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What’s New in Google Pixel 8 and 8 pro: Specs, features, price.

After a long wait, Finally! Google launched their new flagships the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, Taking the Pixel 7 as its basis, the Pixel 8 has made updates to the phone’s body, made the display smoother and brighter, made its cameras more versatile, and stuffed even more AI smarts into its clever Tensor chipset. All this has come with a price increase though, so Google’s got to prove the Pixel 8’s still good value in the long run.

So let’s have a look on pixel 8 and 8 pro.

Design

The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro made some more visually apparent changes from pixel’s previous models the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Like more rounded edges from the previous pixel 7 and 7 pro, Screen is flat instead of curved in both pixel 8 and 8 pro, the bezels are more precise, and new color options (and more you can see below in chart).

Variants:Pixel 8Pixel 8 Pro
Dimensions:5.93 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (150.5 x 70.8 x 8.9 mm) , thickness with camera 0.47 inches (11.87 mm)6.40 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches (162.6 x 76.5 x 8.8 mm) , thickness with camera 0.42 inches (10.56 mm)
Weight:6.60 oz (187.0 g)7.51 oz (213.0 g)
Materials:Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus); Frame: AluminiumBack: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2); Frame: Aluminium
Water and dust Resistance:Yes; IP68Yes; IP68
Biometrics:In-screen fingerprintIn-screen fingerprint
Colors:Obsidian, Hazel, RoseObsidian, Porcelain, Bay
Design Chart

Display

The screen and the display of the pixel 8 and 8 pro is almost the same to the pixel 7 and 7 pro in terms of dimensions and resolution (you can see below in chart), but in other terms the changes are visible, like this time the display is flat instead of curved in both pixel 8 and 8 pro. Now, The 6.2 and 6.7-inch display has a 60 to 120Hz variable refresh rate for smoother scrolling and batter experience. Higher max brightness is also a part of it, up to 2,000 nits against the 1,400 nits on the Pixel 7. It’s easy to see under bright sunlight, especially compared with the Pixel 7 , which look dim by comparison. Watching films, playing games or just admiring mundane Android 14 animations were all enjoyable on the Pixel 8’s screen.

Size:6.2 inches6.7 inches
Resolution:2400 x 1080 pixels, 20:9 ratio, 424 PPI2992 x 1344 pixels, 20:9 ratio, 490 PPI
Technology:OLEDOLED
Refresh rate:60 to 120Hz60 to 120Hz
Screen-to-body:86.95 %87.10 %
Peak brightness:2000 cd/m2 (nit)2400 cd/m2 (nit)
Features:HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensorHDR support, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Display feature chart

Specs

pixel 8 specs
specsGoogle Pixel 8Google Pixel 8 Pro
SoCGoogle Tensor G3Google Tensor G3
Display6.2-inch OLED (1080×2400), 120Hz refresh rate, up to 2,000 nits peak brightness6.7-inch LTPO OLED (1344×2992) LTPO OLED, 1-120Hz, up to 2,400 nits peak brightness
RAM8GB LPDDR5X12GB LPDDR5X RAM
Storage128GB, 256GB UFS 3.1 storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB UFS 3.1
Battery4,575mAh5,050mAh, fast wired & wireless charging
PortsUSB Type-C 3.2USB Type-C 3.2
Front camera10.5MP, f/2.2, 95 degree FoV10.5MP f/2.2 Dual PD
Rear camera50MP, f/1.68 Octa PD wide camera, 12MP ultra-wide camera with Autofocus, 125.8-degree FoV50MP f/1.68 Octa PD wide camera, 48MP f/1.95 quad PD ultrawide with 125.5-degree FoV, 48MP f/2.8 quad PD telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom
Dimensions5.9 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches (150.5 x 70.8 x 8.9mm)6.4x 3.0×0.35 inches (162.6×76.5×8.8mm)
Weight6.6 ounces (187g)7.5 ounces (213g)
IP RatingIP68IP68

cameras

pixel 8 cameras

If we’re talking about the pixel 8 and 8 pro’s camera hardware, both models use the same main camera, with a 50MP Type 1/1.31 (9.8 x 7.4 mm) Octa PD sensor, a lens with F1.68 aperture and 25mm equivalent focal length, as well as optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS).

While the Pixel 8’s ultra-wide offers the same 11mm equivalent focal length as the pixel 8 Pro, The only difference is the pixel 8 uses a slightly smaller, lower resolution 12MP vs 48MP pro’s sensor and comes with a slower F2.2 aperture vs F1.95 pro’s aperture, offering less light collection capability.

When we talk about zooming capability, the Pixel 8 relies on cropped and computationally enhanced images captured by the main camera. On the other hand, the 8 Pro comes with a dedicated stabilized 48MP tele camera with F2.8 aperture and an equivalent focal length of 112, giving it an advantage at medium and long-range tele settings.

This Time! Google added a new feature in the Pixel 8 Pro exclusive called a temperature sensor located in its camera array allows you to read the temperature of objects like beverages and cookware by scanning them which is a very good addition in pixel phones.

Front Camera

Lets talk about the front-facing “selfie” camera, the specs between pixel 8 and pixel 8 pro are identical except that the Pro has autofocus instead of fixed focus. the new Pixel 8 and 8 pro front camera comes with 10.5MP Dual PD at 4.6 x 3.4mm and F2.2 aperture, That makes your life clear.

Variants:pixel 8pixel 8 Pro
Main camera:50 MP (OIS, Laser and PDAF), Aperture size: F1.7; Sensor size: 1/1.31″; Pixel size: 1.12 μm50 MP (OIS, Laser and PDAF), Aperture size: F1.7; Sensor size: 1/1.31″; Pixel size: 1.2 μm
Second camera:12 MP (Ultra-wide, OIS, Autofocus), Aperture size: F2.2; Pixel size: 1.25 μm48 MP (Telephoto, OIS), Optical zoom: 5.0x; Aperture size: F2.8; Sensor size: 1/2.55″; Pixel size: 0.7 μm
Third camera: // // // // // // // // // // // 48 MP (Ultra-wide, OIS, Autofocus), Aperture size: F1.9; Pixel size: 0.8 μm
Video recording:3840×2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920×1080 (Full HD) (240 fps)3840×2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920×1080 (Full HD) (240 fps)
Front camera:10.5 MP10.5 MP (Auto focus),
Camera Chart

Features

lets have look on some new features google pixel 8 and 8 pro have:

AI photo editing

In this feature, you can be easily change the picture after the picture is snapped. It presents easy-to-use editing tools powerful enough to create a completely different image from the original photo you captured when you hit the shutter button, and those tools are marketed as integral parts of the phone and camera.

Lets starts with Magic Eraser tool, previous pixel devices also having this feature but the difference is Google has overhauled it with generative AI for the Pixel 8 Pro. The original version could remove unwanted items from images by blending the surrounding pixels that is, taking what’s already there and smudging it to hide small objects and imperfections. This upgraded version generates completely new pixels using generative AI, according to Google hardware leader Rick Osterloh; the result is no longer simply your photo but your photo plus some AI-assisted painting. Google showed how the tool could seamlessly remove an entire car and fill in details like wooden slats behind it.

The Pixel 8 also debuts a reality-defying tool called Best Take, which tries to solve the problem of somebody blinking in a photo by letting you swap in their face from another recent image.

And then there’s the big one: Magic Editor. First announced at Google I/O in May, Magic Editor uses generative AI to help you adjust entire parts of the photo in some dramatic ways. You can move a person so that they are in a better position just by tapping and dragging them around. You can resize that person with a pinch. You can even use Magic Editor to change the color of the sky, and many more.

temperature sensor

This Time! Google added a new feature in the Pixel 8 Pro exclusive called a temperature sensor located in its camera array allows you to read the temperature of objects like beverages and cookware by scanning them which is a very good addition in pixel phones.

Face Unlock

First time Google introduces the face unlock feature in its google pixel 4 device which based on infrared (IR) Sensor, but due to some security reasons they removed it from their upcoming devices like pixel 5 and 6. Then, Google relaunched face unlock feature in its pixel 7 and 7 pro with some security improvements but this time they removed IR sensor and using camera for face recognition. but still there are some bugs and glitches. But Now, security is back on the rise  The most important piece of the Pixel 8 Pro’s face unlock puzzle is that really it’s secure? Of course yes! Its not just secure enough to unlock your phone but secure enough to make mobile payments and access banking apps as well. It became possible just because of the all new Tensor G3 chipset and some advanced machine learning, and it feels like the best of both worlds.

What do you think? Is the Pixel 8 Pro’s face unlock really good enough? Or does Google need to bring back its IR setup from the Pixel 4? Let us know in the comment below.

Battery and Charging

Battery life on the Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro also improved from pixel 7 and 7 pro. Google promises “all-day” battery life from the 4,575 mAh capacity inside the Pixel 8 and 5,050 mAh from the 8 pro.

The Pixel 8 supports 27W wired charging as well as wireless charging. That’s a touch faster than the 23W of the Pixel 7, but Google’s still promising a 50% refill in 30 minutes.

Software and Updates

Google’s Pixel phones are still very much about the software experience. The Google Pixel 8 Pro ships with Android 14, and if you’ve used a Pixel in the last couple of years, you’ll be right at home on the Pixel 8 Pro. Android 14 isn’t a monumental upgrade for the Android platform, but there are some nice upgrades that are great to see.

I’ve personally been having a blast with Android 14’s new lock screen customization. Similar to iOS 16’s lock screen editing tools, Android 14 allows you to change your lock screen’s clock design, color, and size. You can also customize the shortcuts that appear in the bottom corners of the lock screen, including options for launching the camera, enabling Do Not Disturb, toggling the flashlight, launching a QR code scanner, using Google Home and Wallet shortcuts, and more. It’s something we’ve seen on other Android phones from Samsung and OnePlus, but it’s still great now having these options on a Pixel.

There are other good updates to be found. Android 14 introduces an AI wallpaper generator that allows you to create a wide variety of wallpapers with different prompts. It’s a bit silly, and not every AI-created wallpaper is my cup of tea, but it’s a fun addition regardless. Android 14 also lets you use your phone as a webcam with your computer, use more secure six-digit PIN codes, and more.

price and availability

The Google Pixel 8 Pro is available for preorder now, with regular sales beginning October 12. It’ll cost you $999 for the base model with 128GB of storage, which is a $100 increase from the Pixel 7 Pro. Additional storage configurations of 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB are available for $1,059, $1,179, and $1,399, respectively. The 1TB model is exclusively available in the Obsidian/black color, but all three colors are available for the other storage sizes.

That’s it for this article, tell us your feedback in comment section we’ll appreciate your feedback. Thanks for reading

One thought on “What’s New in Google Pixel 8 and 8 pro: Specs, features, price.

  • Mahira

    Wow!! Nyc and informative article and
    In my opinion google has to bring infrared sensor back.

    Reply

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