The Google Pixel 8 remains a ways off yet, especially with the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro having debuted less than six months ago. But that doesn’t mean the rumors about Google’s next flagship phone haven’t started. Google has made serious strides toward producing excellent phones, and we expect to see that continue later this year.
So far, information about the Pixel 8 is rather scarce except for a few tidbits, but we have some thoughts on what we’d like to see Google add to its phone lineup. From better battery life to even stronger cameras, the Pixel family still has room to improve.
The Google Pixel 8 is still a distant dream for smartphone enthusiasts, especially given that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro were launched just six months ago. However, this hasn’t stopped rumors about Google’s upcoming flagship phone from circulating online. With Google making significant strides in developing exceptional phones, it’s no surprise that people are already curious about what the Pixel 8 will bring to the table.
While information about the Pixel 8 is currently minimal, there are a few tidbits to consider. But even with these rumors, there are still some features that we’d like to see Google incorporate into their phone lineup.
One of the most requested features for the Pixel 8 is longer battery life. With the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, battery life was average at best, and users found themselves constantly searching for power outlets. Google has already made improvements in this area, but we hope they continue to prioritize battery life with the Pixel 8.
Another area where the Pixel 8 could improve is the camera. The Pixel line has always been known for its exceptional cameras, but with competitors like Apple and Samsung stepping up their game, Google needs to continue to innovate. We’d love to see even better low-light performance, more advanced video capabilities, and improved zoom.
Additionally, Google could focus on making the Pixel 8 more durable. While the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are well-built phones, they are still prone to cracking and breaking. Google could consider using stronger materials or adding more protection to the phone’s design.
Finally, Google could add more personalization options to the Pixel 8. One of the highlights of the Pixel line is the ability to customize the phone’s software and user interface. With the Pixel 8, Google could take this to the next level by offering even more customization options and features.
Overall, the Google Pixel 8 has a lot to live up to, but we’re excited to see what Google has in store. From better battery life to stronger cameras and more personalization options, there’s plenty of room for improvement in the Pixel family. We’ll just have to wait and see what Google delivers with the Pixel 8.
Here’s what we know about the Pixel 8 so far.
Google Pixel 8 latest news (updated March 21)
- The expected Tensor G3 chipset for the Pixel 8 could have been revealed here.
- Google may be preparing a Video Unblur feature for the Pixel 8’s launch
- Pixel 8 Pro renders have appeared, hinting at some subtle changes to this year’s phone, including a flat display.
- Google I/O 2023 takes place on May 10. if Google follows last year’s event, we might see a Pixel 8 sneak peek at the developers conference.
Google Pixel 8: Possible release date
Google has stuck to a late autumn release cycle for the Pixel series for a few years now, so we expect the same to hold true for the Pixel 8. That means an October time frame, especially if you look to recent Pixel releases for guidance.
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Google announced the Pixel 7 on October 6, 2022 and the Pixel 6 on October 19, 2021. We think it’s safe to bet on an early to mid-October debut for the Pixel 8, though a lot can change over the next seven months.
The Pixel 7 got a sneak peak at Google I/O 2022. For what it’s worth, Google I/O 2023 takes place May 10, and that could give us an early look at the next Google flagship devices if Google sticks to last year’s approach.
Google Pixel 8: Specs
Right now, we only have a few things to go on about Google’s Pixel 8 design plans. Thanks to a WinFuture Pixel 8 leak, we think we know the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro codenames: Shiba and Husky, respectively.
It’s all but certain that Google will use the new Tensor G3 chipset (codenamed Zuma) to power the new phones. Some speculate that Tensor G3 will be based on the Exynos 2300 with a G5300 5G modem, which has been supported by more recent leaks.
The newer source, which details the Exynos 2300 chip that the Tensor G3 is believed to be based on, also reveals which CPU and GPU cores the chip will have. Overall, it looks like, similar to previous Pixels, the Pixel 8 series won’t pursue maximum performance for its CPU, but should still have a capable GPU.
The Pixel 7 came equipped with 8GB of RAM while the Pixel 7 Pro has 12GB of RAM. We expect Google will keep a similar configuration between the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. That said, the above leak claims both Shiba and Husky will have 12GB of RAM.
As for the displays, we think Google will stick with OLED panels for both phones. The Pixel 7 has a flat 6.3-inch FHD+ display. The Pixel 7 Pro is a much larger curved 6.7-inch QHD+. The latter sports a 120Hz refresh rate while the smaller Pixel has 90Hz. All of this to say, we think Google will keep a similar disparity between the two models.
But according to the same leak that spilled the beans on the codenames and RAM, we might know the screen resolutions. Husky is said to have a resolution of 2822 x 1344, while Shiba allegedly has 2268 x 1080.
Google Pixel 8: Design
With Google having introduced a new design to its flagship phones as recently as 2021, it’s unlikely that we’re going to see a major overhaul in the fall. Still, Google fine-tuned the look of its phones with the Pixel 7, and that could continue with this year’s update.
To that end, initial Pixel 8 Pro renders posted by Steven H. McFly (also known as “OnLeaks” on Twitter) have appeared and they suggest a phone that looks a lot like the Pixel 7 Pro. However, there are some noticeable differences — the corners of the phone are more rounded and there looks to be a new sensor underneath the flash on the horizontal camera bar. It’s unclear what role that sensor might play, but if it’s truly coming to the Pixel 8 Pro, you can bet that more details will soon emerge.
The biggest possible change, detailed in a follow-up post from OnLeaks, is that the Pixel 8 Pro seems to have a flat display. The Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro before it had curved panels, so this will make for a considerable change if it’s accurate.
Leaked renders of the Pixel 8 suggest it could be significantly smaller than the Pixel 7, with the phone shrinking from 155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7 mm to 150.5 x 70.8 x 8.9mm. Most notably, the display looks set to shrink from 6.3 inches to 5.8 inches. The renders also suggest it will feature rounded corners and that the telephoto lens will still be limited to the Pro model.
Google Pixel 8: Cameras
As for cameras, we don’t have a lot of information just yet. But according to the same leaker who found the codename, Tensor G3, and screen resolution leak, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will supposedly use staggered HDR.
Staggered HDR takes long and short exposure shots simultaneously instead of one after the other. This should supposedly help with photography inconsistencies like strobing or ghosting effects. It’s much faster than the method that Google has perfected over the years.
With staggered HDR, the current 50MP Samsung GN1 camera sensor that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 series use just can’t handle it on a hardware level. That implies the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro might see an upgraded main sensor. One possible option is Samsung’s GN2.
On top of this, Google may have a new Video Unblur feature, to match the Pixel 7’s Photo Unblur ability, ready in time for the Pixel 8. It’s been found in an unfinished state in the code for the Google Photos app, but there’s plenty of time for it to be finished before the expected Pixel 8 launch date.
Google Pixel 8: What we want to see
While we loved the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, there are a few things we want to see improved for the next generation.
Simply put, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have rather subpar battery life. Given the battery capacities — 4,355 mAh and 5,000 mAh, respectively — the latest Pixels perform well under the 10-hour average we like to see in our battery life test. It’s high time for Google to address battery life with the Pixel 8, especially with the Galaxy S23 family all posting better than average numbers on our battery test.
More years of updates
Google controls the Android software, and now it controls the Pixel hardware thanks to designing its own Tensor chips. And yet, the phone maker only promises three years of platform updates. Samsung is now better than Google at providing updates long-term with its four-year promise. Considering that the Pixel should be the Android equivalent of the iPhone, we want to see the Pixel 8 offer five years of Android upgrades and five years of security patches minimum.
Don’t get us wrong, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have nice displays, which we measured at 926 and 927 nits of brightness, respectively. They’re pretty good, even outdoors. But when Samsung and Apple push the 1,500-nit mark, we want to see Google use brighter panels on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.
Better Tensor performance
Tensor G2 made serious strides in all ways, especially performance. Yet, it still lags behind Qualcomm and especially Apple Silicon. Granted, Tensor isn’t meant to be the most powerful chipset you can get. However, we’d like to see a performance boost in Tensor G3 to make the Pixel 8 more competitive on the performance front.
Better telephoto colors
The Pixel 7 Pro got an upgrade to a 5x optical zoom on its telephoto lens, which is rather impressive in a world where the Galaxy S23 Ultra doesn’t exist. Still, it’s the highest zoom on a Pixel ever. However, we found the colors in telephoto shots to be rather lacking, especially when Super Res Zoom kicks in. Samsung struggles with this less, so we’d like to see the Pixel 8 Pro’s telephoto images close the gap.