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Google Pixel 8: The smartphone that will last you seven years


Google has officially unveiled the Pixel 8 during its Made by Google event, offering a device that shares a visual resemblance with last year’s Pixel 7. However, it incorporates the new Tensor G3 chip, boasts a faster 120Hz display, a more compact frame for improved one-handed use, and notably, a commitment to seven years of OS and security updates. While its starting price is $699, $100 higher than before, it doesn’t include all the advanced features found in the larger Pixel 8 Pro.

For a more detailed understanding of the new Pixel phones, Engadget’s Deputy Reviews Editor, Cherlynn Low, has provided hands-on insights ahead of Google’s launch event. To provide context, we’ve compared the Pixel 8 to two prominent competitors, Apple’s iPhone 15 and Samsung’s Galaxy S23, based on specifications. Although specifications offer insights, it’s worth noting that many of the Pixel 8’s significant enhancements are software-related, encompassing camera features and AI capabilities. If you’re interested in the Pixel 8 Pro, we also offer a similar breakdown for that device.

Google Pixel 8 Apple iPhone 15 Samsung Galaxy S23
Pricing (MSRP) From $699 From $799 From $800
Dimensions 5.9 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches 5.81 x 2.82 x 0.31 inches 5.76 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches
Weight 6.6 ounces 6.02 ounces 5.93 ounces
Screen size 6.2 inches 6.1 inches 6.1 inches
Screen resolution 1,080 x 2,400

428 ppi

1,179 x 2,556

460 ppi

1,080 x 2,340

425 ppi

Screen type OLED

Up to 120Hz (60-120Hz)

Up to 2,000 nits brightness

Gorilla Glass Victus



Up to 2,000 nits brightness

Ceramic Shield


Up to 120Hz (48-120Hz)

Up to 1,750 nits brightness

Gorilla Glass Victus 2

SoC Google Tensor G3 Apple A16 Bionic

Hexa-core CPU (up to 3.46GHz)

5-core Apple GPU

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy

Octa-core CPU (up to 3.36 GHz)

Adreno 740 GPU

Battery 4,485mAh

“Beyond 24 hours”

“Up to 20 hours video playback” 3,900mAh

“Up to 22 hours of video playback”

Charging USB Type-C 3.2

Up to 27W wired

Up to 18W wireless with Google Pixel Stand (2nd gen)

Qi wireless charging up to 12W

Reverse wireless charging

USB Type-C (USB 2.0)

“Up to 50 percent charge in around 30 minutes”

MagSafe wireless charging up to 15W

Qi wireless charging up to 7.5W

Reverse wired charging

USB Type-C (USB 3.2 Gen 1)

Up to 25W wired

Qi/WPC wireless charging up to 15W

Reverse wireless charging

Storage 128GB / 256GB 128GB / 256GB / 512GB 128GB / 256GB
Rear camera(s) Main: 50 MP, f/1.68

Ultrawide: 12 MP, f/2.2, 125.8 degree FOV

Main: 48 MP, f/1.6

Ultrawide: 12 MP, f/2.4, 120 degree FOV

Main: 50 MP, f/1.8

Ultrawide: 12 MP, f/2.2, 120 degree FOV

Telephoto: 10 MP, f/2.4, 3x optical zoom

Front camera(s) 10.5 MP, f/2.2 12 MP, f/1.9 12 MP, f/2.2
Video capture Rear: 4K at 24/30/60 fps, 1080p at 24/30/60/120/240 fps

Front: 4K at 24/30/60 fps, 1080p at 30/60 fps

Rear: 4K at 24/25/30/60 fps, 1080p at 25/30/60/120/240 fps

Front: 4K at 24/25/30/60 fps, 1080p at 25/30/60/120 fps

Rear: 8K at 24/30 fps, 4K at 30/60 fps, 1080p at 30/60/240/960 fps

Front: 4K at 30/60 fps, 1080p at 30 fps

Water and dust resistance IP68 IP68 IP68
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 7 Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth v5.3 v5.3 v5.3
NFC Yes Yes Yes
OS Android 14

“Seven years of OS, security, and Feature Drop updates”

iOS 17 Android 13, One UI 5.1

Four generations of OS updates, five years of security updates

Finishes Obsidian, Hazel, Rose

Matte aluminum frame

Black, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink

Aluminum frame

Phantom Black, Green, Lavender, Graphite, Cream, Lime

Armor aluminum frame (advertised)

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