Google Pixel 8 Unboxing and First Impressions

Google launched the Pixel 8 smartphone globally and in India last week. The Pixel 8 has a slightly smaller screen compared to the Pixel 8, comes with a new Tensor G3 SoC, and has upgraded cameras. Here we have the first impressions of the phone.

Box Contents

  • Pixel 8 in Rose colour
  • USB-C to USB-C Cable (USB 2.0)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Quick Switch Adaptor
  • SIM Ejector Tool

The phone has a 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate, and this has up to 2000 nits brightness, making it 40%  brighter than the predecessor. The screen is bright, and the viewing angles are good. It has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection, same as the Pixel 7.

There is a centre punch-hole display that houses an 10.8MP camera wich now supports 4K 60 fps video recording. Since this is small, it doesn’t disturb when watching videos. The earpiece on the top doubles up as the secondary speaker. The front camera also works for face unlock.

You can also see the tiny bottom bezel, but the bezels on the sides and the top are minimal. It runs Android 14. The company has promised 7 years of OS updates, feature drop and security updates for the phone for the first time.

The phone has an in-display fingerprint scanner, which is the same as older Pixel phones. It has the Google Tensor G3 SoC along with Titan M2 security chip. This is faster than the second gen, and the performance is good. We will have to check if it heats up quickly on intensive use such as gaming.

The phone has a satin metal finish on the side, so it doesn’t attract fingerprints. You can see the antenna bands around the phone. The power button and volume rockers are present on the right side. The single SIM slot is present on the left side, and the phone has eSIM support. The phone has 5G support. The USB Type-C port, microphone and speaker grill are present on the bottom. The secondary microphone is present on the top.

The phone has a metal camera bar with a matte finish. This has a new 50MP main camera with f/1.68 aperture and OIS. There is a secondary 12MP 125° Ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture that now has macro option as well. It has up to 4K 60 fps video recording for the front and rear cameras. There are new Best Take, Magic Editor and Audio Magic Eraser features.

Check out some camera samples.

The phone has a a polished glass back that also has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection on the back as well. It also comes in Obsidian and Hazel colours, in addition to Rose. The phone also has IP68 ratings for water resistance.  The phone packs a 4355mAh battery, which is actually smaller than the 4,575mAh battery, which is smaller than the 4614mAh battery in the Pixel 7. It has up to 27W wired fast charging and also has 18W wireless charging.

It is already available for pre-order from Flipkart for Rs. 75,999 for the 128GB model and the 256GB model costs Rs. 82,999. The phone will go on sale from tomorrow, October 12th.

Author: Srivatsan Sridhar

Srivatsan Sridhar is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast who is passionate about Mobile phones and Mobile apps. He uses the phones he reviews as his main phone. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram