Google has accidentally leaked its upcoming Pixel 8 Pro smartphone in its own Phone Simulator, a website that lets users explore the features and design of its devices. The Pixel 8 Pro, which is expected to launch in October, was briefly visible in the simulator before being removed. However, some users managed to capture screenshots and videos of the phone, confirming some of its key specifications and colors.
A temperature sensor and three cameras
One of the most interesting features of the Pixel 8 Pro is a temperature sensor, which is located next to the rear camera module. This sensor can measure the ambient temperature and display it on the screen, as well as adjust the phone’s performance and battery life accordingly. This is a unique feature that has not been seen on any other smartphone before.
The Pixel 8 Pro also has three rear cameras, which include a wide lens, an ultra-wide lens, and a 5x telephoto lens. These are the same cameras that were present on the Pixel 7 Pro, which was praised for its photography capabilities. The front camera is located in a hole-punch cutout on the top left corner of the screen.
Sky, Porcelain, and Licorice
The Pixel 8 Pro will be available in three different colors: Sky (blue), Porcelain (white), and Licorice (black). These colors are similar to the ones that were leaked earlier by reliable sources. The phone has a sleek design with rounded edges and a matte finish on the back. The power button and volume rocker are on the right side of the phone, while the SIM card tray is on the left.
The phone also has a USB-C port, speakers, a microphone, and an LED flash. The phone does not have a headphone jack or a fingerprint scanner, as it relies on face unlock for security.
A mistake or a marketing strategy?
This is not the first time that Google has leaked its own products before their official launch. In fact, the company has a history of revealing details about its devices ahead of time, either intentionally or unintentionally. Some analysts believe that this is a way for Google to generate hype and interest for its products, while others think that it is a sign of poor quality control and coordination.
Either way, the Pixel 8 Pro is shaping up to be an impressive flagship phone that will compete with the likes of iPhone 14 and Samsung Galaxy S23. The phone is expected to have a 6.7-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 898 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a 5,000mAh battery. The phone will also run on Android 13, which will bring new features and improvements to the operating system.
The Pixel 8 Pro will likely be announced at Google’s hardware event in October, along with other products such as the Pixel 8, Pixel Watch, Pixel Buds 3, and Nest devices. The price and availability of the phone are still unknown, but it is expected to be more expensive than the previous generation.