Google Is set to officially unveil its next-gen Pixel 8 series at its Made by Google event, in an annual refresh on October 4. The tech giant is likely to launch the Pixel Watch 2, alongside the Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel 8 at the event. Apart from hardware announcements, Google is also expected to reveal more about Android 14, including its rollout and features. A new leak says that the Pixel 8 lineup will see a price increase in the US. With the inclusion of in-house Tensor chipsets in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro models, a huge portion of selling the Pixel flagships has been on value.
According to a report by 9to5Google, which quoted a retail source, the Pixel 8 will cost $699 while the Pixel 8 Pro will cost $999, which marks an increase of $100 across the board. An Android Authority report states that the Pixel 8 lineup will also see a significant price increase in Europe as well. As per leaked prices of Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel 8 in Europe, buyers will see an increase of more than 30 per cent on average in the price of a Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro, and European buyers would have to shell out an extra €200-€300 to buy one of the upcoming flagships from the house of Google, the report added.
However, this information should be taken with a pinch of salt. Google has traditionally kept up with a simple pricing pattern for its Pixel lineup. The price increase between different storage tiers is almost always a flat $100 or €100.
The Google Pixel 8 series will be launched on October 4. Google recently mentioned, in a video advertisement posted on X, formerly Twitter, that “big fall launches are stressful” but Pixel helps its friend stay cool as a cucumber. A Pixel device can be seen with a cucumber glued to its body along with a purported iPhone in the video ad. The Pixel 8 lineup may comprise a vanilla Pixel 8 and a pricier and better-specced Pixel 8 Pro.
Pixel 8 Series India Launch
Google has also confirmed the date for the launch of the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro in India. The company will refresh its Pixel line of devices with the Pixel 8 Pro and vanilla Pixel 8 that will succeed last year’s Pixel 7 series. The Google Pixel 8 will become available in India a day after the official launch on October 4 at the “Made by Google” event. Similar to the Pixel 7 series, the Pixel 8 lineup will be available on e-commerce platform Flipkart in India, which has been the retail partner for Pixel devices in the country.
Google officially teased the launch of the Pixel 8 lineup in India on X, formerly Twitter, on Thursday. The pricing and sale details of the flagship Pixel line are still not available.
Pixel 8 Series Specs And Features (Expected)
The Google Pixel 8 is likely to come with a 6.2-inch Full HD+ OLED display with 60-120Hz of refresh rate and up to 2,000 nits of peak brightness. The vanilla Pixel 8 may offer 8GB of RAM with two storage configurations: 256GB and 128GB, similar to its predecessor, Pixel 7 line. The Google Pixel 8 will run on Android 14 out of the box. Pixel phones have traditionally been camera-centric phones and the Pixel 8 is likely to feature a primary dual camera setup dominated by a 50MP primary sensor and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle sensor. On the front, the model is likely to get an 11MP selfie camera.
The better-specced Pixel 8 Pro, on the other hand, may come with a bigger 6.7-inch Quad HD+ LTPO OLED screen with a refresh rate of 1-120Hz. The peak brightness will be increased and will likely be up to 2,400 nits. In terms of storage, the Pixel 8 Pro may get 12GB of RAM coupled with up to 512GB of internal storage. The bigger Pixel 8 Pro is likely to get a significant update in the camera department. The Pixel 8 Pro may come with a triple camera setup, dominated by a 50MP primary camera, a 64MP ultra-wide-angle sensor and a 48MP telephoto sensor. On the front, the phone may feature an 11MP selfie camera.