Let’s take a closer look at the new Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro

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Google has officially taken the covers off its 2023 Pixel products. While a lot of the details for the new Pixel 8 phones had leaked prior to. the official announcement today, there’s still plenty to learn about the new products.

So let’s dive in to the details to see what Google has unleashed this year.

Google Pixel 8 And Pixel 8 Pro

Headlining today’s announcement are the Pixel 8 phones, naturally.

The foundation of the Pixel 8 phones is the new Tensor G3 processor, which is designed to enable Google’s more intensive machine learning models for photography and Google Assistant.

According to Google, the biggest machine learning model on Pixel 8 is 10 times more complex than the biggest found on the Pixel 6. That intense computation is handled by the new Tensor G3.

It’s paired with the new Titan M2 security chip to ensure your personal security. You’ll be able to use a Google One membership to run your online activity through a VPN to help keep things even more secure.

Design

The Pixel 8 models have had a bit of a design tweak over the Pixel 7. The Pixel 8 is slightly smaller than the previous generation, and is built with a satin metal frame with a polished glass back.

The display, which measures in at 6.2 inches, is made of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and the Pixel 8 comes in Porcelain, Bay and Obsidian colour options.

The Pixel 8 Pro, meanwhile, is crafted with a polished aluminium frame with a matte back glass. The 6.7-inch display is the brightest ever on a Pixel phone, made from Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus 2.

Both displays can adjust refresh rate between 1 and 120 Hz for responsive performance and power efficiency.

Cameras

A woman taking a photo of her daughter with the Pixel 8 Pro

Perhaps the biggest reason to upgrade your phone to the new Pixel models is the camera improvements, and the new software features available on the phones.

The Pixel 8 Pro camera system includes fully upgraded cameras for better low-light photos, sharper selfies and Pixel’s best zoom and video yet.

You get a 50 MP Octa PD wide main camera, a 48 MP Quad PD ultrawide camera with auto-focus and a 48 MP Quad PD telephoto camera on the Pixel 8 Pro, while the Pixel 8 offers the same main 50MP lens, paired with a 12 MP ultrawide camera with auto-focus.

But the biggest improvements come on the software front, including Best Take, which uses AI to combine different photos you take of a group shot to ensure everyone is looking at the camera and smiling perfectly.

Magic editor also lets you simply and effectively edit your photos to create the perfect shot, by removing unwanted elements and shifting subjects to the perfect position as well.

Pricing and availability

Pixel 8 Pro starts at $1,699 and will be available for presale from October 5 available at the Google Store, Telstra, JB HI-FI, Optus, Vodafone, Officeworks and Harvey Norman. It’s available in Bay, Porcelain and Obsidian.

Pixel 8 starts at only $1,199 and will be available for pre-sale from October 5 available at the Google Store, Telstra, JB HI-FI, Optus, Vodafone, Officeworks and Harvey Norman. It’s available in Hazel, Rose and Obsidian.

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  • Nick Broughall

    Nick is the founder and editor of BTTR. He is an award winning product reviewer, who has spent the last 20 years writing, editing and publishing technology and consumer content for brands like Finder, Gizmodo and TechRadar.

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