Google's Flagship Lineup Compared: Pixel 8 vs. Pixel 7 vs. Pixel 6

Looking to upgrade? Here's how Google's latest, the Pixel 8, stacks up against its predecessors, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 6.

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Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro

Google's Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.


Google's latest flagship phone, the Pixel 8, made its debut in October. It starts at $699 (£699, AU$1,199), which is $100 more than last year's Pixel 7 and the Pixel 6 before that.

The Pixel 8 lineup is intended for people who are looking to upgrade to a flagship Android phone that takes excellent photos, which has been Google's signature focus. The Pixel 8 features a 50-megapixel main camera and a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, which are the same as those in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 6. It also has a higher-resolution 10-megapixel selfie camera. 

Arguably the biggest Pixel 8 improvement however, has come by way of its software, which is one of the key attractions of a Pixel phone. The Pixel 8 series offers seven years of support for Android OS and security upgrades, forcing rival Samsung to extend its coverage for its new Galaxy S24 lineup to stay competitive. It also represents a significant upgrade over the Pixel 7 series, which Google pledged to support with five years of security patches and three years of major Android updates. The Pixel 6 has three years of OS upgrades and five years of security patches promised, showing Google's increasing support over the years.

The design, with its signature camera bar running across the chassis, is largely identical save for a slightly larger screen and a slightly lower weight, among other minor changes in appearance. After Google overhauled its phone lineup with the Pixel 6 in 2021, the Pixel 8 offers an iterative upgrade from the Pixel 7, as opposed to the radical changes of three years ago. 

Beyond its software updates, the Pixel 8 comes with new features, namely Night Sight for video, Audio Magic Eraser, a powerful tool for removing background noise from videos, and Best Take, a photo editing tool that alters the expression on someone's face in a group picture.


Google put 2021's Pixel 6 (pictured) through a thorough revamp. Its design language remains in 2023's Pixel 8. 


Some of these features may come to older Pixel phones in time, perhaps the ones running on Tensor chipsets, but they're available on the newest Pixel phone first. 

The Pixel 8 runs on Google's years-in-the-making Tensor chip once again, but this time it's the next-gen version known as the Tensor 3, versus the Tensor 2 (in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7A) and the Tensor 1 (in the Pixel 6). The new phone's 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage are unchanged from previous Pixels, though its 4,575 mAh battery sits between the capacities for the Pixel 7 (4,355 mAh) and Pixel 6 (4,614 mAh).

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Google's Pixel 7 (next) left to the Pixel 6 (right) on a wooden background

Google's Pixel 7 (next) left to the Pixel 6 (right)

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There's also support for a higher refresh rate of 120Hz on the display from the Pixel 7's 90Hz maximum, which should allow for smoother scrolling and navigation. The Pixel 8 also has a higher charging speed of 13 watts versus 5 watts in older Pixel phones for Qi-compatible devices, though the wired charging remains at the same 30W as in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 6.

For more details on how Google's new Pixel 8 stacks up against its predecessors, check out the specs chart below for a side-by-side view. If you want to learn more about the Pixel 8 Pro, you can read this comparison piece to glean some insights.

Pixel 8 specs vs. Pixel 7 vs. Pixel 6

Google Pixel 8Google Pixel 7Google Pixel 6Google Pixel 5
Display size, tech, resolution, refresh rate, brightness 6.2-inch OLED; 2,400x1,080 pixels; 60-120Hz adaptive refresh rate6.3-inch OLED display, FHD+ (1080 x 2400 pixels) , 90Hz6.4-inch OLED; 2,400x1,080 pixels; 60 or 90Hz variable refresh rate6-inch OLED; 2,340 x 1,080 pixels; 90Hz refresh rate
Pixel density 428 ppi416 ppi411 ppi432 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 5.9 x 2.8 x 0.4 in.6.13 x 2.88 x 0.34 in.6.2 x 2.9 x 0.4 in.5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 in.
Dimensions (millimeters) 150.5 x 70.8 x 8.9 mm155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7 mm158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9 mm144.7 x 70.4 x 8.0 mm
Weight (grams, ounces) 187 g (6.6 oz.)197 g (6.9 oz.)207 g (7.3 oz.)151 g (5.33 oz.)
Mobile software Android 14Android 13Android 12Android 11
Camera 50-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)50-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 50-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)12.2-megapixel (wide), 16-megapixel (ultrawide)
Front-facing camera 10.5-megapixel10.8-megapixel8-megapixel8-megapixel
Video capture
Processor Google Tensor G3Google Tensor G2Google TensorQualcomm Snapdragon 765G
RAM/storage 8GB + 128GB, 256GB8GB + 128GB, 256 GB,8GB + 128GB, 256GB8GB + 128GB
Expandable storage NoneNoneNoneNone
Battery/charging speeds 4,575 mAh4,355 mAh 4,614 mAh4,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Under displayUnder displayUnder displayRear
Headphone jack NoneNoneNoneNone
Special features 5G (Sub 6, mmWave); VPN by Google One; 7 years of OS, security and Feature Drop updates; front-facing camera has autofocus; 13W Qi wireless charging; 30W wired charging; USB-3.2 speeds via USB-C; IP68 dust and water resistance; Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on front and back5G, Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur, Real Tone, Face Unblur, Long Exposure Mode, Action Pan; Hold For Me, Wait Times, Direct My Call Live Translate5G (Sub 6, some carrier models also have mmWave); Wi-Fi 6E; 30W fast charging; Magic Eraser, Motion mode, Real Tone, Face Unblur, Cinematic Pan; 5 years OS and security updates; IP68 dust and water resistant; Gorilla Glass Victus (front), Gorilla Glass 6 (back)5G; IP68 water resistant; dual-SIM (nano-SIM and e-SIM); reverse wireless charging; fast charging
US price off-contract $699 (128GB)$600 (128GB)$599 (128GB)$699
UK price £699 (128GB)£599 (128GB)£599 (128GB)£599 (128GB)
Australia price AU$1,100 (128GB)AU$999 (128GB)£599 (128GB)AU$999 (128GB)