New rumors suggest that Google may bring significant changes to the Pixel 8 family screens, including ditching the curved edges and making the corners even more rounded. The giant should also significantly improve the maximum brightness of the displays, in addition to finally offering 120 Hz refresh rates across the board, with improvements in the way in which these rates are adjusted according to the content.
Citing Google’s own internal sources, the leaker Kamila Wojciechowska, responsible for all known information about the Pixel 8 line, suggests that the giant should implement major changes to the panels of new devices, starting with dimensions and resolutions. While the Pro model should keep specs similar to the previous generation, shipping 6.7 inches and 2992 x 1344 pixels, the base variant will be smaller, with 6.17 inches and 2400 x 1080 pixels, getting close to rivals like the Galaxy S23 .
However, the aspects that really draw attention are the use of much more rounded corners, with twice the radius of previous models, and the adoption of a flat panel on the Pixel 8 Pro. Used since the Pixel 6 family, the curvatures on the sides are a constant discussion due to their impact on usability, not pleasing a significant number of users because they end up generating unwanted touches.
More interesting is that the standard Pixel 8 would increase the refresh rate of its predecessors, going from 90 Hz to 120 Hz. The change is not as drastic as leaving 60 Hz, for example, but it guarantees a little more fluidity and makes the basic model more premium, distancing it from the brothers of the Pixel a series, recently improved to 90 Hz with the arrival from the Pixel 7a.
The Pro version is also expected to see major improvements in this department by incorporating more intelligent adaptive rate technology. Apparently, in addition to being able to limit the speed of the screen to 5 Hz, 10 Hz and 30 Hz, the device would be able to vary the frequency freely between 60 Hz and 120 Hz, making it possible to display videos at 24 FPS more smoothly , as well as a more consistent experience in games that have a high frame rate, similar to what is done on PCs with AMD FreeSync or Nvidia G-Sync.
Closing the pack of news is the significant increase in peak brightness, which would go from 1,000 nits in the Pixel 7 line to 1,400 nits in the Pixel 8, and a respectable 1,600 nits in the Pixel 8 Pro. The change would not only benefit the reproduction of content in HDR, but would also ensure that both would have better visibility in sunlight, considered one of the weak points of the previous generation.
Expected to launch sometime around October, the Pixel 8 family should mark a turning point for Google’s smartphone lineup. In addition to the screens, the devices would bring a refined design, new camera sensors capable of capturing more light and offering a longer focal length zoom, and even a built-in thermometer to measure the user’s body temperature.
Source: Android Authority