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Google Pixel 8 vs 8 Professional vs 8a: Is Cheaper Actually Higher?

Google Pixel 8, Pixel 8a, and Pixel 8 Professional: Important specs in contrast

  All Pixel 8 fashions in contrast
Image Google Pixel 8 Pro Google Pixel 8 Pro Google Pixel 8a Product Image

Google Pixel 8 Professional Evaluation

Google Pixel 8 Evaluation

Not but examined

  • 6.7-inch LTPO OLED
    2992 x 1344 pixels
    1-120 Hz refresh fee
  • 6.2-inch OLED
    2400 x 1080 pixels
    120 Hz
  • 6.1-inch OLED
    2400 × 1080 pixels
    120 Hz
  • 12 GB LPDDR5x RAM
    128 / 256 / 512 / 1024 GB UFS 3.1 storage
    No storage enlargement
  • 8 GB LPDDR5x RAM
    128 / 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage
    No storage enlargement
  • 8 GB LPDDR5x RAM
    128 / 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage
    No storage enlargement
  • Android 14
    Seven Android upgrades
    Seven years of safety updates
  • Android 14
    Seven Android upgrades
    Seven years of safety updates
  • Android 14
    Seven Android upgrades
    Seven years of safety updates
Digital camera
  • Important: 50 MP, f/1.68, OIS
    Extremely-wide: 48 MP, f/1.95
    5x telephoto: 48 MP, f/2.8
  • Important: 50 MP, f/1.68, OIS
    Extremely-wide: 12 MP, f/2.2
  • Important: 64 MP, f/1.89, OIS
    Extremely-wide: 13 MP, f/2.2
Selfie Digital camera
  • 5050 mAh
    30 W wired charging
    23 W wi-fi charging
    Reverse wi-fi charging
  • 4575 mAh
    27 W wired charging
    18 W wi-fi charging
    Reverse wi-fi charging
  • 4492 mAh
    18 W wired charging
    Wi-fi charging
  • 5G | eSIM | Wi-Fi 7 | Bluetooth 5.3 | NFC | UWB
  • 5G | eSIM | Wi-Fi 7 | Bluetooth 5.3 | NFC
  • 5G | eSIM | Wi-Fi 6E | Bluetooth 5.3 | NFC
IP Certification
Dimensions and weight
  • 6.4 x 3.0 x 0.3 in, 7.5 oz
    162.6 x 76.5 x 8.8 mm, 213 g
  • 5.9 x 2.8 x 0.4 in, 6.6 oz
    150.5 x 70.8 x 8.9 mm, 187 g
  • 6 × 2.86 × 0.35 in, 6.63 oz
    152.1 × 72.7 × 8.9 mm, 188 g

This overview desk provides you the primary variations between the three Pixel 8 telephones, and we’ll focus on every part else intimately right here. You can even verify the total nextpit evaluations from the hyperlinks above.

Google Pixel 8 vs. 8 Professional vs. 8a: design and show

The enduring digicam bar on the again is as soon as once more a part of the sport. Nevertheless, it’s noticeable that the Professional solely has a single cutout for the digicam sensors in distinction to final 12 months’s Google Pixel 7 Professional nextpit reviewed. In any other case, the corners are much more rounded in comparison with final 12 months and the glass edges are symmetrical. The load and dimensions of the Professional have solely modified marginally, whereas the Pixel 8 has shrunk extra and misplaced ten grams.

Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro
The telephones have largely retained the design language of their predecessors. / © Google

Google gives us the colour choices Obsidian, Porcelain, and Bay for the 6.7-inch Pixel 8 Professional. Within the Pixel 8, Rose and Hazel be part of Obsidian. Each units are IP68-certified and guarded by Corning glass at the back and front. In distinction to the Gorilla Glass Victus, Google provides the Professional system Gorilla Glass Victus 2. The body is manufactured from aluminum—polished within the Professional and matte within the base mannequin. The glass again is the opposite approach round: Matte for the Professional, polished for the Pixel 8. Google additionally mentions that recycled supplies account for at the very least 18 p.c of the smartphone’s weight.

The lower-cost Pixel 8a, in the meantime options much more rounded corners, with the same design as the opposite fashions. The show is protected with a extra fundamental Gorilla Glass 3, whereas the again is made with plastic (which Google emphasizes is 76% recycled). The fundamental mannequin is simply IP67-rated for water safety, however gives a extra colourful palette of choices, with Aloe (inexperienced), and Bay (blue) choices alongside the white and black.

Wanting on the show of the Pixel 8 Professional, we discover a barely shrunken decision of two,992 x 1,344 pixels in comparison with the predecessor, whereas it stays 2,400 x 1,080 pixels within the Pixel 8 and 8a. All fashions repeat photos at 120 hertz, with LTPO variable refresh fee expertise reserved for the Professional. By the way, the brightness of the show has been elevated on each units: 1,400 nits (2,000 nits peak brightness) on the Pixel 8/8a and as much as 1,600 nits (peak brightness: 2,400 nits) on the Pixel 8 Professional.

Google Pixel 8’s Tensor G3: SoC and efficiency

Unsurprisingly, the Tensor G3 replaces the Tensor G2 within the three smartphones. Google itself—logically—calls it probably the most highly effective Pixel processor to date and refers back to the expanded AI options. In abstract, our exams revealed that the primary nona-core processor falls in need of its expectations.

Regardless of its ARM Cortex-X3 prime core with a most clock fee of three.0 GHz, 4 Cortex A715 efficiency cores (2.45 GHz), and 4 extra Cortex A510 effectivity cores (2.15 GHz), it roughly equals the efficiency of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 from Qualcomm. Demanding video games like Genshin Affect should not fairly playable on the very best graphic settings. After all, the processor manufactured by Samsung in a 4-nm course of is totally ample for on a regular basis use.

This SoC is joined by 12 GB LPDDR5x RAM and as much as 512 GB flash storage within the Pixel 8. The Pixel 8 and 8a have 8 GB of RAM and a most of 256 GB of storage. In all three fashions, the storage isn’t expandable and sadly, it is just UFS 3.1 as an alternative of 4.0 storage.

By way of {hardware}, we must also point out the brand new temperature sensor within the Professional mannequin. It’s speculated to be sufficient to level the smartphone on the water to your tea, for instance, to show the temperature exactly. After all, we will even verify that within the take a look at. Each fashions help eSIM, Bluetooth 5.3, and now Wi-Fi 7 as properly. The bottom Pixel 8a, nevertheless, is restricted to Wi-Fi 6E, nevertheless it additionally helps eSIM.

Google Pixel 8 vs. 8 Professional vs. 8a: Digital camera

As within the Pixel 7 collection, Google installs a dual-cam within the two cheaper fashions and a triple-cam within the Professional variant within the present version of the Pixel.

Within the Pixel 8 Professional, we discover a new major digicam with 50 MP, and there’s additionally a 48 MP shooter every for ultra-wide/macro and a telephoto zoom. The latter gives a 5x optical zoom as within the predecessor, in addition to a “super-resolution” zoom of as much as 30x.

In line with Google, the macro mode of the ultra-wide-angle sensor is noticeably higher and the telezoom is considerably extra delicate to gentle. Within the Pixel 8, there’s a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor along with the 50 MP major digicam, which additionally capabilities as a macro shooter.

The junior 8a mannequin, in the meantime, options the identical specs because the Pixel 7a, which suggests: A 64-megapixel major digicam, with a 13 MP ultra-wide shooter on again; plus a 13-megapixel selfie. We particularly talked about the 7a mannequin as a result of it carried out rather well in nextpit’s evaluate.

Google Pixel 8 Pro
The digicam bar of the Pixel 8 Professional now contains a single lengthy, pill-shaped notch. / © nextpit

Pictures are optically and electronically stabilized on all units, and the function set is nearly an identical on them in any other case as properly. There are variations within the autofocus (multi-zone laser autofocus sensor on the Professional as an alternative of single-zone laser autofocus sensor) and the video night time imaginative and prescient mode in addition to the Professional mode on the dearer of the three fashions.

In comparison with final 12 months’s Pixels, they wish to carry out heavier weapons this 12 months, particularly when it comes to software program and AI. The Magic Editor can transfer objects across the scene and fill the gaps, and the “greatest shot” operate can also be new. What can it do? Think about you are taking group photographs: one buddy is squinting, one other has his eyes closed, and a fraction of a second later, another person is trying down once more. “Finest Shot” seems to be for the most effective image parts from a sequence and mechanically assembles the absolute best end result.

Google Pixel 8 camera module up close
The common Pixel 8 has a large and ultra-wide digicam setup. / © nextpit

What emerged in each smartphones throughout the in depth take a look at is the purpose that Google didn’t ship all of the promised digicam options in time for the evaluate. The cloud-based Video Increase, which got here two months after the Pixel 8 launches, enhances colours, fixes some shaky recordings, and improves lighting on movies.

Whereas the Google Pixel 8 Professional may persuade in all elements photo-wise, the bottom Pixel didn’t please so properly in wide-angle pictures at night time. The 8x digital zoom can not even start to maintain up with the true telephoto zoom digicam of the Professional. The latter’s 30x magnified pictures nonetheless happy us even in low-light circumstances (inside closed rooms).

Pixel 8 digicam samples

Pixel 8 Professional digicam samples

Google Pixel 8 lineup: Software program

After all—as at all times, Google sends its new Pixel telephones into the race with a brand-new Android. On this case, it’s after all Android 14, so you may see immediately what you may anticipate on smartphones from producers like OnePlus, Xiaomi, and others sooner or later.

Moreover the already talked about digicam options, the units in Android 14 provide many new potentialities like the decision filter “CallAssist” or improved Google Assistant capabilities. Because of Googe AI in Google Chrome, now you can have Google Assistant show net pages as a abstract. The catch of this final story is that it solely works in English and solely within the US.

The improved software program help is de facto sturdy. Whereas we at all times praised Samsung for its lengthy updates to date, the Koreans are actually falling behind. Google gives seven years of help for its new telephones. Which means you get seven years of safety updates and OS updates as much as Android 21 (!!). As well as, there are function drops each few months, as ordinary, which add new tips to your software program.

Google Pixel 8 smartphones: Battery life and quick charging

There’s one fixed with the battery of the brand new Pixel telephones: Once more, it’s a must to buy the 30 W charger individually if you wish to benefit from the most charging velocity. Nevertheless, Google has reasonably elevated the charging energy. When you may cost with a most of 23 W (Pixel 7 Professional) and even 20 W (Pixel 7) regardless of the 30-watt charger, you now have a quick 27 W (Pixel 8) or 30 W (Pixel 8 Professional).

The capability has additionally elevated barely in each fashions. The PCMark Work 3.0 battery take a look at confirmed 12 hours and 23 minutes for the Professional and 17 hours and 49 minutes for the Google Pixel 8. Each smartphones full the compulsory day on only one cost, even with a barely extra demanding consumption. However ultimately, the bottom Pixel nonetheless has the sting when it comes to runtime.

Checks with the Pixel 8a are nonetheless pending, however the mid-range telephone ought to provide comparable battery life, whereas charging instances ought to take barely longer because of the most 18 W enter energy.

Google Pixel 8 vs. Google Pixel 8 Professional: Value and availability

So, it will get a bit unappetizing in direction of the tip right here now. The rationale for that is that Google provides loads to the costs in comparison with the Pixel units from 2022. The Pixel 8 begins at $599, whereas the Professional begins at $999, in each instances, a $100 enhance in comparison with the Pixel 7 line. The Pixel 8a, alternatively, stored the unique 7a’s US pricing at $499 (however acquired dearer in different areas, corresponding to Europe).

  Google Pixel 8 Professional Google Pixel 8 Pixel 8a
128 GB $999 $699 $499
256 GB $1059 $759 $559
512 GB $1179
1 TB $1399

Google tried to melt the worth hike blow by providing a free Pixel Watch 2 for many who pre-ordered the Pixel 8 Professional, whereas Pixel 8 patrons acquired the Pixel Buds Professional earphones. However these have been restricted gives that already expired. The excellent news is like earlier Pixel generations, each the Pixel 8 and eight Professional are already being offered with good reductions each every now and then, typically even competing with the cheaper 8a mannequin. 

Google Pixel 8
Are you able to get excited a few Pixel 8 in pink? / © Google


There is no such thing as a query about it, the numerous worth enhance is a punch within the intestine at first. Nevertheless, Google merely adjusts the beforehand very low costs to the overall construction. Actually, that is an unfavorable time, since opponents like Apple and Xiaomi are at present decreasing their costs.

Google counters with seven lengthy years of system and software program updates, plus the function drops which are well-liked with younger and outdated. Whether or not the corporate will really preserve to those can’t be stated with certainty given Google’s previous and penchant for a fast software program drop. But when not Google, then who could make such guarantees?

An actual promoting level, at the very least for the Professional mannequin, is the distinctive digicam qualities together with the AI efficiency, which Mountain View as soon as once more impressively proves. Nevertheless, the Tensor G3 chip is an actual disappointment. As the primary cell Nona-Core processor, it couldn’t persuade all alongside the road. It could be higher to cooperate with Qualcomm as an alternative of Samsung on this discipline sooner or later.

What will we be taught from our little Versus? Those that can do with out a temperature sensor and possibly the most effective present smartphone digicam available on the market and place extra worth on the acquisition worth, the higher type issue, and a stunning battery runtime are higher served with the Google Pixel 8. As for the newcomer Pixel 8a, we kindly ask you to attend for our full evaluate, which must be coming any day now.

What’s your favourite between the Google Pixel 8 fashions? Or did Google’s worth hike get rid of them fully out of your want checklist? Be at liberty to write down us your opinion in regards to the three Pixel telephones within the feedback beneath and allow us to focus on heartily.

Article up to date in Could eighth with the brand new Pixel 8a mannequin.

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