enhanced creative control over the Pixel Camera. These settings include options for adjusting shutter speed, ISO, capturing 50 MP photos across the entire zoom range, and much more.
The Pixel 8 Pro is equipped with a substantial 5,050mAh battery, supporting 30W wired charging and 23W wireless charging. On the other hand, the Pixel 8 comes with a 4,575mAh battery, offering 27W wired charging and 18W wireless charging.
In terms of other features, both phones share common characteristics. They both come with an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, Bluetooth 5.3 for connectivity, support for Wi-Fi 7 (except in certain markets), and run on the latest Android 14 version.
You’ll get to choose from a selection of three enticing colors. The Pixel 8 is available in Hazel, Obsidian, or Rose, while the Pixel 8 Pro offers a choice of Blue, Obsidian, and Beige. The Google Pixel 8 has a starting price of $700, whereas the Google Pixel 8 Pro is priced at $1,000. For buyers in Europe and the US, purchasing a Pixel 8 comes with a complimentary pair of Pixel Buds Pro, while those opting for the Pixel 8 Pro receive a Pixel Watch 2 as a bonus.
In India, Pixel 8 starts at INR 76,000 and Pixel 8 Pro at INR 1,07,000. Here customers can enjoy a 50% discount on accessories.
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