The Power of AI in Google Pixel 8 Pro

Google Pixel 8 Pro Review: The Power of AI

Google Pixel 8 Pro
Pixel 8 Pro original image (left); edited (right)BEN SIN

Google’s Pixel series has always been a game-changer in the world of smartphone photography. While other brands like Samsung, Xiaomi, and Huawei have been focusing on enhancing their hardware, Google believed in the power of software to create a perfect digital image.

However, in recent years, Google has shifted its focus to improving hardware as well. The Pixel 6 and 7 series were a testament to this change. And now, with the launch of the Pixel 8 series, Google has taken a significant leap in both hardware and software.

A.I.-Driven Silicon

The Pixel 8 Pro is powered by the Tensor G3, a chip designed by Google to handle its on-device machine learning algorithms, including speech and image recognition models. This chip allows the Pixel 8 Pro to run the same text-to-speech models used by Google’s data centers. This means that some of the most advanced machine learning models are now available on a smartphone.

The Pixel 8 Pro’s capabilities are truly impressive. For instance, if you have a news article open on Chrome, the phone can read it aloud to you in English or another language. It can also summarize the article for you. The voice recorder app can transcribe conversations and even identify different speakers.

But what truly stands out is the Pixel 8’s generative A.I. power. This allows the phone to create text and images from scratch. The new Magic Editor feature lets users remove objects from photos, and the phone then uses generative A.I. to replace the erased item with entirely new pixels.

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Image Manipulation with A.I.

The Pixel 8 Pro’s ability to manipulate images is both impressive and concerning. While it can create convincing visuals, there are concerns about the ease of manipulating images and creating a fake reality. Google’s marketing materials even show users enhancing their photos to make them look more impressive. This raises ethical questions about the future of image editing and the role of A.I. in it.

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Pixel 8 pro edited imagesBEN SIN

Other Features

Apart from its A.I. capabilities, the Pixel 8 Pro boasts a 6.7-inch OLED screen, an upgraded main camera sensor, and an improved zoom lens. The phone’s design is sleek, and it offers above-average battery life. The Pixel 8 Pro’s cameras are among the best in the industry.

The Pixel 8 starts at $700, while the Pixel 8 Pro, with an extra zoom lens, is priced at $999. The phones are available in North America and select Asian markets. Google’s unique approach to smartphone design and technology seems to be paying off, as the Pixel series is rapidly gaining popularity.

In conclusion, the Google Pixel 8 Pro is not just a smartphone; it’s a glimpse into the future of A.I. and its potential applications in our daily lives.

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