We’re not expecting the Google Pixel 8 to launch until much later this year, but that hasn’t prevented the renders of the device from appearing to leak well ahead of launch.
Following recent reports of the Google Pixel 7a being in the wild before it’s even been announced, and product renders showing us what the Pixel 8 would be, a reputable leaker onLeaks (opens in new tab) has seemingly given us more insight into what the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will look like.
For those interested, some raw close-ups showing the main design differences between the #Google #Pixel7 VS #Pixel8 and #Pixel7Pro VS #Pixel8Pro… You’re welcome…😉 pic.twitter.com/xqzEW4oH0iMarch 15, 2023
These new, more technical renders show the supposedly rounder phone alongside renders of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, giving us a clearer idea of the changes the Pixel 8 could see.
An interesting change is that while the corners of the phone seem to be getting rounder, the Pixel 8 Pro’s screen may be getting flatter. Unlike the Pixel 7 Pro, the Pixel 8 Pro appears to have a non-curved screen, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Curved screens vs. flat screens: which is better?
Google Pixel Pro phones haven’t used a flat screen since the Google Pixel 5 Pro – both the Pixel 6 Pro and 7 Pro have screens that curve towards the edges – so why would Google ever want to take a step back and revert to flat screens ? Well, it’s not really a step back.
Choosing a curved screen has two main advantages: size and aesthetics. Larger phone screens with more screen space are useful, but these larger screens also mean that the handset itself can get quite cumbersome, especially if you’re trying to use your phone with one hand. With a curved screen, manufacturers can offer larger screens without having to make the device much larger overall.
In addition, many people think phones with curved displays simply look nicer than flat displays.
However, curved phone screens have their share of problems. First, it can be quite easy to accidentally touch elements on the edge of the screen while holding the phone when the screen is curved. What’s more, if you’re using a phone case, you might be missing out on the extra screen real estate the curved screen provides when covered.
If you tend to drop your smartphone, a flat screen is probably better for you too. Not only is it easier to find tempered glass protectors that can protect your entire screen, flat screens are generally less fragile as they are protected by the edge of the phone. And if a flat screen breaks, it’s usually cheaper and easier to replace compared to a rounded screen.
So there are benefits either way, and a lot comes down to personal preference. We’ll have to wait and see if the Google Pixel 8 will indeed adopt a flat screen; but if it is, don’t worry about it being a downgrade from what came before.
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