Google has a history of being terrible at keeping its Pixel devices secret and confidential. We’ve come to expect that prototype hardware will be revealed several months before the annual hardware event in October. This has caused Google to reveal upcoming flagships. The Pixel 7A, Pixel fold, and Pixel tablet were all the focus of last week’s I/O Keynote, so we did not get a glimpse at the Pixel 8 lineup.
It didn’t seem like it took long for this to change.
According to Android Police the Pixel 8 Pro is making its unofficial debut on what appears as an internal Google video. The video shows someone demonstrating the new feature of reading body temperature.
The design of the phone is very similar to ‘s early renders. All three cameras are now contained in the same oval-shaped glass within the metal camera bar. It looks like the display is flat. Finally Am I Right?
The Pixel 8 Pro is held very close to the forehead in the demo. It’s then moved across the face to get an accurate reading. This appears to be done by a sensor located beneath the flash. To use the thermometer, you must remove glasses and other obstructions.
Google’s pursuit of this kind of functionality is fascinating. After experimenting with radar features on the Pixel 4 the company has remained more conservative with its latest flagships. The company has focused on camera upgrades, Tensor chips, and AI features.
Google’s $1,800 foldable is expected to arrive in a few short months. The Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel 8 are likely announced in October. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro might seem a bit boring in comparison, but they will feature the latest Tensor G3 chip from Google as well as more software tricks.