The Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro came out in style after months of rumors and leaks. Google learned from the first Tensor-powered devices it made and then used that information to make two of the best Android phones on the market.
These phones are a good deal because they have a lot to offer and are cheaper than the competition. But now that these phones are the best in the world of smartphones, it’s time to see what the Pixel series has to offer.
Google seems to be putting out a lot of Android devices in 2023, including the long-rumored Pixel Fold, the Google Pixel Tablet with a dock, and the Pixel 7a. But what we really want is the Pixel 8 line. Even if the best parts of the year before were our favorites, there is always room for improvement.
We don’t know much about the Pixel 8, but we do know a few important things about Google’s next mainline phones.
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Google Pixel 8 & Pixel 8 Pro
Even though real leaks might happen later this year, all we have to go on right now are codenames, data-mined information, and the first few renders. Still, that tells us a lot about what Google is like and what we can expect from it. This year’s new phones have two names: Husky and Shiba.
Based on what has been leaked about both screens, Husky seems to be the Pixel 8 Pro, with a resolution of 2822x1344p, while Shiba, the smaller Pixel 8, has a resolution of 2268x1080p. Both are smaller than Pixel 7 phones that are currently on the market. That could mean that both phones will have a new look and that the Pixel 8 will be a little bit smaller.
Pixel 8 Expected Release Date and Price
The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are likely to be announced by Google in October 2023. Google has picked October for a long time. Things aren’t official yet, and they won’t be for a while. Google I/O starts on May 10, 2023, and could tell us something about the devices.
After the devices have been shown off, we would expect them to go on sale a few weeks later, so probably before the end of October 2023. The Pixel 7 starts at £599 in the UK, $599 in the US, and €649 in Europe.
The Pixel 7 Pro is the same as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, and it starts at £849 in the UK, $899 in the US, and €849 in Europe. We don’t know for sure if the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will cost about the same, but we don’t think they will be too far apart.
What are the Rumors About Google Pixel 8 & Pixel 8 Pro?
Both MySmartPrice and @OnLeaks have pictures of what they say is the Pixel 8. It looks more round than the Pixel 7, and its screen may be 5.8 inches instead of 6.3 inches like the Pixel 7. SmartPrix and @OnLeaks released what they say is a render of the black Google Pixel 8 Pro.
Android Authority says that when the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro come out later in 2023, they won’t be very different from the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. People say that the Pixel 8 will be smaller than the Pixel 7, but it will still be easier to carry.
Tensor G3, a new version of Google’s Tensor processor, is also said to be in the two phones. A leak says that the Pixel phones of 2023 will be able to use HDR in a way that looks like it was taken at different times.
This can’t be done with the main sensor on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 series. WinFuture said that “Shiba” and “Huskey” are the codenames for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, and that they will run Android 14 and have a chip called “Zuma.” Pixel 8 will have a screen resolution of 2268 x 1080, while Pixel 8 Pro will have a resolution of 2822 x 1344.
Rumored Features and Specifications of Google Pixel 8 & 8 Pro
There is a rumor that the Pixel 8 will be smaller and more compact than the Pixel 7. Renders of what are said to be the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro have also been made. The renders show some changes to the Pixel 8 Pro’s camera housing on the back, as well as what looks like a flat screen instead of a curved one, but nothing has been confirmed yet. It looks like the Pixel 8 will have a bit more rounded edges than the Pixel 7 in 2023.
Pixel 7 has a 6.3-inch screen with 2400 x 1080 pixels of resolution, while Pixel 7 Pro has a 6.7-inch screen with 3120 x 1440 pixels of resolution. The refresh rate of the Pixel 7 is 90Hz, while the Pixel 7 Pro can be changed from 10Hz to 120Hz. It’s not clear yet if the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will have the same screen specs as the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, but we’d expect the same or better, so the rumor about the 8 Pro’s screen resolution is probably not true.
The Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro both use the Google Tensor G2 chip, and rumors say that the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will have the next generation of this chip, called Zuma. Since the Pixel 7 has 8GB of RAM and the Pixel 7 Pro has 12GB, we would expect the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro to be the same. We would also expect the Pixel 8 to have storage options up to at least 256GB and the Pixel 8 Pro to have storage options up to 512GB, but we don’t think any of them will work with microSD cards.
There are no rumors about battery sizes right now, but the Pixel 7 has a 4355mAh battery and can be charged quickly with 20W, while the Pixel 7 Pro has a 5000mAh battery and can be charged quickly with up to 23W. We don’t think the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will be worse than the screens.
So far, there haven’t been any specific rumors about the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro’s cameras. But Pixel phones have always put a lot of emphasis on having great cameras, and we don’t think that will change with the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro.
A report says that the Pixel 8 or 8 Pro might support staggered HDR, which would mean that they have a new sensor, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. At the moment, the Pixel 7 has a 50-megapixel main sensor and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor.
On the other hand, the Pixel 7 Pro has the same features plus a 48-megapixel telephoto camera. It’s likely that the Pixel 8 Pro will still have a better camera than the Pixel 8, but we don’t know what that will mean in terms of specs just yet.
Google says that I/O 2023, its annual conference for developers, will happen on May 10, 2023. At this event, Google is likely to show off its newest Pixel phones, like the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. Google is likely to show a sneak peek of the Pixel 8 Series, just like it did with the Pixel 7 Series at last year’s event.