Google has launched the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2 after a series of leaks.
Alongside this, Google has also unveiled its teasers, which have left little to the imagination.
The Pixel 8 Pro, starting at $999, boasts superior cameras and a stunning screen. In comparison, the standard Pixel 8 comes with a slightly smaller 6.2-inch display.
Both phones feature Google’s new Tensor G3 chipset, come with Android 14 out of the box, and promise seven years of OS upgrades. “You can place your pre-orders today and secure your Pixel 8 now.”
There are some design changes in the Pixel Watch 2, which starts at $349 for pre-orders. It includes a new crown and updated sensors, along with some features borrowed from the Fitbit Sense 2.
You can follow all the latest updates from the Pixel 8 launch event below, along with practical insights on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.
At Google’s big event on Wednesday, Alison Johnson got her hands on Google’s new flagship, Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, their new Tensor G3 chipset, Android 14, and, as we’re told, our first impressions. During the Made by Google event on Wednesday, it was heard that all the AI can fit in one phone.
Google’s new Pixel Watch 2 brings a practical experience. Victoria Song tells you about every new thing about the Pixel Watch 2, such as its new sensors and promised long battery life. Google unveiled new phones, Android 14, and a host of AI-driven features during the big Pixel 8 event today.
Android 14 also brings some new features for businesses. IT teams will have some new options for devices running Android 14,
as Google’s blog post mentions a default screen lock PIN that has increased from four to six, the ability for administrators to log in information only for approved credential managers, the ability to block potentially insecure 2G connections, and the option to store logs for ultra-wideband.
Now that the new OS has been launched with the Pixel 8 family of devices, Android 14 could make it easier to select a profile for some apps, switch between profiles, and save task-related screenshots directly only in the work profile.
Here’s how Google’s new Pixel 8 phones align with the Pixel 7 lineup.
Apart from officially rolling out Android 14, Google also unveiled a new lineup of Pixel Watch 2 and phones during Wednesday’s Made by Google event. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are priced from $699 and $999, respectively, with a release date set for October 12th.
On the front of innovation, both phones sport Google’s new Tensor G3 chip, an upgrade from the G2 chip that powered Google’s Pixel 7 lineup. Each boasts a maximum 120Hz refresh rate and comes with seven years of software support and security updates.
The Pro 8 even offers a whopping 1TB of storage, along with the potential for measuring substances, surfaces, and maybe even people’s temperatures with a new sensor in the future.
Here’s a comparison of how Google’s new Pixel 8 phones stack up against their top competitors.
Last year’s Pixel 7 phones had notable specs in the design department, with a distinctive speckle bump and excellent refinements (as seen in their revamped look). However, what set those phones apart was the compelling pricing they offered.
Now, Google has announced the Pixel 8 starting at $699 and the Pixel 8 Pro at $999 (which is a $100 price increase compared to last year’s phones), with both set to arrive on October 12th. Once again, they appear to be following the gradual hardware improvements path – although the Pro does offer some attractive new pastel color options.
But the standout feature of the new Pixels could be Google’s software support, as they claim that these phones will receive OS and security updates for a full seven years – potentially challenging Apple’s reign as the longest-lasting phone.
The Pixel 8 phone, Pixel Watch 2, and the release of Android 14 are the biggest announcements of today’s Made by Google event, and many new generative AI features are coming in photos, assistant, and more.
Google claims that its latest smartphone ‘Enhance!’ feature brings science-fiction to reality. During today’s Pixel 8 Pro launch event, Google’s hardware chief Rick Osterloh demonstrated how when you pinch to zoom, the smartphone is capable of adding previously non-existent details to an image.
“So, remember the kind of zoom enhancements you used to see in science fiction? It’s right here in your phone,” Osterloh said, presenting the feature, which Google is calling ‘Zoom Enhance.’
Osterloh is certainly referencing countless science-fi films and police procedural shows where characters zoom impossibly into images to uncover clues and details not present in the original shot. Often, these scenes heavily rely on “enhancing” tiny details, which inevitably depend on the plot to identify a suspect in a murder case.