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Introducing the Pixel 8/8 Pro: Your Daily Authority on the Latest Smartphone Technology

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Google Pixel fans, rejoice! The Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro have emerged for the first time with detailed render leaks. Serial leaker OnLeaks has provided fresh renders of both of Google’s 2023 flagships. Although the phones aren’t expected to be revealed until Google I/O in a few months’ time, this little preview does show some promise for the Pixel 8 series.

The Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro bare all

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Starting with the standard Pixel 8, the design is very similar to the Pixel 7. It has two camera lenses, which likely means the telephoto lens will once again be exclusive to the Pro version. For me, the most exciting thing about this phone is its screen size — 5.8 inches. That’s much smaller than the Pixel 7 (6.3-inches), the Pixel 6a (6.1-inches), and it’s even smaller than our current top pick for the best small phone, the Asus Zenfone 9 (5.9-inches). Meanwhile, the Asus Zenfone 10 is looking to jump up to 6.3-inches. Yeesh.

The Pro model should also look familiar to anyone with a Pixel 7 Pro. Perhaps the biggest change is to the camera bar. The three camera lenses are now grouped into a single oval-shaped cutout. There’s also a mysterious sensor beneath the flash, which could be a depth sensor like a 3D ToF camera or something different altogether. It also appears that Google will drop the curved display, instead opting for a flat panel that’s slightly smaller (6.52-inches). Both phones now feature curved corners, which partially accounts for the reduction in screen size.

Google’s phones have always been more about software smarts than hardware or design. Time will tell whether the cameras are top performers and if the latest Tensor chip can build on the strengths of the Tensor G2.

🤖 OpenAI announces GPT-4 — the next generation of its AI language model. However, it’s still prone to just making things up (The Verge).

Wednesday Weird

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Did you know that the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown was one of the most devastating disasters in modern history? Locals abandoned the area, leaving their belongings (and in many cases, their pets) behind. Surprisingly, those animals have survived and even thrived in the harsh conditions, as revealed by a new DNA study of more than 500 dogs in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Researchers found that these feral pets showed “outlier genetic shifts, especially involving genes that aid in DNA repair, immune response, and other processes that might be associated with exposures from the meltdown fallout.” Scientists are still studying these unique dogs to better understand how the exposure has affected the local population, but as far as we understand, none of them have developed superpowers (…yet).

Stay tuned for more updates on the Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, and other tech news on Tech Leaks!

🐫 Happy hump day!

Nick Fernandez, Editor.

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