The Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are sure to be a long way out, as the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro only launched in October 2022, but formerly we ’re allowing about – and indeed hearing about – the coming models.
Below you ’ll find everything we ’ve heard so far, along with our expert prognostications, covering the possible release date, price, and specs.
also below that we ’ve included a want list of what we want from the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, because while the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are the stylish phones that Google has ever made, they ’re not perfect.
The standard Pixel 7, in particular, has room for enhancement, but indeed the Pixel 7 Pro has some excrescencies, so our want list includes the crucial advancements we want from these coming models.
Google Pixel 8 release date and price
There’s no news yet on when the Google Pixel 8 might launch, but that’s easy to guess, with the main numbered phones nearly always landing in October of their release time.
In fact, every Pixel model outside of theA-line has been blazoned in October, except the Pixel 5, which was unveiled on September 30, 2020( so, nearly October) and did n’t boat until October.
Getting more specific than that’s trickier, as the dates in October have varied, but it’s likely that the Pixel 8 will be unveiled in either early ormid-October 2023, and also boat in medial or late– October, presumably around a week after the advertisement.
We ’re not sure what the Pixel 8 will bring, but the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro both had exactly the same prices as their forerunners, so it’s possible Google will stick with that pricing for another time.
In that case, the Pixel 8 will start at$ 599/£ 599/AU$ 999, while the Pixel 8 Pro will start at$ 899/£ 849/AU$,299. That said, we would n’t be surprised if Google pushes the price up a bit, especially as the current models undercut crucial competition like the iPhone 14 line.
Google Pixel 8 news and leaks
We have n’t heard important about the Google Pixel 8 yet, but a many leaks have surfaced. For one thing, there are reports that the Tensor 3 chipset we ’re awaiting to power the phone is formerly in the workshop, and that this will formerly again be made by Samsung. still, there’s no news yet on how much more important this will be than the Tensor G2 in the Pixel 7.
Another leak meanwhile suggests the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro might be codenamed Shiba and Husky independently, and that they both might have 12 GB of RAM and run Android 14. According to the same source, the Pixel 8 has a 1080 x 2268 screen, while the Husky has a 1344 x 2822 one.
We also know that satellite dispatches are likely to be offered by the Pixel 8, much like the iPhone 14 is able of. Hiroshi Lockheimer( the elderly vice chairman of Android) has said that support for this will be coming with Android 14; so it’s likely the Pixel 8 will be the first Google phone to offer it.
Eventually, there’s substantiation of a riddle Pixel phone in the workshop, which grounded on blurted specs might be the Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro. 9to5Google( opens in new tab) has set up this substantiation in intimately available law from the Android Open Source Project, and it points to a phone with a 1440 x 3120 120Hz screen, a Tensor chipset, and confines of 155 x 71 mm.
Those screen specs are in line with the current Pro models, but the confines are more what we ’d anticipate from the standard Pixel 8, so that might mean a resolution and refresh rate upgrade is planned for the standard model.
Still that screen resolution is also different to the blurted judgments over, so we would take all of these leaks with a pinch of salt for now.
What we want to see
Below we’ve listed the five things that we most want the Pixel 8 line to offer.
1. A 120Hz screen for both models
The Pixel 7 Pro has a 120Hz screen, just as you ’d anticipate from a flagship phone, but the standard Pixel 7 does n’t – it’s wedged at 90Hz.
Given that indeed some of the stylish cheap phones now have 120Hz defenses, that seems kindly inferior, so we really hope Google offers a 120Hz screen on both the Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro.
2. further power
The Pixel 7 line uses the Google Tensor G2 chipset, and it’s a chipset that has a lot going for it.
Designed specifically for these phones, it excels in areas like machine literacy and AI, but when it comes to raw power, the Tensor G2 is a little lacking, as it performs worse in utmost marks than crucial rivals like the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 and the Apple A16 Bionic. In fact it performs significantly worse.
So we ’d like to see a focus on power from the Tensor G3( or whatever the coming model ends up being called), so that the Pixel 8 line is more competitive on that front. still, we do n’t want that to come at the expenditure of the effects Tensor chipsets are presently good at.
3. More battery life and briskly charging
Both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro should comfortably get you through a day of fairly heavy use, grounded on our tests, but they are n’t going to get you through a alternate day, or indeed half through a alternate day in utmost cases.
So their life is respectable but far from exceptional, and they also both charge relatively sluggishly, so we ’d like to see advancements both to the battery life and the charging speed for the Pixel 8 line.
4. Longer– term support
Google has promised three times of Android interpretation updates and five times of security patches for the Pixel 7 line, which has some Android phones beat but does n’t come near to the number of times of support Apple generally offers with its iPhones.
Since Google makes Android and is using a bespoke chipset designed specifically for the phones then, there really should n’t be any reason it ca n’t support its phones for longer, so we ’d like to see extended support offered with the Pixel 8.
5. 10x optic drone on the Pro
The Google Pixel 7 Pro offers 5x optic drone, over from 4x on the Pixel 6 Pro, but we ’d like to see a bigger jump for the coming model, bringing it up to 10x in line with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
That said, we still want a shorter distance drone – of immaculately 2x or 3x – to be offered as well, so there are two distinctly different drone distances available. The Google Pixel 7 Pro is formerly one of the stylish camera phones, but with this upgrade the Pixel 8 Pro could be indeed better.