Pixel 8 Unveiling: Anticipated Announcements at Google's October Event

03.10.2023 posted by Admin

Pixel 8 Unveil: What to Expect

Wednesday's upcoming event promises significant announcements regarding the Pixel 8 smartphones and the Pixel Watch 2.

On Wednesday, October 4th, at the Made by Google event, we anticipate Google's official launch of the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and the Pixel Watch 2. This news isn't exactly a secret, as Google hasn't been very secretive about these new phones and smartwatch.

In fact, we already have substantial insights into what will be unveiled, including the device names, their appearances, and the likelihood of various AI features. No need for speculation here; it seems like Google's Pixel event this Wednesday will be more about filling in the details than surprising us.

Now, let's delve into what you can expect at the 2023 Made by Google event and how to catch the live launch of the Pixel 8.
How to Tune into Google's Pixel Event

For several years running, Google has hosted an annual October event to introduce the latest Pixel device lineup. This year's Made by Google event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th, at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT, 3 p.m. BST, 1 a.m. AEST). The event will take place in New York, welcoming invited members of the press, and will also be live-streamed on Google's YouTube channel. Rest assured, CNET will be on-site to provide coverage of the phone and smartwatch reveals, along with any other surprises Google might unveil.
The Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro

"Meet the new Pixel phones, featuring the most advanced Pixel cameras yet, and Google AI to help you do more, even faster."

That's the message on Google's website for the forthcoming Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. While Pixel phones have always embraced AI and machine learning to some degree, this teaser hints at something more substantial. This might explain why Google's previews primarily focus on the phones' appearances, keeping the actual capabilities under wraps.

A leaked video, reportedly shared by Kamila Wojciechowska on 91mobiles, provides a sneak peek at new camera features, powered by what they call "Google AI controlled by you." The video highlights an enhanced video stabilization feature named Video Boost, night mode photo processing in extremely low light conditions, and improved audio isolation for video recording. Perhaps the most intriguing feature showcased in the video involves swapping out blurry heads in a photo for sharp, in-focus versions, all done on a Pixel 8. If this is the power of Google AI, it's certainly piquing our interest.

Apart from AI, the Pixel 8 will maintain the tradition of being the smaller of the two models, with the Pixel 8 Pro featuring a telephoto camera. Google's teaser video presents both phones in elegant carnation pink and pristine white colors. Both Pixels exhibit a more refined design, with smoother edges, increased height, and a slimmer profile compared to their predecessors.

Wojciechowska also shared leaked specs for the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro on 91mobiles (as did reliable tipster Evan Blass on X). Both phones share a 48-megapixel main camera but differ in other aspects. According to the specs, the Pixel 8 boasts a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, while the 8 Pro features a 50-megapixel one and introduces a new macro focus mode. Both have a 10.5-megapixel front-facing camera, but the 8 Pro's selfie camera offers autofocus, a step up from the fixed focus on the Pixel 8. The 8 Pro also sports a third rear camera: a telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom.

Regarding screens, the Pixel 8 is expected to feature a 6.2-inch display, slightly smaller than the 6.3-inch screen on the Pixel 7. Additionally, the Pixel 8's screen will have a higher refresh rate at 120Hz, up from the Pixel 7's 90Hz. Both phones are anticipated to be equipped with Google's Tensor G3 chip.

One intriguing rumor suggests that the Pixel 8 Pro may include a built-in thermometer. According to another video leak on 91mobiles (in collaboration with Wojciechowski), you might be able to use the 8 Pro to measure your temperature. While the video has been removed, this contactless thermometer could open up new health-related features. If this leak holds true, it wouldn't be the first smartphone to offer such functionality, as the 2020 Honor 4 Play Pro employed a similar sensor.

According to reports from 9to5Google, the eighth generation of Pixel phones may come with an increased price tag in the US, with the base Pixel 8 priced at $699 and the base 8 Pro at $999, marking a $100 bump for both models compared to the previous year.

The Google Pixel Watch 2

Just like with the phones, Google has released a teaser video for the Pixel Watch 2. At first glance, the new watch closely resembles last year's original Pixel Watch, with the most notable difference being the sleeker crown.

In a close-up shot of the watch's side, you can spot the IP68 rating, a substantial upgrade since the original lacked any official dust or water resistance.

According to the fine print in Google's videos, the Pixel Watch 2, along with the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, will be available for pre-order on October 4th. As for everything else, we'll have to wait until the Made by Google event for further details.
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