Google’s Pixel smartphones are getting a much-needed upgrade this fall. The company has sent out invites for an event on October 4, and it’s expected to unveil the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro phones. The Pixel phones are rumored to feature an improved ultrawide camera and some new AI-powered features. Some display and design changes are also likely, but not as drastic as last year’s major overhaul. The Pixel lineup may also be upgraded with a new Pixel Watch and other accessories.
This year’s Pixel 8 series is also expected to get better software support than previous models. Google’s Pixel devices typically receive three years of OS upgrades and five years of security patches, but this year the company may be aiming for seven years of updates to better compete with Apple’s iPhones.
The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are rumored to launch on October 4 with pre-orders beginning that same day. This is one of the most common release dates for a flagship smartphone, and it should give Google plenty of time to prepare the phones for their debut.
The phone is rumored to be IP68 water and dust resistant like the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7. This will give the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro the ability to be used in a variety of environments without fear of damaging the device.
According to Android Authority’s tipster Kamila, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will both be available in three colors. The regular Pixel will reportedly be offered in Porcelain (white), Sky, and Liquorice shade options while the Pro version could come in either Haze or Liquorice.
One other thing the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will probably have in common is a high-end Snapdragon processor. It’s rumored that the devices will be powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is a step up from the Snapdragon 800 that was used in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 6A. The chip is said to be a significant upgrade over the previous generation and could offer a noticeable performance boost.
Another area where the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are rumored for improvement is battery life. Both the regular Pixel and the Pro variant are rumored to have larger batteries, which should increase their endurance. It’s also possible that both of the devices will see an improved camera sensor that can capture more light and detail in low-light conditions. Finally, both the Pixel 8 and the Pro are expected to support wireless charging in the future thanks to a built-in Qi charger. This will give users the option to charge their phone wirelessly on a desktop or in a vehicle without needing an external power adapter. This is an especially helpful feature for people who use their phone for work or school on a daily basis. The Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro are rumored to be able to charge wirelessly at a rate of 10 watts or more, which is a significant increase over what was previously offered.