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Google Pixel 8 series may arrive with 12GB RAM, an ultrasonic sensor

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Google globally launched the Pixel 7 series smartphones that include two devices — the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro — at an event in October. The Pixel 7 series marked the return of Google’s premium phone lineup in India. Meanwhile, rumours about the devices that will succeed the latest Pixel 7 series have already started making rounds on the internet. Google’s next flagship smartphone lineup will include the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro handsets.

According to a report by WinFuture, some key details about the Google handsets that will arrive in 2023 have been revealed. The report mentions that these details come from publicly available code sources and the upcoming phones are expected to release by autumn 2023. Before unveiling the Pixel 8 series, Google is also expected to release the Pixel 7a and a premium Pixel Ultra device that may house improved cameras.

Google Pixel 8 series: Rumoured details
As per the report, the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro handsets are likely to have the codenames — “Shiba” and “Husky,” respectively. The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro smartphones were codenamed “Panther” and “Cheetah,” respectively.

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The report also aligns with an older rumour which claimed that Samsung is helping Google to develop the third generation Tensor chipset as well. Google’s upcoming Tensor chip is allegedly codenamed “Zuma” and it is speculated to feature the same Samsung-made G5300 modem that is available on the latest Tensor G2 mobile platform.

Samsung is also working on the Exynos 2300 chipset which will succeed the Exynos 2200 SoC that powers the Galaxy S22 smartphones in some markets. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 series devices might not feature the Exynos 2300 processor, but this chip can be used by Google as a reference platform for the next Tensor chip.

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The report also suggests that the upcoming Pixel 8 series devices will offer 12GB RAM and will run Android 14 (codenamed Upside Down Cake) out-of-the-box. The Pro variant of the Pixel 8 series may support a higher display resolution (2822×1344 pixels) than the vanilla Pixel 8 handset (2268×1080 pixels).

Google’s Pixel 8 Pro may also sport an ultrasonic sensor that is expected to be better than the optical fingerprint sensor available on the Pixel 6 and 7 series phones. More details about the next Pixel series are likely to surface in the upcoming days.

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