Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro inch closer to launch as they clear FCC hurdle

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Google’s upcoming flagship smartphones, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, have been spotted on the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website, indicating that they are getting ready for launch. The FCC listing reveals some key details about the devices, such as their model numbers, connectivity options, and supported bands.

Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro model numbers and variants

According to the FCC documents, the Pixel 8 has four model numbers: GJ2YQ, GJ2ZQ, GJ2XQ, and GJ2WQ. The Pixel 8 Pro has three model numbers: GJ3YQ, GJ3ZQ, and GJ3XQ. These model numbers correspond to different variants of the phones for different regions and carriers. For example, the GJ2YQ and GJ3YQ models are likely to be the US unlocked versions of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, respectively. The GJ2ZQ and GJ3ZQ models are probably the Verizon versions, while the GJ2XQ and GJ3XQ models are likely to be the international versions. The GJ2WQ model is speculated to be a special variant of the Pixel 8 for Japan.

Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro connectivity options and supported bands

The FCC listing also reveals that the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will support a range of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and wireless charging. The phones will also support sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G bands, as well as LTE bands. However, the FCC listing does not mention any support for ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, which is used for precise location tracking and data transfer. This suggests that the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro may not have UWB chips, unlike some of their competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy S23 series and the iPhone 15 series.

Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro inch closer

Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro expected specifications and features

The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are expected to be powered by Google’s own Tensor G3 chipset, which is said to offer improved performance and AI capabilities. The phones are also expected to run on Android 14 out of the box, with exclusive features such as Audio Magic Eraser and Material You design language. The Pixel 8 is rumored to have a 6.17-inch FHD+ OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, while the Pixel 8 Pro is rumored to have a 6.7-inch QHD+ OLED display with a variable refresh rate up to 120Hz. The Pixel 8 is said to have a dual rear camera setup with a 12MP main sensor and a 16MP ultra-wide sensor, while the Pixel 8 Pro is said to have a triple rear camera setup with a new main sensor, a periscope telephoto lens, and an ultra-wide sensor. The Pixel 8 is also rumored to have a built-in thermometer that can measure body temperature. The Pixel 8 is expected to have a 4,500mAh battery with fast charging support, while the Pixel 8 Pro is expected to have a larger 4,950mAh battery with fast charging and reverse wireless charging support.

Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro launch date and price

Google has not officially announced the launch date of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro yet, but it has teased that they will be unveiled on October 4 at an event in New York. The company has also leaked some images of the phones on its own website, showing their design and color options. The Pixel 8 is expected to come in three colors: black, white, and green. The Pixel 8 Pro is expected to come in four colors: black, white, gray, and light blue. The pricing of the phones is still unknown, but some reports suggest that they will be more expensive than their predecessors. The Pixel 7 started at $699 in the US, while the Pixel 7 Pro started at $899.

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