We’re expecting the Google Pixel 8 to launch much later this year, but that hasn’t stopped renders for the device from seemingly leaking well ahead of its launch.
A serious leaker following recent reports that the Google Pixel 7a is in the wild before it’s even been announced and product renders showing us what the Pixel 8 is said to be OnLeaks (opens in new tab) apparently gave us more insight into how the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro look.
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These new, more technical renders show the supposedly curvier phone alongside the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro renders, giving us a clearer look at the changes that could be heading to the Pixel 8.
An interesting change is that while the corners of the phone are getting rounder, the display for the Pixel 8 Pro may be flatter. Unlike the Pixel 7 Pro, the Pixel 8 Pro appears to have a non-curved screen, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Curved screens vs. flat displays: which is better?
Google Pixel Pro phones haven’t used a flat display since the Google Pixel 5 Pro – both the Pixel 6 Pro and 7 Pro have screens that curve around their edges – so why would Google ever take a step back and go flat displays want to return? ? Well, it’s not really a step backwards.
There are two main advantages to choosing a curved display – size and aesthetics. Bigger phone displays with more screen real estate are handy, but those larger screens also mean that using the handset itself can get pretty awkward, especially if you’re trying to use your phone with one hand. With a curved display, manufacturers can offer larger screens without having to make the device much larger overall.
Also, many people just look better with curved displays than with flat displays.
However, curved phone screens have their share of problems. For one, it can be pretty easy to accidentally touch elements on the edge of the display while holding the phone when the screen is curved. Additionally, when using a phone case, you may lose the extra screen real estate that the curved screen offers when covered.
If you tend to drop your smartphone, a flat display is probably better for you too. Not only is it easier to find tempered glass screen protectors that can protect your entire screen, flat screens are generally less fragile as they are protected by the phone’s bezel. And when a flat screen breaks, it’s usually cheaper and easier to replace compared to a rounded display.
So there are advantages either way, and a lot of that comes down to personal preference. We’ll have to wait and see if the Google Pixel 8 will actually use a flat screen; but if so, you don’t have to worry that it’s a downgrade from its predecessor.
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