Today Google revealed the features and price of its latest smartphone duo, the Pixel 8 e il Pixel 8 Pro. With new cameras and the Made by Google chip Tensor G3several artificial intelligence features arrive such as Audio Magic Eraser, Magic Editor and Best Shot, which promise to change the way we think about photos and videos on smartphones. And then comes some truly unexpected news: Google will offer seven years of operating system, security and feature drop updates for the new Pixels.
Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, price and features
The new Pixel 8 has a softer design, with contoured edges and metal finishes, using various recycled materials. The look remains similar to that already seen in previous years, but with some important innovations – such as the cutout for the three sensors on the Pixel 8 Pro.
Despite its smaller size than its predecessor, the display It acts from 6.2 inches of Pixel 8 is 42% brighter than the Pixel 7, ensuring true clarity. Comes in three colors: grey-green, pink and obsidian black.
The Pixel 8 Pro, on the other hand, presents a display Super Actua da 6.7 inches. It shows great ultra HDR images even in direct sunlight. This display offers the technology LTPO OLED, which switches from 1 to 120Hz, while the basic model has an OLED display that switches from 60 to 120Hz. Other differences concern the coating (Gorilla Glass Victus for Pixel 8, Victus 2 for the Pro) and the maximum brightness (1400 nits and pico of 2000 nits against 1600 and 2400).
The matte glass back with polished aluminum frame adds to its elegant appearance. Arrives in sky blue, clay gray and obsidian black.
New still and video cameras to beat
A key aspect of the new Pixel 8s is their powerful camera suite. Both smartphones have 50MP Octa PD main sensors, which promise shots full of detail and light. Pixel 8 accompanies this sensor with a ultrawide da 12MP with automatic focus.
Pixel 8 Pro also brings several new features in the sensors. The larger ultrawide (48MP) lens allows for exceptional macro focusingwhile the 48MP telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom captures 56% more light, offering photos with 10 times higher optical quality, according to Google. The 10.5MP front camera in the Pro model has autofocus for high-quality selfies.
The camera app becomes even more intuitive, making it easier to capture content in your favorite photos and videos. Additionally, the Pixel 8 Pro offers access to Pro Controlswhich allow for more creative control over your camera, including settings like the shutter speed and ISO.
The function is very interesting Better Shot, which with an AI algorithm allows you to create a composite image in order to obtain the best shot for all subjects. Finally, no one will have their eyes closed during a group photo: you can choose the best expression among the many shots on the camera.
Furthermore, Magic Editor in Google Photos allows you to edit your images easily. You can reposition and resize subjects, or make the background stand out. We have yet to test this feature, but if it works like Google showed on stage, it’s impressive.
Audio Magic Eraser allows you to reduce annoying sounds from videos, for example the wind during a video in the mountains or the crowd at a concert. All thanks to AI and Google’s Tensor G3 chip.
Speaking of videos, one of the most interesting innovations is the introduction of Video Boost for the Pixel 8 Pro. This feature, which uses Google Tensor G3, applies advanced processing to videos for adjust color, lighting, stabilization and graininess, producing high quality and true to reality videos. Video Boost also enables Night Video to capture high-quality video in low-light conditions.
The intelligent functions of the new Pixels
Thanks to the new chip and Google’s work on AI, there are many software innovations exclusive to the new Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro that are worth the price alone. One of them is Summarize, which can quickly generate web page summaries to make key points easier to understand. Additionally, the Pixel can read aloud and translate web pages.
Improve the Vocal recognition, allowing for smoother, more natural conversations with your device. The function Call Filter offers improved protection from unwanted callers, reducing the number of spam calls.
With security chip Titan M2AI helps protect personal information. Face Unlock now meets Android’s highest biometric class, allowing secure access to banking and payment apps.
Speaking of software, Google explained that it will offer seven years of software support for Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, including operating system updates, security updates and feature drops (special functions for Pixels only).
Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro: price and availability
Both smartphones will go on sale from October 12. The price of Pixel 8 will be starting from 799 euroamong Pixel 8 Pro part of the 1099 euro.
For the first time in Italy, Google has collaborated with Unieuro e Vodafone Italy to offer a complete shopping experience. Pixel products will be available in all Unieuro stores in Italy and there will be solutions for purchasing products with Vodafone Italia subscription plans.
In addition to the new smartphones, Google also announced Pixel Watch 2 a 399 euro e Pixel Buds Pro a 249 euroall available from Unieuro, Amazon and Google Store, with buds also arriving for Vodafone.