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What to expect from the new Pixel 8 and Watch 2

by Norman Scott

Google is all set to launch its latest devices at an in-person event in New York City, including the much-anticipated Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2. Thanks to several leaks, we now have a good idea of what to expect from these new devices.

The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro have already been acknowledged by Google ahead of the official launch. The company released a 23-second clip on September 7 showcasing the new smartphones from various angles. The landing pages for the new devices are also live on the Google Store. According to Google, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will feature advanced Pixel cameras and Google AI to enhance user experience. The landing page also mentions the 5G capabilities and water resistance of the new Pixels, though these features are found in older Google devices as well.

According to leaks, the Pixel 8 Pro will feature a 6.71-inch display with 1,344 x 2,992 resolution. On the other hand, the Pixel 8 is expected to come with a 6.17-inch display with 1,080 x 2,400 resolution. The Pixel 8 is noticeably smaller than its predecessor, possibly due to the flat display. The Pixel 8 Pro’s OLED panel can reach peak brightness of 1,600 nits when displaying HDR content, and it can transition between different refresh rates more smoothly. The Pixel 8’s screen will have a 120Hz refresh rate, an improvement from the Pixel 7’s 90Hz.

Internally, both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will include a new Google Tensor SoC chip. Reports suggest that the new chip won’t be a significant upgrade over the Pixel 7 line’s Tensor G2 SoC, but fans can expect a faster processor, Wi-Fi 7 connectivity, and support for hardware-based ray tracing. The Pixel 8 will come with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the Pixel 8 Pro will offer 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Additionally, the Pixel 8 Pro may offer up to 1TB of built-in storage.

The camera capabilities of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will be a highlight. Both phones will feature main cameras with new Samsung ISOCELL GN2 sensors, capable of capturing 35% more light than their predecessors. The Pixel 8 Pro is also expected to feature a time-of-flight sensor for better autofocus performance, as well as a new 48-megapixel sensor for the ultrawide camera. The Pixel 8 may have a lens with a wider field of view for its ultrawide camera. Both phones are rumored to have a single 10.5MP front-facing camera for selfies.

Another exciting feature for the Pixel 8 line is Google’s commitment to supporting the devices with up to seven years of software updates. This would be unprecedented for an Android device and may prompt other companies to extend their software coverage as well.

In terms of pricing, leaks suggest the Pixel 8 will start at $699, while the Pixel 8 Pro will start at $899. A leaked document also indicates that consumers who pre-order the Pixel 8 Pro will receive a free Pixel Watch 2 from Google.

Speaking of the Pixel Watch 2, it is expected to address some of the shortcomings of its predecessor. Leaks suggest that the Pixel Watch 2 will feature a Qualcomm processor, offering faster performance and improved power efficiency. It may also come with a slightly larger battery. Additionally, the Pixel Watch 2 may include a dedicated ultra-wideband chip, enabling precision object tracking and seamless media transfers with other Google devices.

Overall, while Google has already revealed some details about the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, there may still be surprises in store. Fans can expect updates on AI advancements and other software enhancements during the event.

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