Prior to the photographs being removed, the first live shots of the Pixel 8 Pro were recently released on Reddit. In one of the pictures, the device's rear is marked with a label that says, "For Test/Evaluation Only."
The codename "Zuma" for the Tensor 3 chipset that would power the phone may also be seen on the device's rear. The sensor that will be able to gauge the user's body temperature is also visible on the phone's rear, just under the flash. We already know thanks to a previously leaked marketing video. The device's rear panel looks to have a textured design on it. However, this is something that all Google Pixel prototype devices share.
The Pixel 8 Pro model's codename "Husky" is mentioned on the fastboot screen, can be seen easily. The screen also reveals that the prototype in question has 12GB of Samsung LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS storage from Korea's SKHynix. Given that Samsung doesn't produce UFS 4 128GB storage, this is likely USF 3.1 storage, but we have already heard that higher storage variants of the Pixel 8 Pro will use UFS 4.0 technology.
UFS 4.0 supports sequential read and write speeds of up to 4200MBps and 2800MBps, respectively. In contrast, UFS 3.1 uses more energy while providing sequential read and write speeds of up to 2100MBps and 1200MBps, respectively. According to the picture, unlike the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro, the Pixel 8 Pro won't have a curved display. The display will still be 6.7 inches in size and have a refresh rate of 120Hz, but it will be far more capable of switching to significantly lower refresh rates while maintaining a much greater peak brightness output and smoothness. Thanks to Samsung's ISOCELL GN2 50MP camera, which will replace the GN1, the Pixel 8 Pro will also include major photo sensor enhancements. According to claims, the improved image sensor allows 35% more light to enter, improving images taken in low light. Additionally, a 64MP Sony IMX787 sensor for the ultra-wide camera is anticipated for the Pixel 8 Pro. There are many other camera upgrades coming too. The Pixel 8 Pro (which has a periscope lens) is rumoured to have the same zoom configuration as the Pixel 7 Pro, and the front-facing selfie camera will also stay the same.
A little amount of additional charging and battery capacity improvements will also be made to the Pixel 8 series. It will be fascinating to see what else Google adds to these two Pixel 8 versions in addition to the design and the aforementioned enhancements.