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Google Pixel 8 release date, features and specs

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The Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are expected to shine as top-notch Android phones in 2023.

Pixel 8 didn’t make an appearance at this year’s Google I/O event too. Despite the lack of official news, the tech community isn’t completely in the dark. Leaks have been popping up, giving us a glimpse of what these phones might offer and getting everyone even more excited.

Whether it’s longer battery life or more powerful cameras, there’s still potential for the Pixel family to get even better. Now, let’s take a look at what we’ve gathered about Google’s next flagship phone up until now.

Google Pixel 8 Release Date

Google has been sticking to a pattern of releasing new Pixel phones in the late autumn for the past few years. Based on this trend, we can expect a similar timing for the Pixel 8. Looking at recent Pixel launches can give us an idea – the Pixel 7 was revealed on October 6, 2022, and the Pixel 6 on October 19, 2021.

So, it’s reasonable to anticipate the Pixel 8 to make its entrance in the early to middle part of October. However, it’s worth noting that a lot can change in the next few months.

Interestingly, while the Pixel 7 had a sneak peek during Google I/O 2022, the same didn’t happen for Google I/O 2023. Instead, the focus was on announcements for the Pixel 7a and Pixel Fold.

Potential Pixel 8 Price

A recent leak from well-known tipster Yogesh Brar gave us a sneak peek into the possible pricing structure. While a price increase of $650 (or $700 for the 256GB model) might not seem significant, it falls in line with Google’s approach to the Pixel 7a released in May.

Google Pixel 8 price rumor

This suggests that the Pixel 8’s price point could see a similar nudge. As for the Pixel 8 Pro, its potential price adjustment is still shrouded in uncertainty.

Google Pixel 8 Specs

Currently, we have limited information regarding Google’s plans for the specs of the Pixel 8. Thanks to a leak from WinFuture, it seems that we might have some insight into the codenames for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro – Shiba and Husky, respectively.

Pixel 8 Display Details Unveiled

According to the leaked details about the displays, it appears that the Pixel 8 Pro boasts a resolution of 2822x1344p. On the other hand, the smaller Pixel 8 features a 2268x1080p resolution. Both of these resolutions are slight reductions from the current Pixel 7 models, indicating some subtle yet exciting enhancements to Google’s design prowess.

The corners of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro’s screens showcase a more rounded design, somewhat like the Galaxy S23+. Moreover, both phones are expected to feature enhanced brightness levels, reaching up to 1,400 nits for the Pixel 8. And an impressive 1,600 nits for the Pixel 8 Pro when viewing HDR content. Additionally, the Pixel 8 steps up with a 120Hz display.

Compact Design

In terms of size, the Pixel 8 has gone for a more compact build compared to its predecessor. It measures 150.5 x 70.8 x 8.9mm, or 12mm including the camera array. This is a reduction from the Pixel 7’s dimensions of 155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7 mm. With a 6.17″ screen, the Pixel 8’s display is slightly smaller than the 6.3″ panel on the Pixel 7, bringing it closer in size to Samsung‘s smaller Galaxy S23.

Revamped Camera UI for the Pixel 8 Series

A source from Android Authority shared pictures of the new Google Camera interface redesign. This change will probably come with the upcoming Pixel 8 series this autumn. The main difference you’ll notice is how the Photo and Video modes are clearly separated. At the bottom of the app, there’s a button that lets you pick if you want to take a photo or record a video. After that, you can choose the mode you want from a list. In the past, all the modes were mixed together.

The button that switches between the front and back cameras has moved to where the last photo preview used to be. This preview also acted as a shortcut to the Gallery. Now, it’s aligned with the way most other Android camera apps work, but Pixel users might need some time to get used to it.

Google Pixel 8 camera

To access more settings, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen. But if you’re using the larger Pro model, this might be a bit hard to reach with your thumb. Google has also changed the order of some camera modes and grouped others together. This could be a way to get users to try out certain modes more, like Long Exposure and Action Pan.


Google is also developing a new feature called Staggered HDR. This is meant to make capturing photos faster and reduce issues in the pictures. It does this by shortening the time between taking each frame. Another feature called Adaptive Torch adjusts how strong the flash is based on the lighting around you. And then there’s Segmentation AWB, which makes different parts of the picture look more true to life by applying different adjustments to each area.

Upgraded Processor: Google Tensor G3

As for specs, Google’s third-gen custom chipset, the Google Tensor G3 (codenamed Zuma), is reportedly undergoing testing. This new chip, said to be based on the unreleased Samsung Exynos 2300 processor, uses Samsung’s 3nm node technology. The upgrade from the current Google Tensor G2, a 5nm chipset, could potentially enhance efficiency and overall performance, addressing areas where the current chip falls short. The Pixel 8 Pro is expected to feature this processor coupled with 12GB of RAM, as indicated by the fastboot screen in a prototype leak from July.


Source: Droid Life

Other Rumors and Leaks

A sneak peek video that got out also hinted about a tool called the “Audio Magic Eraser.” This tool can take away sound you don’t want from a video you have, probably using clever computer smarts. People think both versions of the product will have this cool tool.

Sensor Enhancements and Performance Boost

The GN2 main sensor, an enhanced version of the GN1 from the Pixel 7 series, promises improved light capture and shutter speed performance in low-light conditions. It can even handle 8K30 video recording, though thermal concerns have prevented its testing in the Pixel 8 for now.

Storage options

When it comes to storage, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro have some differences. The Pixel 8 will only come in 128GB and 256GB versions, while the Pixel 8 Pro will have more choices.

Tech journalist Roland Quandt recently pointed out that the Pixel 8 Pro could have three storage options: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. This lines up with what we saw with the Pixel 7 Pro. However, if you’re thinking of getting the Pixel 8, you might have to choose between 128GB and 256GB models.

Providing a 128 GB storage choice is quite common for phones in the mid-range category, like the Pixel 8. It’s also not surprising that this option is available in the Pixel 8 Pro. The decision to provide lower storage options aims to maintain budget-friendly starting prices for both phones. This is crucial due to the ongoing economic situation, which is impacting consumer spending limits.

Color palette

A cool thing to look forward to with the upcoming Pixels is their updated range of colors. Reports indicate that both models will be available in four different shades: Jade, Peony, Licorice, and Haze for the Pixel 8. And Licorice, Jade, Porcelain, and Sky for the Pixel 8 Pro.

Google Pixel 8 colors

Pixel 8 could be eSim only

Android blogger Mishaal Rahman mentioned in a post on X (formerly Twitter) that renders of the upcoming Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, shared by Steve Hemmerstoffer through OnLeaks and published by MySmartPrice and SmartPrix, don’t show any signs of a SIM tray.

esim Google Pixel 8

As we eagerly anticipate the official launch of the Google Pixel 8, the recent shifts in its camera interface and the intriguing possibility of other improved specs have ignited a sense of curiosity among tech enthusiasts.

This article was updated with latest info on Aug 23, 2023.

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