Google Pixel 8 Pro review

Google Pixel 8 Pro review


Exploring the Google Pixel 8 Pro unveils a host of enhancements, including an updated camera system, an impressive display, an upgraded chipset Tensor G3, a pledge for an extensive 7-year software support, and an unexpected twist in design. As the flagship phone for 2023, we delve into what sets this device apart and whether it merits consideration.

The cornerstone of Pixel phones has traditionally been their exceptional cameras, and the Pixel 8 Pro continues this trend with significant improvements. Noteworthy enhancements include a larger sensor for the ultrawide back camera, revamped optics for the main camera, and telephoto lens. While these may seem like incremental changes, such evolutionary steps can collectively make a substantial difference.

Google introduces the "Super Actua" display branding for the Pixel 8 Pro, promising a peak brightness of 2400 nits. Although our measurements didn't quite reach that level, we recorded impressive figures in other aspects. Assessing the performance of the Tensor G3 chipset, particularly in areas prioritized by Google, proves challenging, but it unquestionably represents an upgrade over its predecessor in quantifiable metrics. The commitment to 7 years of software updates adds a remarkable dimension to the Pixel 8 Pro's appeal.

In a surprising departure from the familiar Pixel design language of recent years, 2023 introduces a revived feature—the flat display. It appears that in the ever-revolving cycle of time, old elements find their way back into the spotlight.

Before delving into the unboxing experience, let's revisit the key specifications of the Pixel 8 Pro.

Google Pixel 8 Pro specs at a glance:

  • Body: 162.6x76.5x8.8mm, 213g; Glass front and back (Gorilla Glass Victus 2), aluminum frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 min).
  • Display: 6.7" LTPO OLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1600 nits (HBM), 2400 nits (peak), 1344x2992px resolution, 20.04:9 aspect ratio, 489ppi; Always-on display.
  • Chipset: Google Tensor G3 (4 nm): Nona-core (1x3.0 GHz Cortex-X3 & 4x2.45 GHz Cortex-A715 & 4x2.15 GHz Cortex-A510); Immortalis-G715s MC10.
  • Memory: 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM, 1TB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • OS/Software: Android 14.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.7, 25mm, 1/1.31", 1.2µm, dual pixel PDAF, multi-zone Laser AF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 48 MP, f/2.0, 126˚, 0.8µm, dual pixel PDAF; Telephoto: 48 MP, f/2.8, 113mm, 1/2.55", 0.7µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom.
  • Front camera: 10.5 MP, f/2.2, 20mm (ultrawide), 1/3.1", 1.22µm, PDAF.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@24/30/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS, OIS, 10-bit HDR; Front camera: 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps.
  • Battery: 5050mAh; 30W wired, PD3.0, PPS, 50% in 30 min (advertised), 23W wireless, Reverse wireless.
  • Connectivity: 5G; eSIM; Wi-Fi 7; BT 5.3, aptX HD; NFC.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); stereo speakers; Ultra Wideband (UWB) support.

Google Pixel 8 Pro unboxing

Unboxing isn't particularly elaborate for the Pixel 8 Pro. The device arrives in a standard half-height white cardboard box featuring a printed image of the phone on the lid.

As for accessories, the list is quite brief. Included are a USB-C cable and a USB-A-to-C adapter, designed to streamline data transfer compatibility with a variety of older phone models. While a SIM eject pin and paperwork are part of the package, notably absent is a charger, which could be considered a more practical addition.

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