Google has scheduled a hardware launch event for October 4, where the company is expected to officially introduced the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and other hardware (possibly including a 2nd-gen Pixel Watch).

Details about the company’s next-gen smartphones have been leaking for months, and we got confirmation of the phone’s design yesterday when Google briefly published a promotional picture of the phone on its website (the company removed that image, but not before @MishaalRahman saved a copy).

Google via @MishaalRahman and @android_setting

The phones are expected to be powered by Google’s new Tensor G3 processor, which could combine a Cortex-X3 CPU core with three Cortex-714 cores, four Cortex-A510 cores, Mali_G715 graphics, an updated TPU (tensor processing unit) for AI workloads, and hardware-accelerated support for AV1 video encoding.

There’s also a rumor that Google could add support for video output over the phone’s USB-C port, something that many other phones already offer, but which hasn’t been available on a Google-branded phone since the Nexus 5 was released in 2013. I’m less confident that this rumor will prove to be true though.

Other leaks hint at slightly higher-capacity batteries, longer-term software updates, and new AI-enabled features like an “Audio Magic Eraser” function that could clean up background noise in videos.

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  1. If Pixels offered video over USB (or whatever it’s called), my wife wouldn’t own an S23+

    1. Dp alt mode.
      Tho it wouldn’t surprise me if google came up with a new standard so that it stops working if you dare try anything other than what they approve of.

      1. I think you’re confusing Google with Apple (or I’m forgetting something Google has done). Apple’s restrictions on Bluetooth were significant back in the day.

        1. Uhh?
          Google is famous for making products and services that are already covered by everyone/thing else and then giving up 4 years later.
          It would totally be on brand of them to refuse to cooperate because they don’t want to shell out to VESA.

          1. Services, sure. They try a lot of things.
            But I don’t recall them ever restricting a feature of a smartphone or tablet after release, or even at release (like Apple and BT), other than they didn’t carry over the Video over USB feature from the Nexus to Pixel line. I’m not even sure if they’ve ever offered MicroSD on a product, but if so, that might be another example.

        2. Just by coincidence, Android Authority has a list of products/services Google has killed off. (I’d link it, but that sometimes puts comments in moderation) The only one I’ve ever used was a Nexus device.

  2. If it adds video out, I’ll buy it.
    If it doesn’t, I’m sticking to my dumbphone. I stopped using apps entirely because of how much they all suck and just… yeah. Modern smartphones are just such a terrible experience.