After months of rumors, the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are both here, and they very much follow the leaks in terms of features.
Starting with the Pixel 8, it comes with a 6.2-inch Actua display that features a 120Hz refresh rate while the Pixel 8 Pro comes with the Super Actua display in a 6.7-inch configuration.
The biggest feature of the new displays is the “Super” part which means the Pixel 8 Pro can manage a brightness of 2,400 nits, making it the brightest phone display out there. The Pixel 8 tops out at 2,000 nits. however.
Moving on to silicon, both models come with a Tensor G3 chip inside which promises to make apps and games launch quickly while providing the machine learning smarts needed for the Pixel’s famous photo and video features.
Speaking of cameras, both modes come with a 50-megapixel main camera while the Pixel 8 gets a new ultrawide lens with Macro Focus. The Pixel 8 Pro adds a 5x 48-megapixel zoom lens, too.
In terms of features, Magic Editor is perhaps the biggest addition.
Magic Editor in Google Photos is a new experimental editing experience that uses generative AI to help you bring your photos in line with the essence of the moment you were trying to capture. You can reposition and resize subjects or use presets to make the background pop — all with just a few taps.
Audio Magic Eraser removes background noise from videos, while Video Boost will come to the Pixel 8 Pro at a later date and premises to make videos look better than ever. We’ll need to see how those turn out to be sure, though.
Google also says that its new Pixels will get seven years of software updates, something that makes these phones a better proposition for many people. Preorders are open today with devices arriving on store shelves starting October 12. The Pixel 8 starts at $699 while the Pixel 8 Pro starts at $999.
The Pixel 8 is available in Rose, Hazel, and Obsidian while buyers of the Pro model get Porcelain, Bay, and Obsidian to choose from.