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Is the Google Pixel 8 Pro worth the $100 price increase from the Pixel 7 Pro?

Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Pixel 8 Pro
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Choosing between the Google Pixel 8 Pro and the Pixel 7 Pro is not an easy decision. While the newest model boasts updated hardware and some AI feature upgrades, their value compared to the previous generation is questionable. Moreover, the new lineup is $100 more expensive. Read this comparison to determine which device is worth your investment.

Google Pixel 8 Pro vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: Key features compared

     
Product
Image Google Pixel 8 Pro Product Image Google, Pixel 7 product image
Review
Review: Google Pixel 8 Pro
Review: Google Pixel 7 Pro
Price (MSRP)
  • $999
  • $899
Display
  • 6.7-inch LTPO2-OLED
  • 1,334 x 2,992 pixels
  • 1~120 Hz refresh rate
  • 6.7-inch LTPO-OLED
  • 1,440 x 3,120 pixels
  • 10~120 Hz refresh rate
SoC
  • Google Tensor G3
  • Google Tensor G2
RAM
  • 12 GB
  • 12 GB
Memory
  • 128 / 256 / 512 GB
  • 128 / 256 / 512 GB
OS
  • Android 14
  • Seven years of system upgrades
  • Seven years of security updates
  • Android 14
  • Two (more) years of system upgrades
  • Four (more) years of security updates
Camera
  • Main: 50 MP, f/1.68
  • Ultra-wide angle: 48 MP, f/1.95
  • Telephoto: 48 MP, f/2.8
  • Main: 50 MP, f/1.85
  • Ultra-wide angle: 48 MP, f/2.2
  • Telephoto: 48 MP, f/3.5
Front-camera
  • 10.5 MP, f/2.2
  • 12 MP, f/2.2
Battery
  • 5,050 mAh at 30 W
  • 5,000 mAh at 30 W
Connectivity
  • eSIM | 5G | Wi-Fi 7 | Wi-Fi Direct | Bluetooth 5.3 | NFC
  • eSIM | 5G | Wi-Fi 6E | Wi-Fi Direct | Bluetooth 5.2 | NFC
IP Certification
  • IP68
  • IP68
Dimensions and weight
  • 162.6 × 76.5 × 8.8 mm
    213 g
  • 162.9 × 76.6 × 8.9 mm
    212 g
Offer*

Google Pixel 8 Pro vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: Design and display

Google's Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro stand for the evolution of smartphone design. The Pixel 8 Pro stands out with its iconic camera bar and a new feature—a unified camera opening coupled with a matte glass back. This design offers better resistance to fingerprints, although it's slightly less grippy than its predecessor.

Google Pixel 8 Pro back cover in detail
Google opted for a more polished design on the Google Pixel 8 Pro. / © nextpit

In contrast, the Pixel 7 Pro retains its curved 6.7-inch display, encased in an aluminum body made from 100% recycled materials. It emphasizes aesthetic continuity and durability with an integrated camera module. Despite these strengths, it falls short in advanced display features and is more susceptible to fingerprints and slipperiness, owing to its glossy metal finish.

Google Pixel 7 Pro durability test with bend and scratch
It is in the camera module that the Google Pixel 7 Pro is distinguished from the new generation. / © NextPit

Both models boast an IP68 certification, underlining their robust build. Each phone features an impressive 6.7-inch OLED display, but the Pixel 8 Pro takes the lead with its cutting-edge screen technology. It features LTPO2 technology, allowing a versatile refresh rate ranging from 1 to 120 Hz. This is a step up from the Pixel 7 Pro's 10 to 120 Hz range.

The Pixel 8 Pro, albeit with a slightly lower resolution, compensates with a remarkable maximum brightness of 1,600 nits (HDR) and a peak of 2,400 nits. Combined with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 and a sleek design without rounded edges, it offers enhanced readability and visual appeal.

Google Pixel 8 Pro display in detail
Google has abandoned the curved display in favor of a different design for the Pixel 8 Pro. / © nextpit

The Pixel 7 Pro maintains commendable screen quality with its QHD+ resolution and adaptable refresh rate. It also provides good brightness, peaking at 1,500 nits, and uses Gorilla Glass Victus for added durability. The curved edges of its screen contribute to a diverse user experience.

To summarize, both models boast high-quality displays, but the Pixel 8 Pro represents a significant advancement in display technology and design. It offers a more adaptable and user-friendly screen experience compared to the Pixel 7 Pro.

Google Pixel 7 Pro display highlighted
The Pixel 7 Pro may be a must-have for fans of the curved edge display. / © NextPit

Google Pixel 8 Pro vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: Interface/OS

When it comes to the software, both phones run with Android 14. However, the Pixel 8 Pro promises an impressive seven years of updates, indicating a focus on longevity. The Pixel 7 Pro was released in 2022 and still offers at least two more years of major updates and four years of security updates.

The new generation also introduces new features like a precise temperature sensor and advanced AI-based photo editing.

Google Pixel 8 Pro screenshots displaying the Best Take feature for face swapping
The main software difference between these two devices lies in the AI-enabled features. / © nextpit

In summary, the Pixel 8 Pro excels in long-term software support and innovation. The choice between them depends on whether a user values extended updates and some extra camera features.

Google Pixel 8 Pro vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: Performance

The Google Pixel 8 Pro, with its Tensor G3 processor, offers sufficient performance for general tasks but falls short in high-end gaming and intensive applications. Its AI and security features, like the Titan M2 chip, are notable, but it doesn't match competitors in peak performance.

On the other hand, the Pixel 7 Pro, powered by the Tensor G2 processor, delivers smooth and stable performance, excelling in image and video processing. It provides a reliable user experience without overheating, even under heavy use.

  Google Pixel 8 Pro
(Tensor G3)
Google Pixel 7 Pro
(Tensor G2)
3DMark Wild Life Stress Test
  • Worst: 4,356
  • Best: 8,492
  • Worst: 4,617
  • Best: 6,550
3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
  • Worst: 1,219
  • Best: 2,311
  • Worst: 1,482
  • Best: 1,845
3DMark Solar Bay Stress Test
  • not supported
  • not supported
Geekbench 6
  • Single: 1,756
  • Multi: 3,630
  • Single: 1,505
  • Multi: 3,962

In summary, both phones deliver strong performance. Equipped with Google's latest System on a Chip (SoC), the Pixel 8 Pro boasts advancements in AI and security. However, in terms of performance and efficiency, it falls short when compared to its competitors like Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (review) and Apple iPhone 15 Pro (review).

Google Pixel 8 Pro vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: Camera

The Google Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro both offer exceptional camera capabilities, with a slight edge for the Pixel 8 Pro in terms of new features. The Pixel 8 Pro boasts a 50 MP main camera, enhanced with two 48 MP cameras for ultra-wide and telephoto zoom, excelling in zoom shots and night photography. However, it's missing some promised camera features.

Google Pixel 8 Pro camera module close up
The Google Pixel 8 Pro has a temperature sensor installed underneath the photo LED. / © nextpit

The Pixel 7 Pro maintains a similar hardware setup to its predecessor, including a 48 MP telephoto camera and a 50 MP main lens. Its Super Res Zoom and Night Sight modes stand out, though some smart functions and cinematic blur have inconsistencies.

Google Pixel 7 Pro camera module close-up
The Pixel 7 Pro camera module is still very competitive. / © NextPit

Overall, while both phones showcase Google's strength in computational photography, the Pixel 8 Pro offers more in terms of new camera technology and capabilities, whereas the Pixel 7 Pro continues to provide reliable and high-quality photography.

Nonetheless, in our recent blind test comparing camera quality, the Google Pixel 8 Pro emerged as the top smartphone for photography.

Google Pixel 8 Pro: Photo gallery

Google Pixel 7 Pro: Photo gallery

Google Pixel 8 Pro vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: Battery life

The Google Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro offer comparable battery performances, with both ensuring a full day's usage. The Pixel 8 Pro's slightly larger 5,050 mAh battery doesn't mark a significant advancement over the Pixel 7 Pro's 5,000 mAh capacity.

Both models feature wireless and reverse wireless charging, but they lag in fast charging, with the Pixel 8 Pro taking nearly two hours for a full charge and the Pixel 7 Pro slightly less.

Google Pixel 8 Pro screenshot showing the battery life results on the PCMark battery benchmark.
Google Pixel 8 Pro battery life: 12h23min on the PCMark battery benchmark. / © nextpit

In endurance tests, the Pixel 7 Pro slightly outperforms the Pixel 8 Pro, aligning both models with competitors in terms of battery longevity. Overall, while they provide reliable battery life, their charging speeds are not on par with faster-charging rivals in the market.

Google Pixel 7 Pro battery life results: 14h35min on the PCMark benchmark
Google Pixel 7 Pro battery life: 14h35min on the PCMark battery benchmark. / © NextPit

Google Pixel 8 Pro vs Google Pixel 7 Pro: Price and availability

The pricing strategies for the Google Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro highlight Google's shifting focus within the smartphone market. The Pixel 8 Pro represents a departure from the company's previous approach of offering lower-priced flagship models.

Starting at $999, it's a noticeable increase from the Pixel 7 Pro's starting price of $899. This increase in price reflects Google's ambition to position the Pixel 8 Pro as a more premium offering. Available in three colors, the Pixel 8 Pro offers configurations up to 512 GB, with prices reaching $1,179.

In contrast, the Google Pixel 7 Pro, launched at a more accessible price point, starts at $899. This pricing strategy made the Pixel 7 Pro a competitive option in the high-end smartphone market, balancing advanced features with affordability.

Both models are readily available on Google's official store and major e-commerce platforms like Amazon, ensuring easy accessibility for consumers.

Conclusion

Google Pixel 8 Pro's most notable feature is the unprecedented seven-year commitment to system and security updates, setting a new industry standard. On the downside, the new generation faces criticism for its slow battery charging and the absence of some software features at launch. The recent price hike of $999, particularly in the current economic climate, is also a concern.

In comparison, the Pixel 7 Pro, introduced with the Tensor G2 SoC, brought stability and advancements in computational photography. However, it was not without its flaws, as some software, like the Cinematic Blur feature and the Magic Eraser, did not meet expectations.

At its launch, the Pixel 7 Pro was considered a significant improvement and the best Pixel model to that date, despite lingering doubts about Google's ability to compete with Apple and Samsung.

The Pixel 8 Pro addresses some hardware and software integration issues of its predecessor but faces new challenges with its pricing and the rollout of features. Both models stand out in photography and custom silicon innovation but fall short in software maturity and market positioning.

To summarize, the Google Pixel 8 Pro is a great choice if you're replacing a two-year-old or older device. If you currently have the Pixel 7 Pro, upgrading to the newer model this year may not be necessary.

The current $199 price difference between the two models on Amazon is worth considering, especially with 128 GB of RAM in both. With Black Friday approaching, it's advisable to wait and see how prices adjust before deciding. If the price difference widens, the 2022 model might be the better choice.

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Camila Rinaldi

Camila Rinaldi
Head of Editorial

With over 10 years of reviewing smartphones and wearables, I recently became addicted to smart home gadgets. Even though I dove into the Apple ecosystem two years back, Android remains as one of my passions. Previously editor-in-chief of AndroidPIT and Canaltech in Brazil, I now write for the US market. I love my records and I believe that the best way to get to know a place is through its food.

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  • Rusty H. 33
    Rusty H. 4 months ago Link to comment

    I can't see paying $100 more for the 8pro, than the 7pro. Might have a little brighter screen, but it isn't worth it to me.


  • lyle l. Nirenberg 1
    lyle l. Nirenberg 5 months ago Link to comment

    The fact that Google blocks 5 G connections in the majority of countries and as labeled
    as "unsupported countries" is rarely noted but unfortunately is a huge negative point for international travelers and the like, when compared with other devices such as the iphone!


    • Rubens Eishima 29
      Rubens Eishima
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      4 months ago Link to comment

      Where did you get that from?
      What is "the majority of countries"?

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