The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro may still be fresh off the assembly line, with both phones earning praise from us and other reviewers. But that doesn’t stop me from looking back to 2023 and wondering what Google can do to take its flagship smartphones to another level.
The Pixel 8 is inevitable as Google has shown no signs of slowing down in the smartphone business; In fact, quite the opposite. So while the next Pixel is being developed, I’m hoping that some of the following wishlist ideas will come to fruition.
This is what I want to see in the Pixel 8.
Better battery life
Google seems to have issues with battery life, as evidenced by the lackluster longevity of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 series. Even with a 5,000mAh battery, the Pixel 7 Pro barely lasts 8 hours in the battery life test. Juice Mobile Battery. This is very sad.
I suspect Google needs to work more on Tensor’s energy efficiency. So for the Pixel 8 and Tensor G3 I want to see much better battery life. But then again, I said the same thing last year, and look where it got me.
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro support up to 30W fast wired charging. That’s better than Apple’s 20W, but slower than Samsung’s 45W and much slower than OnePlus and Xiaomi offer for your phones.
For the Pixel 8, I’d love to see up to 65W. If battery life doesn’t improve, Google could at least give us the option to quickly recharge the phone.
The Tensor G2 is a huge improvement over its predecessor. It offers much better performance, especially in games. But Tensor remains behind its Qualcomm and Apple Silicon counterparts, far behind in the latter’s case. I want better CPU and GPU performance from Tensor G3.
The TPU, or Tensor Processing Unit, on Google’s silicon is certainly a sight to behold, thanks to all the cool things it can accomplish. Hopefully the Tensor G3 will continue to up the ante on what a smartphone can do with AI and machine learning. Seriously, Photo Unblur and Magic Eraser (a Pixel 6 transition feature) are just amazing features. I hope the Pixel 8 continues this trend.
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have increased screen brightness over the previous generation. Both phones surpassed 900 nits in our tests, which is pretty good. But when the iPhone 14 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra go past 1,000 nits and approach 1,500, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro look weak in comparison.
I’d like to see Google use an even brighter panel for the Pixel 8 to compete with Apple and Samsung.
Apple has put a 48MP main sensor in the iPhone 14 Pro, which also lets you take full 48MP RAW photos. This unlocks great editing and cropping features for some really beautiful photos. Both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have a 50MP Samsung GN1 main sensor, but their RAW photos are limited to 12.5MP split-pixel photos.
I want the Pixel 8 to unlock the full 50MP RAW. It’s a feature I had fun with on the iPhone 14 Pro, and I’d love to see Google catch up with Apple on this photography front.
Pixel 8 perspective
We’re a year away from the Pixel 8, so there’s plenty of time for Google to plan how to improve the Pixel 7. So far, I’m really enjoying the Pixel 7 Pro – it’s hard to choose between this phone and the Galaxy. S22 Ultra for the title of best Android phone, as you can see in my clash between Pixel 7 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra. Pixel is fantastic.
But battery life is still my biggest concern for the Pixel 8. Google needs to figure this out. Whatever the underlying cause, the Pixel 8 needs to last longer on a charge if people are to take Google’s flagship phones more seriously.
This is a wishlist at the moment, but maybe Google will implement some of them. We’ll have to see.