Known under the code names “Shiba” and “Husky,” Google’s next Pixel 8 has been talking about them for a few months now. It’s time to take stock of all the rumors about the brand’s next flagships. Although they are not expected before October, the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are already flowing ink and have been since last November. Rumors have continued to run since then, so it’s time to recap everything we currently know about the following high-end smartphones from the American firm. Design, camera, chip, price… Here’s what the hallway noises indicate.
Performance: Towards A Tensor G3 Chip For The Pixel 8
The first rumors about the Pixel 8 range suggest that they would be powered by a new in-house chip from Google, which after the Tensor G2 embedded in the Pixel 7, should be called Tensor G3. Better known internally under the code “Zuma,” this new SoC developed with Samsung is eagerly awaited and should improve the range’s performance.
Regarding capacities, current rumors announce 8 GB of RAM for the classic Pixel 8 and 12 GB of RAM for the Pro model. Regarding the autonomy of the future flagships of Google, nothing has yet been revealed by the leakers. However, the Android Authority site is leaning towards a 4,300 mAh battery for the Pixel 8 and a larger 5,000 mAh for the Pixel 8 Pro.
A Photo Enhancement?
Regarding photo features, the Pixel 8 series could be improved compared to the Pixel 7 series. Renowned leaker Kuba Wojciechowski said he found the mention of phased HDR technology in the source code of the Google Camera Go application.
This makes it possible to capture three exposures (short, medium, and long) simultaneously to offer the best possible image quality, in terms of colors and details, on a faster and more efficient shot than with the HDR process .classic.
As scalable HDR is not supported on the Pixel 7, the developer concludes that the next Pixel 8 will be equipped with a new photo sensor from Samsung’s Isocell range, specifically the GN2 model, which could therefore bring better overall performance.
Otherwise, it is rumored that the photo configuration would remain identical to that of the Pixel 7, namely two rear sensors for the classic model against three for the Pro. The Pixel 8 would thus be equipped with a wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lens, just like the Pixel 8 Pro, which would also benefit from a telephoto lens.
A Design Similar To The Pixel 7
Regarding the design of the Pixel 8 series, if the rumors suggested a slightly curved screen for a time, the idea would have finally been completely abandoned. We would also stay on a look similar to that of the current range of Pixel 7, as evidenced by the conceptual 3D renderings signed by OnLeaks.
According to these images, designed in partnership with MySmartPrice, the Pixel 8s are smaller overall and feature slightly more rounded edges than their predecessors. As for the screen, the experts agree that there would be no big surprises there either, with a diagonal of 6.2 inches for the Pixel 8 (against 6.3 inches today on the Pixel 7). The Pixel 8 Pro would keep a sizable 6.7-inch panel.
What Is The Pixel 8 Release Date?
Google has officially announced no date for the presentation of its next flagships. Nevertheless, we can estimate a release window for these future Pixel 8 according to the usual calendar of the Mountain View firm. Generally, the Google Pixel is presented in the fall, with a commercial arrival more specifically in October.
We expect a similar release date for the following range of Pixel 8. And until then, our little finger tells us that the American company could give us a first glimpse of it during the planned Google I / O next May 10. The firm took advantage of this annual event last year to unveil the design of its new Pixel 7.