[Exclusive] Google Pixel 8 Pro First Look: Unveiling the Design of Google’s Flagship Smartphone for 2023

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Update: Our partner OnLeaks has confirmed that the Pixel 8 Pro will feature a 6.7-inch display instead of the previously speculated 6.2-inch. As a result, the following story has been revised.

Google has announced the date for its annual developer’s conference, I/O 2023, which is scheduled to take place on May 10. At this event, it is expected that Google will reveal its latest Pixel series, including the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones. Similar to last year’s event, where the Pixel 7 Series was teased, Google is likely to showcase a sneak peek of the Pixel 8 Series.

According to reports from December, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro have been given the codenames “shiba” and “husky,” respectively, and are slated to be launched in the second half of 2023. While we don’t have confirmation of the hardware upgrades that the Pixel 8 Series might receive, we do have exclusive information on the design of the Pixel 8 Pro, courtesy of our partner @onleaks.

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Google Pixel 8 Pro First Look – Design

Smartprix has partnered with OnLeaks to present an exclusive first look at the upcoming Pixel 8 Pro smartphone. The images showcase a redesigned body with rounded corners, departing from the boxy shape of its predecessor. Additionally, a significant modification can be observed in the camera module, where all three lenses are now integrated into a single oval area. There is a new sensor located below the flash, but its specific function remains unknown. It could be a macro or depth sensor, LiDAR or an entirely new sensor technology.

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The Pixel 8 Pro smartphone will have a circa 6.7-inch display with a centered punch-hole selfie camera and a flat panel, rather than a curved one. The device measures 162.6×76.5×8.7mm, with a thickness of approximately 12mm when including the camera bump. The display has been resized to create more rounded corners, resulting in a slightly smaller overall size.

The USB Type-C port and speakers are located on the bottom edge, while the top edge remains unoccupied. The power button and volume rocker are situated on the right edge, and the Google logo is located on the back. Finally, the SIM tray can be found on the left edge.

Google Pixel 8 Pro: Everything We know so far

This time as well the new Pixel series will be powered by a new Google Tensor chipset and feature premium specs in totality. The upcoming Pixel 8 Pro is expected to feature the Google Tensor G3 chipset which is rumored to be based on the unannounced Samsung Exynos 2300 processor, utilizing Samsung’s 3nm node technology. As the current Google Tensor G2 chipset is built on 5nm technology, the implementation of the Tensor G3 chipset could potentially enhance both performance and efficiency.

Google is also expected to up its camera game with new camera hardware. The 2023 flagship Pixel smartphones from Google are expected to incorporate support for staggered HDR technology. This innovative feature enables the capture of multiple exposures simultaneously, utilizing the same pixels. As a result, the same visual effect as traditional HDR can be achieved without the increased capture time or the risk of blurry images caused by frame misalignment due to movement. More and more updates are bound to pour in as the I/O 2023 gets closer, so stay tuned to this space.

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Shivangi AgarwalShivangi Agarwal
Shivangi is an honours graduate in English from Delhi University with a passion for reading and writing. Always keen to know more about the latest gadgets, when she is not reading about tech, she loves listening to Hindi music and grooving to the latest Hindi beats.

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1 Comment
Jarrod Qualls
Jarrod Qualls
11 months ago

If it's as terrible as the Pixel 7 pro, I want no part of it. Worst phone I've ever owned. Going back to Samsung at the next upgrade.

Brian Roskelly
Brian Roskelly
10 months ago

6 Pro is the best phone I've ever had. What went wrong with 7?