The star of the new presentation was of course Google's new flagship smartphone Google Pixel 8 Pro. If we look at the exterior, not much has happened since the last generation, but the design is also so rigid that it is probably to a large extent to hold on to the great recognizability of the Pixel design.
However, little has happened on the outside. The glass back of the Pixel 8 Pro now has a matte finish, as opposed to the glossy finish we saw on the Pixel 7 Pro.
On the back, the camera setup has also been gathered in an oval, instead of the division that was there before. It gives a slightly more harmonious and unified expression.
Google has made an effort to keep their goal of reaching a 0% CO2 goal in 2030. This means, among other things, that all their new devices are made with a certain proportion of recycled aluminium.
Alongside the cameras, some new hardware has also been added, in the form of a temperature sensor. Via a thermometer app, it is then possible to quickly measure the surface temperature of a multitude of things around you.
On the camera front, Google has always been very well positioned and the camera hardware on the new Pixel 8 Pro has also been upgraded. There is a new 50 MP f/1.7 main sensor which is 21% more light sensitive.
Ultrawide has also been upgraded to 48MP and is 108% more light sensitive, which can focus as far as 2cm for better macro shots.
The telephoto lens is also 48 MP, 56% more light sensitive and with the option of 10x optical zoom.
The front camera lands at 10.5MP and has added autofocus, so your selfies should now have a better chance of being sharp.
On the Pixel 8 Pro, the camera app also gives you access to Pro Control, where you can manually control settings such as focus, shutter speed and choose which of the three lenses to use at a given time.
On the front we get a new LTPO display, which Google calls their Super Actua Display. It is a 6.7 inch screen with a 1244x2992 resolution and variable refresh rate from 1-120 Hz. Most impressive, however, is that it can handle a peak brightness of a whopping 2400 nits. This means that the Google Pixel 8 Pro has one of the brightest smartphone screens currently on the market, if not the strongest.
To power everything new, the Pixel 8 Pro is equipped with the latest Google Tensor G3 chip, in combination with a Titan M2 security process. It is complemented by 12 GB of LPDDR5X RAM and the option of 128 GB or 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage space.
Pixel 8 Pro comes in the colors Bay, Obsidian and Porcelain and lands with a price of 1400$ for the 128 GB version and 1600$ for the 256 GB version.
If we look at the little brother in the family, the Pixel 8 also comes in with good updates, but without getting all the same features as the Pixel 8 Pro.
On the outside, it is a slightly smaller phone with a 6.2" OLED display with a 1080x2400 resolution and the option of a refresh rate of 60-120 Hz. It is still Google's Actua Display, but in a slightly smaller version with a Peak Brightness of "only" 2000 nits.
The internal hardware is the same Google Tensor G3 chip, but limited to 8 GB of LPDDR5X RAM and the option of 128 GB or 256 GB of UFS 3.1 GB of storage space.
The camera setup is also cut back a bit on the Pixel 8, with the same 50 MP main sensor as on the Pixel 8 Pro. Here, however, it is only supplemented by a 12 MP ultrawide and thus does not get the Telephoto option that comes on the Pixel 8 Pro.
However, the front camera has received the same treatment as on the large Pixel 8 Pro, so here there will also be a 10.5 MP camera with autofocus.
Pixel 8 comes in the colors Hazel, Obsidian and Rose and lands with a price of 1000$ for the 128 GB model and DKK 1100$ for the 256 GB version.
Although the hardware on the new Pixel 8 phones has received a nice boost, it has never been on the hardware front that Google has stayed ahead. It is instead on the software, and this will probably also be the case with the Pixel 8 series.
The new series comes with a whole range of exciting AI-driven features, all of which can help make the experience of your Pixel phone something special.
It ranges from things like the historically super good image processing and photo software. It has been expanded with options such as Magic Eraser, where you can remove elements in your photos, such as people in the background or adjust the composition after the photo is taken.
One of the new features is the "Best Take" option on group photos. Here, the camera takes a whole series of pictures and afterwards, for each person in the picture, you can go in and choose just the face that was the best in the series. That way you can avoid the problem of closed eyes or just crazy faces in group photos.
It's also things like improved noise reduction on not just your calls, but now also in videos that you record with the phone.
At the same time, the Pixel 8 phones naturally also come with the latest Android 14 version directly from Google itself. On top of that, Google has promised a full seven years of software and security updates for the Pixel 8 phones. So if you are the type of person who keeps the same phone for a long time, there is good security in that warranty.
In connection with the new Pixel 8 phones, Google also announced their new Pixel Watch 2. The biggest news for us here in Denmark is that the Pixel Watch 2 is now also available on the Danish market, at the same time as the new Pixel 8 phones.
The design is as we have seen it before with the Pixel Watch. It is a very rounded and subdued design without too many excesses.
The internal hardware has been upgraded with a new Quad Core processor, which should help improve both performance and battery life.
Google promises up to 24 hours of battery life with Always On Display turned on. From here you can download even more if you switch that function off.
Charging has also become faster than before. Now you can get power for 12 hours of use with just 30 minutes of charging.
The sensors have also been upgraded and this provides, among other things, a new Multi Path sensor for the heart rate monitor, which now measures several places at the same time for more precise measurements. It is also a temperature meter and, of course, an activity meter, which can automatically detect activities such as running, cycling, etc. better than before.
On the software side, it's WearOS 4, which comes with new improved versions of a number of Google apps so they work better on a Pixel Watch interface.
The Pixel Watch 2 comes in four color combinations: Polished Silver/Bay, Polished Silver/Porcelain, Matte Black/Obsidian and Gold/Hazel.
The price for the Pixel Watch 2 is 500$ for the WiFi version and 600$ for the LTE version.
The last Pixel update in the Pixel family comes to the Pixel Buds Pro. There are a few hardware updates, including Bluetooth Super Wideband, which provides more bandwidth for calls, so your voice gets through better.
It is complemented by improved noise reduction, which sorts out the noise around you. Via AI, it is also possible to turn on Conversation Detection, so that your Pixel Buds Pro automatically turn on Transparency Mode and pause your music when you start talking.
Pixel Buds Pro come with the new colors so they can match your Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro phone and land with a price of 280$.