Sunday, May 19, 2024
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Google Pixel 8 Pro vs Pixel 8: Google is about to reap the harvest


Google is due to refresh its flagship Pixel 8 series later this year. The Pixel 8 Pro will take the crown and most certainly end up being the Google Pixel flagship to beat. 
But what about the smaller, more compact, and more affordable Pixel 8? How would it compare against its bigger and more versatile Pixel 8 Pro sibling? 
Let’s find out by detailing all the existing rumors and our expectations.
Pixel 8 Pro vs Pixel 8 expectations:

  • 6.7-inch vs 6.17-inch screen
  • 27W wired charging vs 24W wired charging
  • Larger battery on the Pixel 8 Pro 
  • Extra periscope camera on the Pixel 8 Pro

Table of Contents:

Design and Size

Family legacies

Will you be able to spot any major differences between the Pixel 8 Pro and the Pixel 8? Sure. 

What about any potential differences between the Pixel 8 series and the Pixel 7 series? Hard to say right now, but from what we’ve seen, Google will be sticking to the tried-and-tested design language that graced both the Pixel 6/Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 7/Pixel 7 Pro series. We might see some design differences on the rear camera strip, as Google is seemingly keen on refreshing this particular design element between generations.
Size-wise, the Pixel 8 is expected to shrink in size and become more compact. In particular, the Pixel 8 will carry a 6.17-inch screen, significantly smaller than the one on the 6.32-inch Pixel 7. 

At the same time, the Pixel 8 Pro will remain a 6.7-inch device, which would make the difference between the two phones pretty big and help with the diversification of the Pixel 8 series: those craving for a smaller phone will get the Pixel 8, while those that need the most features and the largest display will likely want to opt for the Pixel 8 Pro

Both phones will retain their IP68 water- and dust-resistance, as well as a bunch of new color options. Currently rumored are Haze, Jade, Licorice, and Peony, and knowing Google, these will be playful and classy color options

Alas, we don’t expect to see a charger in the box, so drop any hope about that as well. 

Display Differences

As we already mentioned, we expect the Pixel 8 Pro to feature a 6.7-inch screen, while the Pixel 8 will likely come with a smaller 6.17-inch screen. Aside from that, there would probably be little differences: both phones would use OLED displays with up to 120Hz refresh rate, as well as hopefully higher maximum brightness than their predecessors.

One area in which Google might differentiate the duo is in screen resolution: the Pixel 8 Pro might come with a QHD+ display, while the smaller device will most likely sport an FHD+ panel. 

There should be an in-display fingerprint scanner embedded right into each phone’s display for quick and easy unlocking. 

Performance and Software

Google Tensor G3 to the rescue
The Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro will be coming in hot with the Google Tensor G3 chipset on board. This still unofficial chipset will debut along with the phones and will be the third and improved version of Google’s custom chipset endeavors. We expect that this silicon will still be tailored on artificial intelligence and machine learning, with raw performance taking the back seat. 
As such, the Pixel 8 or the Pixel 8 Pro probably won’t shine in comparison with the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and the Apple A17 Bionic chipsets. However, the Tensor G3 will likely be more than enough to satisfy your everyday needs. 

In terms of memory and storage, we should see fast LPDDR5X RAM and speedy UFS4.0 storage on the two devices. The potential numbers and capacities are still up for debate, but our expectations are that the Pixel 8 will come with 128 and 256GB of storage, while the Pixel 8 Pro will be up for grabs in 128, 256, and 512GB versions. 

5G as well as all the latest connectivity standards should be available on the two Pixels, as is befitting of their flagship status. 


Three is more than two

While we are still relatively light on camera rumors and leaks, the main difference between the Pixel 8 Pro and the Pixel 8 will be the number of cameras on board. 

Just like its predecessors, the Pixel 8 Pro will come with a triple camera setup, likely helmed by a 50MP main camera with a Samsung ISOCELL GN2/Sony IMX787 sensor. The ultra-wide camera will be joined by a periscope lens, likely offering no less than 5.0X optical zoom. We also expect a 32MP selfie camera up front.

Meanwhile, the Pixel 8 will rely on a dual camera setup, pairing a ultra-wide with a wide-angle camera at the rear of the phone. The megapixel count and the possible sensors are yet to be leaked out, but we probably wouldn’t get anything wildly different in comparison with the Pixel 7.

Hardware-aside, the software-rich Pixel series will definitely score all the software modes and bells and whistles that are usually associated with a Pixel phone. Expect Magic Eraser, Face Unblur, and all others to make a return.

New on the software front might be a so-called Video Unblur feature, as well as Staggered HDR that simultaneously takes a short and a long exposure of each scene eliminating any potential ghosting artifacts and motion blur. 

Audio Quality and Haptics

It’s too early to really have any specific expectations about the audio quality on the Pixel 8 series, but we have high hopes that the two devices will be more than capable of delivering superb sounds to your audiophiliac ears. 

The Pixel series has recently scored very neat haptic feedback, so we expect nothing less of the Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro

Battery Life and Charging

Endurance galore

The Pixel 8 Pro would likely come with a 5,000mAh battery, just like its predecessor, but we probably wouldn’t be able to say the same about the Pixel 8. See, as its display and overall size will shrink by a significant margin, we are likely getting a smaller battery in the compact Pixel as well. 

As the Pixel 7 came with a 4,355mAh battery, we’d expect something along the lines of 4,000mAh in terms of overall capacity or less. Hopefully, the Tensor G3 will be able to catch up to that capacity decrease and still deliver decent battery life, all things considered. 

Charging-wise, we already seem to know that both the Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro will each get a 4W charging speed bump. So, the Pixel 8 Pro will charge at up to 27W, while the Pixel 8 will allow for up to 24W of charging speeds. Wireless charging will likely remain at 12W. 

Specs Comparison

Eager to check out those Pixel 8 Pro vs Pixel 8 specs? Easy there, partner, it’s a bit too early to expect anything specific, but we’ve summarized the main hardware specs in the table below.


The Pixel 8 Pro and the Pixel 8 are currently shaping up to be regular yearly updates that won’t overhaul the Pixel flagship series, but will introduce some decent quality of life improvements to the lineup. 

Overall, Google is on the verge of making a pretty good job at diversifying its upcoming flagship phones by making the smaller Pixel more compact and the larger one better suited at ‘pro’ users.

Which one will end up being the better offering? It’s hard to say. One thing is for certain, we will be waiting for the official release with optimistic anticipation. 


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