Article updated on September 15; Article originally posted September 13.
Google has enjoyed critical and commercial success with its Pixel series of smartphones. With the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro launching next month, what decision has Google made that will take the new Pixel phones to new heights?
Update: September 14: Google has announced the event and teased the new Pixel smartphones, full features are awaited confirmation. Some official details are emerging via various government agencies that require the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro phones to be registered before they go on sale.
Siddharth Joseph’s report Certification for both Pixels has now been spotted on Singapore’s IMDA certification website. This confirms the various connectivity options on offer, which include support for 3G, 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, UWB, NFC, and WPT.
IMDA certification joins the paperwork of Canada’s REL and the United States’ FCC. These are usually filed as close to the retail release date as practical. It’s likely that Google will make the new Pixels available for sale as soon as possible after the October 4 launch.
UPDATE: September 15th: Although it has been available in beta for some time (And has been in beta a month longer than expected), Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are expected to be the first smartphones to come with Android 14. One benefit of this will be the use of the ninth version of Google’s camera app. Currently in beta, it is designed to run only on devices with Android 14.
Several improvements around the cameras of the Pixel 8 family have already been leaked, Video editing tools that take advantage of the AI capabilities of the Tensor G3 chipset will deliver smoother videos and the ability to remove unwanted noise from the background. There is no doubt that this is part of the package of the new camera app.
Google has now released the updated camera app, and although it won’t be in the box, it will be one of the first apps to update when users turn on their new Pixel phones. Given the premium placed on photography by reviewers, this release is timely, just ahead of the phone’s release.
One of the major upgrades to the two new Pixel smartphones will be the next Tensor Mobile chipset. Designed by Google, the Tensor G1 and Tensor G2 lean heavily into supporting artificial intelligence and machine learning on the handset by hardcoding many routines into the silicon.
With rumors of AI routines in video editing suites to improve picture quality and remove background noise from recordings, you can be sure that there is a close match between software and hardware.
Many will be looking forward to seeing if the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro address one of the ongoing criticisms of the Pixel 7 family, namely the increased operating temperatures of the phones. There will be a correlation between the demand placed on the hardware and the higher demand on the Tensor chipset, resulting in higher temperatures.
Part of the solution to addressing this will likely come from using Samsung Foundry’s FO-WLP packaging process during manufacturing. various sources say Tensor is reporting the use of “fan out wafer-level processing” for the G3. This should produce less heat when placed under load and run more efficiently at other times.
In practice, this should make the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro run cooler for longer periods of time, exactly what you’ll be looking for in Google’s next smartphone.
Google has previewed the new handset online and confirmed a full launch event, “Made by Google”, will take place on October 4.
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