Google is expected to release the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones in October this year. Both phones are expected to feature camera upgrades from last year’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. In addition to the hardware, the tech giant will reportedly roll out a redesigned camera UI on the upcoming Pixel phones, and a new leak gives us a glimpse of the revamped interface. The design overhaul brings a separation between photo and video modes. Also, Google appears to have swapped the positions of the camera switch and gallery button as part of the redesign.
Android Authority has published A screenshot of the new Google Camera UI that is said to be redesigned for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. From what we’ve seen, the design looks fresh, with a new interface that divides the photo and video modes. There is now a separate toggle below the mode selection bar to switch between photo and video modes.
Google also appears to have swapped the positions of the camera toggle button and the gallery preview button, which are now on either side of their original location. According to the screenshot, when swiping the screen from bottom to top, the settings popup will now appear. The settings menu can also be brought up by pressing the new settings icon in the lower left corner. In the current version of Google Camera, users have to swipe down on the viewfinder to access the settings menu.
In the Google Camera app on the Pixel 8 series, Google split the Motion tab into Long Exposure and Pan Action, with these modes having separate tabs to improve their visibility. On current Pixel 7 phones, these modes are organized under the “Sports” tab. Another thing worth noting is that “Movie Pan” has changed to a dedicated option called “Pan”.
Finally, Google appears to have removed the old stable mode menu, and the options — Standard, Locked, and Active — are all in new pop-up menus.
The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are said to go official this October. Both smartphones are expected to run Android 14 and feature 120Hz refresh rate displays. They are rumored to feature the Tensor G3 chip, which will serve as an upgrade to the Tensor G2 SoC used in the Pixel 7 series and Pixel Fold.
The Pixel 8 Pro is expected to feature a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 50-megapixel primary sensor with support for Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), a 64-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 48-megapixel telephoto camera. The regular Pixel 8 may feature a dual rear camera unit consisting of a 50-megapixel primary Samsung ISOCELL GN2 sensor with OIS and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera.
The upcoming Pixel phones may come in 128GB and 256GB storage options. The Pixel 8 Pro is expected to pack a 4,950mAh battery with support for 27W wired fast charging. The Pixel 8, on the other hand, has a 4,485mAh battery that supports 24W wired charging and 12W wireless charging.