The ultimate Pixel 8 series guide: release date, reviews, and comparisons

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The Pixel 8 series consists of two devices, in typical Google fashion, the compact Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro. Both phones were unveiled during the Made by Google 2023 event on October 4, and come with a slew of new hardware and software features. 

Google decided to continue the evolution of the camera bar design, further refining the overall shape of the devices, adding curves and accents around the camera. The duo relies heavily on AI, and Google also pledged seven years of major OS and security updates. Will this be enough to give iPhones and Galaxies a run for their money? Read on to find out!


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Google Pixel 8 release date


The Pixel 8 family was officially unveiled on October 4, 2023, during the Made by Google event in New York. The phones, along with the new Pixel Watch 2, and the updated Pixel buds hit the stored on October 11.

You can take a look a the reference table below and see the dates of all Pixel launches throughout the years.


Google Pixel 8 price


Probably due to financial headwinds, coupled with all the new features onboard, Google decided to bump up the prices of the Pixel 8 series duo. The vanilla version with 128GB storage now starts at $699, while the Pixel 8 Pro starts at $999 for the 256GB version. This year we have a 1TB option for the Pixel 8 Pro, and it will set you back $1,399.


Pre-order the Pixel 8 Pro at Amazon now and get the Pixel Watch 2 as a gift

The Pixel 8 Pro is available for pre-order at Amazon. The smartphone has one of the brightest screens and most impressive cameras. While the pre-order campaign lasts, you get the Pixel Watch 2 as a gift with your Pixel 8 Pro purchase.

Google Pixel 8: pre-order at Amazon today and get the Pixel Buds Pro as a gift

The Google Pixel 8 can now be pre-ordered at Amazon. Right now, the phone comes with an awesome gift - the Pixel Buds Pro. This deal lasts during the pre-order campaign only.

Pre-order the Pixel 8 Pro at Best Buy and get the Pixel Watch 2 as a gift

The Pixel 8 Pro is available for pre-order at Best Buy. The smartphone has one of the brightest screens and most impressive cameras. While the pre-order campaign lasts, you get the Pixel Watch 2 as a gift with your Pixel 8 Pro purchase.

Google Pixel 8: pre-order at Best Buy today and get the Pixel Buds Pro as a gift

The Google Pixel 8 can now be pre-ordered at Amazon. Right now, the phone comes with an awesome gift - the Pixel Buds Pro. This deal lasts during the pre-order campaign only.

Pixel 8 Specs


The Pixel 8 family features Google's third generation in-house developed silicon, the Tensor G3. The chip features a 1x Cortex X3 + 4x Cortex-A715 + 4x Cortex A-510 CPU core configuration, and relies heavily on AI, bringing a slew of very interesting and useful software features. Other notable changes include brighter displays that Google calls Actua Displays (Super Actua on the Pixel 8 Pro), and also 7 years of OS, security, and Feature Drop updates.

Here's a quick rundown of the Pixel 8 series specs:

 

Pixel 8 Reviews


Our detailed Pixel 8 reviews are already on the site. Check them all out below:


Pixel 8 Comparisons


We also have a bunch of in-depth comparisons with the Pixel 8 series if you want to see how these fare against the competition:


Pixel 8 Colors


The new Pixel 8 series comes with new exciting colors, with even cooler names. The vanilla Pixel 8 comes in Hazel, Obsidian, and Rose, while the Pixel 8 Pro is available in Obsidian, Porcelain, Bay.


We also have a dedicated Pixel 8 series colors article, so for a deep dive, check it out!

What is the Pixel 8 battery capacity?


The Pixel 8 series received a slight bump in battery capacity. The vanilla Pixel 8 now comes with a 4,575mAh battery, and the Pixel 8 Pro sports a 5,050mAh cell. The charging situation is also better on the new Pixel, you can charge the Pixel 8 with up to 24W of wired power, and the Pixel 8 Pro can receive up to 27W. 

Wirelessly, both phones support Qi-certified chargers with up to 12W of power, but if you have a Pixel Stand (2nd gen) you'll be able to charge the Pixel 8 Pro wirelessly with 23W, and the Pixel 8 with up to 18W. Both phones support Battery Share. 

Here's a reference table comparing the battery capacities of all Pixels throughout the years:

 
Check out our detailed Pixel 8 series battery article for mode details.

What are the Pixel 8 camera specs?


The main camera of the Pixel 8 series is still a 50MP snapper but Google tweaked the aperture and gave both phones some software power-up to make the Pixel 8 family competitive on the camera phone market. The Pixel 8 Pro also features a brand-new 48MP ultra-wide camera, which allows for 12MP pixel-binned photos, and the 48MP telephoto also has a different aperture for better 5X results. The selfie cameras are brand-new as well, they're 10.5MP with improved details and sharpness.

Stay tuned for some real-life samples in our detailed reviews and comparisons, but meanwhile, you can check the dedicated Pixel 8 camera article, or check out the camera specs in the table below:

 

What Pixel 8 accessories are available right now?


If you already pulled the trigger on a Pixel 8 or a Pixel 8 Pro device, there's a vast array of accessories available to complete your purchase. Maybe the most important of those have something to do with protection, and involve cases and screen protectors. Check them all out below:


What are the best Pixel 8 deals?


The Pixel 8 family is already up for preorder with some great gifts (a pair of Pixel Buds Pro, for example), and other sweet discounts and incentives. You can check out the best Pixel 8 deals in our dedicated piece, or take a look at the widgets below:

Get Google Pixel 8 Pro at Amazon and save $99

Google's 2023 Pixel 8 Pro flagship is available at Amazon. At the moment, the 128GB model is available at $99 off, meaning you can save 6% on the most innovative Google Pixel flagship phone to date.

Google Pixel 8 is now on Amazon at 15% off

The Google Pixel 8 is available at Amazon right now. The smartphone in Hazel retails at 15% off. The deal applies to the model with 128GB of storage.

Pre-order the Pixel 8 Pro at Amazon now and get the Pixel Watch 2 as a gift

The Pixel 8 Pro is available for pre-order at Amazon. The smartphone has one of the brightest screens and most impressive cameras. While the pre-order campaign lasts, you get the Pixel Watch 2 as a gift with your Pixel 8 Pro purchase.

Google Pixel 8: pre-order at Amazon today and get the Pixel Buds Pro as a gift

The Google Pixel 8 can now be pre-ordered at Amazon. Right now, the phone comes with an awesome gift - the Pixel Buds Pro. This deal lasts during the pre-order campaign only.

Pre-order the Pixel 8 Pro at Best Buy and get the Pixel Watch 2 as a gift

The Pixel 8 Pro is available for pre-order at Best Buy. The smartphone has one of the brightest screens and most impressive cameras. While the pre-order campaign lasts, you get the Pixel Watch 2 as a gift with your Pixel 8 Pro purchase.

Google Pixel 8: pre-order at Best Buy today and get the Pixel Buds Pro as a gift

The Google Pixel 8 can now be pre-ordered at Amazon. Right now, the phone comes with an awesome gift - the Pixel Buds Pro. This deal lasts during the pre-order campaign only.

Google Pixel 8 Pro: NOW $00.00/mo at AT&T

AT&T one-upped everyone by offering the Pixel 8 Pro at $00.00/mo instead of $28.89. You need an eligible trade-in to take advantage, plus an eligible unlimited plan.
$0 /mo
$28 89
Buy at AT&T

Pixel 8: save $432 over 36 months without a trade-in

Not a particular fan of trade-ins? We understand, and so does AT&T. That's why the carrier is offering the fantastic Pixel 8 at just $10.99/mo without any trade-ins. However, you need an eligible unlimited plan to take advantage of the offer.
$10 99 /mo
$23 34
Buy at AT&T


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