Google Pixel 8 Series to Reportedly Get New SoC Based on Exynos 2300, Codenames Leaked

Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are said to have "Shiba" and "Husky" as their internal model designations, respectively.

Google Pixel 8 Series to Reportedly Get New SoC Based on Exynos 2300, Codenames Leaked

Google Pixel 7 series smartphones were given the codenames Cheetah and Panther

Highlights
  • Google Pixel 7 series was launched in October
  • The new phones could run on Android 14
  • Google Pixel 8 series is yet to be officially confirmed by Google

Google Pixel 7 series powered by the second-generation Tensor G2 SoC was unveiled last month, but rumours of next year's Pixel models, speculated to be the Pixel 8 series, have started coming in. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are said to have "Shiba" and "Husky" as their internal model designations, respectively. The next-generation flagship smartphones from Google are said to use the third-generation Google Tensor SoC that is based on Samsung's Exynos 2300.

As per a report by Winfuture.de (German), Google is working on new Pixel flagship smartphones — Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, that are codenamed Shiba and Husky, respectively. They are said to run on Android 14 and will be powered by a new SoC codenamed "Zuma", which is being developed by Google and Samsung. The SoC is speculated to be a customised variant of the Exynos 2300 SoC and would be accompanied by the same Samsung G5300 modem that's found in the Google Tensor G2 SoC. Zuma could come with optimisations for machine learning and AI.

The upcoming smartphones could include a total of 12GB of RAM. The display of Shiba is said to offer a full-HD resolution of 1,080x2,268 pixels, while the Husky's display could have a 1,344 x2,822 pixels resolution.

The report does not mention when the search giant will launch the next-generation Pixel smartphones. If the launch timelines of previous Pixel flagship smartphones are any indication, the upcoming Pixel 8 series could launch somewhere around October next year.

The Pixel 7 series smartphones were given the codenames Cheetah and Panther. Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro powered by the second-generation Tensor G2 SoC were unveiled last month. They are offered in three colour options and have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. The Pixel 7 features a 50-megapixel dual rear camera setup, while the Pixel 7 Pro flaunts a triple camera setup with an additional 48-megapixel telephoto lens.


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  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Sharp, 120Hz display
  • Good quality cameras
  • Good gaming performance
  • Bloatware-free software, timely updates
  • Premium design, IP68 rating
  • Bad
  • Gets warm under load
  • No bundled charger
  • Underwhelming battery life
  • Relatively slow charging
Display 6.70-inch
Processor Google Tensor G2
Front Camera 10.8-megapixel
Rear Camera 50-megapixel + 48-megapixel + 12-megapixel
RAM 12GB
Storage 128GB
OS Android 13
Resolution 1440x3120 pixels
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Sharp, 90Hz display
  • Good quality cameras
  • Good gaming performance
  • Bloatware-free software, timely updates
  • Good battery life
  • IP68 rating
  • Bad
  • Video recording could be better
  • Gets warm under load
  • No bundled charger
  • Relatively slow charging
Display 6.30-inch
Processor Google Tensor G2
Front Camera 10.8-megapixel
Rear Camera 50-megapixel + 12-megapixel
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
OS Android 13
Resolution 1080x2400 pixels
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