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Google Pixel 8 preview: specs, price and release date rumors

Yes, we know: the Pixel 7 is only a few months old and there are already whispers of a replacement? Well, the phone world is not waiting for anyone, which means that the rumor mill has already started about what we can expect from the Google Pixel 8.

This year’s Pixels were an improvement over the previous generation. Will the Pixel 8 be more similar, or will Google go for a massive redesign? Will the homemade silicone Tensor stay, or will Qualcomm/MediaTek be in charge of the hardware? And can the company’s computer camera technology stay ahead of the competition?

We may not have all the answers yet, but there is a lot we know (or think we know) already. Here’s everything that has been revealed about the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro so far.

Google Pixel 8 release date and price rumors

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro white

Google won’t set an official Pixel 8 reveal date until a few weeks before the covers come out, but we can say with some certainty that it will be in the latter part of 2023. More specifically, we’re rolling out around early October ’23 in our calendars. Take a look at Google’s history with phones launched and you’ll see why:

  • Pixel 7/7 Pro release date: October 6, 2022
  • Pixel 6/6 Pro release date: October 19, 2021
  • Pixel 5 release date: September 30, 2020
  • Pixel 4 release date: October 15, 2019
  • Pixel 3/3 XL release date: October 9, 2018
  • Google Pixel 2/2 XL release date: October 4, 2017
  • Pixel / Pixel XL release date: October 4, 2016

Except for an anomaly in 2020 when the world was in the middle of a pandemic, Google consistently released its new phones in October. Looking back, the Nexus 5X also saw an October release. Smart money is definitely on things that stay the same for this last generation.

Pricing is much more difficult now. Google was able to offer the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro for exactly the same amount as the previous generation Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, with the standard phone costing £599 and the flagship £850. It would be nice to think that the same would happen again next year, but exchange rates play a huge role in the cost of materials. We bet you’ll need more money in your wallet to be able to order the Pixel 8.

The latest rumors and details of the Google Pixel 8 phone

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For now, we only have a few reports to follow – it will be a while before any leaks of the ban breach are made – but they paint a picture of what we could see from the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.

According to WinFuture, Google is working on two new smartphones codenamed “Shiba” and “Husky” – a change in the dog breeds of big cats used before (Pixel 7 was “Cheetah” and Pixel 7 Pro was “Panther”). Both devices are running Android 14, and use a brand new CPU known as “Zuma” internally. The chip uses the same modem found in this year’s Tensor G2, so it’s likely another Samsung design.

Both phones are being tested with 12GB of RAM, which would be a step up for the two smaller phones: this year’s Pixel 7 has 8GB, while the Pro already has 12GB.

The only other information available right now is the possible screen resolution. The Pixel 8 will obviously get a 2268 x 1080 panel, and the Pixel 8 Pro will get a 2822 x 1344 – a drop compared to the Pixel 7 Pro’s 3120 x 1440.

There’s currently no word on what types of cameras each device is equipped with, although there’s a good chance Google will stick with the same 50MP main sensor used in the Pixel 7 series. The company has tended to stick with a single sensor for several generations, preferring to let its algorithms do the lifting. Instead of chasing ever higher pixel numbers. It remains to be seen if the Pro will still be the only phone to be offered with a dedicated zoom lens.

Google Pixel 8 features: What we’d like to see

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro family

Screen equivalent between Pixel 8 and 8 Pro phones

We love the Pixel 7’s display for its flat glass (which reduces distracting reflections), Full HD resolution (which isn’t too taxing on the GPU when playing games) and OLED technology (which delivers impressively impressive images with near-infinite contrast). What we don’t like is the 90Hz refresh rate. If you want the full 120Hz, you should go for the Pixel 8 Pro.

Since competing phones that cost half the price have been able to add refresh rates of 120Hz, it appears that Google is intentionally holding back the average phone in order to get people to upgrade to the Pro version. As long as the Pro keeps the extra camera lenses and the larger battery, we’re not convinced this move makes sense. Set them to 120Hz and let the camera’s image quality do the talking.

More color options, please

The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro come in three color options: Obsidian, Snow, and Lemongrass for the smaller phone, and Obsidian and Snow and Hazel for the larger phone. Obsidian and snow are mainly in black and white, making lemongrass and hazelnut the only real “colors” to choose from. That’s not much of an option, is it?

Seeing how Apple offers the iPhone 14 in five different colors (three if you subscribe to the “black and white are not colors” argument), it would be great to see Google go the same way. As more people pick up a Pixel phone, the chance to stand out from the crowd is sure to go well with customers.

Faster charging with and without wires

Like Apple and Samsung, Google is very conservative when it comes to charging times. The Pixel 7 Pro beats it at 23W, either with a cable or wireless on a Qi charging pad, and the Pixel 7 only manages 20W. Competitors are able to top up at a much faster rate, with some being more powerful at 125W.

We don’t need Google to go back to assembling power blocks in the box (anything to cut down on e-waste is a good move in our book) but being able to reach full capacity in less than twenty minutes would be a game changer.