The much-anticipated Made by Google event has finally unveiled all the details about the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro phones. As expected, both phones are impressive offerings.
Although these two phones share a similar design and both run on the Tensor G3 chip, the 8 Pro comes with a few extra features that justify its higher price tag, including an additional telephoto camera lens, a larger battery, and a bigger display. But the question remains: Are these additional features worth the extra cost? We’ll delve into the differences to help you make an informed decision.
|Google Pixel 8||Google Pixel 8 Pro|
|Display||6.2 inches||6.7 inches|
|Resolution||2,400 x 1,080 pixels, 20:9 ratio, 424 PPI||3,120 x 1,440 pixels, 20:9 ratio, 513 PPI|
|Rear camera||50MP main + 12MP ultrawide||50MP main + 64MP ultrawide + 48MP telephoto|
|RAM/Storage||8GB/12GB with 128GB/256GB||12GB/16GB with 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB|
|Water and dust resistance||IP68||IP68|
Opt for the Google Pixel 8 if:
- You’re budget-conscious: While the $999 price tag of the Pixel 8 Pro doesn’t quite reach the heights of the iPhone 15 Pro Max or the Samsung S23 Ultra, it’s still the priciest Google phone to date. If you’re hesitant about shelling out four figures for a smartphone, the Pixel 8 is the more affordable choice. The primary difference between the two lies in the camera, so if you don’t anticipate making full use of the new camera features, the Pixel 8 is a sensible option.
- You want to explore Google’s new AI editing features without breaking the bank: The Pixel 8 introduces several AI-assisted editing features for both photos and videos. Features like Audio Magic Eraser, Best Take, and Real Tone enhance your editing capabilities. These features are available on both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, but if you’d like to test them out without incurring additional costs, the Pixel 8 is the way to go.
- You prefer a more compact phone: Bigger isn’t always better. The Pixel 8 is narrower than the Pixel 8 Pro by approximately 5mm and weighs about 26 grams less. In fact, it’s even smaller than the Pixel 7. If you’re looking for a phone that’s easier to handle and fits comfortably in your hand, the Pixel 8 is the choice for you.
Opt for the Pixel 8 Pro if:
- You demand the best camera: Both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro share a 50MP main camera, but the 8 Pro goes further by adding a 12MP ultrawide camera, along with a remarkable 48MP ultrawide camera and a 48MP Quad PD telephoto camera. If having an outstanding camera phone is a top priority, both phones offer camera upgrades from the previous generation. However, the 8 Pro stands out for capturing distant subjects, thanks to its 5x optical zoom and Super Res Zoom up to 30x, a significant improvement over the 8’s Super Res Zoom up to 8x and 2x Optical Quality. Moreover, the 8 Pro caters to experienced photographers with a manual mode that allows adjustments to shutter speed, ISO, and other settings.
- You prefer a larger display: In terms of size, the 8 Pro is slightly larger than the 8, boasting a 6.7-inch screen compared to the 8’s 6.2-inch display. If a larger screen is a priority for you, the 8 Pro is the better choice. It’s on par with the size of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, making it a substantial device. However, if you favor a smaller phone with fewer additional features, the Pixel 8 is the way to go.
- You crave superior battery life: While the Pixel 7 featured a 4,355mAh battery and the Pixel 8 improved it to around 4,500mAh, the Pixel 8 Pro takes it a step further with a 5,000mAh battery. This aligns it with the likes of the Samsung S23 Ultra and surpasses what the iPhone 15 Pro Max offers. In fact, it shares the same battery size as the Google Pixel 7 Pro. Between the Pixel 8 and the 8 Pro, the latter emerges as the clear winner in terms of battery life.