Google unveiled its latest hardware (Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro) offerings during its annual Made By Google event, held at Pier 57 in New York City. While we had prior knowledge of these products, the event provided a comprehensive overview, including key innovations, release dates, and pricing details. Notably, the pricing might come as a surprise, and the software updates announced are among the most significant revelations.
Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro
The event’s spotlight was on the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, which will come equipped with the new Android 14 software. The Pixel 8 features a 6.2-inch display, slightly smaller than the 6.3-inch screen of the previous Pixel 7. In contrast, the Pixel 8 Pro maintains its 6.7-inch screen size from the previous model.
Color options this year include distinctive names like hazel, rose, and obsidian for the Pixel 8, while the Pixel 8 Pro boasts bay (a striking blue finish), porcelain, and obsidian.
The designs of these new models are subtle updates of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, with the Pixel 8 featuring a glossy back, similar to last year’s phones, and the Pixel 8 Pro sporting a matte-finish glass.
The display improvements vary between models, with the Pixel 8 now offering a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and adaptive refresh rates, despite its slightly smaller size. The Pixel 8 Pro, on the other hand, offers a very high resolution at 489 pixels per inch, albeit slightly lower than the Pixel 7 Pro. Furthermore, the Pixel 8 can switch between 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rates, while the 8 Pro offers a range from 1Hz to 120Hz.
Google Tensor G3
Another significant announcement was the introduction of the Google Tensor G3 processor, the company’s in-house processor with advanced AI capabilities. Notable improvements include a machine learning model that is 10 times more complex, enhancing its ability to detect spam calls and improve call clarity.
Pixel Family Bundle: Pixel 8, Pixel Buds Pro and Fitbit Charge 6. GOOGLE
Google also emphasized the importance of camera enhancements in their new phones. The Pixel 8 introduces features like Macro Focus and Best Take for group photos. It features a 50MP primary camera and a 12MP ultrawide camera. The Pixel 8 Pro, however, takes photography to the next level with a 5x telephoto lens and a camera setup comprising a 50MP primary lens, a 48MP ultrawide, and a 48MP telephoto.
Seven Years of Software Updates
Google made a bold commitment to software updates, guaranteeing seven years of OS and security updates, along with regular Feature Drops, for both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, setting a new standard in the Android world.
Pixel 8 in Hazel, with Pixel Buds Pro and Pixel Watch 2. GOOGLE
A noteworthy addition to the Pixel 8 Pro is a temperature sensor, allowing users to check the temperature of objects like a cup of coffee. While it may start as a novelty, developers may find practical applications for this feature.
In terms of pricing, this year saw an increase. The Pixel 8 starts at $699, compared to the Pixel 7’s $599 price tag. In the U.K., the price has risen from £599 to £699. The Pixel 8 Pro comes with a more significant price jump, starting at $999, which is $100 more than the Pixel 7 Pro’s price. In the U.K., the £849 Pixel 7 Pro is replaced by the £999 Pixel 8 Pro, a £150 increase. Preorders have already begun, and the products will be available in stores starting Wednesday, October 11.