What to Anticipate From Google’s October 4th Pixel 8 Launch

Google’s subsequent flagship has leaked, and a launch date has been set. The Pixel 8 will arrive lower than a month after Apple plans to launch the iPhone 15. Smartphone fall is coming!

Google is internet hosting an in-person Pixel launch occasion on Oct. 4 in New York Metropolis. The joy begins at 7 A.M. PT / 10 A.M. ET, and we’ll be on the bottom to introduce you to the brand new Pixel household of gadgets. These occasions are sometimes livestreamed to most people, so when you can’t be there in individual, you possibly can watch on YouTube.

We anticipate Google will announce the environment friendly Pixel 8 and the well-equipped Pixel 8 Professional. We’re additionally anticipating a thinner second-gen Pixel Watch smartwatch to match. However we’re nonetheless determining what this 12 months’s launch is about and what marquee options Google will carry to its ecosystem.

What’s the take care of the Pixel 8?

A rendering of what the Pixel 8 Pro may look like

With each iteration of a Pixel system, Google often has a story round distinctive options and the way new talents and methods outrank the competitors. We’re nonetheless attempting to determine the story with the Pixel 8 and eight Professional.

What we all know thus far—and what has been confirmed primarily by Google’s leaked advertising supplies—is that the Pixel 8/8 Professional may have markedly rounder corners, which might make it narrower and simpler to grip. We all know the digital camera bar has been prolonged alongside the bottom to incorporate the Pixel 8 Professional’s third lens and {that a} vivid shade and darkish colorway will probably be out there, since that’s what we’ve seen circulating via the rumor mill. And we all know the curved show across the edges is probably going going bye-bye—it means instances will match flush, and also you received’t get as a lot mud inside the edges as on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7.

A person takes a call on a Pixel 8 Pro phone in Porcelain.

The picture’s alt-text spells out that it is a Pixel 8 Professional telephone in Porcelain shade.
Picture: Mishaal Rahman / Google

The opposite components of the Pixel 8’s design that we’re nonetheless attempting to determine is whether or not there will probably be a bodily SIM slot or if it’s ditching it to point out off to the iPhone. Google additionally has but to disclose the special color. Will or not it’s a inexperienced motif like with the Pixel 7/7 Professional? Or will or not it’s an identical pair of blue hues like this 12 months’s Pixel 7a?

The Pixel 8’s story appears like it is going to be a marked enchancment on the options it’s already identified for. The telephone’s well-known Evening Sight means will possible be prolonged to video recordings so you possibly can shoot evening footage with out worrying about extra lighting. The Pixel 8 Professional, which may have a 3rd digital camera lens, may additionally adopt a sharper, higher-resolution ultra-wide-angle lens for archive-worthy panorama pictures.

A Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro

The Google Pixel 7 and seven Professional don’t have some other sensors save for the cameras and flash. New leaked photographs present the Pixel 8 Professional additionally incorporates a temperature sensor beneath the flash.
Photograph: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

The Pixel 8 and eight Professional may very well be Android’s first foray into satellite tv for pc connectivity akin to Apple’s Emergency SOS by way of satellite tv for pc. The story on Twitter is that Google is partnering with Garmin for its present Iridium satellite tv for pc community, which Qualcomm can even connect with when it rolls out satellite tv for pc connectivity to different Android gadgets later this 12 months. We’re nonetheless determining when you’ll need to pay additional for that connectivity on each Google and different Android telephones. We’ll know quickly sufficient.

What about what’s contained in the Pixel 8?

This 12 months’s Pixel 8/8 Professional will possible introduce Google’s third-gen Tensor G3 processor. Within the Twitter rumor mill, it’s codenamed Zuma, and that very same supply is suggesting the chipset relies on Samsung’s 3nm node, which ought to show to be as highly effective and environment friendly as Apple’s Bionic silicon.

The Pixel 8/8 Professional will possible have the identical pairing of RAM, although we’d like to see 12GB of reminiscence within the small Pixel 8 and the bigger Pixel 8 Professional for the reason that Pixel 7a—the mid-range sequence—comes commonplace with 8GB.

The under-display fingerprint sensor isn’t leaving the Pixel sequence. Nevertheless, Google may improve to an ultrasonic sensor, which ought to be sooner than its present optical one. And talking of sensors, different sources recommend a temperature sensor can even be on the system.

Pixel Watch 2, too

A photo of the Pixel Watch

The primary-gen Pixel Watch.
Photograph: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

Google’s first-gen Pixel Watch was wonderful, however the Pixel Watch 2 will hopefully enhance on the weather its predecessor was lacking. Particularly, the Pixel Watch 2 wants higher battery life to surpass the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6. Earlier within the 12 months, 9to5Google spoke to sources alleging that switching from Google’s CPU to a Snapdragon chip would assist “enhance” the battery.

Google plans to make Fitbit a major a part of the Pixel Watch 2’s introduction, a little bit greater than it did with the first-gen. There will probably be precise sensors within the Watch 2 to accommodate the Fitbit app’s wellness-tracking experience. There may very well be an electrodermal exercise (cEDA) sensor for monitoring stress ranges all through the day by measuring sweat ranges on the pores and skin’s floor. We’re additionally hoping for a pores and skin temperature sensor, which Samsung has provided for cycle and sleep monitoring for the reason that Galaxy Watch 5. 

With the Pixel Watch 2 launch, we’ll additionally see this Fitbit transform floating round for some time. The one factor that Google has that Samsung doesn’t is a well being and wellness model that’s already well-established. Samsung Well being definitely tries, however it takes a little bit of finagling earlier than it really works with different ecosystems.

We’ll uncover all this as soon as Google formally proclaims every part on Oct. 4. Keep tuned!