Google Pixel 8 Professional Evaluation: New Pixel, Outdated Issues


The Google Pixel 7 Pro was an excellent smartphone general. It packed in all the things an informal smartphone consumer would count on from an Android smartphone together with, the now commonplace, well timed software program updates. But it surely got here up brief in just a few areas like battery life, charging and had its fair proportion of heating points and camera-related bugs as nicely. With the brand new Pixel 8 Pro, there is a brand-new design, loads of AI-enabled options and even a brand new processor. Preserving this in thoughts, one would naturally count on Google to have labored on some if not the entire shortcomings of its predecessor. However that is not precisely the case with Google’s latest Pixel flagship.

Google Pixel 8 Professional worth in India

Not like final 12 months, Google’s Pixel 8 Professional lastly gives the next storage choice in India. After years of complaining about providing a measly 128GB of storage with its base fashions, Google lastly determined so as to add a brand new storage tier in India with the introduction of a 256GB variant. I acquired the 128GB storage variant for evaluate which is priced at Rs. 1,06,999 in India, whereas the 256GB variant is obtainable at Rs. 1,13,999.

As talked about in my first impressions, each the Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro, are Google’s most costly Pixel smartphones to launch in India. Merely put, the brand new top-end Pixel 8 Professional has acquired a worth hike of Rs. 22,000, which immediately places it out of attain of a number of potential patrons. After which it’s important to remember that even at Rs. 1,06,999, you might be nonetheless getting simply 128GB of inside storage and no free cloud storage entry both.

Certainly, Google has its palms full on the subject of convincing its present Pixel customers to improve to the most recent mannequin this 12 months. And it is in all probability one of many explanation why you might be studying this evaluate.

Google Pixel 8 Professional Evaluation: Design

Google’s Pixel 8 Professional has seen extra modifications than the usual Pixel 8 (Review) this 12 months. Mainly, Google’s engineers removed some pointless stuff and made some refinements to the Pixel 7 Professional’s design. Preserving in thoughts its flat show, and general flatter profile it qualifies as a brand new design. However it’s an overhaul of kinds as the brand new Pixel 8 Professional nonetheless seems distinctly Pixel. That is primarily right down to its sharper, visor-like digicam module on the again which is as chunky as final 12 months’s mannequin.

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The visor-like digicam module nonetheless will get scratched simply, similar to the Pixel 7 Professional

 

The digicam module’s edges are fairly sharp not like final 12 months’s mannequin, however I am glad Google retained its chunky protruding look as a result of it makes it simpler to carry on to the telephone’s reasonably slippery matte-finished physique by resting my index finger under it for assist.

The matte-finished rear glass panel is a primary for Google’s Pixel vary and its general rounded look and curves do remind me of the unique Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. As slippery because the rear panel is, it is wonderful on the subject of resisting fingerprints. At 213g the telephone doesn’t really feel too heavy or too gentle. This mixed with the soft-finished glass again lends the system a really premium and opulent really feel.

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Google’s Pixel 8 Professional undoubtedly appears the half for a premium smartphone

 

Google additionally gives an IP68 score which is identical as on final 12 months’s mannequin. Construct high quality is sort of strong and I am glad Google lastly removed the curved edge show which appeared pointless on a Pixel, provided that it by no means had any added software program options like on Samsung’s smartphones.

Google Pixel 8 Professional Evaluation: Specs and software program

This 12 months’s Pixel 8 Professional brings one other new chipset referred to as the Tensor G3. It is constructed utilizing the 4nm manufacturing course of, which along with its new nona-core structure ought to in concept translate to higher efficiency and effectivity. Nevertheless, Google is extra centered on its AI capabilities and that is the place it’s anticipated to shine. 12GB RAM is commonplace and the telephone gives as much as 256GB of storage this 12 months with no expandable storage and no extra SIM card slot. Nevertheless, one can use the eSIM performance to make use of two numbers on the identical system.

When it comes to connectivity, the Pixel 8 Professional gives an upgraded WiFi 7 expertise, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, a USB-C port, ultra-wideband (UWB) assist and assist for a number of world positioning techniques.

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The Pixel 8 Professional’s (proper) design shares some similarities with the older Pixel 7 Professional (left)

 

Other than the standard digicam array, there may be additionally a brand new thermometer which can be utilized to test the floor temperature of varied supplies. Google will probably be including assist for checking physique temperature quickly, which might make it helpful if it seems to be correct.

The telephone has a 5,050mAh battery and helps 30W wired charging and 23W wi-fi charging. Nevertheless, the field contents do not embrace a supported charging adapter.

Going with the AI development, Google introduces its new AI wallpaper function which is unique to this 12 months’s Pixel 8 and eight Professional gadgets. It wants an web connection to work however chomps out some actually distinctive and fascinating wallpapers utilizing its AI bits. The remainder of Android 14 feels and seems much like what’s out there on a Pixel 7 Professional.

Different new smarts which might be out there on the Pixel 8 Professional embrace the power to learn aloud net pages or articles from an online browser. Google Assistant may even translate an online web page earlier than studying it aloud which can also be helpful. The operation is correctly hands-free on the Pixel 8 Professional (I couldn’t get the function to work efficiently on a Pixel 7 Professional), which is beneficial in case your palms are busy.

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The AI Wallpaper function is a enjoyable solution to pattern the ability of AI and create some distinctive wallpapers within the course of

 

The Pixel 8 Professional’s AI enhancing instruments, which can be found in its Photographs app are jaw-droppingly spectacular by way of functionality. Whereas the older Magic Eraser has gotten significantly better over time, the newly marketed instruments nonetheless want a little bit of polish by way of output.

The brand new Magic Editor instrument helps you to actually reposition individuals and objects in {a photograph} (which must be uploaded to the cloud). The AI fashions positive are spectacular! At occasions it might probably get actually arduous to inform if a picture has been edited in any respect. Nevertheless, pixel-peeping into these pictures normally reveals some clues. Magic Editor is not excellent and may get polished with future updates, however it’s a very highly effective instrument nonetheless.

The identical may be mentioned concerning the new Finest Take function which requires a sequence of pictures of the identical setting with the intention to work. In the event you occur to have sufficient pictures of the identical individuals in the identical setting, then it is reasonably arduous to inform if a picture has been edited.

Audio Magic Eraser is one other AI-enabled instrument, which may impressively perceive the sounds in a video. As soon as activated, it listens to the clip and shortly identifies the completely different sounds after which categorises them (speech, nature, wind, noise and so forth.) letting one modify the degrees to bump up the amount of the sounds they want to hear (speech, nature) over those that they wish to quieten (noise, wind). Whereas I didn’t discover the outcomes all that spectacular, it’s fascinating to see how the AI mannequin identifies the completely different sounds in any given video.

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The Audio Magic Eraser instrument within the Photographs app is beneficial for eradicating or decreasing undesirable sounds in a recorded video

 

As controversial as these picture enhancing options are, I can see loads of Pixel 8 and eight Professional customers serving to many who aren’t capable of snap handsome pictures. Furthermore, Pixel 8 Professional customers could appear to be wizards to aged people who normally do not find yourself composing a trip picture proper, and sometimes request the unimaginable, like shifting the Eiffel Tower a bit to the precise. Surprisingly, all of that and extra is now potential utilizing easy drag-and-drop instruments.

As spectacular because the Pixel 8 Professional’s images and enhancing capabilities are this 12 months, I nonetheless confronted the identical digicam bug as on final 12 months’s fashions. The Night time Sight bug triggers when capturing back-to-back pictures from the digicam app’s evening mode when transitioning from 1X to 2X. As soon as triggered, all pictures captured thereafter don’t get saved within the telephone, leaving one with a digicam that can allow you to click on pictures however not save them. The one solution to get the digicam to start out storing snapped pictures once more is to restart the telephone or watch for the digicam app to crash.

For lengthy, Pixel smartphones have at all times been the primary gadgets to obtain Android software program updates and Google has one way or the other managed to one-up itself on this space with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Professional. Google claims that it’ll present as much as 7 years of software program updates which incorporates its quarterly Function Drops (that carry new options) and safety updates. Including to this dedication Google additionally defined that it’ll top off on spares for these two smartphones as nicely, in case your smartphone will get broken or stops functioning over the subsequent 7 years. Certainly such commitments will attraction to those that do not improve their gadgets regularly, however changing your smartphone much less regularly works nicely for the atmosphere because it additionally reduces e-waste.

Google Pixel 8 Professional Evaluation: Efficiency

As for the Pixel 8 Professional’s 6.7-inch QHD+ OLED show, it really works nicely underneath brilliant daylight and reveals pretty correct colors when set to the Pure color mode. Its 120Hz dynamic refresh charge, which may drop to 1Hz when not getting used, additionally works as anticipated.

Similar to final 12 months, battery statistics aren’t all that nice as I usually discovered me reaching out for the charger by the tip of a piece day with about 20 p.c left round 7:00 PM, after unplugging the telephone at round 8:00 AM. If you find yourself utilizing the digicam and edit a number of pictures count on the battery ranges to drop even quicker. In our video loop battery take a look at, the Pixel 8 Professional managed to final for 14 hours and quarter-hour, which is barely higher than the Pixel 7 Professional, however not nice in comparison with what most smartphones on this phase are able to. Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra which presently retails an extra Rs. 20,000 managed to final 21 hours and seven minutes within the same test.

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The Pixel 8 Professional (proper) has a flat show in comparison with the older Pixel 7 Professional (left)

 

On the Pixel 8 Professional, most informal and high-end video games run simply high quality at default settings. However the telephone clearly is not as highly effective when in comparison with its Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered counterparts so do not count on flawless body charges when enjoying graphics-intensive titles like Genshin Influence or fast-paced video games like Name of Responsibility: Cell.

The telephone does heat up after enjoying just a few Name of Responsibility tournaments on Extremely settings, however it doesn’t get abnormally scorching and that is primarily right down to CPU throttling. Nevertheless, one can count on loads of body drops throughout gameplay because the Tensor G3 is not actually designed for working demanding titles at the most effective settings. Ray-tracing, whereas being comparatively new, can also be not supported. I additionally discovered the contact sampling to be a bit sluggish when enjoying fast-paced FPS video games.

The Tensor G3 contained in the Google Pixel 8 Professional managed barely inferior scores in comparison with most smartphones on this phase and have been far under what Apple’s newest iPhone 15 Pro Max is able to. The Pixel 8 Professional scored 10,38,343 factors in AnTuTu and managed scores of 1,629 and three,274 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core exams. To present you an thought about the place Google’s Pixel 8 Professional stands, the lower-priced OnePlus 11 5G (QHD+ show) which we reviewed earlier this 12 months scored 11,89,556 factors and Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 (FHD+ show) managed a rating of 12,87,359 whereas the iPhone 15 Professional Max managed a snug lead scoring 16,61,205 factors in our review.

Google sticking with its personal Tensor design for its processor does have its downsides as they’ve but to determine higher methods to deal with all of the processing that occurs after snapping {a photograph}. Similar to the Pixel 7 Professional, the Pixel 8 Professional struggles when capturing Portrait mode pictures and can cease capturing pictures (or disable the shutter button) when the picture buffer is full after clicking round 7-8 portrait mode pictures in fast succession. It does this to complete processing them within the background and can let one snap extra pictures solely as soon as it is carried out processing those which have already been captured. Whereas this doesn’t appear to be a giant downside, I did find yourself lacking a number of moments whereas snapping pictures of my child. Capturing RAW pictures additionally takes some time to course of, in comparison with the iPhone 15 Professional Max which is sort of on the spot.

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The Pixel 8 Professional similar to the Pixel 7 Professional runs a bit scorching outdoor when related to 5G networks

 

For a telephone that is extra centered and identified for its images options, it is unhappy to see that the most recent Tensor G3 SoC is not able to dealing with the fundamentals. Google actually has to work on the Tensor G3’s imaging pipeline or go along with a separate imaging chip solely for dealing with all of its digicam necessities as the present Tensor G3 processor clearly is not up for the job.

Even with day by day utilization, one thing so simple as scrolling by way of net pages and social media apps (even YouTube) can get jittery at occasions. Scrolling is jittery when utilizing each native and third-party apps and that is one thing many customers have complained about on Reddit as nicely. Google took its personal candy time to try to resolve its Pixel 7 Professional’s scrolling points, however these have but to be resolved efficiently.

The telephone nonetheless will get scorching when utilizing the digicam app, particularly when capturing extra difficult digicam modes like Portrait and Night time mode. The telephone additionally will get fairly scorching outdoor when related to 5G networks. Google nonetheless doesn’t provide any cooling answer (other than CPU throttling) with its Pixel telephones, which retains them working heat more often than not when used outdoor. Many Chinese language smartphone manufacturers have adopted vapour chamber cooling to take care of efficiency ranges whereas performing power-intensive duties. This 12 months’s Samsung Galaxy S23 additionally utilised the identical, making it run a lot cooler in comparison with its predecessor. So, it is actually a thriller why Google refuses to incorporate the identical in its flagship Pixel smartphones.

The brand new and safe Face Unlock function works as shortly as Apple’s Face ID authentication, nonetheless, it solely works nicely (or shortly) in good lighting. Dimly lit settings will see the digicam struggling to recognise faces, which is once I needed to revert to the nice previous fingerprint scanner, which fortunately labored as anticipated.

Google Pixel 8 Professional Evaluation: Cameras

This 12 months’s Pixel 8 Professional comes with a number of enhancements within the digicam division as nicely. Key amongst these is the brand new 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam which replaces the 12-megapixel digicam on the earlier mannequin. There is a new brighter 50-megapixel main digicam as nicely however I count on minor enhancements (if any) with this one. The whole lot else other than the brand new Tensor G3 stays the identical, which isn’t a foul deal because the earlier Pixel 7 Professional was not dangerous at imaging to start with.

The digicam modes have been revamped on the Pixel 8 Professional. The Pixel 8 Professional particularly this 12 months will get a particular professional mode referred to as Professional Controls, which brings superior digicam controls for smartphone digicam lovers preferring to tweak issues a bit earlier than capturing or whereas recording.

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Professional Controls is splendidly designed with practicality and ease in thoughts, making it simple to make use of and perceive

 

To be clear, the Pixel 8 Professional’s Professional Controls mode will not be as superior because the Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely’s digicam app which additionally gives numerous controls for video. The Pixel 8 Professional’s Professional controls appear much more user-friendly (designed for the common Joe), and fairly sensible on the similar time, simply making it quite a bit higher by way of functionality and management when capturing video, even when in comparison with an iPhone 15 Professional Max, I reviewed earlier.

Not like the Pixel 7 Professional the place one will get entry to brightness, shadow and white steadiness sliders within the viewfinder when capturing, the Pixel 8 Professional hides all of its Professional controls underneath a settings button positioned on the high proper nook. Tapping on it provides one entry to superior controls like Night time Sight period, brightness, shadow, white steadiness, focus, shutter velocity and ISO as nicely. I notably favored the main focus management because it highlights the presently centered space in pink because of a spotlight peaking function like on an actual digicam.

Tapping on the standard gear icon on the backside now opens a complete menu with a particular Professional tab wherein one can choose the decision (binned or full body), output kind (RAW/JPEG) and a really helpful Lens Choice selector, which helps you to select between Auto or Guide. Selecting Auto principally will get you your entire zoom vary which additionally contains the digital ranges between the native focal lengths (0.5X, 1X and 5X).

The handbook will get you entry to simply the native focal lengths, which switches off the digicam’s computerized lens choice. That is helpful to keep away from utilizing the mistaken digicam (which the smartphone robotically selects relying on the space of the item/topic from the lens. This usually results in digitally cropped and scaled pictures. So, in case your topic is just too shut for the 5X telephoto digicam, it simply will not focus, letting you understand that it’s essential to preserve a better distance to get the proper shot.

Pixel 8 Professional additionally lets one shoot in RAW utilizing all three cameras which suggests you will get high-resolution (50 or 48-megapixel) RAW pictures which may be tweaked later within the put up. As for the video, Professional Controls solely helps you to tweak white steadiness and publicity on this mode.

The Pixel 8 Professional and Pixel 7 Professional digicam samples have been captured in daylight and low gentle utilizing their main cameras (faucet picture to broaden)

 

As for picture high quality, I discovered the photographs from the first digicam to be virtually an identical to final 12 months’s mannequin. The minor variations are primarily right down to the tone the place the Pixel 8 Professional chooses cooler tones in comparison with the Pixel 7 Professional’s hotter hues. The extent of element is second to none, however I usually observed that colors aren’t as correct although the images appeared good. Low-light imagery is unbelievable, however I observed that the first digicam tends to crush the blacks in settings with contrasted lighting.

Google Pixel 8 Professional captures some high quality 5X telephoto photographs (high) and macro pictures (backside) (faucet pictures to broaden)

 

Photographs from the ultra-wide digicam, which has seen probably the most modifications this 12 months, pack in additional element and dynamic vary when capturing in daylight. Colors are fairly correct as nicely. Macro pictures additionally got here out nice and the brand new digicam helps you to get even nearer (as much as 2cm) to your topic.

Google Pixel 8 Professional and Pixel 7 Professional daylight and low-light digicam samples captured utilizing their ultra-wide-angle cameras (faucet picture to broaden)

 

When it comes to zoom, the telephoto digicam shoots actually spectacular pictures with good element. I used the 5X telephoto to seize some crisp portraits and close-ups and nicely and so they all appeared beautiful with a pure bokeh. Going past its optical limits, Google’s Tremendous Res Zoom manages high quality pictures as much as 10X (hybrid zoom) however the high quality begins to dither thereafter.

Google Pixel 8 Professional telephoto zoom digicam samples captured in daylight (faucet picture to broaden)

 

Whereas it manages good picture high quality, the Pixel 8 Professional similar to the Pixel 7 Professional struggles with edge detection when in Portrait mode (faucet picture to broaden)

 

After managing common video high quality final 12 months, it is good to see that Google has lastly upped its online game. 4K 30fps video recorded from the first digicam appears sharp, has an excellent bitrate and gives a gradual body charge. Stabilisation can also be spectacular, making it a strong improve over the Pixel 7 Professional’s video recording capabilities. Low gentle footage additionally has good element with low noise. HDR footage shot on the similar decision appeared a bit saturated however showcased good distinction and element even in low gentle.

Google Pixel 8 Professional Evaluation: Verdict

What units the Pixel 8 Professional other than each different Pixel of the previous, is its AI capabilities. It is a course that Google has charted for its Pixel smartphones, and the Pixel 8 Professional certainly shines on this space with the power to course of loads of requests and use a number of instruments with out the necessity to hook up with the web or the cloud for processing. The very succesful and well-designed built-in Professional Controls can also be an space which cell images lovers will get pleasure from.

However the worth hike could persuade many upgraders to stay with their Pixel 7 Professional fashions this 12 months as the entire above-mentioned options (apart from a 7-year dedication for software program updates) do not actually appear to be must-haves on anybody’s record.

To make issues worse, the Pixel 7 Professional at the moment retails for as little as Rs. 63,999, which is not a foul deal, relying on what one is searching for in a brand new smartphone buy. Its nonetheless digicam efficiency is much like the Pixel 8 Professional however falls behind on the subject of video recording. The brand new Pixel 8 Professional could not warmth up as a lot because the Pixel 7 Professional however its battery life solely gives minor enhancements over the older mannequin.

If you’re keen to spend upwards of Rs. 1,00,000 in India, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra (Review) (out there at Rs. 1,24,999 for the 256GB variant) certainly gives higher worth, with spectacular zoom functionality, a greater and bigger show, wonderful battery life, and to an extent even Samsung’s Galaxy ecosystem of gadgets which incorporates, smartwatches, audio equipment, tablets and laptops.


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