Google has not yet officially announced the Pixel 8 series, but Three Ireland has already opened up pre-order interest registration for the devices. This suggests that the launch is not too far away, with Three’s own page stating that consumers will get devices by October 12th if they purchase them by 3 PM on the 11th. Google has also confirmed the Pixel 8 series launch date is October 4th.
The Pixel 8 series is expected to be a significant upgrade over the Pixel 7 series, with a new Google Tensor G3 chip, improved cameras, and a more refined design. The exact specifications of the devices are not yet known, but based on rumors and leaks, we can expect the base model to have a 6.17-inch display, while the Pixel 8 Pro will have a 6.71-inch display. Both devices are expected to have OLED displays with up to 120Hz refresh rates.
In terms of cameras, both of these devices are expected to have a triple-lens rear camera system with a 50MP main sensor and a 12MP ultrawide sensor. Both devices are expected to have a 10.5MP front-facing camera, and the Pro model is expected to upgrade the ultrawide sensor to 48MP alongside a 48MP 5x telephoto.
These smartphones are expected to be powered by the new Google Tensor G3 chip, which is said to be a decent upgrade over the Tensor G2 chip in the Pixel 7 series. The Tensor G3 chip is expected to be more powerful and efficient, and it should also enable some new features in the Pixel 8 series. One such feature said to be coming is “Magic Editor,” a supercharged version of Magic Eraser.
In terms of design, it’s expected to have a similar design to the Pixel 7 series, with a few small tweaks and other changes. At the moment from what we’ve seen in leaked images, it doesn’t seem to deviate too far from the Pixel design language that we’ve come to know and love.
Three Ireland has not said if it will be offering any pre-order bonuses with the Google Pixel 8 series. In the U.S. it is currently rumoured that the Pixel 8 series will come with a Google Pixel Watch 2, though that isn’t confirmed. Three did not share any pricing information, but the base model is expected to start at $699, while the Pixel 8 Pro is expected to start at $899, and European pricing is not expected to diverge too far from that.