Google Pixel 2023 event showcased a range of exciting updates and new products across their portfolio. With enhancements in smartwatches, smartphones, and audio accessories, Google continues to innovate and deliver exceptional technology experiences.
Before we dive into the main attractions, let’s take a moment to highlight some of the minor updates to Google’s current product lineup announced at Keynote 23.
Google Pixel Watch 2
Following last year’s debut of Google’s first smartwatch, the company returns with the Google Pixel Watch 2, aiming to address the shortcomings of its predecessor. Notably, the previous model’s performance was hindered by the Exynos 9110 chipset. However, the 2023 model boasts significant improvements.
The new Google Pixel Watch 2 now relies on the Qualcomm Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 chipset, accompanied by 2 GB of RAM. This impressive upgrade, featuring a 4-nanometer manufacturing process, promises better energy efficiency and enhanced performance. Despite a slight increase in battery capacity, from 294 mAh to 306 mAh, Google claims a remarkable 24-hour autonomy with the Always On Display activated.
The smartwatch sports a circular OLED display, measuring 1.2 inches diagonally, with a resolution of 384 x 384 pixels. Interestingly, this marks a slight downgrade from the previous generation’s 450 x 450-pixel display, but it’s expected to boost battery life. The Google Pixel Watch 2 also introduces 5ATM/IP68 moisture protection, making it suitable for swimming. Furthermore, it features UWB support for precise device tracking via Find My Device.
Google has also introduced a new magnetic charger priced at $30. The Bluetooth variant of the Google Pixel Watch 2 will retail at $350, maintaining the same price point as the first generation. Additionally, an LTE variant will be available for $400.
Google Pixel 8 Pro
While much information about the Google Pixel 8 Pro had already leaked before the event, the presentation shed light on some intriguing details. One standout feature is Google’s commitment to providing 7 years of operating system updates for the Google Pixel 8 Pro, a significant improvement over the previous 3-year support. However, this comes at a price, with the smartphone starting at $999, $100 more than its predecessors.
The Google Pixel 8 Pro will be powered by the Google Tensor G3 chipset, the third generation of Google’s proprietary platform. While it brings numerous enhancements in artificial intelligence capabilities, Google hasn’t made specific claims regarding battery life or heat management. Real-world tests and comparisons will be needed to assess these improvements accurately.
The device boasts an LTPO display with a variable refresh rate ranging from 1 to 120 Hz, housed within a flat 6.7-inch screen—departing from the curved displays of previous models. With a peak brightness of 2400 nits, it surpasses competing devices like the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Google has integrated a temperature sensor into the Pixel 8 Pro, allowing it to scan objects, surfaces, and even measure body temperature. Additionally, the device features improved face unlock technology, now suitable for confirming payments securely.
The primary camera now boasts a 50 MP main sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, offering improved low-light performance. The telephoto sensor, with a resolution of 48 MP, supports 5x optical zoom and faster autofocus. There’s also a 48 MP ultra-wide sensor with a remarkable 2-centimeter macro focus capability. On the front, the 10.5 MP camera now features autofocus. Moreover, users gain more control over focus, shutter speed, and the option to choose between JPEG and RAW formats directly in the native camera app.
Google has introduced several software features, most of which are accessible via the Google Photos app. Notably, users can select the best face for each person in a group photo and save it as the final image. Additionally, the Audio Magic Eraser feature allows users to isolate and remove unwanted sounds from videos.
Google Pixel 8
For those who prefer a compact smartphone, Google presents the Pixel 8, featuring a 6.2-inch display—a perfect balance of size and functionality.
The Pixel 8 measures 150.5 x 70.8 x 8.9 millimeters, catering to lovers of smaller devices. It boasts a FullHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 2000 nits, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
Under the hood, the Pixel 8 is equipped with the Tensor G3 chipset, accompanied by 8 GB of RAM. Internal storage options range from 128 to 256 GB. The primary camera offers a 50 MP main sensor with optical stabilization, a 12 MP ultra-wide lens, and a 10 MP front-facing camera. Powering the device is a 4575 mAh battery, supporting 30W fast charging and 18W wireless charging.
The Pixel 8 includes an array of features, such as Bluetooth 5.3, eSIM support, Wi-Fi 6e, NFC, IP68-rated moisture and dust resistance, and stereo speakers. Despite a modest price increase of $100, with a starting price of $700 in the US, the Pixel 8 promises 7 years of Android updates, setting a new standard in the Android world.
Pixel Buds Pro
Google Pixel Buds Pro received a notable upgrade with the introduction of Bluetooth Super Wide Band support. This cutting-edge feature places them among the pioneers in the market. Additionally, Google unveiled the Google Pixel Fold with translator support in dual-screen mode, adding versatility to their product range.
Google is introducing two new color options, porcelain and blue, for the Pixel Buds Pro headphones. Although the model’s characteristics remain unchanged, it’s worth mentioning their impressive features.
The Pixel Buds Pro continues to offer active noise cancellation with transparency mode, hands-free Google Assistant, multi-point connection support, and more. Notably, they boast an impressive battery life of up to 31 hours.