Google has decided to give consumers a tantalizing glimpse of its forthcoming Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones, even before the highly-anticipated Made by Google event slated for next month. The tech giant has dropped an official sneak peek video, lasting 23 seconds, on YouTube, showcasing the two new phones from nearly every conceivable angle. Additionally, Google has rolled out a dedicated landing page on its online store that holds not only a teaser for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro but also hints at the Pixel Watch 2.
This move by Google comes amidst a flurry of leaks and rumors that have swirled around the internet for months, including some leaks that seemed to be initiated by the company itself. The video does offer confirmation of certain pre-release information that has been circulating. For example, it officially reveals that Google will offer the Pixel 8 Pro in a color option dubbed ‘Porcelain.’ Moreover, the video suggests that the Pixel 8 will have a smaller display compared to the 6.3-inch screen found on the Pixel 7.
However, the video remains coy about revealing the front view of either the Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro. Thus, the speculations about whether Google’s new flagship smartphones will sport flat displays, a detail that has frequently popped up in recent rumors, remain unconfirmed. As for the internal specifications, Google remains tight-lipped, providing no specifics. Nevertheless, the tech giant drops a tantalizing hint by stating, “Meet the new Pixel phones, featuring the most advanced Pixel cameras yet and Google AI to help you do more, even faster.”
Google has a history of unveiling its devices ahead of their official launch date. In 2019, the company took the unusual step of revealing the Pixel 4 on Twitter (formerly known as X) before the official launch due to repeated leaks about the device. The timing of this reveal holds significance for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it comes nearly a month prior to Google’s scheduled announcement of its full lineup of fall 2023 hardware on October 4. Secondly, this video teaser arrives less than a week before Apple is set to unveil its latest iPhones, hinting at an intense competition in the tech world.