Pixel 8 series is set to launch with two different models, namely the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. The leaks regarding these phones have already begun circulating online, indicating that Google’s ability to keep things under wraps is generally limited. Previous Pixel phones’ specs were also leaked ahead of the introduction event.
A few days ago, the wallpapers of Pixel 8 and 8 Pro were shared on the internet, and you can read the related article here: Google Pixel 8 wallpapers leaked ahead of the launch!
Battery & Performance
Tech blogger Abhishek Yadav revealed the battery specifications of Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. The vanilla Pixel 8 is equipped with a 4485 mAh battery, which is a slight improvement compared to Pixel 7’s 4355 mAh battery. This is particularly good news for those who prefer phones with small displays.
Pixel 8 features a 4485 mAh battery capacity and supports 24W wired charging, 20W proprietary wireless charging, and 12W Qi charging. On the other hand, Pixel 8 Pro boasts a larger 4950 mAh battery capacity and supports 27W wired charging, 23W proprietary wireless charging, and 12W Qi charging. Additionally, both phones are equipped with Wi-Fi 7, revealed by Abhishek.
While Pixel series has not always been associated with phones with cutting edge flagship specifications, this year’s Pixel 8 lineup appears to offer a strong battery capacity and a powerful chipset. Both phones will be powered by the same Tensor G3 chipset.
According to leaks shared by Android Authority, Tensor G3 chipset will feature a 1+4+4 core design, including a Cortex-X3 core running at 3.05GHz, four Cortex-A715 cores clocked at 2.45GHz, and four Cortex-A510 cores clocked at 2.15GHz. This chipset is expected to be robust, as it shares the same Cortex-X3 core found in Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It won’t be the fastest core once Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has been released, it’s still quite powerful core.
When it comes to Google Pixel, one of the first things that comes to mind will be the camera. Google manages to give a really solid camera experience with good hardware and software processing. Both Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro feature significant upgrades on their main cameras compared to the predecessor, as both devices will incorporate Samsung’s ISOCELL GN2 sensor, offering 35% more light sensitivity compared to the main camera of Pixel 7 Pro. The main camera of the Pixel 8 series will sport a 50MP 1/1.12-inch sized sensor, whereas ISOCELL GN1 used in the previous model had a 1/1.31-inch size.
Pixel 8 features a dual camera setup and it is equipped with a 50 MP ISOCELL GN2 sensor measuring 1/1.12-inches for the main camera, while the ultra wide angle camera comes with a 12 MP 1/2.9-inch Sony IMX 386 sensor, which is the same sensor found in Pixel 7’s ultrawide angle camera. However, Pixel 8 is capable of capturing images at a wider angle compared to its predecessor. Pixel 7 had a zoom ratio of 0.67x, whereas Pixel 8 achieves a wider angle with a zoom ratio of 0.55x.
On the other hand, Pixel 8 Pro is equipped with a triple camera setup. The main camera boasts a 50 MP 1/1.12-inch ISOCELL GN2 sensor. The ultra wide angle camera employs a larger 64 MP sensor, Sony IMX 787 which is also present as the main camera sensor in Pixel 7a. This sensor measures in 1/1.73-inches. This new sensor will significantly enhance low-light photos taken with the ultra wide angle lens.
The telephoto camera on Pixel 8 Pro remains unchanged from Pixel 7 Pro, most likely featuring a telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom and a 48 MP Samsung GM5 sensor measuring 1/2.55-inches. The telephoto camera is the only one in Pixel 8 Pro’s camera setup that does not receive a hardware upgrade.
Display – New temperature sensor
One of the other things known about the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro is the display features. Google made a radical change this year and chose to use a flat display even in the Pro model, normally only vanilla models had a flat display. While Pixel 6 Pro and 7 Pro offered a curved AMOLED display, Pixel 8 Pro has a flat 6.7-inch display with a resolution of 1344×2992 and a brightness of 1600 nits (HDR). The pixel density on Pixel 8 Pro’s display is 490 ppi.
Android Authority shared a sketch image visualizing what the screen size of the phones will look like. A little while ago, renders of Pixel 8 Pro were leaked but there are no renders of the vanila and Pro models side by side. Pixel 8‘s display is a 6.17-inch 1080×2400 resolution (427 ppi) flat OLED panel with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and maximum brightness of 1400 nits (HDR).
If you look carefully at the visual shared by Android Authority, the corners of Pixel 8 series are more rounded, this year Google will come out with two phones that have two flat displays. This design approach is reminiscent of Galaxy S23 series since both Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ have a flat AMOLED displays and both phones have rounded corners. It may seem strange that the Pixel 8 Pro has a flat display, but leaked live images shared reveal Pro model does indeed have a flat display.
In addition to the triple camera array, the images also show an LED flash and a temperature sensor. It was rumored a few weeks ago that this temperature sensor will allow users to measure their body temperature, the leaks were shared by mysmartprice.
What we also know about Pixel 8 series is their wallpapers. A wide range of Pixel 8 series wallpapers shared were leaked earlier. Read our previous article to get the wallpapers of Pixel 8 series here: Google Pixel 8 wallpapers leaked ahead of the launch!