Google’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the Pixel 8 Pro, is expected to launch on October 4, 2023, along with the Pixel 8 and possibly the Pixel Watch 2. While the Pixel 8 Pro has been leaked extensively by Google itself and other sources, some new details have emerged from a reliable tipster.
Dual SIM support with physical SIM card slot
According to a report by 9to5Google, the Pixel 8 Pro will retain the physical SIM card slot that was present in the Pixel 7 series. This means that the Pixel 8 Pro will support dual SIM functionality, with one physical SIM card and one eSIM. The report also claims that the Pixel 8 Pro will have a hybrid SIM tray that can accommodate either a nano-SIM card or a microSD card for storage expansion.
This is a welcome feature for users who want to use two different phone numbers or networks on their Pixel 8 Pro, or who need more storage space than the internal memory. The Pixel 8 Pro is rumored to come in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB variants, but some users may still prefer to have the option of adding a microSD card.
Night Sight video mode for low-light recording
Another interesting feature that the Pixel 8 Pro will reportedly offer is the Night Sight video mode. This mode will allow users to record videos in low-light conditions with enhanced brightness and clarity, similar to how the Night Sight mode works for still photos. The report says that the Night Sight video mode will be available for both the rear and front cameras of the Pixel 8 Pro.
The Pixel 8 Pro is expected to have a quad-camera setup on the back, consisting of a 50MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 48MP telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom, and a laser autofocus sensor. The front camera is said to be a 12MP sensor housed in a hole-punch cutout on the display.
The Night Sight video mode could be a game-changer for the Pixel 8 Pro, as it would give it an edge over other flagship smartphones in low-light video recording. The Pixel phones are already known for their excellent camera performance, especially in night mode, and adding this feature to video mode would make them even more impressive.
Other rumored features and specifications
The Pixel 8 Pro is also rumored to have a 6.7-inch QHD+ OLED display with a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The display will also support HDR10+ and have an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone will be powered by Google’s own Tensor chip, which is said to be based on Samsung’s Exynos platform and optimized for AI and machine learning tasks. The phone will also have 12GB of RAM and a 5,000mAh battery with wireless charging and reverse wireless charging support.
The Pixel 8 Pro will run on Android 14 out of the box, which is expected to bring several new features and improvements to the operating system. Some of these features include Material You design language, scrolling screenshots, privacy dashboard, one-handed mode, and more. The phone will also have exclusive features such as Magic Eraser, Face Deblur, Motion Mode, and Real Tone.
The Pixel 8 Pro will likely be priced at around $999 for the base model, making it one of the most expensive Pixel phones ever. However, given its impressive features and specifications, it could also be one of the best Android phones of 2023.