We don’t expect the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro to launch until October 2023, and yet we’re already hearing things about these phones, with the latest leak revealing their possible codenames and some potential specs.
WinFuture (opens in new tab) – through phone arena (opens in new tab) – found some “publicly available code sources” that mention two new Google device codenames. These are “Shiba” and “Husky”, which are broadly in line with the codenames used by the Pixel 7 line; as the Pixel 7 was known as Panther and the Pixel 7 Pro as Cheetah. So big cats instead of dogs, but close enough.
This is not the only evidence that these codenames may be attached to the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, as the code shows these devices running Android 14 and with a chipset codenamed “Zuma”, which has the same modem as the Tensor. G2, used in the Pixel 7 line.
This rounds things off a bit, but there are also details on the screen, which confirm that we’re looking at smartphones here. Apparently, the Shiba has a 1080 x 2268 screen, while the Husky has a 1344 x 2822 screen.
So the Husky is higher resolution and is likely to be the Pixel 8 Pro, with the Shiba being the default Pixel 8. ‘ll commonly see on current smartphones.
There’s a final spec here too, and it’s the same on both devices. Both will apparently have 12GB of RAM – although, of course, it’s possible that there are other configurations as well.
We’d take all of that with a pinch of salt, and even if these devices are real, it’s possible they’re something other than the Pixel 8 lineup, but these phones seem like the obvious fit.
Review: 12GB of RAM would be a big upgrade for the Pixel 8
While the Pixel 7 Pro already comes with 12GB of RAM, buyers of the standard Pixel 7 are limited to just 8GB, so a move to 12GB for the Google Pixel 8 would be a substantial upgrade.
It would also suggest that Google is perhaps focusing more on power in its phones, which is certainly to be welcomed, as while the Pixel 7 lineup excels in many ways, the Tensor G2 chipset these phones use isn’t as powerful as theirs. rivals.
Indeed, it’s the chipset that’s been missing more than RAM, but a move to more RAM won’t hurt, and there’s a chance that this is part of a broader strategy by Google to prioritize power; which could mean the Tensor G3 – or whatever the Pixel 8’s chipset ends up being called – is significantly beefier than the G2.
This is just speculation for now, but it’s certainly a possibility. It’s also possible that – if the Pixel 8 comes with 12GB of RAM – there could be a version of the Pixel 8 Pro with 16GB of RAM, to help differentiate the models.
We probably won’t know for sure until the end of 2023, but from what we’ve heard so far, they’re already shaping up to be some of the best phones of that year.