Latest Google Pixel 8 Pro leaks hint at massive camera upgrades

Google Pixel 8 Pro Leaked Hand on Design
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At this year’s I/O event, Google unveiled a bunch of hardware products like the Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, and Pixel Tablet. We were also expecting some teasers for the upcoming Pixel 8 series, but Google left us hanging. There’s no need to worry though as rumors of the Google Pixel 8 Pro have been circling the wave for quite some time already. And the latest leak confirms some big camera upgrades for the phone.

Google Pixel 8 Pro Rumors Roundup:

Leaked CAD renders

OnLeaks, in collaboration with SmartPrix, leaked the first CAD renders of the Google Pixel 8 Pro. The phone looks very similar to last year’s Pixel 7 Pro but with some minor tweaks. Pixel 8 Pro’s dimensions measure 162.6 x 76.5 x 8.7 mm, which is slightly smaller than the 7 Pro’s 162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9 mm.

Likewise, the renders also reveal the phone’s rounded corners—rather than the boxy design of its predecessors. In addition, we will get to see a flat 6.52-inch display with a center hole-punch camera cutout and much slimmer bezels. The camera housing has also undergone a little makeover. All three main sensors are now placed inside a single cutout.

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Upgraded cameras

And the new leaks suggest that Pixel 8 Pro is getting a big camera upgrade. Rumors suggest that Google is moving away from Samsung’s ISOCELL GN1 sensor on the Pixel 7 series to ISOCELL GN2. This sensor can capture 35% more light than its predecessor, which should result in much better lowlight photography. Alongside quicker shutter speeds and reduced motion blur.

It is also capable of recording 8K videos at 30 fps, although we’re not sure if Google will enable the 8K video recording option. Additionally, Pixel 8 Pro will also have an updated 64MP Sony IMX787 ultrawide shooter with 0.49x zoom compared to the 12MP IMX386 sensor on the Pixel 7 Pro with a slightly narrower 0.56x zoom ratio.

On the other hand, Pixel 8 Pro is rumored to use the same 48MP GM5 telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom. And an 11MP Samsung 3J1 selfie shooter. But it will also get an upgraded ToF (Time-of-Flight) sensor for more reliable autofocus and depth mapping.

A built-in thermometer

Other than this, Google’s next flagship will have quite a peculiar feature as well: a built-in thermometer. Yes, you read that right. The upcoming flagship phone from Google will house a physical infrared thermometer next to the camera module to measure body temperature without physical contact.

The leaked promo video (courtesy of 91mobiles) shows that you’ll need to tap the start button and move the phone toward your temple in 5 seconds to get a temperature reading. Moreover, Google is expected to limit this feature to the Pixel 8 Pro only. And not the vanilla Pixel 8.

What else do we know?

Moving on, the phone will be powered by a Tensor G3 chip. According to rumors, this chipset will be based on the yet-unannounced Samsung Exynos 2300, which will be manufactured under a 3nm fabrication process.

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Other than this, the phone is also expected to bring something called “staggered HDR technology”. This allows the simultaneous capture of multiple exposures using the same pixels. So it can deliver the same visual effect as traditional HDR, but in a shorter capture time with less risk of blurry images due to frame misalignment caused by movement.

Google Pixel 8 Pro Price and Availability

Usually, Google releases its flagship phones in October each year. Both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 6 duos were announced during that month. Hence, there are chances, Pixel 8 Pro will follow the same pattern and be released during that month as well.

As we get closer to the launch date of the Pixel 8 Pro, we can expect to learn more about its pricing, but there is no information on it as of now.