Google announces Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro | With Tensor G3 chip, improved cameras and display

by W. Andrew Powell
Pixel 8 Pro

Google revealed details for the new Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro today with a range of upgrades and updates from previous models. Some of the top features include the new Google Tensor G3 chip, an improved refresh rate, and Night Sight Video and Video Boost for the Pro.

Pixel 8 starts at $949 Canadian or $699 USD, while Pixel 8 Pro retails for $1,349 Canadian and $999 USD. Available colours include Hazel, Rose, and Obsidian for Pixel 8, and Bay, Porcelain, and Obsidian for Pixel 8 Pro. Pre-orders are open now for the phones, and will be released on October 12.

The number of new features and tools available with the phones is really impressive, compared to other phones this year and even against last year’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Pixel 8 Pro

Starting with the displays, the Pixel 8 has a 6.2″ Actua display with Smooth Display and 60 to 120 Hz refresh rate, while the Pixel 8 Pro offers a 6.7″ Super Actua and 1 to 120 Hz refresh. Pixel 8 Pro features Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2, and Pixel 8 offers Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Google revealed that the “Actua display delivers sharp colors and vivid details,” and will be superior to previous Pixel displays.

Pixel 8 Pro offers a polished aluminum frame and matte back glass, which is a first for Google, and the Pixel 8 is made with a satin metal frame and polished back glass. Both phones are made with recycled materials and they offer IP68 dust and water resistance.

The Pixel 8 Pro’s top new features are a thermometer, which they suggested could be used in the future for medical applications, plus Night Sight Video, and Video Boost. Both the Pro and Pixel 8 will offer Macro Focus Video, Audio Magic Eraser, and Best Take.

Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will both receive OS and security updates for 7 years, as well as Feature Drops every few months. This is one of Google’s top announcements for anyone who wants to get long-term use out of their phone, without missing out on new Android and security features.

Google Pixel 8
Google Pixel 8

The phones offer 4575 mAh and 5050 mAh batteries, respectively, and fast charging of up to 50% in about 30 minutes with the Google 30W USB-C charger.

The phones also support Qi-certified fast wireless charging, offer 8 GB and 12 GB of RAM, respectively, and are available with 128 GB or 256 GB of storage, or up to 1 TB of storage with the Pixel 8 Pro.

While the main rear camera on both phones are similar–a 50 MP wide camera with optical and digital zoom for the Pixel 8–the Pixel 8 Pro offers a 48 MP ultrawide camera, plus a 48 MP telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom and 30 times Super Res Zoom. The Pixel 8 offers a 12 MP ultrawide camera in addition to the wide camera.

Both phones offer a 10.5 MP selfie camera, and all of the features from previous Android and Pixel phones, like Magic Eraser, and Photo Unblur, to name a few.

During today’s #MadeByGoogle event, Google also announced the new Pixel Watch 2 and Pixel Buds Pro.

Watch the full announcement on YouTube and stay tuned for our review of the Google Pixel 8 coming soon.

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