Google’s upcoming flagship phone, the Pixel 8, is expected to launch on October 4, along with the Pixel 8 Pro and the Pixel Watch 2. However, a recent report from Tom’s Guide suggests that the Pixel 8 may not be as affordable as its predecessors, and could lose one of its main selling points over the competition.
Pixel 8 price hike
According to Tom’s Guide, the Pixel 8 may start at $699, which is $100 more than the Pixel 7. The Pixel 8 Pro may start at $999, which is the same as the Pixel 7 Pro. The report cites a leaked Google document as the source of this information, which was posted by a tipster on X.
The report argues that the Pixel 8 may not be able to justify the price increase, especially if the base storage remains at 128GB. It also notes that the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro may not offer significant upgrades over the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, except for the rumored Tensor 3 chip, which could power some new AI features such as Video Unblur.
The report also points out that the Pixel phones have suffered from some elementary mistakes in the past, such as poor battery life, and that Google has a reputation for letting some bugs slip into the final model. Therefore, the report concludes that the Pixel 8 may lose one of the best things about buying a Google phone, which is a lower price tag than its rivals.
Pixel 8 vs iPhone 15 and Galaxy S23
The report acknowledges that the Pixel 8 prices are still lower than the iPhone 15 and the Samsung Galaxy S23, which start at $799 and $849 respectively. However, it also suggests that the Pixel 8 may not be able to compete with the features and performance of these phones, which offer faster processors, better cameras, and longer battery life.
The report also mentions that the iPhone 15 and the Galaxy S23 have some advantages over the Pixel 8, such as a wider ecosystem of accessories and services, a more consistent software update cycle, and a more premium design and build quality. The report implies that the Pixel 8 may not be worth the extra $100 over the Pixel 7, and that Google may have to offer some generous discounts or incentives to attract buyers.
Pixel 8 features and specs
The report does not dismiss the Pixel 8 entirely, and acknowledges that it may offer some unique features and benefits that other phones do not have. For example, the report praises the camera quality of the Pixel phones, which is among the best in the market, even without the high-resolution sensors that some phones have.
The report also highlights the software updates and smart features that the Pixel phones offer, such as the Pixel Launcher, the Google Assistant, and the exclusive AI tools that the Tensor chip may enable. The report expresses hope that the Tensor 3 chip may deliver a boost in the Pixel 8’s overall performance, translation, and image recognition capabilities.
The report also notes that the Pixel 8 may have some other improvements over the Pixel 7, such as a higher refresh rate display, a larger battery, and a more refined design. The report states that the Pixel 8 may still be a solid option for some people, especially those who value the pure Android experience and the Google ecosystem.