Pixel 8 Pro review – Device

The Pixel 8 Pro is not only interesting as an Android trendsetter. Google has also introduced the necessary new gadgets in this new flagship smartphone.

The Pixel 8 Pro is Google’s last flagship smartphone before 2023. Both Android enthusiasts and the latest tech and gadget enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting this smartphone. The Pixel 8 Pro, it seems, continues the Google tradition of more advanced technical capabilities and easy-to-use tech that can take your smartphone experience up a notch.

Leaked design of the Pixel 8 Pro. Source: SmartPrix/OnLeaks

Pixel 8 Pro has a bright, smooth OLED screen

For example, the Pixel 8 Pro has an excellent 6.7-inch OLED display with a higher refresh rate of no less than 120 Hz. That is so fast that all movements seem to run smoothly and you are, as it were, sucked into the screen. Of course, the bright OLED colors also help. Of course, for such a higher resolution screen you also need a powerful chip to control it, which is also included.

Fast hardware with powerful AI support

Namely a system with Google’s Tensor G3 chipset. It is expected to be based on Samsung’s Exynos SoC, specifically the Exynos 2300 that Samsung skipped for the Galaxy S23 series. Connoisseurs also expect that this phone will be equipped with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage which, unfortunately, cannot be expanded with, for example, a removable memory card. Naturally, this Google flagship phone runs on Android 14. The latest version of this operating system. Up to and including Android 17, you’re safe in terms of upgrades. This is pretty good.

Cameras at the top of the market

The Google Pixel line has already distinguished itself through its excellent cameras and the Pixel 8 Pro continues this. At the back, the phone contains three cameras, including the 64-megapixel main camera, a 48-megapixel phone camera and a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera. These feature Samsung’s improved GN2 sensor. The selfie camera has a resolution of 16 megapixels, which makes this combination of cameras excellent for photography and video enthusiasts. There are persistent rumors that the Google Pixel Pro 8 will be equipped with an infrared thermometer. This makes it possible to measure the temperatures of, for example, your body and other objects.

Subtly different design Pixel 8 Pro

Also where he is, the Pixel 8 Pro joins its predecessor, the Pixel 7 Pro. But there are some subtle changes. For example, the screen is flat, which is the first for Google Pixel devices. The camera module with three cameras on the back of the device also has a slightly changed design. According to leakers and leaked images, the Pixel Pro Eight will be available in different colors. These are Jade, Licorice, Haze, Peony, Porcelain and Sky. These are of course fantasy names from the sleeve of slick marketing guys. It is best to rely on the actual colors that are known from images of the device.

Large battery and excellent connectivity

Google has not cut back on battery life with the Pixel 8 Pro. With a larger 5100 mAh battery, the device is certainly one of the better-endowed devices. You will not easily end up with an empty battery, even with heavier use. This device is also state of the art in terms of communication, with Bluetooth 5.3, WiFi, NRC and 5G. This makes it a robust device that is well suited for modern communication and multimedia needs.

Premium device with competitive price

With expected retail prices around €900, the Pixel 8 Pro is clearly a premium phone, but you do get what you pay for. Not many user experiences are known about this phone at the moment, because it will only be launched around October 2023.

But given the excellent technical specs and Google’s focus on usability, this will be a formidable competitor to other smartphones in the premium segment. Compared to the Samsung S23 Pro/Ultra and the last iPhone, this latest Google sprout may not be the best on all technical points. But it comes very close and in terms of pricing you clearly get more value for your money here.

Conclusion Google Pixel 8 Pro review

In conclusion, we can say that the Google Pixel 8 Pro seems to have struck a good balance between state of the art technology, excellent performance and very user-friendly handling. This in combination with an extremely competitive price. If you are of the old stamp, you will be annoyed by the lack of a removable memory card and audio jack. Although the USB-C port can also be used with many headphones. In short: do you want to upgrade your smartphone in 2023? Then definitely include the Google Pixel 8 Pro in your comparison.

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