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Article: Unveiling the new Google Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2.

Unveiling the new Google Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2.

We tuned in to Google's launch event via YouTube on October 4, 2023, delivering updates as the tech behemoth reveals the eagerly awaited Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel Watch 2 and Pixel Buds Pro. Here is are the highlights of the exciting new features below! 

Google Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel 8 and Pixel Watch 2 and Ear Buds


Rewatch it here!

Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro:

  • Pricing and Availability: Pixel 8 is priced at $699 (comes with free Pixel Buds Pro or $200 discount off the watch), while the Pixel 8 Pro is at $999 (comes with free Pixel Watch 2 Wifi or the Pixel Buds Pro). Both models are available for pre-order today and will hit the shelves next week.

  • Best Take Feature: A standout feature, "Best Take", effortlessly replaces faces to capture the perfect shot, proving especially useful in scenarios like photographing restless kids. This innovation, highlighted in a side-by-side before and after comparison, has us most impressed, showcasing a practical solution to common photography challenges.

  • Magic Eraser AI: Pixel 8 Pro can run certain AI models on-device, achieving up to 150x more computations than Pixel 7, notably enhancing Magic Eraser functionality, available immediately.

  • Summary & Foundation Models: Post Assistant with Bard introduction, Rick Osterloh showcased a demo of Pixel phones summarizing long articles and highlighted them as the first to run foundation models directly on-device.

  • Display: Pixel 8 Pro with a 6.7-inch display; standard Pixel 8 with a slightly smaller 6.17-inch display.

  • Camera Upgrades: Notable improvements in camera technology; Pixel 8 Pro featuring a new body temperature sensor.

  • Processing Power: A new feature, Video Boost, set to offload complex video AI processing to the cloud for enhanced editing capabilities on every frame of 4K video clips.

  • Video Capabilities: Video Boost enabling robust HDR for video and Night Sight Video, with a feature drop slated for December.

  • Competitive Edge: During the introduction of Video Boost, Google showcased comparisons with iPhone footage to highlight superior video quality.

  • Assistant Integration: The upcoming feature, "Assistant with Bard", initially rolling out to select testers, aims to expand the generative capabilities of Google Assistant, like crafting social captions and sorting important emails.

  • Bard Collaboration: As part of enhancing Google Assistant, a new collaboration with Bard was introduced to provide more generative capabilities, streamlining the process of finding important emails and aggregating information from different apps.

  • Video Boost Review: The demo of Video Boost aimed to showcase improved brightness in low-light scenarios, though the enhancement appeared to be artificial, lacking the authentic contrast experienced in real-life settings.

Pixel Watch 2:

  • Design: New crown, updated sensor array; transition from stainless steel to recycled aluminum.

  • Fitbit Features: Integration of features from Fitbit Sense 2; new multipath sensor enhancing accuracy by 40% during vigorous activities.

  • Stress Tracking: cEDA sensor for stress tracking and active prompts for stress management.

  • Pre-orders: Starting at $349, with an extra $50 for LTE connectivity; includes six months of Fitbit Premium.

  • Safety Features: Introduction of 'Safety check' timer to share location with emergency contacts for enhanced personal safety.

  • Battery Life: Promising 24 hours of use on a single charge with always-on display; 12-hour charge within just 30 minutes.

The new Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are truly exciting, bringing fresh AI and camera features to our pockets. With prices starting at $699 and $999 respectively, they offer a lot for tech enthusiasts. We're impressed, and now we're curious - are  you thinking of getting one? We'd love to hear your thoughts as we step into this exciting new chapter of smartphone tech.

Check out Komodoty's Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro cases, available now!

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