In a swift response to Apple’s dispatch of invitations for the forthcoming iPhone 15 series launch, Google has promptly disclosed the much-anticipated launch date for its Pixel 8 series. The next eagerly awaited Made by Google event is slated to grace the stage on October 4th, a strategic timeline set a few weeks after the curtain-raising of Apple’s new iPhones.
Bearing semblance to its predecessor, this year’s iteration of the Made by Google event is poised to be a live, in-person affair, echoing last year’s approach. The vibrant city of New York is once again chosen as the venue. However, in a bid to cater to a wider audience, the event will also be broadcasted via a live stream on YouTube, commencing at 10 AM ET, or for those on IST, at 7:30 PM.
Anticipation for this year’s Made by Google event is brimming, with the spotlight firmly fixed on the anticipated debut of two new Pixel phones: the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. Whispers from the rumor mill have also hinted at the possible unveiling of the second-generation Pixel Watch, aptly named Pixel Watch 2, alongside the new smartphones.
Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro: A Preview of Features
In customary Google fashion, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro have been anything but elusive in capturing attention. A mere few hours ago, keen observers stumbled upon the Pixel 8 Pro gracing Google’s website, showcasing its resplendent back donned in a Porcelain hue.
While both phones are anticipated to stay true to their established design language this year, astute observers might discern subtle differentiators. A noteworthy shift is foreseen for the Pro model this time around, with whispers alluding to a transition from a curved display to a flat display, akin to the vanilla model. Furthermore, an intriguing addition to the camera visor is expected—a singular cutout encompassing all lenses on the Pro model, coupled with the integration of a temperature sensor.
Anticipations run high for the Pixel 8 series to harness the prowess of Google’s third-generation in-house chipset—the illustrious Tensor G3. Moreover, the savvy tandem of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro is poised to embrace the latest Android 14 version right out of the box.
Percolating rumors suggest that this year’s Pixel lineup is poised to deliver notable camera enhancements. The Pixel 8 series is set to embrace a novel 50MP Samsung ISOCELL GN2 primary sensor, boasting a light-capturing capability 35% superior to its predecessors—GN1 sensors that graced the Pixel 6 and 7 series. Notably, the Pixel 8 Pro is poised to potentially showcase a groundbreaking 64MP ultra-wide sensor, while the Pixel 8 holds onto the trusted 12.2MP variant. A treat awaits users in the form of new software features, encompassing the finesse to modulate bokeh intensity and an ingenious adaptive torch function, curated to avert overexposure.
Display and Battery Advancements
In the realm of displays, the Pixel 8 is touted to flaunt a 6.1-inch OLED screen, delivering a captivating 120Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, the Pixel 8 Pro is set to boast a commodious 6.7-inch flat display, introducing a dynamic 120Hz variable refresh rate, complemented by a dazzling peak brightness of 1600 nits.
In an earnest endeavor to enhance user experience, both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are poised to house slightly amplified battery capacities. The Pixel 8 is anticipated to house a robust 4,485mAh battery, while its Pro counterpart will house an even more capacious 4,950mAh battery.
Charging speeds are also earmarked for an upgrade in the new models, with the Pixel 8 embracing a robust 24W wired charging capacity. The Pixel 8 Pro takes it a notch further with a formidable 27W charging capability. Additionally, both models will offer a 20W wireless charging option, although the Qi 2 charging speed will be tactfully capped at 12W.
Peek into the Future: Pixel Watch 2
The impending Pixel Watch 2 is projected to adhere to its iconic circular dial design, mirroring the grandeur of its predecessor. Notable features include a sizable 1.2-inch circular OLED screen, bedecked with a 384×384 pixel resolution.
Powering this wearable wonder is the Snapdragon W5 Series chip, and a slightly amped-up battery boasting a capacity of 306mAh. Operating on the robust Android 13-powered Wear OS 4, the second-generation Pixel Watch is poised to elevate the experience with dynamic theming and seamless updates. A noteworthy inclusion is the ultra-wideband (UWB) capabilities that promise a new realm of connectivity.
As the countdown commences to the Made by Google event, excitement brews over the unveiling of the Pixel 8 series and its accompanied marvels. With its announcement strategically positioned just days following Apple’s grand invitations, Google is once again ready to demonstrate its technological finesse on a global stage.