The New Pixel 8 Series Offers 7 YEARS OF UPDATES!

There’s also a Tensor G3 chipset, if you’re interested in that.

After months of leaks… and “leaks” from Google, the company finally released the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro during today’s I/O event. Unlike other Android phones, Google is promising 7 years of updates! That’s a year ahead of Apple.

Another major change is the 4nm Google Tensor G3 chipset, based on a Samsung 4nm process. This chipset packs a 9-core CPU and a single Cortex-X3 Prime core. The Pixel 8 comes with 8GB RAM and 128 or 256GB ROM. Meanwhile, the Pixel 8 Pro comes with 12GB RAM instead. Both phones are IP68-rated.

The Pixel 8 comes with a 6.2″ FullHD+ flat OLED with 120Hz refresh rate while the Pixel 8 Pro comes with a larger 6.7″ 4K (1332x2992px) LTPO OLED. The former is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus while the latter uses a more updated 2nd-generation. If Apple has their own term for the display called “Retina”, Google uses the term “Actua” for their displays.

There are two cameras once again for the Pixel 8 and three for the 8 Pro, following the pattern of the Pixel 6 series. The Pixel 8 uses a primary 50MP f/1.68 sensor with OIS. There’s also a 12MP Ultrawide with a very wide 125.8° FOV. Both phones carry a 10.5MP selfie camera.

The Pixel 8 Pro uses the same 50MP Primary but upgrades the ultrawide with a newer 48MP sensor. The telephoto camera is also present, also at 48MP. This also comes with OIS and 30x super-res zoom and 5x optical zoom. The Pro also gets Laser PDAF which allows for instantaneous focus. Inside the camera island glass, just beside the actual cameras, is a temperature sensor made reportedly exclusively for the Pixel 8 Pro. The unit is a Melexis MLX90632. It cannot use the camera so you won’t be able to use it for photography. It is there to read your skin temperature.

While you cannot use the temperature sensor, the new Google Camera comes with several features including Magic Eraser, Best Take, and Macro Focus. The Pro controls feature is also present which is exclusive to the 8 Pro.

The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro comes with stereo speakers with 3 omindirectional microphones and AI noise suppression. Spatial Audio is present so your sound is immersive. Both phones use a USB-C 2.0 port, which is not the most ideal for flagship phones because it has a slower transfer speed and has no external video support, unlike USB-C 3.0. Charging here is slower too.

For the Pixel 8, there is a 4575mAh battery with 30W fast charging and Power Delivery compatibility. Just like Apple, Google is selling the charger separately, for some reason. The 8 Pro uses a slightly larger 5050mAh battery. Same charging speed though.

You can pre-order the Pixel 8 in the US for USD 699 (~PHP 39.6K) and the Pixel 8 Pro for USD 999 (~PHP 56.8K). The phone is not yet available in the Philippines but one can dream. Pre-ordering the 8 Pro gets you a free Pixel Watch 2 or Pixel Buds. Your choice.

Pixel 8 colours include Hazel, Obsidian, and Rose. Pixel 8 Pro in Blue, Obsidian, and Beige. We kind of miss the silly names Google uses for their colours, like with the original Pixel. The names add so much charm.

Source: Google Pixel 8, Google Pixel 8 Pro