Pixel 8 Pro receives its first discount, and it's massive
The Google Pixel 8 Pro has already received its first discount in Australia, a few days ahead of the usual Black Friday sales events, and it is a big price cut. The Pixel 8 Pro launched on October 12 starting from AUD $1,699 (USD $1,081) for the 128 GB model but can currently be purchased at from just AUD $1,398 (USD $890), or roughly 23 percent off. The Pixel 8, which normally retails in Australia from AUD $1,199 (USD $763), is currently reduced to just $998 (USD $635). For a flagship device launched just a month ago, the discounts are surprisingly steep.
The sale price appears to be widely available across most of Australia’s major electronics retailers. At least one telco is also offering the same discount, but right through to November 27, which is also a significantly lengthy discount period. The Australian Google store is still offering the device at its launch price at the time of writing. However, it is heavily promoting the availability of discounts starting this Friday, when the Black Friday sales officially kick off. It is unclear whether Google will be offering a similar upfront discount, the discount as a Google Store credit, or offer the Pixel 8 phones bundled with other Google products like its Pixel Buds.
The Pixel 8 Pro is powered by the new nona-core Tensor G3 SoC, and is centered on a high-quality 6.7-inch LTPO OLED with a 120Hz refresh rate and coated in Gorilla Glass Victus 2. This paired with 12 GB of RAM with storage starting from 128 GB through to 512 GB in most markets. A 1 TB variant is exclusive to the US market. It features a triple camera system on the rear and offers a number of new AI features powered by a mix of the Tensor G3 on-device and the Google Cloud, off-device. Despite sharing the same Tensor G3 chip, the new generative AI features are missing from the Pixel 8, which also makes do with a smaller 6.2-inch 120Hz OLED display and just two rear cameras.