Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro Rumors: What’s the Big Deal?
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(Pocket-lint) – Google’s next flagship smartphones aren’t due for a while, though there have been a number of rumors about what they might offer when they arrive.
We’re rounding up what we want to see from the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro successors, as well as what all the rumors have to offer. The devices are reportedly codenamed Shiba (Pixel 8) and Huskey (Pixel 8 Pro). That’s all we’ve heard so far.
Pixel 8 release date and price
Google is likely to announce the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro in October 2023. Of course, nothing’s official yet — and it won’t be for a while — but October has been Google’s favorite month for a few years now.
Once the devices are revealed, we expect them to go on sale in a few weeks, by the end of October 2023.
The Pixel 7 starts at £599 in the UK, $599 in the US and €649 in Europe, while the Pixel 7 Pro starts at £849 in the UK, $899 in the US and €899 in Europe. Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. It’s not yet clear whether we can expect the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro to be in the same range, although we expect them to not be too far apart.
- Pixel 8: more compact
- Pixel 8 Pro: Curved screen
There aren’t many rumors about the designs of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro yet, although it’s claimed that they won’t stray too far from the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Google teased designs for the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro at its mid-2022 I/O developer conference, so it’s possible the company will do the same for the 2023 phones and avoid any major leaks.
One rumor claimed that the Pixel 8 will be smaller and offer a more compact form factor than the Pixel 7, though nothing has been confirmed yet and there are currently no leaked renders of the devices.
If the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro follow in the footsteps of their predecessors, it’s likely that the camera housing that spans the width of the back of the devices will be retained, along with the under-display fingerprint sensor and the centered hole-punch camera. The Pixel 8 is also likely to have a flat screen, while the 8 Pro will have a curved screen.
The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are IP68 resistant to both water and dust, so we expect the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro to be as well.
- Pixel 8: 6.3 inches, Full HD+, 90Hz?
- Pixel 8 Pro: 6.7 inches, Quad HD+, 10-120Hz?
There are no reports regarding the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro displays yet, other than rumors about what resolutions the devices might offer. The Pixel 8 is said to have a 2268 x 1080 display, while the Pixel 8 Pro will jump to 2822 x 1344. That seems a bit odd, especially in the case of the Pixel 8 Pro, so we’ll take it. with a pinch of salt for now.
The Pixel 7 has a 6.3-inch display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, while the Pixel 7 Pro has a 6.7-inch display with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels. The Pixel 7 has a 90Hz refresh rate, while the Pixel 7 Pro has an adaptive refresh rate between 10Hz and 120Hz.
It’s not yet clear if the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will stick to the same display specs as the 7 and 7 Pro respectively, but we expect them to be the same or better, so we suspect the rumored 8 Pro’s display resolution. unlikely.
Equipment and Specifications
- Google Tensor G3
- Pixel 8: 8 GB RAM, up to 256 GB storage.
- Pixel 8 Pro: 12 GB RAM, up to 512 GB storage
The Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro both run the Google Tensor G2 chip, and the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are rumored to have the next generation of this chip, codenamed Zuma.
With the Pixel 7 offering 8GB of RAM and the 7 Pro offering 12GB of RAM, we expect the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro to offer a similar offering. We also expect the Pixel 8 to come in at least up to 256GB storage options and the Pixel 8 Pro in up to 512GB storage options, and we don’t expect to see microSD support on either of them.
There are currently no rumors regarding battery capacity, although the Pixel 7 currently has a 4,355mAh capacity and 20W fast charging, while the Pixel 7 Pro features a 5,000mAh battery and up to 23W fast charging. As with displays, we don’t expect the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro to be any worse.
- Pixel 8: dual back
- Pixel 8 Pro: Triple rear
So far, there are no specific rumors regarding the camera specifications of the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, although Pixel devices always emphasize excellent camera quality, we don’t see a change for the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro.
The report suggests that the Pixel 8 or 8 Pro could support scaled HDR, which the new sensor offers, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Currently, the Pixel 7 has a dual rear camera with a 50-megapixel primary sensor and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor. The Pixel 7 Pro has the same configuration, as well as a 48-megapixel telephoto lens.
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The 8 Pro is expected to continue to outperform the Pixel 8 in terms of camera, although details on what it will look like in terms of specs are yet to be revealed.
Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro Rumors: What’s Up So Far?
Here’s what the rumors suggest for the Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro so far.
December 23, 2022: Leaked roadmap reveals plans for Google Pixel Fold, Pixel 7a, Pixel 8 and beyond.
A report by Android Authority claims that the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will arrive in 2023 and will not have significant changes from the current Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The Pixel 8 is said to be smaller than the Pixel 7, but offers a more compact form factor.
Both phones are said to feature an updated Google Tensor processor called the Tensor G3.
December 21, 2022: leak shows new camera module on Google Pixel 8
A leak suggests that the 2023 Pixel phones will gain phased HDR support, something that isn’t possible with the main sensor in the Pixel 6 and 7 series…
November 9, 2022: Pixel 8 leaks begin, including codenames and specifications.
A report from WinFuture has claimed that the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are codenamed Shiba and Huskey respectively.
They are also said to get Android 14, a chip called Zuma, and the Pixel 8 will get a 2268 x 1080 display, while the Pixel 8 Pro will switch to a 2822 x 1344 screen.
Written by Britta O’Boyle.