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What To Expect From Google's Pixel 8 Series: Specs, Features, And Design

Google is gearing up for the launch of its highly-anticipated Pixel 8 series, set to debut on October 4th, with a price hike reportedly on the horizon in the US, as revealed by 9to5Google. According to this source, both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will see price increases compared to their predecessors.

Historically, Google has positioned its phones to provide competitive value compared to similarly equipped devices. For example, the Pixel 7 in India started at Rs 59,999, whereas the Galaxy S23 came in at Rs 74,999. The report highlights that Google's approach since the introduction of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro has been centred on delivering 'value.'

However, with the imminent release of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, a price hike of $100 is expected, with the new prices set at $699 and $999, respectively. These phones are slated to hit retail stores on October 12th, with pre-orders becoming available on the launch date.

It remains uncertain whether Google will raise prices for these models in price-sensitive markets like India. Interestingly, in India, Google is making a noteworthy change compared to last year by introducing the second-generation Pixel Watch. The original Pixel Watch was conspicuously absent from the lineup alongside the Pixel 7 series smartphones last year.

In terms of specifications and features, the Google Pixel 8 series is anticipated to be powered by Google's third-generation in-house Tensor G3 processor. The phones are expected to maintain a similar aesthetic and design to the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, albeit with some alterations to the camera module on the rear. Reports indicate that the Pixel 8 models might feature a 6.7-inch flat screen, moving away from the curved panel design seen in the Pixel 7 Pro.

Given Google's emphasis on camera capabilities, the Pixel 8 series is speculated to introduce a Night Mode for video, enhancing users' ability to capture high-quality videos in low-light conditions.

Additionally, according to a recent report by MySmartPrice, each of the Pixel 8 models is expected to be available in three distinct colours. The Pixel 8 Pro could be offered in Sky Blue , Porcelain, and Black Obsidian , while the Pixel 8 may come in Peony Rose , Grey, and Obsidian Black .

As the launch date draws near, tech enthusiasts and consumers eagerly await more details about the Pixel 8 series, including its pricing in various markets and the real-world performance of its touted features.