A bunch of Google Pixel 8 Pro specs have been shared on Twitter by leaker Yogesh Brar, confirming a lot of details we suspected Google's new phone to have, but also tipping a few interesting upgrades.
Of the given rumors, perhaps the most unusual is Brar backing up claims the Pixel 8 Pro will include a temperature sensor. This sensor is believed to be genuinely for checking how hot or cold something is (not color temperature as we had initially assumed), although we'd have to question how accurate the results from this sensor will end up being.
Google Pixel 8 Pro- 6.7" QHD+ LTPO OLED, 120Hz- Google Tensor G3 + Titan chip- 12GB RAM- 128/256GB storage- Camera: 50MP (OIS) + 64MP UW + 48MP (Tele)- Selfie: 11MP- Temperature sensor, Ultrasonic FP- Android 14- 4,950mAh battery, 27W wired chargingLaunch: OctoberJuly 17, 2023
Google Pixel 8 Pro: The rumored specs
|Release date||October 2023|
|Display||6.7-inch QHD OLED|
|Rear cameras||50MP main, 64MP ultrawide, 48MP telephoto|
|Front camera||11MP selfie|
|Chipset||Google Tensor G3|
|Special features||Temperature sensor, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor|
New cameras and sensors
He also mentions in the same line that an "Ultrasonic FP" will be found on the Pixel 8 Pro. We'd assume this means Google will be using an ultrasonic fingerprint reader under the display, rather than a traditional optical reader, for increased reliability.
For your photography needs, the Pixel 8 Pro allegedly contains a 50MP main camera, a new 64MP ultrawide camera (upgraded from the current 12MP sensor) and a 48MP telephoto camera on the back, plus an 11MP selfie snapper on the front.
Brar doesn't tell us the magnification of the telephoto, but it's thought that it'll be 5x zoom as the Pixel 7 Pro has, meaning the only substantial upgrade could be to the ultrawide camera this time around. However, an earlier leak claimed that the 50MP main camera will get a new sensor too, just one that's the same resolution as the current one.
The screen will apparently be a 6.7-inch, QHD OLED display with a 120Hz peak refresh rate, which also sounds like the same as what the Pixel 7 Pro uses.This goes against a different source which claims that the Pixel 8 Pro's panel will be a little bit smaller and slightly lower-res as a result.
Performance, battery and software
The brains of the Pixel 8 Pro will be a new Tensor G3, Brar tells us. This new chip should be quite a bit more powerful than the current Tensor G2, but it's still possible it'll be a bit underpowered compared to the latest chipsets in other Android phones or iPhones.
As for memory, the alleged 12GB RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB storage also matches the 7 Pro's offerings, although Google also sells a 512GB variant that Brar makes no mention of for the Pixel 8 Pro. Let's hope that's just a regional thing, and not Google turning its back on users who need lots of on-board storage.
To nobody's surprise, Brar claims the Pixel 8 Pro will run Android 14, Google's currently in-development software update. Google normally launches these upgrades at the same time as its flagship Pixels each year, so don't expect other Android 14 phones to arrive before the Pixel 8 series does.
The Pixel 8 Pro's battery will supposedly have a slightly smaller 4,950 mAh capacity than the Pixel 7 Pro's 5,000 mAh. We hope that won't affect the phone's battery life too much, because the Pixel 7 Pro is already not a great device for longevity. The Pixel 8 Pro will make another small, but this time positive, change to the charging system, the leak continues, moving from 23W to a 27W wired standard.
Brar's last point is that we'll see the Pixel 8 Pro (and presumably the regular Pixel 8 too) launch in October. This has become Google's traditional month for new flagship Pixel launches, so we'd have assumed this even without the leak.
The Pixel 8 series has big boots to fill when it arrives, considering how well the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro were received despite their flaws. The new Pixels will also be immediately thrust into a competitive smartphone market, with the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro expected to launch the prior month, and the Galaxy S24 series slated for a release early in the new year.