Google’s Pixel 8 and 8 Pro debut to positive reviews

Reviewers Liked

  • Convincing Google Assistant conversation with screen calls
  • Face Unlock now works for payments
  • Advanced AI features
  • New Actua display
  • New Tensor G3 chip
  • Better cameras
  • 7 years of Android & security updates

Reviewers Didn’t Like

  • Higher $100 price
  • Stuck at 128GB starting storage
  • Design changes are minimal
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Slow charging speeds

Competitors and Related Products

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Expert reviews and ratings


By AndroidPolice
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90

The Pixel 8 Pro is an impressive flagship, improving on nearly every fault found in its predecessor. Its design feels refreshed without standing out, Tensor’s staying cooler than ever before, and the camera shines as bright as ever. Combined with seven years of promised OS support, and you might even be able to overlook that new, more expensive price tag.


By DPReview
on


90

While some users might prefer the smaller dimensions and lower weight of the Pixel 8, the Pixel 8 Pro offers better telephoto zoom performance, making it the ideal option for those users who want the best possible quality when zooming in, and we think this is worth the Pro model’s higher price.


By Wired
on


70

Unfortunately, these Pixels don’t offer the same value as before, due to the price hike. That said, Pixel phones go on sale several times throughout a year, so I strongly suggest you wait for the price to drop before buying one. It also helps that Google is promising an unheard-of seven years of software updates (including security and Android version updates), plus repair support for parts, as well.


By XDA Developers
on


90

On the surface, the Google Pixel 8 Pro is a very minor upgrade, and there’s not much that sets it apart from the pack. But its new Tensor G3 chip is the first silicon to support Google’s on-device machine learning algorithms, and it can do some truly jaw-dropping things.


By ZDNet
on


80

As for the $999 Pixel 8 Pro, it ultimately stands out from the competition with the most forgiving camera system on the market — if you don’t like a photo you captured, fix it in post. The Pixel 8 Pro also supports all the AI features mentioned above, which, for many, should offer some useful assistance to everyday tasks.


By Pocket-Lint
on


100

The Pixel 8 Pro is a stellar smartphone: it’s the Pixel 7 Pro on steroids. As iterative as the design and software might be, Google didn’t try to reinvent its flagship smartphone in 2023. Instead it went and reinvented smartphone imaging.


By Mashable
on


90

Google delivers again with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, but this is definitely a case of diminishing returns compared to last year.


By PhoneArena
on


79

At the end of the day, the Pixel 8 Pro is about gradual improvements to a device that has been one of the top three phones out there. It’s an easy recommendation. However, there is still no one big new feature to really stand out and Google might need something big to convince Galaxy users and iPhone users to switch.


By Stuff
on


100

It continues Google’s run of phenomenal phone photography and is more AI-assisted than ever, but the 8 Pro isn’t a value champ like previous Pixels.


By Engadget
on


93

Then we come to the Pixel 8 Pro, which is even more impressive. Google’s phones already took some of the best photos you could capture with a pocket-sized device. And with the power of AI and a full suite of upgraded sensors, the Pixel 8 Pro is basically unmatched when it comes to overall photography prowess.


By The Verge
on


80

The Pixel 8 Pro, on the other hand, is a more gadget-y gadget. Its camera system is more versatile than the standard Pixel 8’s with some upgraded hardware; it has a slightly more advanced screen and comes with a temperature sensor, for some reason. It has a few other advantages, like the ability to run some AI models on-device, and comes with a bigger screen, which, see above note about the popularity of big screens.


By TechAdvisor
on


90

Google has produced its most advanced Pixel phone yet with the Pixel 8 Pro, which has one of the most intuitive cameras you can get on a smartphone and plenty of other premium features – it’s just a shame that the battery life isn’t as impressive.


By PCMag
on


80

The Google Pixel 8 Pro puts the power of machine learning and Google Assistant to effective use while offering a fine camera and the longest software support of any Android phone.


By IGN
on


80

The Pixel 8 Pro is a solid phone and a modest update to its predecessor. It’s a pity to see Google increase the price without offering anything I’d consider a huge upgrade, though the long-term support may be enough to merit the uptick for some. The cameras are better than ever, but I wouldn’t consider Google’s highlight software tricks a worthy selling point as they’re a little too spotty when viewed under a microscope and not nearly as snappy as Google made them look.

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