Google Pixel 8, and Pixel 8 Pro launch today, promising yet expensive.
In the ‘Made by Google event’, their new Google Pixel, Pixel Pro and Pixel Watch 2 were introduced and Google promises 7 years of OS updates for Pixel and Pixel 2 Pro.
Google made a major announcement on Wednesday at its highly anticipated Made by Google event in New York City. The tech giant unveiled not one, but two new Pixel phones, along with its latest Pixel smartwatch. Indian consumers can now rejoice as Google has officially revealed the prices, specifications, and release date for the highly anticipated Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.
During the event, Google showcased its newest flagship Pixel phones, which are now available for pre-orders in India starting today. The phones are set to hit the shelves later this month, creating a buzz among tech enthusiasts and smartphone aficionados.
What sets these new Pixel phones apart is the inclusion of the cutting-edge Tensor G3 chipset, ensuring lightning-fast performance and seamless user experience. Additionally, the phones boast 120Hz OLED displays, providing users with stunning visuals and smooth scrolling.
Storage capacity is also a highlight of the new Pixel phones, with options of up to a whopping 1TB available. This allows users to store a vast amount of data, including photos, videos, and apps, without worrying about running out of space.
One standout feature of the Pixel 8 Pro is its innovative sensor located at the back of the phone. This sensor is capable of measuring body temperature, adding an extra layer of functionality to the device. With the official release of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro in India, Google is once again proving its commitment to delivering top-of-the-line technology to its consumers. The anticipation and excitement surrounding these new devices are palpable, as users eagerly await the opportunity to get their hands on the latest offerings from Google.
Display and Design:
The Pixel 8 series looks similar to the previous generation, but this time the cameras are placed together. The phones are made of 100% recycled aluminum and at least 18% recycled materials. The Pixel 8 Pro has a matte back made of Gorilla Glass Victus 2 and a polished aluminum frame, while the Pixel 8 has a matte back made of Gorilla Glass Victus and an aluminum frame. The Pixel 8 Pro is available in Obsidian and Bay colors, while the Pixel 8 comes in Obsidian, Hazel, and Rose colors.
The Pixel 8 Pro boasts a 6.7-inch OLED display, offering a remarkable resolution of 1344 x 2992 and a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. To ensure durability, it is fortified with Corning Glass Victus 2 protection, providing enhanced resistance against scratches and impacts. Additionally, the display achieves an impressive peak brightness of 2,400 nits. Furthermore, the device features an Always-on display, complemented by a discreet punch-hole front camera.
The Pixel 8 boasts a sleek 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED display with an impressive 120Hz refresh rate, fortified with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and a peak brightness of 2,000 nits. Additionally, it features an Always-on display for added convenience.
Processor, Storage & RAM:
The Google Pixel 8 Pro is equipped with the advanced Tensor G3 chipset, which is seamlessly integrated with the highly secure Titan M2 microprocessor for enhanced protection. The device boasts a substantial 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM, offering exceptional performance. Additionally, it offers ample storage options with variants of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Notably, in the United States, an impressive 1TB storage variant is also available.
The Google Pixel 8 boasts the formidable Tensor G3 chipset, accompanied by the highly secure Titan M2 microprocessor. This powerhouse of a smartphone is equipped with a remarkable 8GB of LPDDR5X RAM and offers users the choice between two storage capacities: a generous 128GB or an even more expansive 256GB of lightning-fast UFS 3.1 storage.
The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are equipped with the latest Android 14 operating system upon purchase. Additionally, it is guaranteed to receive a comprehensive range of updates, including OS upgrades, security enhancements, and Feature Drops, for a period of 7 years.
The Pixel 8 Pro boasts an impressive array of camera capabilities, including a high-resolution 50MP wide angle lens, a 48MP ultra-wide angle lens, and a 48MP telephoto lens with Super Res Zoom technology that allows for up to 30x zoom. Additionally, the device is equipped with a 10.5MP front camera for capturing stunning selfies.
The camera features on the Pixel 8 Pro are extensive and designed to enhance the photography experience. These features include the Magic Editor, Best Take, Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur, Motion auto-focus, Dual exposure controls, and Live HDR+.
Similarly, the Pixel 8 offers exceptional camera functionality, featuring a 50MP wide camera with Super Res Zoom capabilities of up to 8x, as well as Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for steady shots. Additionally, the device includes a 12MP ultra-wide camera and the same 10.5MP front camera for capturing high-quality selfies.
The camera features on the Pixel 8 are equally impressive, with Ultra HDR, Magic Editor, Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur, Face Unblur, Night Sight, Astrophotography, Dual exposure controls, and Live HDR+ all available to enhance the photography experience.
The Pixel 8 Pro boasts an impressive 5,050mAh battery, equipped with 30W fast charging support. In just 30 minutes, this phone can charge up to 50%, ensuring you never have to wait long for a full battery. Not only that, but it is also Qi-certified, allowing for fast wireless charging. Additionally, the Pixel 8 Pro offers battery share functionality, enabling you to charge other devices. Similarly, the Google Pixel 8 houses a formidable 4,575mAh battery, equipped with the same remarkable charging capabilities as its Pro counterpart.
Pricing In India:
The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are now available for purchase on Flipkart, starting at Rs 75,999 and Rs 1,06,999 respectively. Don’t miss out on the pre-order window and get your hands on these cutting-edge devices today. Plus, take advantage of our incredible sale offers, including an Rs 8,000 discount on ICICI bank, Kotak bank, and Axis bank cards for the standard model, and an Rs 9,000 discount for Pro buyers. With these unbeatable deals, there’s never been a better time to upgrade your phone.
The Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are undeniably sleek and stylish, boasting impressive cameras and the promise of seven years of OS updates. However, the steep price tag is a major drawback. At ₹75,999 for the Pixel 8 Pro, it’s ₹1,06,999 more than last year’s model, and the starting storage capacity of 128GB is disappointing.
While the software and features are impressive, some of the hardware decisions are questionable, such as the new Tensor chipset. It remains to be seen how it will perform. The Pixel 8 Pro has the potential to be a powerhouse, but it will need to compete with heavy hitters like the iPhone 15 Pro Max and Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Overall, the initial impression of the Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro is promising, with stunning design and camera capabilities. However, the high price point and concerns about hardware leave room for hesitation.