October, also known as Techtober, started as expected with the Google Pixel announcements. We’re up to Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. We got much more than the confirmation of some of the leaks.
As expected, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are powerful devices, rocking Google Tensor G3 and Titan M2 security chip. They have 6.2-inch and 6.7-inch displays, 2,000 nits, and 2,400 nits of brightness, respectively. But it’s not only about the hardware but also the software-based enhancements announced at the keynote. The phones will be shipping with Android 14 out of the box. Working with AI on Pixel, Tensor G3 will be better at detecting spam calls, fixing picture and audio quality, and clearer phone call quality.
You get upgraded cameras on both models, with a new camera app layout and pro controls option available to get the most out of the camera experience. The Pixel 8 Pro has a row of three cameras. This includes a 50MP primary camera, a 48MP ultra-wide, and a 48MP telephoto camera. Both models have a 10.5 MP selfie camera the 8 Pro has autofocus though.
Were excited to see how AI works with the Pixel cameras.
So, with the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, you get the Google Tensor G3 chip. Each line is available in three colors. The Pixel 8 is available in Hazel, Rose (light pink/coral), and Obsidian (grey/black) and starts at $699 for the 128GB/8GB RAM model. The Pixel 8 Pro is available in comes in Bay (blue), Porcelain (champagne), and Obsidian (grey/black) and starts at $999 with 128GB/12GB RAM.
The Pixel 8 only goes up to 256GB, while the Pixel 8 Pro has four variants: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage sizes. They are both rated IP68 water and dust resistant.
The Pixel 8 lineup has glossy glass backs, while the Pixel 8 Pro lineup has matte glass backs.