Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro Price Leak: Is Google Raising Prices?

Google is now positioning the Pixel 8 in the upper flagship territory and moving away from the previous upper midrange category. The Pixel 7 starts at $599 and occasionally drops as low as $499 during festive seasons and offers. That’s incredible value since you’re getting one of the best camera systems on a phone and balanced overall specifications with arguably one of the world’s best Android experiences ever.

There were rumors that Google would eliminate the Pixel A series from their lineup since the main phone was often discounted to the launch price of the A model. For example, the Pixel 7A costs $499, and the much better Pixel 7 also drops to $499 with offers. To avoid this clash, Google had to remove the A series of Pixel devices or increase the price of the base Pixel.

According to the internal sources at 9To5Google,  Google is apparently increasing the price of the base Pixel 8 to $699. This puts the phone in a very interesting spot in the market. The current Pixel 7 offers tremendous value for $200 less than the iPhone 15 and the Galaxy S23.

The S23 arguably has much better hardware. You get the 3X telephoto zoom and also a 120Hz. Not to mention that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SOC (TSMC 4 nm) is miles ahead of the Google Tensor G2 (Samsung 5 nm). However, the Pixel 7 is much better value, and you’re not losing out on too many features. You also get the iPhone 15, but with a 60Hz display, it isn’t a very value-for-money choice.

The price increase for the Pixel 8 isn’t just to continue the A series; there’s a lot of new hardware. The Pixel 8 series is moving to Samsung’s new 4 nm node, which is more expensive. The CPU and GPU configuration matches and sometimes outperforms the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, a major sign of improvement for Google. The new Samsung 4 nm node also matches its yield rates with the TSMC 4 nm node, possibly good with efficiency and thermals.

Since they’re increasing the price by $100, you’re getting new hardware across all the components. The Pixel 7 has a 90Hz 1080P LTPS OLED panel. The Pixel 8 will ship with a 120Hz LTPS panel. The refresh rate bump will help with smoother scrolling and high FPS gaming.

It’s also getting the 12MP 1/2.3″ IMX 381 ultra-wide with autofocus from the Pixel 7 Pro. The main sensor is also getting an upgrade. It’s moving from the 50MP 1/1.31″ GN1 sensor to the much larger 50MP 1/1.12″ GN2 sensor. That’s almost 1″, and it’s one of the best sensors for a smartphone camera. There’s a new 10.5 MP front camera and some slight design changes. All these changes justify the extra $100.

The 128GB version of the Pixel 8 will start at $699. The Pro will still start at $899, and it has an extra 5X periscope telephoto, a new 48MP ultra-wide. It also has a higher resolution 1440P LTPO screen. Both phones will allegedly still start at 128GB of internal storage.

The Pixel 8 series apparently has a new software feature. It’s like Photoshop on mobile, using AI to replace blurry faces with a face of your choice. There’s a new Night Sight Video feature too. It will also ship with the Magic Editor feature. We first saw this at the Google I/O in May 2023. Pre-orders for the Pixel 8 will begin on October 4. You can buy it at retail stores from October 12.

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Leaked Image via @Za_Raczke/X

According to a recent leak from Kamila on X, there’s a special pre-order offer for the Pixel 8 Pro. If you pre-order it on October 4, you’ll get a Pixel Watch (2nd Gen) completely free of cost. The Watch 2 has a new heart rate sensor, new fitness features, and better battery life.

Sudhanshu, a tech writer at DealNTech, is a tech enthusiast who loves to experiment with the latest gadgets and software, especially mobile devices and operating systems. He shares his findings on mobile technology in informative and engaging articles. Email: [email protected]

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