The Pixel 8 series is officially released! This is Google’s AI killer feature

There is a strange phenomenon this year. Before the press conference has been held, a lot of information has been leaked. Before the MadeByGoogle 23: Keynote new product launch conference, information about the series of products at the conference sprung up like mushrooms after rain, which was generally consistent with the final new product information.

Even if the information about Pixel 8 has not been exposed in advance, it is difficult to surprise people just by looking at the hardware performance and parameters of this phone. It is even more boring than the iPhone 15 series, which has been criticized for "no innovation".

But just like Google I/O a few months ago, the protagonist of this conference is not mobile phones, but AI.

From photography, video, and video to the latest Android 14 system, Google can’t wait to use AI to “redo” every feature of Pixel.

Monika Gupta, vice president of product management at Google, said that the generative AI on the Pixel 8 series is 150 times more complex than the most complex model on the Pixel 7.

This year we have seen many manufacturers announce the integration of large models into mobile phones. Although it is still relatively preliminary, it may mark the arrival of a new stage in smartphones.

Just as intelligent driving systems have become an indispensable part of electric vehicles, how to combine AI experience with smartphones will be a required course for every manufacturer.

Put AI into your mobile phone

As the son of Google, the Pixel 8 series of mobile phones are equipped with the latest customized chip Tensor G3 processor developed by Google.

Monika Gupta, vice president of product management, said that the research and development purpose of the Tensor G3 chip has never been limited to traditional performance indicators, but is aimed at driving the mobile computing experience forward and paving the way for generative AI on the device.

The Tensor G3 chip includes the latest generation ARM CPU, upgraded GPU, new ISP and imaging DSP, and next-generation TPU (custom-designed to run Google's AI models).

Compared with the first-generation Tensor on Pixel 6, Tensor G3 runs more complex ML (machine learning) models, with more than twice the number of machine learning models running on the device.

Thanks to the Tensor G3 chip, the Pixel 8 series has also made further breakthroughs in language and natural language understanding.

In the next few months, Google will gradually launch Assistant with Bard. You can think of it as an AI-enhanced version of the personal assistant. This tool will be integrated with Google applications such as Gmail and Docs. You can easily talk to Google Assistant and Let it help you create captions for photos, create shopping lists, and find information in your email inbox.

In addition to processing text language, processing of image language is also the highlight of this conference. At the Google I/O 2023 conference in May, Google revealed the new function "Magic Editor".

With the Magic Editor in the Google Photos app, you can modify any object in the scene, and when you move the object elsewhere, the Magic Editor will accurately fill in the original space.

Unfortunately, a Google spokesperson euphemistically stated that the Magic Editor function is still in the "early stages". Therefore, although the demonstration effect at the press conference was good, the actual effect will not be known until October 12th.

Powered by the new Google Tensor G3, the Pixel 8 series phones also support new AI features, such as Audio Magic Eraser, which can remove distracting sounds from videos. Or, you can ask the Pixel to read a web page aloud, or even ask it to be translated into a different language.

When taking photos outdoors during the day, we usually encounter a situation where the strong sunlight shines on our eyes, making it difficult to open them. Eventually, the resulting pictures are often unsatisfactory. Now Google has launched the Best Take function, which can combine multiple group photos together. Together, choose different people's expressions from different pictures to create the perfect group photo.

Therefore, with this function, you no longer have to regret not having good photos to post to Moments when taking photos at daily gatherings.

Google said: “This is just the beginning, and we plan to add more intuitive generative AI features to Magic Editor in the future.

In addition, Pixel 8 Pro also has an exclusive video enhancement "Video Boost" function. When this function is enabled, the color, light, noise, etc. of the video can be effectively adjusted to improve video quality.

Google executives said: "We are using the same algorithm to enable a completely new way of computing video. Achieving this goal is challenging because there is much more data in videos than photos. In fact, processing 30 frames One minute of 4K video is equivalent to processing 1,800 photos per second, a task that no mobile phone can accomplish on its own.”

At the end of the conference, a Google spokesperson also announced that the Pixel 8 series would become the first mobile phones to try out the Android 14 system, and promised to provide 7 years of Android major version software updates.

Phones from Samsung, Nothing, OnePlus and other manufacturers will receive the update "later this year." This update will bring some new security features, such as AI-generated wallpapers, deeper key support, privacy protection for handling suspicious data, as well as a large number of UI, customization and health updates.

Google Pixel 8 series: Changed, but seemingly unchanged

Although other upgrades are not the highlight, we have also briefly summarized them for you.

Pixel 8 uses a 6.2-inch FHD+ resolution "Actua" display, supports a 60-120Hz refresh rate, and has a peak brightness of 2,000 nits, which is 42% brighter than the Pixel 7's display.

Pixel 8 uses a 10.5-megapixel front camera, a 50-megapixel rear main camera and a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens. In terms of battery life, Pixel 8 has a built-in 4575mAh battery that supports 27W wired and 18W wireless charging.

The Pixel 8, which feels better to hold, uses a satin metal finish and a polished glass back panel. It is available in three colors: matte gray, obsidian black or rose. When you buy Pixel 8, you will get a free Pixel Buds Pro, priced at Starting at US$699 (approximately RMB 5,030).

Pixel 8 Pro uses a 6.7-inch QHD resolution "Super Actua" display, supports a refresh rate of 1-120Hz, and has a peak brightness of 2,400 nits.

In other aspects, Pixel 8 Pro is equipped with a 50-megapixel main camera + 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens + 48-megapixel telephoto lens. The battery capacity reaches 5050 mAh and supports 30W wired charging and 23W wireless charging.

It is worth mentioning that the Google Pixel 8 Pro also has a unique temperature sensor on the back. Users can quickly scan an object to obtain its temperature by simply pressing the measurement button in the mobile app.

In addition, Google has submitted an application to the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) to allow the Pixel's temperature app to measure your body temperature and save the data to the Fitbit.

Pixel 8 Pro is available in three colors: Bay Blue, Obsidian Black and Ceramic Rice, with a starting price of US$999 (approximately RMB 7,190)

AI-first Google

AI has penetrated into every aspect of life. It is not only a powerful assistant in our digital age, but also the focus of the next era. Just like the forward-looking vision expressed by Google’s current CEO Pichai at the 2017 Google I/O conference:

Google has become synonymous with search, and Alphabet will become an AI-first company in the future.

Faced with the overnight popularity of ChatGPT, Google, which "got up early and rushed to a late meeting," was in a hurry. After slightly stabilizing its position, Google fully bet on AI at the Google I/O 2023 conference in May this year, trying to declare to the world Google's leading position in AI.

The most frequent word on the lips of the spokesperson for this new product launch is also AI. However, compared to the rush to respond in May, Google, which has many AI aces in its hands, seems to be more calm.

After looking at the entire conference, it is obvious that Google, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary, is not just a manufacturer of hardware, but also aspires to be the leader of AI in the next 25 years.

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