The Google Pixel 8 launch event has concluded, and despite some earlier leaks, Google managed to surprise us with a few announcements. Here are the key highlights from the Made by Google event.
Pixel 8 Pro Upgrades
Google officially introduced the Pixel 8 Pro, featuring a Tensor G3 chipset and an enhanced rear camera setup with a 50MP main sensor, a 48MP telephoto lens offering 5x zoom, and a 48MP ultrawide camera. Notably, it boasts a new Zoom Enhance feature for improved image detail when zooming. Additionally, the Pixel 8 Pro includes a temperature sensor for measuring various surfaces and potentially even body temperature. It retains the 6.7-inch display but with LTPO technology and a peak brightness of 2,400 nits. The starting price has increased to $999, $100 more than its predecessor, and it’s available for preorder now, with shipping starting on October 12th.
Compact Yet Powerful Pixel 8
The Pixel 8 gets a boost in performance thanks to the new G3 Tensor processor. It features a slightly smaller 6.2-inch OLED display compared to its predecessor but maintains a high 120Hz refresh rate with a peak brightness of 2,000 nits. The camera setup includes a 50MP main camera and a 12MP ultrawide camera. Both Pixel 8 and 8 Pro users will benefit from AI-powered editing features within Google Photos. The starting price for the Pixel 8 is $699 ($799 if purchased from Verizon), marking a $100 increase. Preorders have begun, and shipping starts on October 12th.
Improved Pixel Watch 2
The Pixel Watch 2 may not look drastically different from the original but packs notable improvements, including a more efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 processor, enabling up to 24 hours of battery life with the always-on display. It features new sensors for skin temperature and continuous electrodermal activity, introducing stress detection and automatic workout tracking for seven activities. The Pixel Watch 2 comes in various colors, with prices starting at $349.99 for the GPS version and $399.99 for LTE, available for preorder now, and shipping starting on October 12th.
Pixel Buds Pro Updates
The Pixel Buds Pro now come in light blue and porcelain to match the Pixel 8 lineup. Google has introduced conversation detection, which pauses audio and activates transparency mode when it detects you speaking. Improved voice call quality is promised through Bluetooth Super Wideband and Google’s Clear Calling feature. These new color variants are priced at $199.99 and available for preorder.
Android 14 Arrival
Android 14 has arrived with improved passkey support, a new health tracking feature, and customization updates. A notable addition is AI wallpaper generation, allowing users to create backgrounds by describing an image. Pixel phones from 4A 5G and newer will receive Android 14 first, with other manufacturers offering support later in the year.
Seven Years of Software Updates
Google has committed to providing seven years of OS, security, and Feature Drop updates for both the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, extending support until 2030. This is a significant extension compared to previous models, which received up to five years of security updates and three years of Android updates.
AI-Enhanced Google Assistant
Google is introducing an AI-enhanced version of Google Assistant called Bard, set to roll out on Android and iOS in the coming months. Bard will integrate with various Google apps, helping with tasks such as generating captions for photos, creating grocery lists, and finding information in email inboxes.