The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro have a lot of great AI and Machine Learning features
Another new feature on both phones is the Magic Editor. The next logical step from the Magic Eraser, this feature allows a Pixel 8 series user to resize objects and move them in a photo that has already been processed. The time of day, background, and the lighting can also be changed. With Best Take, Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 users can replace a frowning face or the face of someone with his/her eyes closed in a group photo with an extra picture of the individual’s face taken by the camera that shows the subject smiling or with his/her eyes wide open.
While these AI and Machine Learning features are just a few of the new things that you can do on a Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro, Google removed three other features from its latest Pixel models at the last minute. According to a tweet from Mishaal Rahman, the three features include DisplayPort Alternate Mode which would have allowed Pixel 8 series users to connect to an external display via USB-C. This is how Samsung DeX users can connect to an external screen in desktop mode.
When trying to connect to an external screen with the Pixel 8 line, nothing happens. As Android Authority notes, doing this with the iPhone 15 line, the first iPhone models to have a USB-C port, results in the external screen mirroring the iPhone. Rahman believes that this feature will be available to Pixel users next year, perhaps with the Pixel 9.
8K and super slow motion video were pulled from the Pixel 8 series at the last minute
Another feature that Google apparently “ripped out” of the Pixel 8 line at the last minute was 8K video recording. While the hardware in the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro can support 8K video@30fps (both the sensor backing the primary camera and the Tensor G3 chipset’s ISP can support this), the software cannot. For now, 4K video@60fps is the limit although 8K video could show up on Pixel handsets sometime within the next two generations.
The last feature that Google reportedly pulled from the Pixel 8 line at the last minute was 720p@480fps super slow motion. With support for that removed, the two new Pixels can record slow motion at 1080p@240fps.
Would the new Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro handsets be that much better had Google not pulled these three features? That’s up to each individual since not everyone needs to connect to an external display, record in 8K, or record in super slow motion. Pixel 8 users should probably just be happy with the new features that they did receive. We wouldn’t be surprised if these three features show up on next year’s Pixel 9 line at the earliest or the Pixel 10 series in 2025.