Google Pixel 8 event is live: unpacking the future of the Pixel family

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Google's Pixel 8 series and Android 14 launch event is live, and we've compiled everything it is about to announce during the Pixel-ized festivities. PhoneArena's team is on the ground to preview all the phones, watches, software and accessories, so tune in!

How to watch the Google Pixel 8 event announcements?

Google will be streaming its Pixel 8 event live and you can watch it here directly when the event starts at 10AM Eastern Time on October 4, 2023.

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When is the Google Pixel 8 event?

  • October 4th at 10AM ET / 7AM Pacific / 3PM London / 4PM Berlin / 5PM EE

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All announcements to expect at the Google Pixel 8 October event

Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro launch

The star of the October event will be the Pixel 8 series which Google already teased the design of, if not really the specs. We know what to expect from the bunch, though, thanks to numerous rumors and leaks about Google's 2023 phones.

Google Pixel 8 Pro

Google Pixel 8 Pro

The Good

  • Good battery life
  • Seven years of updates!
  • Clean software, no bloat
  • Top notch camera system

The Bad

  • Portrait Mode is frustratingly bad
  • Charging is on the slow side
  • No one really big standout new feature
  • Pricier now

The Pixel 8 should sport a 50MP main camera, 12MP ultrawide camera with a 125.8-degree field of view. The Pixel 8 Pro is expected to be equipped with the same 50MP Wide camera, a 48MP Ultra-wide camera, and a 48MP Telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom and up to 30x Super Res Zoom. While both phones will feature a 10.5MP front-facing selfie snapper, the one on the Pixel 8 Pro will have Auto Focus while the front-facing camera on the Pixel 8 will be a fixed-focus affair.

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When it comes to colors, the Pixel 8 will give you the choice of Peony Rose, Grey, and Obsidian Black, while the Pixel 8 Pro is going for Sky Blue, Porcelain, and Obsidian Black. The Pixel 8 comes with a slightly smaller screen than its predecessor, but both models shine brighter, with the Pixel 8 Pro supporting up to 2,400 nits peak brightness.

Google Pixel 8

Google Pixel 8

The Good

  • Crazy-smart AI features
  • 7 years of software updates!
  • Pro-level display
  • Powerful camera system
  • You get a lot for the price
  • Good battery life

The Bad

  • Lower performance compared to competition
  • Battery charging still leaves room for improvement
  • Audio quality could be better
  • No dedicated telephoto camera

The Pixel 8 Pro brings more durability to the table with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2, and it weighs 213 grams, a tad more than the Pixel 8's 187 grams. Google is also enhancing the camera with cool features like Real Tone, Night Sight, Astrophotography, Super Res Zoom, and Magic Editor for swapping faces. Both these phones are IP68-rated, which means they can shrug off dust and handle a dip underwater without getting damaged.

The Pixel 8 is said to come equipped with a 4,575 mAh battery, allowing for efficient 27W fast charging and Qi-certified wireless charging up to 18W. On the other hand, the Pixel 8 Pro boasts a larger 5,050mAh battery, supporting faster 30W fast charging and Qi-certified wireless charging up to 23W. Mum's the word on the reverse wireless charging speeds, if any.

Google Pixel Watch 2

Google Pixel Watch 2

Google Pixel Watch 2

The Good

  • Improved performance
  • Accurate heart rate tracking
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Stylish design

The Bad

  • Experience feels a bit monochrome
  • Another subscription needed for full health stats
  • Battery life incosistent and generally not great
  • Only one smallish size
  • Not repairable

The next generation Pixel Watch 2 will reportedly come with a new Snapdragon instead of an Exynos processor and sport features inspired by Google's Fitbit line. The Pixel Watch 2 is may have a skin temperature sensor and cEDA (continuous electrodermal activity) monitor or real-time thermometer!

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Pixel Buds 3

In its Pixel 8 teaser above, Google allows for a glimpse of what looks like a wireless earbud, hinting at the next Pixel Buds Pro or Pixel Buds A-series generation that it may unveil on October 8. Mum's the word on the exact specs of those, but we can reasonably expect better ANC performance, the latest Bluetooth connectivity standard and, hopefully, longer battery life.

Android 14

Last but not least, October 4 will mark the day when Google's latest Android 14 edition will be released in its retail version to manufacturers which have been busy testing and even launching their next-gen overlays. 

Samsung and OnePlus postponed the launch of their One UI 6 and OxygenOS 14 updates, respectively, as Google probably pulled the reins on those overlays as it wouldn't want anybody to out Android 14 phones before its precious Pixels are out of the gate as first Android 14 demonstration handsets.

Google may also talk about its Bard AI efforts and integration with default apps or services on the Pixel 8 series, as this is now the topic du jour, so watch this space for all of Google's October 4 event announcements.

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