Google made a significant announcement at the New York City launch event on October 4, 2023, revealing two new Pixel phones: the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.
Enhancements in the Google Pixel 8 Series
The Google Pixel 8 series introduces substantial improvements to one of the world’s most popular voice assistants. These enhancements are set to make the user experience more appealing and functional for a broader audience.
With the introduction of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, Google has increased the peak brightness levels to 2,000 and 2,400 nits, respectively. The demo area at the Made by Google event featured ample lighting, and the displays were noticeably brighter, to the point of potentially overexposing background details in hands-on photos.
This display upgrade promises to positively impact the day-to-day usability of the new Pixel phones, extending beyond photography.
The Pixel 8 Pro debuts a new video enhancement feature called “Video Boost.” Leveraging the HDR+ image pipeline, it captures improved dynamic range and finer details in various lighting conditions, from well-lit environments to darker settings. Notably, most of the post-processing for Video Boost occurs in the cloud. After recording a video, the original copy is retained, while an enhanced version is rendered and subsequently delivered to the user, albeit with a processing time that may extend to several hours. Google has scheduled the availability of Video Boost for the December Pixel Feature Drop.
Both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro devices will receive software support for up to seven years. This includes operating system (OS) updates, new features, and security updates, ensuring their continued functionality and security until 2030.
Google Pixel 8 price starts at $700.
Google Pixel 8 Pro price starts at $1,000.