The Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will certainly be a long way off, as the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro were only released in October 2022, but we are already thinking about – and even hearing about – the next models.
Below you’ll find everything we’ve heard so far, along with our expert predictions, covering the possible release date, price, and specs.
Next, we’ve included a wish list of what we want from the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, because while the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are the best phones Google has ever made, they’re not perfect.
The standard Pixel 7 in particular has room for improvement, but even the Pixel 7 Pro has some flaws, so our wish list includes the main improvements we want from these upcoming models.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Google’s next flagship phone
- When do you leave? Probably October 2023
- How much will it cost? Probably at least $599 / £599 / AU$999
Google Pixel 8 release date and price
There’s still no news on when the Google Pixel 8 might launch, but that’s easy to guess, with the numbered flagship phones almost always arriving in October of the year of release.
In fact, all non-A-line Pixel models were announced in October, except for the Pixel 5, which was revealed on September 30, 2020 (i.e., almost October) and didn’t release until October.
Being more specific than that is trickier as the October dates have varied, but the Pixel 8 is likely to be unveiled in early or mid-October 2023 and then released in mid-to-late October, probably around a week later. the announcement.
We’re not sure how much the Pixel 8 will cost, but the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro were priced exactly the same as their predecessors, so it’s possible Google will keep that price point for another year.
In this case, the Pixel 8 will start at $599 / £599 / AU$999, while the Pixel 8 Pro will start at $899 / £849 / AU$1,299. That said, we wouldn’t be surprised if Google raises the price a little, especially since current models undercut key competition like the iPhone 14 lineup.
Google Pixel 8 news and leaks
We haven’t heard much about the Google Pixel 8 yet, but some leaks have surfaced. On the one hand, there are reports that the Tensor 3 chipset that we hope to power the phone is already in the works and that this will once again be done by Samsung. However, there’s still no word on how much more powerful this will be than the Tensor G2 on the Pixel 7.
We also know that satellite communications will likely be offered by the Pixel 8, just like the iPhone 14 is capable of. Hiroshi Lockheimer (the senior vice president of Android) said support for this will come with Android 14; so the Pixel 8 is likely to be the first Google phone to offer it.
Lastly, there’s evidence of a mysterious Pixel phone in the works, which, based on leaked specs, could be the Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro. 9to5Google (opens in new tab) found this evidence in publicly available code from the Android Open Source Project and points to a phone with a 1440 x 3120 120Hz display, a Tensor chipset and dimensions of 155 x 71mm.
Those screen specs are in line with current Pro models, but the dimensions are more than we’d expect from the standard Pixel 8, which could mean a resolution and refresh rate upgrade is planned for the standard model.
what do we want to see
Below we list the five things we most want the Pixel 8 line to offer.
1. A 120Hz display for both models
The Pixel 7 Pro has a 120Hz display, just as you’d expect from a flagship phone, but the standard Pixel 7 doesn’t – it’s stuck at 90Hz.
Given that even some of the best cheap phones now have 120Hz displays, this seems a little unacceptable, so we really hope Google will offer a 120Hz display on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.
2. More power
The Pixel 7 line uses the Google Tensor G2 chipset, and it’s a chipset that has a lot to offer.
Designed specifically for these phones, it excels in areas like machine learning and AI, but when it comes to raw power, the Tensor G2 is a bit lacking as it performs worse in most benchmarks than top rivals like the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 and the Apple A16 Bionic. In fact, it performs significantly worse.
So we’d like to see a focus on the power of the Tensor G3 (or whatever the next model is), so the Pixel 8 lineup is more competitive on that front. However, we don’t want this to come at the expense of the things Tensor chipsets are currently good at.
3. Better battery life and faster charging
Both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro should comfortably help you through a fairly heavy day of use, based on our tests, but they won’t help you through a second day, or even half a second day in most cases. .
So their longevity is respectable but far from exceptional, and both also charge very slowly, so we’d like to see improvements in battery life and charging speed from the Pixel 8 lineup.
4. Long-term support
Google has promised three years of Android version updates and five years of security patches for the Pixel 7 lineup, which outperforms some Android phones, but nowhere near the number of years of support Apple typically offers with its iPhones.
Since Google makes Android and is using a bespoke chipset designed specifically for the phones here, there really shouldn’t be any reason not to support their phones any longer, so we’d like to see the extended support offered with the Pixel 8.
5. 10x optical zoom on the Pro
The Google Pixel 7 Pro offers 5x optical zoom, up from 4x on the Pixel 6 Pro, but we’d like to see a bigger leap to the next model, taking it up to 10x in line with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
That said, we still want a shorter zoom distance – ideally 2x or 3x – to be offered as well, so there are two distinct zoom distances available. The Google Pixel 7 Pro is already one of the best camera phones, but with this update the Pixel 8 Pro could get even better.