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Google Pixel 8 release date: When can you purchase the new flagships?

There's only one date that we have our eyes on.
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October 5, 2023

After several impressive Android phone releases so far in 2023, the Google Pixel 8 has become the latest. The new series, consisting of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, brings a host of upgrades, from camera to display, chipset to design, to the table. But when can you purchase it? Here’s everything you need to know about the Google Pixel 8 release date.

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The Google Pixel 8 series debuted on October 4, 2023. The two phones will be available for general purchase on October 12, 2023.


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When is the Google Pixel 8 coming out?

After a host of leaks and teasers by Google itself, the Pixel 8 series finally made its debut on October 4, 2023, alongside two new colorways for the Google Pixel Buds and the all-new Google Pixel Watch 2.

Is the Pixel 8 available at launch?

The Pixel 8 series is currently available to pre-order through popular retailers and Google, but you cannot yet walk into a store and purchase it. You’ll have to wait until October 12, 2023, when Google opens the phone to general availability channels.

This year, whether you pre-order or wait for general availability, you’ll need a little more in your back pocket to purchase one. The Pixel 8 lands at $699, a $100 premium over the Pixel 7 it replaces. Similarly, its premium Pixel 8 Pro sibling starts at $999. In some cases, you might be able to get the Pixel 8 for free through select carriers or see dramatically reduced prices (in comparison) in select countries. If you own an older Pixel model or another phone, there are excellent trade in deals available.

What other products did Google announce at the 2023 Pixel launch event?

Accompanying the Pixel 8 series was Google’s latest smartwatch. As a follow-up to its breakthrough wearable, the Pixel Watch 2 brings a more polished design, smarter software thanks to Wear OS 4, faster and more efficient hardware, and plenty of new fitness tracking features borrowed from the Fitbit Sense 2. Priced at $349, it’s now one of the more complete Android smartwatches in the market, competing directly against Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 6 series.

We didn’t get new Pixel Buds Pro as expected, but two new colorways inspired by the Pixel 8 series now feature. You can grab Google’s true wireless earbuds in Bay or Porcelain, giving users blue and off-white variety.


FAQs

The Pixel 8 costs $699 in the US. You’ll need $999 for the Pixel 8 Pro.

Yes, the Google Pixel 8 is slightly smaller than the Pixel 7. It packs a 6.2-inch display — a slight reduction of the Pixel 7’s 6.3-inch panel.

This depends on your budget and how important it is for you to have the latest flagship. If money is no object, you don’t have long to wait to pick up the hotly anticipated Pixel 8, but from a cost-benefit perspective, the Pixel 7 is probably a more shrewd purchase. The upgrades that come with the Pixel 8 are marginal, and the Pixel 7 is still a fantastic device. There are often deals on the Pixel 7, and more are likely to crop up once its successor launches, especially as the holiday sales approach. At the time of writing, you could get the Pixel 7 for $499.99 on Amazon, $200 less than the expected price tag of the Pixel 8.