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Google Pixel 8 vs Pixel 8 Pro: What's the difference and which should you buy?

The Pixel 8 Pro has many features that the Pixel 8 misses out on, but it also costs $300 more.
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Published onMarch 8, 2024

Google Pixel 8
MSRP: $699.00
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Positives
Solid cameras
Faster wired charging
Industry-leading update promise
Unique AI features
Compact size
Negatives
Tensor G3 lags behind in benchmarks
Missing features reserved for the Pixel 8 Pro
No telephoto camera
Google Pixel 8 Pro
MSRP: $999.99
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Positives
Excellent cameras
Improved wired charging
Premium build
Fun, exclusive Android 14 customizations
Industry-leading update promise
Negatives
Tensor G3 still benchmarks behind the best
Gimmicky temperature sensor
Some features not available at launch

Google only releases a handful of phones every year, making their flagship Android phones all the more special. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro represent the best combination of hardware and software specifications that Google can ship in a conventional glass-slab smartphone form factor. But what is the difference between the regular Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro? Are there meaningful reasons to prefer one over the other? Let’s explore these questions in this comparison of Pixel 8 vs Pixel 8 Pro!

Google Pixel 8 vs Pixel 8 Pro: At a glance

  • The Pixel 8 Pro is larger, heavier, and has a bigger battery than the Pixel 8.
  • The Pixel 8 Pro has a larger and better display than the Pixel 8.
  • The Pixel 8 Pro has more RAM and more storage options than the Pixel 8.
  • The Pixel 8 Pro has a better ultrawide camera, a dedicated telephoto camera, and manual controls in the camera app. The Pixel 8 misses out on all of these.
  • The Pixel 8 Pro has a temperature sensor, UWB tech, and Gemini Nano support, which the Pixel 8 does not have.
  • The Pixel 8 is cheaper than the Pixel 8 Pro.

Google Pixel 8 vs Pixel 8 Pro: Specs

Google Pixel 8Google Pixel 8 Pro
Display
Google Pixel 8
6.2-inch OLED
2,400 x 1,080 resolution
428ppi
20:9 aspect ratio
60-120Hz refresh rate
1,400 nits brightness (HDR)
2,000 nits brightness (peak)
HDR support
Gorilla Glass Victus
Google Pixel 8 Pro
6.7-inch LTPO OLED
2,992 x 1,344 resolution
489ppi
20:9 aspect ratio
1-120Hz refresh rate
1,600 nits brightness (HDR)
2,400 nits brightness (peak)
HDR support
Gorilla Glass Victus 2
Processor
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Tensor G3
RAM
Google Pixel 8
8GB LPDDR5X
Google Pixel 8 Pro
12GB LPDDR5X
Storage
Google Pixel 8
128 or 256GB
UFS 3.1
Google Pixel 8 Pro
US:
- 128, 256, or 512GB, or 1TB
- UFS 3.1

Outside US:
- 128, 256, or 512GB
- UFS 3.1
Power
Google Pixel 8
4,575mAh (typical)
27W wired charging (USB-PD 3.0 PPS)
Qi wireless charging
Google Pixel 8 Pro
5,050mAh (typical)
30W wired charging (USB-PD 3.0 PPS)
Qi wireless charging
Cameras
Google Pixel 8
Rear:
- 50MP wide (1.2μm pixel width, ƒ/1.68 aperture, 82-degree FoV, 1/1.31-inch sensor, AF, OIS, EIS)
- 12MP ultrawide (1.25μm pixel width, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 125.8-degree FoV, AF)
- Single-zone laser-detect auto-focus (LDAF) sensor

Front:
- 10.5MP (1.22μm pixel width, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 95-degree FoV, FF)

Camera app does not have pro controls
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Rear:
- 50MP wide (1.2μm pixel width, ƒ/1.68 aperture, 82-degree FoV, 1/1.31-inch sensor, AF, OIS, EIS)
- 48MP ultrawide (0.8μm pixel width, ƒ/1.95 aperture, 125.5-degree FoV, AF)
- 48MP telephoto (0.7μm pixel width, ƒ/2.8 aperture, 21.8-degree FoV, 5x optical zoom, OIS, EIS)
- Multi-zone laser-detect auto-focus (LDAF) sensor

Front:
- 10.5MP (1.22μm pixel width, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 95-degree FoV, AF)

Camera app has pro controls
Dimensions and weight
Google Pixel 8
150.5 x 70.8 x 8.9mm
187g
Google Pixel 8 Pro
162.6 x 76.5 x 8.8mm
213g
Hardware extras
Google Pixel 8
N/A
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Temperature sensor
Video
Google Pixel 8
Rear:
4K (24, 30, or 60fps)
1080p (24, 30, or 60fps)

Front:
4K (24, 30, or 60fps)

Supports: Macro Focus Video, 10-bit HDR, Cinematic Blur/Pan, Slo-Mo up to 240fps, 4K timelapse, Astrophotography timelapse, OIS, digital zoom up to 7x, HEVC (H.265), AVC (H.264)
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Rear:
4K (24, 30, or 60fps)
1080p (24, 30, or 60fps)

Front:
4K (24, 30, or 60fps)

Supports: Video Boost, Night Sight Video, Macro Focus Video, 10-bit HDR, Cinematic Blur/Pan, Slo-Mo up to 240fps, 4K timelapse, Astrophotography timelapse, OIS, digital zoom up to 20x, HEVC (H.265), AVC (H.264)
Audio
Google Pixel 8
Stereo speakers
Triple-microphone
Spatial audio support
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Stereo speakers
Triple-microphone
Spatial audio support
Ports
Google Pixel 8
USB-C 3.2
Dual-SIM (1x nano SIM and 1x eSIM)
Google Pixel 8 Pro
USB-C 3.2
Dual-SIM (1x nano SIM and 1x eSIM)
Security
Google Pixel 8
Titan M2 security chip
Under-display fingerprint sensor
Face Unlock (Class 3, highest tier)
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Titan M2 security chip
Under-display fingerprint sensor
Face Unlock (Class 3, highest tier)
Durability
Google Pixel 8
Gorilla Glass Victus (front and back)
IP68 rating
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Gorilla Glass Victus 2 (front and back)
IP68 rating
Connectivity
Google Pixel 8
US (PR), CA, UK, EU, AU:
- Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be) with 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz
- 2x2+2x2 MIMO
- NFC
- Bluetooth 5.3

JP:
- Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) with 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz
- 2x2+2x2 MIMO
- NFC
- Bluetooth 5.3

TW, SG, IN:
- Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with 2.4GHz, 5GHz
- HE160 MIMO
- NFC
- Bluetooth 5.3
Google Pixel 8 Pro
US (PR), CA, UK, EU, AU:
- Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be) with 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz
- 2x2+2x2 MIMO
- NFC
- Bluetooth 5.3
- UWB

JP:
- Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) with 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz
- 2x2+2x2 MIMO
- NFC
- Bluetooth 5.3
- UWB

TW, SG, IN:
- Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with 2.4GHz, 5GHz
- HE160 MIMO
- NFC
- Bluetooth 5.3
- UWB
Network
Google Pixel 8
Model G9BQD (US and CA)
- GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
- UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA: Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19
- LTE: Bands B1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5/ 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 38 / 40 / 41 / 46 / 48 / 66 / 71
- 5G Sub-6: Bands n1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 38 / 40 / 41 / 48 / 66 / 70 / 71 / 77 / 78

Model GKWS622 (US and CA):
- GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
- UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA: Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19
- LTE: Bands B1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 38 / 40 / 41 / 46 / 48 / 66 / 71
- 5G Sub-6: Bands n1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 38 / 40 / 41 / 48 / 66 / 70 / 71 / 77 / 78
- 5G mmWave: Bands n258 / 260 / 261

Model GZPFO (JP):
- GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
- UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA: Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19
- LTE: Bands B1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 30 / 32 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41 / 42 / 46 / 48 / 66 / 71
- 5G Sub-6: Bands n1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 20 / 25 / 28 / 30 / 38 / 40 / 41 / 66 / 71 / 75 / 76 / 77 / 78 / 79
- FeliCa

Model GPJ41 (All other countries):
- GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
- UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA: Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19
- LTE: Bands B1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 30 / 32 / 38 / 40 / 41 / 42 / 46 / 48 / 66 / 71
- 5G Sub-6: Bands n1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 30 / 38 / 40 / 41 / 66 / 71 / 75 / 76 / 77 / 78
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Model GC3VE (All countries except JP):
- GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
- UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA: Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19
- LTE: Bands B1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 30 / 32 / 38 / 40 / 41 / 42 / 46 / 48 / 66 / 71
- 5G Sub-6: Bands n1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 20 / 25 / 28 / 30 / 38 / 40 / 41 / 66 / 71 / 75 / 76 / 77 / 78

Model G1MNW (All countries except JP):
- GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
- UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA: Bands 1,2,4,5,6,8,19
- LTE: Bands B1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41 / 46 / 48 / 66 / 71
- 5G Sub-6: Bands n1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 38 / 40 / 41 / 48 / 66 / 70 / 71 / 77 / 78
- 5G mmWave: Bands n257 / 258 / 260 / 261

Model GE9DP (JP):
- GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
- UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA: Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19
- LTE: Bands B1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 30 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41 / 42 / 48 / 66 / 71
- 5G Sub-6: Bands n1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 20 / 25 / 28 / 30 / 38 / 40 / 41 / 66 / 71 / 77 / 78 / 79
- 5G mmWave: Bands n257
- FeliCa
Software
Google Pixel 8
Android 14
7 years of OS upgrades
7 years of security patches
7 years of feature drops
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Android 14
7 years of OS upgrades
7 years of security patches
7 years of feature drops
Colors
Google Pixel 8
Obsidian (black), Hazel (blue-gray), Rose (pink)
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Obsidian (black), Porcelain (white), Bay (blue)
Warranty
Google Pixel 8
US, CA, JP, TW, IN, SG:
- 1 year

EU, UK, AU:
- 2 years
Google Pixel 8 Pro
US, CA, JP, TW, IN, SG:
- 1 year

EU, UK, AU:
- 2 years
In-box contents
Google Pixel 8
Google Pixel 8
1m USB-C to USB-C cable (USB 2.0 speed)
Quick Switch adapter
SIM tool
Paperwork
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Pixel 8 Pro
1m USB-C to USB-C cable (USB 2.0 speed)
Quick Switch adapter
SIM tool
Paperwork

The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are two distinct smartphones with more differences than similarities.

Starting with the display, the Pixel 8 Pro has a larger and better display than the vanilla Pixel 8. The Pixel 8 gets a 6.2-inch OLED display with a 2,400 x  1,080 resolution and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz.

google pixel 8 pro vs pixel 8 front
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

However, this is not an LTPO display, like the 6.7-inch OLED display with a 2,992 x 1,344 resolution on the Pixel 8 Pro. As a result, the Pixel 8 Pro can refresh variably between 1-120Hz, while the Pixel 8 can only do fixed steps of 60Hz and 120Hz. Surprisingly, both phones have a flat display.

The Pixel 8 Pro’s display is also brighter at 2,400 nits peak brightness, compared to the 2,000 nits peak brightness of the Pixel 8’s display. You also get Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on the front and back of the Pro, compared to the first-gen Gorilla Glass Victus on either side of the regular 8.

The Pixel 8 Pro gets a bigger, brighter, and better display, but the Pixel 8's display is no slouch either.

Both the phones are powered by the new Google Tensor G3 SoC. While you get 8GB LPDDR5X RAM on the Pixel 8, the Pro gets 12GB LPDDR5X RAM. The Pixel 8 comes in 128GB and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage variants, while the Pixel 8 Pro comes in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB UFS 3.1 storage variants.

google pixel 8 pro color options fanned out
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

Two other notable differences are the presence of a temperature sensor and UWB tech on the Pixel 8 Pro. With the temperature sensor present on the rear near the cameras, the Pixel 8 Pro can measure the temperature of humans and other objects around you. The UWB tech enables precise location on the device. However, despite its presence on several Pixel devices so far, Google hasn’t used this tech much outside of remote unlocking some car models.

The Google Pixel 8 Pro is the only one of the two phones that supports Gemini Nano, Google’s mobile on-device AI model. This means that if you want access to more powerful, immediate AI features, you’ll need to opt for the pricier model.

google pixel 8 back in hand
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

Both phones also come with an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. However, the Pixel 8 is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back, while the Pixel 8 Pro upgrades the spec to Gorilla Glass Victus 2 for the front and back glass.

Both phones feature the Titan M2 security chip and have under-display fingerprint sensors. They also support Class 3 Face Unlock, which enables authentication into apps and payments. Other common specs include Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, and NFC support. The USB-C port on both phones is also USB 3.2, unlike the situation in the iPhone 15 series.

google pixel 8 pro lock screen in hand
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

On the software side, Google is treating the phones at par with each other. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro launch with Android 14 out of the box. Google also promises an unparalleled seven years of updates for the OS platform, Feature Drops, and security patches on both phones. Remember that some features that rely on hardware (like the temperature sensor or the UWB chip) are unlikely to be made available to the Pixel 8 through software updates.

Google Pixel 8 vs Pixel 8 Pro: Size comparison

google pixel 8 rear rose and obsidian 2
Rita El Khoury / Android Authority

Google has usually maintained two different size tiers, and the company has continued the trend with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. The Pixel 8 is the smaller phone, with dimensions of 150.5 x 70.8 x 8.9mm and a weight of 187g. If you prefer smaller phones, the Pixel 8, with its 6.2-inch display-diagonal, is the phone to get.

Google Pixel 8 Pro in Bay blue color held in hand
C. Scott Brown / Android Authority
Pixel 8 Pro

The Pixel 8 Pro is fairly larger in length and breadth and almost the same in thickness. The phone’s dimensions are 162.6 x 76.5 x 8.8mm, while it weighs 213g. The display diagonal on the Pixel 8 Pro is a healthy 6.7-inch, so you get more screen real estate with the bigger size.

Google Pixel 8 back in hand
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Beyond the size, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro follow a familiar design. The Pixel 8 has a glossy look on the back, while the Pixel 8 Pro has a matte effect. You can make out the Pixel 8 Pro from the Pixel 8 by spotting the third rear camera in the camera visor.

Google Pixel 8 vs Pixel 8 Pro: Camera

google pixel 8 pro vs pixel 8 cameras
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

The secondary cameras are the big point of divergence between the two phones. Both camera phones have the same primary rear shooter and front camera; the ultrawide angle rear camera is different, while the Pro has an extra telephoto sensor that the regular Pixel 8 lacks.

The primary camera is the same on both the Pixels and that is the camera that most people will use most of the time.

Starting with the primary rear camera, both phones have a 50MP camera with an f/1.68 aperture and OIS. Pixel cameras have usually been excellent despite modest hardware, and we have no doubts about these phones being capable shooters.

Google Pixel 8 primary camera samples

Google Pixel 8 Pro primary camera samples

For the ultrawide camera, the Pixel 8 gets a 12MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a 125.8-degree FoV. The Pixel 8 Pro, on the other hand, gets a 48MP ultrawide camera with an f/1.95 aperture and a 125.5 degree FoV. Both phones get autofocus on the ultrawide camera, which enables macro mode capabilities.

Google Pixel 8 ultrawide camera samples

Google Pixel 8 Pro ultrawide camera samples

The Pixel 8 Pro also has a 48MP telephoto camera with an f/2.8 aperture and OIS, enabling 5x optical zoom. The Pixel 8 entirely misses out on a telephoto sensor, though Google tries to make up for it with Super Res Zoom of up to 8x. Super Res Zoom works better on the Pixel 8 Pro as it has the telephoto sensor helping it out for up to 30x digital zoom.

Google Pixel 8 Pro telephoto camera samples

The selfie camera on both phones is a 10.5MP shooter with an f/2.2 aperture. The only difference is that the Pixel 8’s front camera is fixed focus, while the Pixel 8 Pro’s front camera supports autofocus.

Google Pixel 8 selfie camera samples

Google Pixel 8 selfie camera samples

Another difference between the two phones is that the Pixel 8 Pro supports Pro controls. This makes it the first Pixel smartphone to come with manual camera controls. Alongside this, you can also output high-resolution images. These features are missing from the Pixel 8 and other Pixel smartphones.

The Pixel 8 Pro is the first Pixel phone to get Pro controls.

The Pixel 8 Pro has also received Video Boost and Night Sight Video functionality with an update. Currently, the Pixel 8 is not on track to receive these features.

Obviously, the cameras that are similar on both phones are more or less at par with each other. The Pixel 8 Pro’s telephoto lens makes it the winner, as you get a lot more versatility that you would otherwise be missing out on the regular Pixel 8. Features like Video Boost are also pretty good and give a definite edge to the Pixel 8 Pro. The Pixel 8 is still a very utilitarian camera, it’s just that the Pixel 8 Pro is better rounded.

Google Pixel 8 vs Pixel 8 Pro: Battery life and charging

google pixel 8 rear rose on top of obsidian
Rita El Khoury / Android Authority

Because the phones are of different sizes, they naturally have different battery capacities. The Pixel 8 has a 4,575mAh battery, while the larger Pixel 8 Pro has a 5,050mAh battery. The Pixel 8 is able to last through a day, while the Pixel 8 Pro can push it a bit further and last for a day and a half.

The fast charging capabilities on the devices are also slightly different. The Pixel 8 supports 27W wired fast charging through the USB-PD 3.0 PPS protocol, while the Pixel 8 Pro takes it up to 30W wired fast charging. The Pixel 8 takes about 77 minutes for a full charge, while the Pixel 8 Pro takes about 80 minutes.

Both phones support Qi wireless charging. The Pixel 8 can accept up to 18W wirelessly on the Google Pixel Stand (2nd gen), while the Pixel 8 Pro can accept up to 23W wirelessly on the same wireless charger. If you don’t have the Pixel Stand (2nd gen), your wireless charging speeds on both phones will be limited to 12W. Both phones also support reverse wireless charging for your Qi-certified accessories.

Google Pixel 8 vs Pixel 8 Pro: Price and availability

  • Google Pixel 8 (8GB/128GB): $699
  • Google Pixel 8 (8GB + 256GB): $759
  • Google Pixel 8 Pro (12GB/128GB): $999
  • Google Pixel 8 Pro (12GB/256GB): $1,059
  • Google Pixel 8 Pro (12GB/512GB): $1,179
  • Google Pixel 8 Pro (12GB/1TB): $1,399

The Pixel 8 has a lower price structure than the Pixel 8 Pro, which puts the differences in hardware into perspective. The Pixel 8 starts at $699 for the 128GB variant and $759 for the 256GB variant. Pre-orders for the device got a Pixel Buds Pro for free.

Google Pixel 8Google Pixel 8
AA Recommended
Google Pixel 8
Bright display • Upgraded face-unlock • Improved camera
MSRP: $699.00
A bright display from Google's 2023 flagship phone
The Google Pixel 8 introduces the new Actua display, a 6.2-inch panel that's 42% brighter than the Pixel 7. Backed by the fully updated Tensor G3 chipset, and a new 50MP camera, this promises to be one of the more exciting Pixel phones.

On the other hand, the Pixel 8 Pro costs $999 for the 128GB variant, $1,059 for the 256GB, $1,179 for the 512GB, and $1,399 for the 1TB storage variant. Pre-orders for the device got a Pixel Watch 2 for free.

Google Pixel 8 ProGoogle Pixel 8 Pro
AA Editor's Choice
Google Pixel 8 Pro
Excellent cameras • Fun, exclusive Android 14 customizations • Industry-leading update promise
MSRP: $999.99
Powerful Google phone with powerful camera features
The Google Pixel 8 Pro is packed with unique camera features and AI-assisted software that puts the smart into smartphone.

Both phones were available to pre-order from October 4, 2023, with open sales beginning on October 12, 2023. You can easily purchase both devices these days. Google has run some time-limited discounts, especially on the Pixel 8, discounting it for as much as $100. You can often also spot Google offering a free case for the devices.

Google Pixel 8 vs Pixel 8 Pro: Which should you buy?

google pixel 8 pro vs pixel 8 cameras hero
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

It’s clear that Google is targeting different tiers of consumers with the specs and pricing of the Pixel 8 vs Pixel 8 Pro.

The lower $699 price tag of the Pixel 8 makes it the de-facto recommendation for most users. It has a smaller and more manageable size, an equally competent primary camera, the same software experience, and a well-rounded spec sheet. If you aren’t chasing any particular spec on the Pixel 8 Pro, you should default to the Pixel 8 as it will be a great smartphone for most people. If you are simply looking for a good flagship Pixel phone that offers a great experience, the Pixel 8 is the phone to get.

If you are simply looking for a good flagship Pixel phone that offers a great experience, the Pixel 8 is the phone to get.

The Pixel 8 Pro is for the enthusiast. While it is not a complete spec-chaser that we often see from other OEMs (no Pixel has been a spec-beast, for that matter), it packs enough of a punch to stand its ground. For users who demand a larger screen, finer camera controls, greater camera flexibility, or simply more storage, the Pixel 8 Pro makes sense.

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But you also have to spend at least $300 more on these features, which might be too steep for consumers looking for a robust value package. Some extras like the temperature sensor and UWB functionality won’t add nearly enough value to be part of your purchase decision.

Google Pixel 8 vs Pixel 8 Pro: FAQ

No, neither the Pixel 8 nor the Pixel 8 Pro have an SD card slot.

Yes, both the phones are IP68 water and dust resistant. They are not completely waterproof, though, but can survive submersion 1.5m deep in fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

No, the Google Pixel 8 Pro does not have a curved screen. Google has equipped the Pixel 8 Pro with a flat display this time.

Yes, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro have Qi wireless charging up to 12W with Qi-certified third-party wireless charger. With the first-party Pixel Stand (2nd gen), you can wirelessly charge up to 18W on the Pixel 8 and up to 23W on the Pixel 8 Pro.

Yes, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro have dual-SIM and eSIM support. Both the phones accept one nano-SIM. With the use of eSIM, you can add a second SIM.

Gemini Nano is coming to the Google Pixel 8 Pro, but not the Pixel 8. The latter phone lacks the hardware to support Google’s mobile on-device AI model.

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