In the next few weeks, India will hopefully see two new top-of-the-line phones: the Google Pixel 8 and the Apple iPhone 15. While the details aren’t officially confirmed yet, there’s enough information floating around to make a comparison between the iPhone 15 and Pixel 8.
Apple and Google, two major tech rivals, are getting ready to launch the latest versions of their flagship phones, the iPhone 15 series and the Pixel 8 series, in the coming weeks. Apple has announced that it will reveal the iPhone 15 series on September 12 at 10:30 PM IST. Google, on the other hand, plans to introduce the new Google Pixel 8 series on October 4. It’s pretty certain that the iPhone 15 will arrive in India in September, and if the past Pixel launches are any indication, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro should come to India in the first half of October.
Both the iPhone 15 and the Pixel 8 are expected to bring significant improvements over their predecessors, including faster processors, better cameras, and specific changes like the introduction of a USB-C port in the iPhone 15 series and new AI tools in the Google Pixel 8 series.
Even though Apple and Google haven’t officially revealed everything yet, a lot of information about the price, specs, and design has already been discussed and leaked online before the launches. As we’ve seen recently, these leaks tend to be quite accurate. So, it’s safe to say that we already know quite a bit about the iPhone 15 and the Pixel 8. Let’s take a detailed look at everything we know so far about these upcoming premium phones from Apple and Google.
iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro: All the Details
Apple is expected to make some big changes to the design, battery, and camera of the iPhone 15 lineup. The new series will include four models: iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. However, leaks suggest that Apple might replace the Pro Max with the new iPhone 15 Ultra or introduce a completely new fifth variant.
There’s widespread speculation that Apple will introduce the Dynamic Island notch as a standard feature on all iPhone 15 models. This unique notch design was first introduced with the iPhone 14 Pro models. It’s an oval-shaped notch at the top of the screen that hides the selfie camera cutout and Face ID sensors and can adjust its size based on notifications. Dynamic Island is one of the most anticipated upgrades for the iPhone 15 lineup.
Additionally, Apple is also expected to switch from its proprietary Lightning port to a USB Type-C port for the upcoming models. This change aligns with the latest EU laws and will make the charging process simpler for users.
The looks and dimensions of the iPhone 15 series are expected to be similar to the iPhone 14 series. However, one significant change this year could be the pro phones having a titanium frame instead of the usual steel.
Battery and Fast Charging
Leaked information suggests that the upcoming iPhone 15 models will feature a 3877mAh battery, a notable improvement over the 3279mAh battery in the iPhone 14. Apple may also introduce faster charging support, with the next-generation iPhones potentially supporting rapid charging speeds of up to 35W.
The standard iPhone 15 models are rumored to come with a 48-megapixel rear camera, matching the camera specifications of the iPhone 14 Pro models. This is a significant improvement over the 12-megapixel sensors in previous iPhone models. However, features like a telephoto lens for optical zoom and a LiDAR scanner are expected to be exclusive to the higher-tier Pro models.
iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro Prices
As for pricing, the iPhone 15 series is rumored to start at $799 in the US, the same as the previous model. Considering Apple’s exchange rate of 1 USD to 100 INR and the pricing of the iPhone 14 series last year, it’s reasonable to expect that the iPhone 15 will start at the usual price of Rs. 79,900 in India.
Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro: All the Details
Google is expected to release two new Pixel smartphones in 2023: the Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro. This follows the company’s previous launch patterns, which have always included two Pixel models. The Pixel 8 is expected to be the more affordable option, while the Pixel 8 Pro will have more advanced features.
Regarding design upgrades, leaks suggest that the Pixel 8 will have a similar design to the Pixel 7, with a camera bar on the back and a flat display featuring a punch-hole cutout. The standard Pixel may continue to have dual rear cameras, while the Pro model may have three sensors. The Pixel 8 may also be available in white and black colors. The leak also suggests that the phone may be thinner and lighter than its predecessor.
Rumors indicate that the Pixel 8 may have a slightly smaller display than the Pixel 7, with a 6.17-inch 120Hz AMOLED display. It will also feature a higher peak brightness of 1,400 nits and a higher pixel density of 427 ppi. Google may continue to use a flat display on the regular model.
Software and Performance
The Pixel 8 is expected to be powered by Google’s in-house Tensor G3 chipset, based on Samsung’s Exynos. It is also expected to come with a 4,485mAh battery with support for 24W fast wired charging and 20W wireless charging. Notably, the Pixel 8’s box will not include a charger.
Google has been actively developing its AI and machine learning capabilities for its Pixel phones, such as live translations and photo blur. The Pixel 8 may use the new AI-powered Google Bard features to stay ahead in the generative AI space.
In the camera department, the Google Pixel 8 might come with a 50-megapixel GN2 primary sensor and a 12-megapixel IMX386 ultra-wide sensor on the back. It may also include a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor for better subject detection. This new camera setup is said to improve light processing by 35 percent and offer better HDR. The front camera is rumored to sport an 11-megapixel sensor for selfies and video calls.
Google Pixel 8 Series Price
The price of the new Pixel 8 series is still unknown, but we might get more details closer to the launch event. The Google Pixel 7 was launched in India at Rs. 59,999 for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. Therefore, it’s likely that the new Pixel 8 phones will be priced around a similar range.
In conclusion, both the iPhone 15 and the Pixel 8 bring exciting new features and improvements to the table. While Apple focuses on design changes, a transition to USB-C, and camera upgrades in its iPhone 15 series, Google is set to offer a refreshed design, advanced AI capabilities, and camera improvements with the Pixel 8 series. As the launch dates approach, consumers can look forward to making an informed choice between these two flagship offerings from Apple and Google.