Google has launched the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2 following a steady stream of leaks.
Pixel 8 Pro
The Pixel 8 Pro features an updated rear camera array with a 50MP main sensor, a 48MP telephoto lens with 5x zoom, and a 48MP ultrawide camera. It will even have a new Zoom Enhance feature that can retroactively add detail to an image when you pinch to zoom in. It will be equipped with a temperature reader that Google says you can use to accurately measure the temperature of surfaces, objects, and — soon — maybe even your body.
The Pixel 8 Pro will retain the same 6.7-inch display as its predecessor
The starting price is $999, making it $100 more expensive than the Pixel 7 Pro and it will be availabel in black, porcelain, and light blue.
With a 6.2-inch OLED display, the phone is slightly smaller than its predecessor.
Pixel 8 will feature a two-camera setup with an upgraded 50MP main camera and 12MP ultrawide camera. Both the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will also get access to the new AI-powered editing features within Google Photos, including Magic Editor and Best Take.
Despite the smaller display, the Pixel 8 is also getting a $100 price hike like the Pixel 8 Pro, bringing its starting price to $699 (or $799 if you purchase it from Verizon) and it 8 will come in rose, black, or hazel.
Alongside the launch of the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, Google has announced that it will offer seven years of “OS, security, and Feature Drop updates” for both phones. That means Pixel 8 users can expect to get updates until the year 2030.
The phones will use Android 14 and the operating system comes with several new features including offering improved passkey support, a new health tracking feature, and several customization updates, and Ai wallpaper generation, which you can use to create a new background by simply describing an image.
Android 14 will be available to Pixel phones 4A 5G and newer first, while phones from other companies, including Samsung, Nothing, and OnePlus, will add support “later this year.”
Pixel Watch 2
Google’s new Pixel Watch will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 processor that allows for up to 24 hours of battery life even with always-on display turned on.
New sensors for skin temperature and continuous electrodermal activity that enable a new stress-detecting feature as well as a way to automatically record workout starts and stops for seven activities.
The Pixel Watch 2 also has a new multi-path heart rate sensor that takes your heart rate in more ways and places.
Pixel Watch 2 today costs $349.99 for the GPS version and $399.99 for the LTE one.
It will come in silver & blue, silver & white, gold & hazel, and all-black
Pixel Buds Pro
The update Pixel Buds Pro will feature conversation detection, which will automatically pause your audio and turn on transparency mode when it detects that you’re speaking.
It will use Bluetooth Super Wideband, which it says should make you sound “fuller and clearer.” The Buds Pro will also support Google’s Clear Calling feature that helps to reduce background noise on calls. Both features will be available in an upcoming firmware update.
The new blue and porcelain Pixel Buds Pro will cost $199.99 — the same price as the other colors in the lineup