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Google Pixel 8 smartphone review: Compact and with 7 years of updates

Long lasting. The Pixel 8 is an all-round improved smartphone compared to its predecessor. The newcomer not only benefits from the bright 120 Hz display and a fingerprint reader that finally works - the biggest innovation is the extra long update support until 2030.

Google is continuing the tradition of Pixel devices and sticking to the two-device tactic: alongside the normal Pixel 8, the manufacturer also offers a Pixel 8 Pro with a larger battery, larger display and a zoom camera. For the normal Pixel 8, Google relies on form factor and makes the device much more compact. A special feature of the current Pixel series is the extended update support: the manufacturer plans to provide the devices with new software for 7 years.

Google offers the Pixel 8 in three different colors: Hazel (gray), Obsidian (black) and Rose (pink). The smartphone is available with 128 or 256 GB of storage space. Our test unit is black and has 128 GB.

Google Pixel 8 (Pixel 8 Series)
Processor
Google Tensor G3 9 x 1.7 - 2.9 GHz, Zuma - Cortex X3 / A715 / A510
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
, LPDDR5x
Display
6.20 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 424 PPI, capacitive, OLED, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 114 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Barometer
Networking
Wi-Fi 7 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz be = Wi-Fi 7), Bluetooth 5.3, GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); UMTS (Band 1/ 2/ 4/ 5/ 6/ 8/ 19); LTE (B1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ 7/ 8/ 12/ 13/ 14/ 17/ 18/ 19/ 20/ 25/ 26/ 28/ 30/ 32/ 38/ 40/ 41/ 42/ 46/ 48/ 66/ 71); 5G (sub-6 n1/ 2/ 3/ 5/ 7/ 8/ 12/ 20/ 25/ 26/ 28/ 30/ 38/ 40/ 41/ 66/ 71/ 75/ 76/ 77/ 78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.9 x 150.5 x 70.8 ( = 0.35 x 5.93 x 2.79 in)
Battery
4575 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix (ƒ/1.68, pixel size 1.2 μm, Field of view 82°, Image sensor size 1/1.31"), 12 Mpix (ultrawide, ƒ/2.2, pixel size 1.25 μm, Field of view 125.8°)
Secondary Camera: 10.5 MPix (ƒ/2.2, pixel size 1.22 μm, Field of view 95°)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: on screen, USB-cable (USB-C to USB-C); SIM-tool; USB-A to USB-C adapter, 24 Months Warranty, GNSS: GPS (L1, L5); Glonass: (L1); Galileo (E1, E5a); BeiDou (B1, B2a); SAR-Head: 0.98 W/kg, SAR-Body 1.20 W/kg; HDR10, HDR10+, HLG; DRM Widevine L1; Camera2 API: full, fanless, waterproof
Weight
187 g ( = 6.6 oz / 0.41 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
799 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88.9 %
11/2023
Google Pixel 8
Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7
187 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.20"2400x1080
88.5 %
11/2022
Google Pixel 7
Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7
197 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.30"2400x1080
89.1 %
10/2023
Apple iPhone 15
A16, A16 GPU 5-Core
171 g128 GB NVMe6.10"2556x1179
89.1 %
02/2023
Xiaomi 13
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
189 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.36"2400x1080
86.8 %
07/2023
Motorola Edge 40
Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9
171 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.55"2400x1080
90.5 %
03/2023
Samsung Galaxy S23
SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740
167 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.10"2340x1080

Case - Compact Pixel 8 with Gorilla Glass Victus

Google has chosen a matte metal frame for the Pixel 8, which is divided by antenna strips. Gorilla Glass Victus is used on the front and back. The display edges are even and pleasantly thin. The Pixel 8 is IP68-protected against ingresses of dust and water.

The cameras are housed in the Pixel-typical bar that clearly protrudes from the device. The fact that the camera bar extends across the entire width of the device means that the device does not wobble when placed on a table. The glass has a glossy finish and is susceptible to fingerprints, and a lot of dust also collects on the camera hump.

Torsional rigidity is very good, but the device can be easily compressed. This impression is reinforced by the fact that the device sounds slightly hollow when inputs are made on the display. The buttons have the typical pixel arrangement and the power button is located above the volume rocker. The keys have a good pressure point, but are also slightly loose.

Size comparison

158.43 mm / 6.24 in 71.99 mm / 2.83 in 7.49 mm / 0.2949 in 171 g0.377 lbs155.6 mm / 6.13 in 73.2 mm / 2.88 in 8.7 mm / 0.3425 in 197 g0.4343 lbs152.8 mm / 6.02 in 71.5 mm / 2.81 in 7.98 mm / 0.3142 in 189 g0.4167 lbs150.5 mm / 5.93 in 70.8 mm / 2.79 in 8.9 mm / 0.3504 in 187 g0.4123 lbs147.6 mm / 5.81 in 71.6 mm / 2.82 in 7.8 mm / 0.3071 in 171 g0.377 lbs146.3 mm / 5.76 in 70.9 mm / 2.79 in 7.6 mm / 0.2992 in 167 g0.3682 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Equipment - Pixel 8 with NFC and dual SIM

Google uses its own SoC in the Pixel 8, the Tensor G3. The smartphone supports NFC and has dual SIM. A physical SIM card can be inserted and an eSIM can be stored. The storage space is not expandable. The manufacturer installs a USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 port that supports the exFAT format, but not NTFS. This means no image output is possible.

In our copy test with the Samsung 980 Pro in an Asus ROG Strix Arion case, the Pixel 8 achieved a maximum speed of 102.15 MB/s. So the speed of the USB port is rather slow.

Power button, volume rocker
Power button, volume rocker
Speaker, USB-C, microphone
Speaker, USB-C, microphone
SIM card slot
SIM card slot
Microphone
Microphone

Software - Google promises 7 years of updates

The Pixel 8 ships with Android 14. Google supplies the device exclusively with its own apps, so the system is quite lean and only 14 GB is occupied ex works. Vanilla Android is expanded with some Pixel features and apps, such as the Pixel Recorder, which can transcribe automatically. Keywords can be used to search for recordings. Automatic call answering with the Google Assistant is also a Pixel-exclusive feature.

These functions aside, there is also the option of customizing the look of Android with "Material You". The most significant software aspect is Google's new, seven-year update promise, which includes both version and security updates. In addition, Google will continue to deliver "feature drops" that add new functions to Pixel devices.

Communication and GNSS - Pixel 8 with WiFi 7

The Pixel 8 is also future-proof in terms of wireless standards, as it supports WiFi 7. Transfer rates in conjunction with our Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 reference router are stable and roughly at the same level as the predecessor and so at a standard class level. Only the Samsung Galaxy S23 clearly stands out in the 5 GHz range.

When it comes to mobile communications, the Pixel 8 naturally supports 5G. The frequency coverage is very good. The Pixel 8 supports 27 LTE and 21 5G bands, so global cellular coverage is no issue. The device's reception is unremarkable in everyday use. The Pixel 8 supports dual SIM, either in the form of a physical and an eSIM, or two eSIMs. WiFi telephony and VoLTE are also possible on the Pixel 8.

Networking
Google Pixel 8
iperf3 receive AXE11000
891 (min: 440) MBit/s ∼54%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
867 (min: 459) MBit/s ∼50%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1570 (min: 1043) MBit/s ∼83%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1521 (min: 1325) MBit/s ∼87%
Google Pixel 7
iperf3 receive AXE11000
904 (min: 816) MBit/s ∼54%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
936 (min: 863) MBit/s ∼54%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1716 (min: 845) MBit/s ∼91%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1757 (min: 1694) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple iPhone 15
iperf3 receive AXE11000
691 (min: 617) MBit/s ∼42%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
773 (min: 576) MBit/s ∼44%
Xiaomi 13
iperf3 receive AXE11000
894 (min: 803) MBit/s ∼54%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
770 (min: 459) MBit/s ∼44%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1894 (min: 955) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1656 (min: 1620) MBit/s ∼94%
Motorola Edge 40
iperf3 receive AXE11000
839 (min: 774) MBit/s ∼51%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
942 (min: 912) MBit/s ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy S23
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1659 (min: 1603) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1749 (min: 1253) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1799 (min: 1744) MBit/s ∼95%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1590 (min: 1562) MBit/s ∼90%
Average of class Smartphone
iperf3 receive AXE11000
683 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼41%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
710 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼41%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1524 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼80%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1362 (min: 668) MBit/s ∼78%
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Google Pixel 8 Google Tensor G3, ARM Mali-G715 MP7; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1570 (1043-1725)
Google Pixel 7 Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1688 (845-1757)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1799 (1744-1867)
Google Pixel 8 Google Tensor G3, ARM Mali-G715 MP7; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1520 (1325-1685)
Google Pixel 7 Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1756 (1694-1797)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1589 (1562-1612)
Google Pixel 8 Google Tensor G3, ARM Mali-G715 MP7; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø876 (440-911)
Google Pixel 7 Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø903 (816-917)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1658 (1603-1686)
Google Pixel 8 Google Tensor G3, ARM Mali-G715 MP7; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø852 (459-948)
Google Pixel 7 Google Tensor G2, ARM Mali-G710 MP7; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø936 (863-963)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1750 (1253-1880)
GNSS measurement: indoors
GNSS measurement: indoors
GNSS measurement: outdoors
GNSS measurement: outdoors

The Google Pixel 8 supports all common satellite systems. However, localization indoors takes a few seconds and is not particularly precise. Outdoors, this is much quicker. We also took the Google Pixel 8 on a tour with a Garmin Venu 2 for comparison purposes. The smartphone's tracking capabilities are convincing for the most part. In some areas, however, the recorded route does not match the route on the stored map. In everyday use, navigation with Google Maps, for example, works without issue.

GNSS tracking: park lake
GNSS tracking: park lake
GNSS tracking: street
GNSS tracking: street
GNSS tracking: summary
GNSS tracking: summary

Telephony and Voice Quality - Crystal clear communication on the Pixel 8

Google uses its own phone app for the Pixel 8. The software is clearly structured and causes no confusion. We really like the voice quality. Both the Pixel user and the conversation partner have clear transmission without background noise. The smartphone is sufficiently loud at all times and filters out background noise well. With the “Crystal Clear Calls” function, Google improves on the smartphone's already good noise filtering capabilities.

Calls via loudspeaker are also of good quality. Although switching is noticeable, voice quality remains good. At high volumes, the frame of the smartphone vibrates noticeably.

Cameras - Normal Pixel 8 without zoom lens

Selfie with the Google Pixel 8
Selfie with the Google Pixel 8

The cameras are traditionally a strength of Pixel smartphones. The Pixel 8 continues this tradition and delivers impressive results. Some of the images are heavily processed by Google's software, giving them a high dynamic range and strong contrast. 

Google equips the Pixel 8 with a 50 MP main camera and a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle lens. The setup corresponds to that of its predecessor, the Pixel 7. Only the Pixel 8 Pro gets the new 48 MP ultra-wide-angle camera. Nevertheless, the shots from the ultra-wide-angle camera are also pleasing; the sharpness decreases slightly towards the peripheral areas.

Unlike the Pixel 8 Pro, the normal Pixel 8 does not have a zoom lens; the zoom is only implemented digitally. This works well at 2x magnification, but at 5x magnification the images are heavily overdone and image noise is visible. More than 8x zoom is not possible.

The smartphone has a macro mode, which is activated by default. If the software detects a close object in front of the camera, it automatically kicks in. This enables clear shots from short distances. The smartphone uses the ultra wide-angle camera for this, with a slightly different color balance to the main camera. There are also special modes for long exposure, for photos of moving objects and night shots. The Pixel 8 does not offer a pro or manual mode, although it is possible to set the white balance manually.

Photos taken by the selfie camera are pleasing and the portrait mode also works very reliably. However, the resolution is quite low at 10.5 MP. Long exposure and action photos are also possible with the front camera.

Video recordings are possible with all cameras at a maximum of 4K and 60 FPS. The Pixel 8 also supports 10-bit HDR recording. The video quality of the 4K recordings is pleasing. Video stabilization and autofocus work reliably, and audio recording is also good. In HDR videos, the image is slightly distorted when panning.

Google provides additional video options such as a panning mode with better stabilization, videos with a blurred background (24 FPS), slow motion and time lapse. The smartphone gets noticeably warm on the back when filming.

One new feature is Google's "Magic Editor", which allows images to be edited afterwards with the help of AI. The range of functions extends from removing an object, adjusting the color of the sky, to stylizing or abstracting an image. Not all functions are possible in all images; in some cases the software has to suggest the function itself. However, the images have to be saved in the cloud for editing and the program also takes its time here. Post-editing results can differ greatly: sometimes the software produces impressive results, other times the images are unusable.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Plush toy rabbitLakeUltra wide angle5x zoomLow light
click to load images

No major surprises are in store when it comes to the Pixel camera's color accuracy. The biggest deviation is in white, which is displayed too warmly. Image sharpness is very good, even in the peripheral areas. Photos taken in controlled low light (1 lux) are also impressive. Colors and shapes are very easy to recognize, but the sharpness decreases.

ColorChecker
3.8 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
5 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
0.6 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Google Pixel 8: 5.3 ∆E min: 0.58 - max: 11.35 ∆E
ColorChecker
23.6 ∆E
37.9 ∆E
25.8 ∆E
28 ∆E
29.5 ∆E
48.5 ∆E
34.9 ∆E
18.6 ∆E
22.9 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
46.8 ∆E
46.5 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
34.5 ∆E
19 ∆E
39.6 ∆E
25.7 ∆E
32.5 ∆E
37.4 ∆E
39.5 ∆E
38.2 ∆E
30 ∆E
22.5 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Google Pixel 8: 30.42 ∆E min: 13.38 - max: 48.52 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - Google also saves on the power supply unit

The scope of delivery of the Google Pixel 8 is quite straightforward. In addition to the smartphone, the packaging only contains a USB cable (USB-C to USB-C) and a USB-A to USB-C adapter. The power adapter or case have to be ordered separately.

Google offers a 24-month warranty on the Pixel 8 in Germany, which may differ in other countries. No extended warranty is available. On the other hand, spare parts will be available for seven years. Google offers various cases for the smartphone in its own store.

Input devices & operation - Pixel finger scanner without problems

Google uses its own GBoard keyboard for the Pixel 8. This means that entries can be made reliably and without errors in both portrait and landscape mode. The smartphone's screen generally impresses with good gliding properties. However, inputs in the corners - when gaming for example - are not always directly implemented.

The smartphone can be unlocked using an optical fingerprint in the display or 2D facial recognition. Both work quickly and reliably. When testing the Pixel 8, we did not have any of the problems that previous Pixel generations had with the fingerprint scanner in the display. Facial recognition can be activated by holding the device upright and the lock screen can be skipped if desired.

Display - Top brightness on the Pixel 8

Subpixel matrix
Subpixel matrix

Google has given the Pixel 8 a higher refresh rate of 120 Hz. However, this is not an LTPO display; the panel can only display content at 60 or 120 Hz.

The 6.2-inch OLED panel shines at maximum brightness. We measured an average brightness of 1410 cd/m² and a maximum of 1930 nits when viewing HDR content, so the smartphone almost reaches the 2000 cd/m² advertised by Google. These values were all achieved with the brightness sensor activated. Without the sensor, we reach a maximum of 1024 nits.

The panel's resolution is 428 ppi and content is displayed sharply at all times. The black level and contrast are perfect. However, we also noticed screen flickering in our measurements: the average frequency is 170 Hz. The minimum flicker is 120 Hz and the maximum 240 Hz. The Pixel 8 supports HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG.

1447
cd/m²
1434
cd/m²
1369
cd/m²
1453
cd/m²
1450
cd/m²
1378
cd/m²
1401
cd/m²
1414
cd/m²
1340
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 1453 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 1409.6 cd/m² Minimum: 2.46 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 1450 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.1 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.97
ΔE Greyscale 2.1 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
99.2% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.24
Google Pixel 8
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.2"
Google Pixel 7
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.3"
Apple iPhone 15
Super Retina XDR OLED, 2556x1179, 6.1"
Xiaomi 13
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.4"
Motorola Edge 40
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.6"
Samsung Galaxy S23
Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 2340x1080, 6.1"
Screen
-2%
-11%
-1%
-23%
-51%
Brightness middle
1450
936
-35%
1046
-28%
1209
-17%
1023
-29%
1125
-22%
Brightness
1410
947
-33%
1019
-28%
1208
-14%
1042
-26%
1122
-20%
Brightness Distribution
92
95
3%
94
2%
98
7%
90
-2%
96
4%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.1
1.3
-18%
1.4
-27%
1.2
-9%
1.6
-45%
3.2
-191%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.2
2.7
36%
2.84
32%
3
29%
4.3
-2%
4.9
-17%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.1
1.4
33%
2.4
-14%
2.1
-0%
2.8
-33%
3.3
-57%
Gamma
2.24 98%
2.25 98%
2.158 102%
2.26 97%
2.27 97%
1.97 112%
CCT
6584 99%
6664 98%
6410 101%
6504 100%
6457 101%
6504 100%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 170 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 170 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 170 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17567 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Minimum display brightness
Min
25% display brightness
25%
50% display brightness
50%
75% display brightness
75%
Maximum manual display brightness
100%

Series of measurements at a fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

The display's color fidelity is solid. Color deviation is below the perceptible range and only slightly larger in the grayscale, especially in the white value.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.35 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.6165 ms rise
↘ 0.7305 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
5.51 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.064 ms rise
↘ 3.45 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 13 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.4 ms).

Thanks to the panel's outstanding maximum brightness values, the Pixel 8 is very easy to read in sunlight. The automatic brightness adjustment works quickly and reliably.

The viewing angle stability of the Pixel 8 is very good. Content is recognizable at steep angles. However, there is a slight brown/grayish haze when viewed at steep angles.

Performance - Tensor G3 lags behind the Snapdragon

Google uses the latest version of its own SoC, the Tensor G3, in the Pixel 8. In the benchmarks, there is noticeable progress compared to the Tensor G2 in the Pixel 7. The Samsung Galaxy S23 und Xiaomi 13, however, are in a different league with their Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

Only in the UL Procyon AI Inference benchmark does the Pixel 8 push ahead of the Snapdragon devices, but is beaten by the Pixel 7. The performance of the Pixel 8 is impressive in everyday use. Large applications are opened quickly and the UI runs without any stutters.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Apple iPhone 15
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1884 Points +50%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1549 Points +23%
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
1478 Points +17%
Average Google Tensor G3
  (1260 - 1274, n=3)
1267 Points +1%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
1260 Points
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
1050 Points -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (126 - 2138, n=193, last 2 years)
938 Points -26%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
835 Points -34%
Multi-Core
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
5090 Points +50%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
4974 Points +47%
Apple iPhone 15
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
4688 Points +38%
Average Google Tensor G3
  (3395 - 4366, n=3)
3795 Points +12%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
3395 Points
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
3310 Points -3%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
3265 Points -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=193, last 2 years)
3124 Points -8%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Apple iPhone 15
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
2465 Points +49%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1984 Points +20%
Average Google Tensor G3
  (1653 - 1769, n=3)
1707 Points +3%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
1653 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=124, last 2 years)
1373 Points -17%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
1120 Points -32%
Multi-Core
Apple iPhone 15
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
6019 Points +42%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
5149 Points +22%
Average Google Tensor G3
  (4225 - 4538, n=3)
4390 Points +4%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
4225 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=124, last 2 years)
3811 Points -10%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
3617 Points -14%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 15
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1373449 Points +128%
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
1273775 Points +111%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1134684 Points +88%
Average of class Smartphone
  (99654 - 1650926, n=132, last 2 years)
780468 Points +29%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
773655 Points +28%
Average Google Tensor G3
  (603046 - 896410, n=2)
749728 Points +24%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
687619 Points +14%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
603046 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
16611 Points +52%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
15270 Points +40%
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
14094 Points +29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4609 - 21385, n=192, last 2 years)
12163 Points +12%
Average Google Tensor G3
  (10897 - 11824, n=3)
11429 Points +5%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
10897 Points
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
10530 Points -3%
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPhone 15
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1260 Points +32%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1221 Points +28%
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
1219 Points +28%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
955 Points
Average Google Tensor G3
  (919 - 955, n=3)
936 Points -2%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
898 Points -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (187 - 1474, n=155, last 2 years)
856 Points -10%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
620 Points -35%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
42556 Points +66%
Average Google Tensor G3
  (25563 - 29654, n=3)
27412 Points +7%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
25563 Points
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
21840 Points -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=143, last 2 years)
19624 Points -23%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
16702 Points -35%
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
15961 Points -38%
AImark - Score v3.x
Apple iPhone 15
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
26368 Points +2221%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 245629, n=117, last 2 years)
17208 Points +1415%
Motorola Edge 40
MediaTek Dimensity 8020, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
11860 Points +944%
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
1410 Points +24%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1320 Points +16%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
1136 Points
Average Google Tensor G3
  (1109 - 1136, n=2)
1123 Points -1%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
1002 Points -12%
Antutu v10 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1508318 Points +36%
Average of class Smartphone
  (142748 - 2162423, n=66, last 2 years)
1184423 Points +7%
Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3, Mali-G715 MP7, 8192
1107295 Points
Average Google Tensor G3
  (1049981 - 1113506, n=3)
1090261 Points -2%

A similar picture emerges when it comes to GPU performance. Google installs a Mali-G715 MP7 graphics unit and the difference to the Mali-G710 MP7 from the Google Pixel 7 is only marginal in the benchmarks. In some cases, the test values of the predecessor are even slightly better.

The Xiaomi 13 and Samsung Galaxy S23 - both with Adreno 740 - are significantly better performers. The graphics unit in the Pixel 8 is not capable of ray tracing.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3707 Points +52%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3699 Points +52%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2439 Points
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
2411 Points -1%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1800 Points -26%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1228 Points -50%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3857 Points +59%
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3751 Points +55%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2422 Points
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
2409 Points -1%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1841 Points -24%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1262 Points -48%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14002 Points +56%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13911 Points +55%
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
12092 Points +35%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8977 Points
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6660 Points -26%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4405 Points -51%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8635 Points
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6513 Points -25%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4490 Points -48%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6185 Points +24%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5415 Points +8%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4995 Points
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
4177 Points -16%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4086 Points -18%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
25306 Points +87%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
21767 Points +61%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13546 Points
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11491 Points -15%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8601 Points -37%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13955 Points +42%
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
11914 Points +21%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9813 Points
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8192 Points -17%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7606 Points -22%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
139 fps +16%
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps 0%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps -25%
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps -50%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
459 fps +45%
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
395 fps +25%
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
333.7 fps +5%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
317 fps
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
249 fps -21%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
202 fps -36%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps +54%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +54%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps +15%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78 fps
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps -23%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
44 fps -44%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
271 fps +179%
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
257 fps +165%
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
185.4 fps +91%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
132 fps +36%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
97 fps
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps -49%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps +85%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +85%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
88 fps +35%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65 fps
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps -8%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
41 fps -37%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
186 fps +102%
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
181 fps +97%
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
133.4 fps +45%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
92 fps
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
89 fps -3%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
45 fps -51%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
109 fps +88%
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
93 fps +60%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
62 fps +7%
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
58.1 fps 0%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps -31%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
123 fps +66%
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
105 fps +42%
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
89.6 fps +21%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
74 fps
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68 fps -8%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
43 fps -42%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
98 fps +75%
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
66 fps +18%
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
58.1 fps +4%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56 fps
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
48 fps -14%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
33 fps -41%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
63 fps +70%
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
56 fps +51%
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
46.7 fps +26%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
37 fps
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
33 fps -11%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
21 fps -43%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +60%
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
113 fps +51%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
75 fps
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65 fps -13%
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps -20%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
46 fps -39%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
142 fps +43%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
141 fps +42%
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
112 fps +13%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99 fps
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
71 fps -28%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
50 fps -49%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps +88%
Xiaomi 13
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
25 fps +56%
Apple iPhone 15
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
19.8 fps +24%
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
16 fps
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14 fps -12%
Motorola Edge 40
Mali-G77 MP9, Dimensity 8020, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9.2 fps -42%

The results of the browser benchmarks confirm the same picture from the previous tests: the performance of the Pixel 8 is at a good level, but Samsung Galaxy S23 and the Apple iPhone 15 are even better performers.

No issues pop up during everyday surfing. Pages load quickly. Scrolling is also wonderfully smooth thanks to the 120 Hz display.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 15 (Chrome 117)
259.7 Points +149%
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
158.595 Points +52%
Xiaomi 13 (Chrome 108)
143.264 Points +37%
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=160, last 2 years)
112.8 Points +8%
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
104.25 Points
Average Google Tensor G3 (94.8 - 105.2, n=3)
101.4 Points -3%
Google Pixel 7 (Chrome 106)
96.314 Points -8%
Motorola Edge 40 (Chrome 114.0.5735.57)
67.258 Points -35%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPhone 15 (Chrome 117)
327 runs/min +140%
Average Google Tensor G3 (136 - 161, n=3)
151.7 runs/min +12%
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
136 runs/min 0%
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
136 runs/min
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=145, last 2 years)
118.8 runs/min -13%
Xiaomi 13 (Chrome 108)
113 runs/min -17%
Google Pixel 7 (Chrome 106)
100 runs/min -26%
Motorola Edge 40 (Chrome 114.0.5735.57)
69.9 runs/min -49%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
146 Points +55%
Xiaomi 13 (Chrome 108)
136 Points +45%
Average of class Smartphone (22 - 212, n=153, last 2 years)
104.6 Points +11%
Average Google Tensor G3 (94 - 103, n=3)
97.3 Points +4%
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
94 Points
Google Pixel 7 (Chrome 106)
93 Points -1%
Motorola Edge 40 (Chrome 114.0.5735.57)
78 Points -17%
WebXPRT 3 - Overall
Apple iPhone 15 (Chrome 117)
287 Points +150%
Average of class Smartphone (38 - 304, n=101, last 2 years)
141.1 Points +23%
Average Google Tensor G3 (115 - 135, n=3)
126.3 Points +10%
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
115 Points
Google Pixel 7 (Chrome 106)
98 Points -15%
Motorola Edge 40 (Chrome 114.0.5735.57)
87 Points -24%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 15 (Chrome 117)
68554 Points +43%
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
59913 Points +25%
Average Google Tensor G3 (46738 - 49506, n=3)
48007 Points 0%
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
47776 Points
Google Pixel 7
45158 Points -5%
Xiaomi 13 (Chrome 108)
43632 Points -9%
Average of class Smartphone (2228 - 89112, n=203, last 2 years)
34378 Points -28%
Motorola Edge 40 (Chrome 114.0.5735.57)
28282 Points -41%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Motorola Edge 40 (Chrome 114.0.5735.57)
1738.9 ms * -74%
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 10968, n=160, last 2 years)
1546 ms * -55%
Google Pixel 7 (Chrome 106)
1021.8 ms * -2%
Google Pixel 8 (chrome 116)
998 ms *
Average Google Tensor G3 (840 - 998, n=3)
908 ms * +9%
Xiaomi 13 (Chrome 108)
870.7 ms * +13%
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
701.7 ms * +30%
Apple iPhone 15 (Chrome 117)
506 ms * +49%

* ... smaller is better

UFS 3.1 storage is installed in the Google Pixel 8. Memory expansion via microSD card is not possible. No anomalies in storage speed were observed in everyday use. Our storage benchmark does not run on Android 14 - we are working on a solution.

Games - Current titles in the highest resolution on the Pixel 8

The performance capabilities of the Google Pixel 8 are sufficient for current games such as PUBG Mobile or Asphalt 9. PUBG Mobile can be played smoothly at the Ultra HDR and Ultra framerate settings. Measuring the framerate is currently not possible because GameBench is not yet compatible with the Pixel 8 or Android 14.

Asphalt 9 has long loading times on the Pixel 8. However, once the game is open, sessions can be played smoothly and without issue.

Asphalt 9 on the Google Pixel 8
Asphalt 9 on the Google Pixel 8
PUBG Mobile on the Google Pixel 8
PUBG Mobile on the Google Pixel 8

Emissions - Google smartphone subject to little throttling

Temperature - Tensor G3 does not get too hot

The Pixel 8 gets noticeably warm under maximum load. We measured an average temperature of around 40 degrees under load. This means that the smartphone can be held at all times and remains operable.

The Pixel 8 usually remains pleasantly cool in everyday use. Only when playing games or watching movies does the device get noticeably warm without becoming uncomfortable. Not only the front and back get warm, but also the frame.

The Pixel 8 performs well in the Wild Life Stress Test Stability and the Wild Life Extreme Stress Test. The smartphone's performance is throttled, but not as much as the Pixel 7 or the Samsung Galaxy S23

Max. Load
 39.3 °C
103 F
38.8 °C
102 F
38.6 °C
101 F
 
 40.1 °C
104 F
40.6 °C
105 F
40.2 °C
104 F
 
 41.1 °C
106 F
42.7 °C
109 F
41.3 °C
106 F
 
Maximum: 42.7 °C = 109 F
Average: 40.3 °C = 105 F
39 °C
102 F
41.5 °C
107 F
41.3 °C
106 F
39.4 °C
103 F
40.9 °C
106 F
42.4 °C
108 F
39.2 °C
103 F
42.4 °C
108 F
42.8 °C
109 F
Maximum: 42.8 °C = 109 F
Average: 41 °C = 106 F
Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.3 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.7 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.8 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.1 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
83.4 %
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68.6 % -18%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65.5 % -21%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Google Pixel 8
Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
79 %
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
72.9 % -8%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
53.8 % -32%
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Google Pixel 8 Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø12.7 (11.3-14.4)
Google Pixel 7 Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø9.65 (8.06-11.1)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø15.5 (12.4-23.1)
Google Pixel 8 Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø46.6 (43.2-51.8)
Google Pixel 7 Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø32.8 (25.8-39.3)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø58.5 (52.3-76.3)
Google Pixel 8 Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø48.9 (43.5-53.7)
Google Pixel 8 Mali-G715 MP7, Tensor G3, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø48.9 (43.5-53.7)
Google Pixel 7 Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø34.4 (28.6-40.2)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø66.7 (56-85.8)

Speakers - Solid stereo sound on the Pixel 8

Google relies on stereo speakers for the Pixel 8 and the setup works very well. The lower speaker fires downwards while the upper one is integrated into the earcup. The mids in particular are reproduced very linearly, which is another improvement on the Pixel 7. However, the bass and low frequencies are rather weak, even for a smartphone.

The Pixel 8 can get loud without distorting. There is hardly any vibrating either. Although the smartphone does not have jack output, we were able to connect Bluetooth headphones without issue. The following codecs are supported: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, LC3 and Opus.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.439.62531.239.13125.129.64029.932.15032.137.66323.133.58023.63410022.433.312516.839.316016.550.520013.45425014.153.531512.954.34001357.250011.768.163011.671.780012.976100013.377.2125013.176.3160012.473.8200012.673.5250012.571.9315012.475.7400012.778.4500013.181.4630013.579.7800013.678.21000013.478.11250013.681.31600013.474.4SPL2589N0.677.6median 13.1median 74.4Delta1.29.237.532.626.328.323.729.735.926.53637.124.923.720.42418.523.216.934.717.951.1165114.150.512.254.713.356.710.966.312.369.312.172.512.571.611.869.911.973.512.475.312.878.613.177.11380.413.279.913.67613.674.813.777.11471.213.862.82588.30.672.5median 13.2median 71.61.610hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseGoogle Pixel 8Google Pixel 7
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Google Pixel 8 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.8% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 92% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 37%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 22% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Google Pixel 7 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 12% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 80% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 37%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 34% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 59% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life - Better than the Pixel 7

Energy consumption - Progress in minimum consumption

The power consumption has changed compared to its predecessor, the Pixel 7. While the Pixel 8 has become more economical in idle mode, it consumes more under full load. However, we now use the Burnout benchmark for the maximum measurements, so these values are not comparable.

The Pixel devices come close in the other measured values. The Samsung Galaxy S23 is on par in terms of minimum consumption, but is significantly more economical in all other disciplines.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.03 / 0.11 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.56 / 1.08 / 1.17 Watt
Load midlight 8.01 / 8.89 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Google Pixel 8
4575 mAh
Google Pixel 7
4355 mAh
Apple iPhone 15
3349 mAh
Xiaomi 13
4500 mAh
Motorola Edge 40
4400 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S23
3900 mAh
Average Google Tensor G3
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
7%
-15%
11%
-13%
27%
-17%
-21%
Idle Minimum *
0.56
0.89
-59%
0.9
-61%
0.76
-36%
0.62
-11%
0.57
-2%
0.703 ?(0.56 - 0.92, n=3)
-26%
Idle Average *
1.08
1.07
1%
1
7%
1.1
-2%
1.78
-65%
0.74
31%
1.337 ?(1.08 - 1.47, n=3)
-24%
Idle Maximum *
1.17
1.2
-3%
1.1
6%
1.13
3%
1.85
-58%
0.83
29%
1.457 ?(1.17 - 1.65, n=3)
-25%
Load Average *
8.01
3.27
59%
6
25%
2.99
63%
3.02
62%
4.26
47%
Load Maximum *
8.89
5.5
38%
13.6
-53%
6.63
25%
8.23
7%
6.16
31%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Google Pixel 8 Google Tensor G3; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø4.63 (0.824-8.03)
Google Pixel 7 Google Tensor G2; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø7.34 (1.385-12)
Google Pixel 8 Google Tensor G3; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.683 (0.654-0.835)
Google Pixel 7 Google Tensor G2; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.907 (0.874-1.166)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Google Pixel 8 Google Tensor G3; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø6.05 (4.07-6.98)
Google Pixel 7 Google Tensor G2; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø8.99 (7.64-11.5)
Google Pixel 8 Google Tensor G3; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.683 (0.654-0.835)
Google Pixel 7 Google Tensor G2; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.907 (0.874-1.166)

Battery life - Safely through the day with the Pixel 8

We subjected the Pixel 8 to various battery tests. In the everyday WiFi test, the Pixel 8 achieved a runtime of 13.5 hours, which is a significant improvement over the Pixel 7, but all other comparison devices last longer. 

During video playback in a continuous loop, however, the Pixel 8 shines and takes the lead in the comparison field. The measured runtimes under full load are hardly comparable due to the switch to the Burnout benchmark.

In everyday use, the Pixel 8 gets through a day well, and even 1.5 days of use is possible if long phone calls and games are avoided. Wired charging takes place with a maximum of 30 watts. The smartphone also supports wireless charging via the Qi standard, with up to 18 watts on the Pixel Stand 2 and up to 12 watts on other Qi chargers.

The Pixel 8 recharges from 0 to 84 percent in one hour via an 18-watt Google power supply. A full charge takes 87 minutes.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
24h 53min
WiFi Websurfing
13h 34min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
22h 43min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 25min
Google Pixel 8
4575 mAh
Google Pixel 7
4355 mAh
Apple iPhone 15
3349 mAh
Xiaomi 13
4500 mAh
Motorola Edge 40
4400 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S23
3900 mAh
Battery Runtime
-1%
37%
55%
26%
34%
Reader / Idle
1493
1063
-29%
2698
81%
2983
100%
2272
52%
2249
51%
H.264
1363
1230
-10%
1305
-4%
1221
-10%
1235
-9%
1255
-8%
WiFi v1.3
814
731
-10%
1002
23%
1021
25%
924
14%
926
14%
Load
205
302
47%
306
49%
423
106%
304
48%
370
80%

Pros

+ 7 years of updates
+ compact dimensions
+ good image quality
+ bright OLED display

Cons

- slippery haptics
- slow loading times
- new image editing only with cloud connection
- slow USB transfer rates

Verdic - Well-rounded overall package with update boost

In review: Google Pixel 8. Test device provided by Google Germany.
In review: Google Pixel 8. Test device provided by Google Germany.

Google has improved the Pixel 8 in several areas compared to its predecessor. The new Pixel shows solid innovative progress, but does not represent an evolutionary leap. The case has become smaller, making it a more compact device alongside the Pro.

The display now offers 120 Hz in the normal Pixel and is wonderfully bright. The smartphone's cameras are also impressive, taking fantastic pictures in all lighting conditions and the many new video functions are also impressive. Ultimately, the difference to the Pixel 8 Pro becomes clear when it comes to the cameras.

The new Google Tensor G3 delivers good performance, but does not reach the level of devices equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The same applies to the built-in graphics unit. The Pixel 8 offers more than enough performance for everyday use, but is not at the top of its price range.

A shame that Google hasn't opted for the latest UFS 4.0 storage. The USB-C port also falls short of expectations with no image output and slow transfer rates. The new AI-supported image processing leaves an ambivalent impression. The results are occasionally impressive - but not always. In addition, the images must be backed up in the cloud and the working speed has room for improvement.

More than just pure performance, the Pixel 8 is a successful smartphone overall with a very long update supply.

Google's new update promise, on the other hand, is commendable. The manufacturer intends to provide the Pixel 8 series with updates for seven years. Spare parts will also be available for this period. This could make the Pixel 8 a real long-distance runner. If the device is used for such a long time, this puts the increased price (compared to its predecessor) into perspective.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 is a little more powerful and also offers good updates. The Motorola Edge 40 is significantly cheaper and also comes with stock Android.

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Price and availability

The 128 GB variant of the Google Pixel 8 is currently available at discounted Black Friday prices on Amazon for US$549.49 in Rose, Obsidian or Hazel. Best Buy also has the same offer for the same variant, namely $549.49 in Rose, Obsidian or Hazel. The 256 GB variant is also discounted at $609.00 (Rose, Obsidian or Hazel).

Prices are as of 18.11.2023 and are subject to change.

Google Pixel 8 - 11/14/2023 v7 (old)
Benedikt Winkel

Chassis
90%
Keyboard
66 / 75 → 88%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
53 / 70 → 75%
Weight
89%
Battery
91%
Display
93%
Games Performance
65 / 64 → 100%
Application Performance
84 / 86 → 98%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
83 / 90 → 92%
Camera
80%
Average
83%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was given to the author by the manufacturer free of charge for the purposes of review. There was no third-party influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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