Google's latest smartphone range, the Pixel 8, comprises of two handsets with unique features. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are both standout devices, but which one should you choose?
Our Pixel 8 vs. 8 Pro comparison guide contains all the information you need to understand the design and performance of each handset. Once you’re ready to try the Google Pixel 8 or Pixel Pro, choose from a range of new colourways and you’re set to go.
The Google Pixel has maintained its competitive pricing range over the years, and the Pixel 8 is no different:
• Google Pixel 8 128GB – starting at £699
• Google Pixel 8 Pro 128GB – starting at £999
Polished or matte backing
The two handsets offer a similar design at first glance, with sleek hardware and the curved glass that is typically seen across Google phones. However, the Pro reigns supreme with subtle details designed to improve user experience, alongside a satin matte finish that feels weighty and safe in your hand.
While the Pixel 8 has a Gorilla Glass Victus matte aluminium frame, the Pixel 8 Pro comes with a Gorilla Glass Victus 2 matte back, and polished aluminium frame. Both models have impressive scratch resistance with the use of Gorilla Glass Victus, but the Pro’s upgrade to Victus 2 offers further protection from accidental falls. While no smartphone (yet) is completely crack-proof, the Pro certainly feels more robust, although the rear camera doesn’t benefit from this tough glass.
The most obvious visual difference between the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro in this range is the dimensions. The Google Pixel 8 comes in at 150x70x8mm, a lightweight handset that is ever so slightly smaller than its predecessor, the Pixel 7, the perfect size in terms of comfort and practicality. A similar size to the Pixel 7 Pro and perfect for those who prefer a bigger device, the Pixel 8 Pro is slightly weightier than the Pixel 8, with dimensions coming in at 162x76x88mm.
A handset well known for its exceptional clarity, Google has continued to use the 6.2-inch and 6.7-inch OLED displays on the latest Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro handsets. The Pixel 8 Actua display boasts a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels for a density of 428 PPI, compared to the 8 Pro which has a Super Actua display with a resolution of 1344 x 2992 for a density of 489 PPI.
Both models have impressive displays, aided by smooth transitions as you move between screens. However, Google have incorporated their brightest display yet into the Pixel 8 Pro with the Super Actua display, noticeably brighter even in direct sunlight. This is made more impressive still with the increased chance of saving battery when dropping to a lower refresh rate, ideal for videographers or gamers clocking up more detailed screen time.
Memory and Storage
Smartphone storage has improved drastically over the years, and if you're looking for a device with impressive capabilities, you may be more likely to lean towards the Pixel 8 Pro. The Pixel 8 comes with two storage options- 128GB or 256GB - and offers 8GB of RAM, a storage option that is well equipped to deal with daily usage. The 8 Pro goes one step further, offering 12GB of Ram, and has 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options: well suited to those with a large number of apps, photos and videos.
Enhanced Camera Offering
Known for its high-quality cameras, the Pixel 8 range includes a 50MP main camera and for the Pixel 8, a 12MP ultrawide camera with autofocus and 10.5MP dual PD front-facing camera. However, beating the smaller model on lens capabilities, the 8 Pro boasts a 48MP Quad PD ultrawide camera with autofocus. A third camera, the 48MP Quad telephoto camera, allows users to take clear photos while further away from the subject, making the 8 Pro are more fitting choice for budding photographers.
Advanced Camera Features
While both the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro have an extensive roster of camera features, the 8 Pro has extra additions that could sway the keen photographer. Both models have popular features such as Audio Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur, Cinematic Pan and Real Tone. Those looking to take their photography to the next level will appreciate the Pixel 8 Pro’s inclusion of new features; pro controls, high-resolution photography, Video Boost and night sight video.
Long battery life
Both Pixel models boast an impressive battery life, with over 24 hours of charge as standard - and up to 72 hours when using Extreme Battery Saver. This impressive capacity makes the Pixel brand an excellent choice for gamers, video-watchers and creators alike. While both models have similar charging capabilities, the 8 Pro has a 5,050 mAh5 compared to the Pixel 8 with just 4,575 mAh5. Fast Charge and Wireless Charging are present on the new Pixel models, and we also see the introduction of Battery Share to the Pixel 8 range, a feature not previously available on Google handsets.
These handsets offer unique and high-quality features for the everyday user, but comparing the Pixel 8 vs 8 Pro, each model is suited to different needs. Those who use their device for professional purposes or are keen photographers will be well suited to the Pro, while those looking for a high-quality phone for everyday use may prefer the more affordable price tag and exceptional cameras that comes with the Pixel 8.
When purchasing or upgrading to a new handset, you’ll need to move your information and data across from your old device. For a step-by-step guide on how to do so, our data transfer page has the low-down on all things Android.
What cases fit the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro?
There are ample cases to choose from when looking for extra protection for your Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro, so you can customise your device, while helping prevent any damage.
Our collection of Google Pixel phone cases includes options for both models, so you won’t be short of cases to choose from.