Case manufacturers start producing cases months before a phone is released. Despite the fact that the Pixel 8 pair is unlikely to be unveiled until October, cases for both phones have reportedly appeared online. They do an excellent job of highlighting some of the expected design changes.
Google changed things up considerably with the Pixel 6 in 2021. As a result, no one was expecting a major design overhaul this year, but the company appears to have made a number of small changes that will improve the user experience.
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First on the list is the Pixel 8. It’s expected to have a 6.16-inch screen, making it smaller than the 6.3-inch Pixel 7. The phone is also likely to be slimmer and narrower than the Pixel 7, with a more rounded look than the Pixel 7. The camera notch is rumoured to be slightly larger than on the Pixel 7.
The leaked example seems to be in line with previous claims and renders. The corners appear to be rounded, and the camera notch appears to be closer to the bottom and top of the horizontal part that is supposed to house the camera bar. The phone’s bezels are also expected to be slimmer.
Following this, the Pixel 8 Pro is likely to feature more rounded edges and smaller bezels. The phone is also expected to ditch its curved screen in favour of a flatter display. It’s expected to have the 6.7-inch screen of the Pixel 7 Pro, but with a slightly smaller footprint.
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These adjustments have been accounted for in the leaked case, but the most noticeable cosmetic difference is a single cutout for the three camera sensors instead of two. There’s also a small elongated notch for a fourth unknown sensor, which could be a depth unit or something like Apple’s Lidar sensor.
The Pixel 8 series is expected to be powered by the Tensor G3 processor, which will be manufactured using Samsung’s 3nm technology. The devices are expected to include new camera features such as staggered HDR support, which may require new sensors, an improved Night Sight option and Video Unblur. They could also finally get a non-annoying fingerprint sensor, which could help them become the biggest phones of 2023.
That’s because the Pixel 7 phones are fantastic too, but little annoyances like an inaccurate fingerprint reader seem to be detracting from the overall experience for many people.