After months of leaks and speculation, the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro have hit the market in style. Google has taken lessons learned from its first-generation Tensor-powered devices and launched two of its best Android smartphones on the market, offering a comprehensive package at an affordable price to beat the competition. I beat you. But now that these phones have established themselves as the dominators of the smartphone world, it’s time to look to the future of the Pixel series.
2023 looks to be jam-packed with Google-made Android devices, from the long-rumored Pixel Fold, to the dock-based Pixel Tablet, to the mid-range Pixel 7a. Pixel 8 series. No matter how much you love last year’s flagship, there’s always room for improvement. Pixel 8 rumors are still early, but we do know some important details about Google’s next mainline phone.
Sophisticated hardware with extra power under the hood
We’re destined for a real leak later this year, but all we have to deal with is codenames and datamined information. It gives you a good idea of where you are.
This year’s phones have two codenames: Husky and Shiva. Based on leaked display information for both devices, Husky says he looks like a Pixel 8 Pro with a 2822x1344p resolution, while the smaller Pixel 8 — Shiba — boasts his 2268x1080p resolution. Both are cut from his current Pixel 7 smartphone. This could point to a new design for both phones, or perhaps a size reduction.
Rumors point to the Pixel 8 Pro remaining at 6.7 inches, but a potentially leaked roadmap for Google’s mobile division mentions a smaller form factor for the Pixel 8.
As far as its specs go, Tensor G3 is known to be in testing right now. Google’s third-generation custom chipset, codenamed Zuma, is rumored to be based on the unannounced Samsung Exynos 2300 processor. It is based on Samsung’s 3nm node, which developer Kuba Wojciechowski says is comparable to TSMC. TSMC is the foundry that Qualcomm and Apple currently rely on. The Tensor G2 is still on his 5nm chipset, which could improve efficiency and overall performance.
We don’t know much more about what the Google Pixel 8’s hardware entails. Rumors circulated over the summer that Google was experimenting with ceramic phones. The specific model mentioned in those claims turned out to be the codename for the Pixel 7a, but it makes more sense for the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro to come in high-end materials like ceramic. increase.
Similarly, we also expect Google to switch to an under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor for the Google Pixel 8 series, although the Pixel 7’s current optical sensor is faster than what we’ll see in Google’s 2021 release. , falls short of what we’ve seen on Samsung’s flagship phones. Ultrasound has its drawbacks, but it should be a speed improvement compared to what we’ve seen in the last two years.
A complete camera overhaul for the Pixel lineup
When talking about the Pixel series, you can’t ignore the camera. Combining great hardware with cutting-edge software and AI-powered photo processing, Google built the successor to the Nexus program on its impressive photographic capabilities. Google has been using camera sensors for years. It was the Pixel 6 that ditched the sensor the Pixel 3 used. But with this year’s lineup, that could change.
Developer Kuba Wojciechowski found support for Husky and Shiba in Google’s Camera Go app. Specifically, it mentions gradual HDR support. This is a novel approach to HDR photography, capturing short and long exposures simultaneously to improve capture times. However, the GN1 sensor currently used in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 6 doesn’t support it at the hardware level, suggesting Google plans to revamp its camera tech in his Pixel 8.
It’s not unheard of for other manufacturers to switch to new sensors after two generations. Still, it marks a new hardware-focused approach for the company.
First smartphone with Android 14
Google always releases the latest Android upgrades between August and October of each year. In 2021, Android 12 and its visual overhaul arrived in his October, just in time for the Pixel 6 launch. Last year, a small update, Android 13, was released in his first week of August, providing plenty of time for last-minute bugs to be worked out.
We don’t yet know what changes Android 14 will bring (the developer preview isn’t out yet), but it’s likely that the Pixel 8 series will be the first Android phones to ship pre-installed. I know Google may also be rolling out exclusive features for his latest Android smartphone, but we’ll have to get closer to launch before we see the leaked demo.
Pixel 8 price and release date remain a mystery
One of the biggest selling points of the Pixel series over the last two generations is its price. The Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro are priced similarly to other top flagships, but the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 offer buyers the best value on the market. It fell short, but not by a small margin. It’s unclear if Google will be able to keep that pricing going for another generation, but we hope it can.
When it comes to release dates, October seems like a safe bet. Did. If that history is any indicator, look for the Pixel 8 series to hit stores in mid-to-late October, with some rumors suggesting both phones could launch alongside his Pixel Fold. I have.
Pixel 8 & 8 Pro: The new generation of Pixel
Google’s Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro launches may still seem far away, but it won’t be long before news, rumors, and leaks swirl. May reveal early at Google I/O in May 2023. Until then, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro remain great devices, especially considering their regular discounts. Both devices are useful if you can’t wait for the new generation of his Pixel.