There have been rumors about the new Google Pixel 8 and Pro version for quite some time. Now the company has finally presented them. Moreover, another special surprise came for the Netherlands.
Google’s Pixel line has been out for several years, but last year the company finally launched the phones for the first time in the Netherlands. Now the Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are around. WANT editor Jeroen Kraak tells you exactly what to expect.
The Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro
Google today presented the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro for the first time. These both use the Tensor G3 processor developed by the company itself. The Pixel 8 has a 6.2-inch screen and the 8 Pro gets a 6.7-inch size. Although both models have variable refresh rates, the Pro’s goes from 1 to 120 Hz, while the regular version has to make do with 60 to 120 Hz. This allows the more expensive version to switch gears just a bit faster.
In addition, the Pro version also has a just slightly better image quality of 489 PPI, better brightness (2000 vs. 2400 nits) and is also slightly stronger in terms of protection.
The Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro have the 50 MP Octa wide-angle camera with the same specifications. However, the difference is in the ultra-wide-angle camera. The one on the 8 has 12 MP, while the big brother has a 28 MP version.
The Google Pixel 8 Pro also has one extra in the form of a telephoto camera. This one has 5x optical zoom and up to 30x high-resolution digital zoom.
The Pixel 8 Pro (Image: Google)
In terms of filming, the two do match up fairly well, although a few features are just a bit better with the 8 Pro. With both, it is possible to film in 4K at 60 frames per second.
Battery and sensors
Where there is little difference is in battery life. Although the 8 Pro has a larger battery, both devices have more than 24 hours of battery life. With extreme battery saving, the Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro both last up to 72 hours. So you can easily spend an entire day with them.
Both models also contain pretty much the same sensors, such as a gyrometer and a distance sensor. What differs, however, is that the Google Pixel 8 Pro also has a temperature sensor that allows you to measure temperature by a margin of 1 degree.
Both the Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro get Android 14 from the start. What’s special is that Google promises 7 years of updates. So you get the latest version every year. So you should be able to do extra long with the device.
The models also get several new Android features. For example, the magic eraser is now there in the video. In addition, it is possible to customize your Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro even more to your own preferences and has more accessibility features.
Price and availability
The Google Pixel 8 is available in Gray Green, Pink and Obsidian colors and you can have it starting at $799.
You can buy the Google Pixel 8 Pro in the colors Bay Blue, Porcelain and Obsidian. You’ll have it starting at 1,099 euros. Both models will be available starting Oct. 12.
Google Pixel Watch 2
As mentioned, there was also a big surprise in the presentation. The Google Pixel Watch is coming to the Netherlands for the first time. That’s the Pixel Watch 2 to be exact. This watch combines the Pixel world with that of Fitbit.
The new Google Pixel Watch 2 has a multiple heart rate sensor specially designed for better signal quality. The sensor itself automatically chooses single or multiple mode based on intensity. Because of that sensor, it can also measure when you react to potential stress or excitement. So you can do something about it immediately and look back later.
When you’re exercising, the Pixel Watch 2 automatically gives you start and stop reminders for the seven most common workouts, such as running and cycling.
The Pixel Watch 2 displays Google apps even better. For example, you can now open Gmail and Calendar apps on it.
Under the watch face
The Google Pixel Watch 2 lasts 24 hours on a full charge. It should be added that the screen is always active though. The watch is also fully charged in 80 minutes.
The exterior of the gadget is made of recycled aluminum that is lighter than that of the 1. In addition, the domed glass is also thinner. Moreover, the Pixel Watch has three new sensors that monitor your health even better.
Price and availability of the Google Pixel Watch 2
The new Google Pixel Watch 2 is available in Moondust and Obsidian colors and costs $399. Starting today, it can be pre-ordered and will be delivered from October 12.