The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones have finally been officially presented. Google’s flagships are equipped with a new T3 processor and improved cameras, and the devices will receive exceptionally long system support.
The famous company officially unveiled its latest phones on October 4, during its annual Made by Google event. There, the information we had been receiving for months through subsequent leaks and rumors was finally confirmed. What worked?
Premiere of Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro
The loudly communicated novelty of the Pixel 8 line of phones is the new Tensor G3 processor. It is intended to improve virtually all of the performance of the G2 that was used in Pixel 7 – it’s about improvements in CPU processing power, improved graphics capabilities and better AI support using the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU). The system is supported by 8 GB RAM in the case of Pixel 8, and 12 GB RAM in Pixel 8 Pro.
There have also been some changes in the overall design of the phones, as the shape of the devices has clearly more rounded corners. The camera island has also been reworked, and the lenses are now placed closer to each other – this is especially visible in the case of Pixel 8 Pro.
The Pixel 8 display has been slightly reduced in size and now measures 6.2 inches. The Pro version retains the 6.7-inch diagonal. The maximum brightness of screens outdoors is 2,000 and 2,400 nits, respectively. Pixel 8 retained the 1080p resolution, but the refresh rate was increased to 120 Hz. The OLED panel in the Pro version offers the 1440p standard and a variable frequency from 1 to 120 Hz.
When it comes to cameras, Pixel 8 still offers two lenses. The main eyepiece with a resolution of 50 MP is equipped with a SuperRes digital zoom up to 8x. They are supported by a 12 MP wide-angle lens with Macro Focus. There is a 10.5 MP selfie camera on the front.
Pixel 8 Pro has a 50-MP lens, very similar to the previous 7 Pro model, but catching a bit more light. What’s new is the improved resolution of the ultra-wide-angle lens, which is now 48 MP. The telephoto lens also boasts 48 MP and optical zoom up to 5x.
Interestingly, Pixel 8 Pro also gained a new temperature sensor operating at a distance (but only up to 5 cm). A somewhat surprising addition is to measure the surface temperature, among others. when cooking. Google also plans to certify the phone to measure body temperature, but this requires permission from relevant regulators.
One of the breakthrough announcements is the phenomenally long support for the systems of the latest Google phones. The Pixel 8 family starts with Android 14 and will receive full support for up to 7 years. This means that smartphones will function well until the debut of Android 21 in the distant 2030.
Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro – prices
However, the announcement of prices was quite unpleasant. The last two editions of the phone – Pixel 6 and 7 – started at $599 for the basic version and $899 for the Pro version. The American prices of Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are $699 and $999, respectively. All smartphone versions are as follows:
Pixel 8 (128GB): $699 – approx. PLN 3,056,
Pixel 8 (256GB): $759 – approx. PLN 3,318,
Pixel 8 Pro (128GB): $999 – approx. PLN 4,368,
Pixel 8 Pro (256GB): $1,059 – approx. PLN 4,630,
Pixel 8 Pro (512GB): $1,179 – approx. PLN 5,155,
Pixel 8 Pro (1TB): $1,399 – approx. PLN 6,116.
The price increases also affected Europe. As part of the pre-sale on Amazon Germany, Pixel 8 can be purchased for EUR 799 or EUR 859 (PLN 3,672 and PLN 3,948, respectively). Pixel 8 Pro costs starting at EUR 1,099 and ending at EUR 1,299 (ranging from PLN 5,000 to almost PLN 6,000).
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