Google has presented its new flagship in mobile telephony, the Pixel 8 family (made up of Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro) which highlights the power of the Tensor G3 processor, prepared for the new features of artificial intelligence offered by the device. Among all of them, the so-called ‘Magic Editor’ stands out, a tool that represents a historic leap in the computational photography segment.
Broadly speaking, the Pixel 8 Pro user will become fond of taking group photos in burst mode in order to be able to choose segments of the photo as they wish. As an example, in a photograph with several people, the possibility of changing a face in a snapshot for another from the same sequence opens up. That effect will have Particular convenience when someone has appeared with their eyes closed in a group photo, in order to exchange that part of the original photograph for another ‘sister’, but with the eyes properly open. Google sources explain that this technology “offers a new experimental editing experience assisted by generative AI, to capture the essence of each moment in photos, with just a few touches, and the possibility of modifying the position and size of people and objects, as well as such as setting default settings (activated with a single touch) to give more prominence to the background.
In video recordings, the same ‘Magic Editor’ can Easily reduce unwanted sounds, such as wind or background noise from a crowd. “This computational audio function uses advanced machine learning models to distribute different sounds into different layers, which in turn allows you to control their respective levels,” add the same sources.
In the case of the Google Pixel 8 Pro, it is a device with a design very similar to that of its predecessors, with a 6.7-inch Oled screen (Super Actua Display), with a resolution of 2,992 x 1,344 px (489 dpi) and refresh rate of 120 Hz. Among other details, the screen shows full clarity even in direct sunlight conditions.
The smartphone hits the market with versions 128, 256 and 512 GB of storage, with prices for the Pixel 8 Pro starting at 1,099 euros and the Pixel 8 starting at 799 euros, with the gift of Pixel Buds Pro headphones or a saving of 299 euros on the Google Pixel Watch 2 smartwatch, for those who make them these days. In this case, the device hosts the Android 14 version, with seven years of guaranteed updates.
The optical assembly is made up of a 50 megapixel main rear camera, with a focal aperture of 1.68, one of the brightest on the market. It also incorporates an ultra wide angle and a telephoto lens with 5x optical magnification and up to 30x magnification in its digital zoom, both 48 megapixels, although the telephoto lens offers a brightness of f/2.8 compared to the F/1.95 macro lens. Added to the above is the 10.5 megapixel selfie camera, with f/2.2 brightness. and with autofocus
The battery hardly incorporates new hardware compared to previous models, with 5,050 mAh, although now with 45 W fast charging and 23 W wireless fast charging. However, company sources point out that during the mobile tests, The average battery life was around 31 hours.
As expected in these high-end devices, the new Pixels 8 are compatible with the 5G and WiFi 7 networks, NFC and Bluetooth 5.3, as well as fingerprint recognition under the screen, IP68 certification, and facial recognition. Likewise, the new Pixels incorporate a thermometer under their casing, in order to offer this service information.
AI at the service of users
Google also shows muscle in the field of Artificial Intelligence, with improvements in natural speech to ask the mobile phone to do things. “If you pause or say “mmmm,” your Pixel waits for you to finish speaking before responding.” Likewise, you can now write, edit and send messages quickly with your voice, even mixing multiple languages.
Added to the above is a Call Assistant with improved AI, so that users can receive fewer unwanted commercial calls, 50% less, on average. “Also is responsible for answering calls from unknown numbers in the background, with a more natural voice, to facilitate interaction with the person calling you; and is capable of discriminating between the desired calls and the rest.” Going forward, the manufacturer plans to offer contextual responses, “to respond with a single touch to simple calls, such as appointment confirmations, without having to pick up the phone,” they indicate from Google.