During Google's annual Made By Google event, it officially announced the Pixel 8 Pro. The device has a nice set of features that make shooting photos and videos easier and better—something we unfortunately also see reflected in the starting price.
The Google Pixel 8 Pro has the best screen Google ever put in a phone. It gets the fancy name "Super Actua Display." The display has a peak brightness of 2,400 nits and can dynamically refresh images between 1 and 120Hz. Like its predecessor, the size measures 6.7 inches.
Those who turn the Pixel 8 Pro over will see an additional sensor beside the triple camera system. This sensor allows you to measure the temperature of objects or people remotely. Examples are a pan on the stove or baby milk coming out of the microwave.
Slightly less gimmicky is the camera. The primary camera gets an improved 50MP sensor that is 21% more light-sensitive. The other cameras also get an upgrade. For example, the 48MP ultra-wide-angle is 105% more light-sensitive, and the 48MP telephoto camera has a 56% more light-sensitive sensor. This should produce better-exposed photos and videos during the dark. The selfie camera also gets an update. It now features autofocus, allowing you to shoot sharp selfies within a broader range.
Users are given the ability to play with most camera settings thanks to Pro Controls. Those who know their way around ISO settings and shutter speeds can get the most creative results. And otherwise, the Google Pixel 8 Pro can create beautiful results for you, too, thanks to AI.
Video Boost and Night Sight Video
For example, there is 'Video Boost' to create HDR videos. This feature is coming as a Feature Drop in December, but it seems worth the wait. Video is enhanced on the 8 Pro and in Google's cloud on items like brightness and sharpness. In a comparison with the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the Pixel 8 Pro, this feature looks promising.
The video recorder also gets its night mode called Night Sight Video. According to Google, this is the best video night mode in a phone ever. Practical also seems to be the 'Best Take' feature. Anyone who has ever taken a group photo knows that simultaneously getting everyone to look good is nearly impossible. With Best Take, you can choose the best version for each person.
Most of these features are made possible by the built-in Tensor 3 processor. This chipset developed by Google is perfect for Machine Learning. In addition to the features already mentioned here, some more will be added soon via a Feature Drop. Zoom Enhance, for example, allows you to zoom in on a photo afterward, just like in the movies.
Pixel 8 Pro pricing and deliverability
Google is releasing the Pixel 8 Pro somewhere between Oct. 9 and 15. It gets a higher starting price than we are used to. The 128GB model will cost $1,099. There are three colors to choose between: Bay, Porcelain, and Obsidian. In addition to 128GB, there are also versions with 256 and 512GB of storage. Google is further broadening its update policy to 7 years. That means you will receive Android updates until 2030, should the device survive.