It’s a holiday week in the US and a lot of Google employees are probably on vacation, so it might be a good time to break the non-disclosure agreement you signed to test their unreleased devices like the Pixel 8 Pro, where you might find yourself in hard situation? lots of trouble? I’ve never broken any of these, but some guy on Reddit seems cool doing it at the moment as he shared photos of the upcoming top-tier Pixel phone today.
In the images below, we see the back and front of the alleged Pixel 8 Pro. The front image shows a fastboot screen where you can see the (famous) codename “husky” along with 12GB of Samsung LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of storage.
There is also a mention of “ripcurrent” in the bootloader, which I assume is related to the chipset inside. The Tensor G2 was tied to the “cloudripper” name some time ago, as well as the GS201. There should be a Tensor G3 inside the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, and that could somehow indicate that. The Tensor G3 has also been tied to the “zuma” codename that is mentioned on the back of this test device.
Speaking of the back, there are numerous stickers indicating that this is a “TEST/EVALUATION ONLY” test device and that it has not been cleared by the FCC for sale or rental. It is intended for “internal testing and development” only. At least one sticker is blurred, but a “Zuma – B1” sticker can be seen underneath.
We can also see the big boy’s 3-sensor camera setup, the device’s rounded corners that look like they’ll fit nicely in our palms, and the weird pattern on the back glass. This is clearly a work in progress and not retail hardware, so don’t take too much for the finish.
The camera system is reported to include a 50MP main sensor, a 64MP ultra-wide angle, and a 5x telephoto lens. You can also see that weird temperature sensor under the flash and all the cameras without a single window, unlike the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro, which had telephoto lenses on their own.
Again, the images come from a Reddit user who claims to have gotten this “from the device design team at Google for testing.” He seems to be very casual about sharing things he definitely shouldn’t be sharing.