The most recent rumor about Google’s future Pixels is that they would receive two more years of software updates than last year’s versions.
- On October 4th, Google will release the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.
- Earlier, we leaked a promotional film that detailed the phones’ photographic capabilities.
- Today, we have access to the full set of technical details for both the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.
According to a leaked list of features, Google’s future Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro may provide seven years of software support. The leak’s source, Kamila Wojciechowska, disclosed the US price for the two unannounced phones before their October 4 launch. There have been rumors that the base model of the Pixel 8 Pro will cost $899, the same as the 7 Pro and that the base model of the Pixel 8 will cost $699, an increase of $100 above the $599 base model of the Pixel 7.
However, as Wojciechowska points out, whether this seven-year statistic refers to seven years of major Android OS updates for the phones or simply seven years of security patches needs to be clarified. Google promised five years of security updates, including three years of major Android updates, for the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro released last year.
Specifications of Google Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro
|Pixel 8||Pixel 8 Pro|
|Display||FHD+ OLED display (6.2 inches) with a variable refresh rate (60 Hz to 120 Hz). Maximum brightness of up to 2,000 nits||A 6.7-inch LTPO OLED screen with a refresh rate of 1Hz-120Hz. Light output as high as 2,400 nits|
|Chipset||Tensor G3 from Google, equipped with the Titan M2 security coprocessor||Titan M2 security coprocessor, and the Google Tensor G3|
|RAM and storage||8GB LPDDR5X RAM|
128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
|12 Gigabytes of LPDDR5X RAM|
UFS 3.1, up to 1TB in the United States and 512GB everywhere else.
|Battery and charging||4,575mAh with up to 27W fast charging|
Qi-certified wireless charging up to 18W
|5,050mAh with up to 30W fast charging|
Qi-certified wireless charging up to 23W
|Security and OS updates||7 years of OS and security updates||7 years of OS and security updates|
|Cameras||Wide 50MP Octa PD camera|
The 12MP ultrawide camera has OIS and EIS, while the 10.5MP Dual PD front camera
|50MP Octa PD widecam|
Quad-PD 48MP ultrawide camera
48MP Quad PD telephoto camera with 30x Super Rez Zoom, OIS/EIS on wide and telephoto, 10.5MP Dual PD front camera.
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth v5.3, NFC||Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth v5.3, NFC|
|Material||IP68 certification for Corning Gorilla Glas Victus cover and back.||Corning Gorilla Glas Victus 2 cover/back IP68 rating|
|Others||Fingerprint sensor, Face ID under display||Fingerprint sensor, Face ID under display|
- Obsidian, Hazel, and Rose are the color options for the Pixel 8, while Obsidian, Porcelain, and Bay are available for the Pixel 8 Pro.
- The screen size on the Pixel 8 has been reduced from the 6.3-inch panel on its predecessor. In contrast to their predecessors, however, both now feature brighter displays.
- The Pixel 8 Pro is equipped with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass, Victus 2 generation. This should make it more robust than last year’s model.
- Operating system and security upgrades for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will be provided for seven years, an increase from the five years previously provided by Google.
- Compared to the forthcoming Pixel 8 Pro, which weighs 213 grams, the Pixel 8 weighs 187.
- Google is adding to the phones’ cameras features like Real Tone, Night Sight, Astrophotography, Super Res Zoom, and the ability to change faces in an image, most likely through Magic Editor, as we reported in an earlier exclusive.
- Google has introduced Video Boost and Light Sight for videos shot in dim lighting and Audio Eraser to remove distracting background noise.
Google Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro Software updates
Seven years of support is longer than what Samsung and OnePlus claim for their new Galaxy S23 and OnePlus 11 phones, respectively. It would come close to the level of service provided by Fairphone, a sustainable smartphone maker that advertises its products as lasting for years. For its most recent model, the Fairphone 5, Fairphone states it would provide eight years of security updates; ten years is a desirable but not mandatory goal.
Among the many previously rumored features of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, Digitalkblog has now confirmed the existence of Google’s extended software support term. The Pixel 8 has 8GB of RAM, while the Pixel 8 Pro has 12GB. A new Tensor G3 processor drives both. According to rumors, the 8 will provide 128GB and 256GB of storage space, while the 8 Pro may go as high as 512GB or perhaps 1TB in the United States. It has been reported that the Pixel 8’s battery capacity is 4575 mAh and supports fast charging at up to 27W, while the 8 Pro’s capacity is 5050 mAh and supports fast charging at up to 30W. Both are speculated to include dust and water resistance (IP68) and Qi wireless charging.
The Pixel 8 may feature a 50-megapixel primary camera and a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens on the rear. The 8 Pro, on the other hand, could have a trio of cameras on its back: a 50-megapixel main shooter, a 48-megapixel ultrawide, and a 48-megapixel telephoto that can zoom up to 30 times. According to a previous leak from 91Mobiles, a new set of AI camera software will come along with the new camera hardware, including a new Night Sight mode for video and more manual shooting capabilities.
Before the formal launch event on October 4, check out our comprehensive guide to every Pixel 8 leak.
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