We’re nonetheless months away from Google releasing the Pixel Eight Professional, however that hasn’t stopped the telephone from exhibiting up in a brand new hands-on video. On Could 18, 91Mobiles and leaker Kuba Wojciechowski printed a brief video showcasing the Pixel Eight Professional.
This video supplies our first have a look at the Pixel Eight Professional in the actual world, confirming the design we noticed in beforehand leaked Pixel Eight Professional renders. However much more attention-grabbing is that the video additionally highlights a really uncommon characteristic that nobody anticipated.
The Pixel Eight Professional has a … temperature sensor
That uncommon characteristic is none aside from a temperature sensor. The 40-second video exhibits that the sensor is a small circle on the again of the telephone beneath the LED flash. We noticed this earlier than within the Pixel Eight Professional renders from March, however on the time, it was broadly suspected to be a lidar sensor — much like what the iPhone 14 Professional has.
To make use of the Pixel Eight Professional’s temperature sensor, it seems that you’ll have to take away any glasses and different equipment out of your face so the sensor has an unobstructed view of your brow and temple. You’ll then transfer the sensor as near your brow as attainable (with out really touching your pores and skin), faucet a big button on the display screen, after which transfer the sensor throughout your brow and to your temple. The video exhibits the entire course of takes about Four seconds, and also you’ll presumably see your temperature studying on the telephone afterward.
What’s extra, this temperature sensor will reportedly solely present up on the Pixel Eight Professional and gained’t be accessible on the common Pixel 8. Contemplating leaked Pixel Eight renders from earlier this 12 months didn’t present the additional sensor on the again, that checks out.
Google’s getting bizarre with the Pixel once more
It’s protected to say that that is an attention-grabbing growth for the Pixel Eight Professional. On the one hand, there are sure to be some sensible use instances for a devoted temperature sensor. There’s worth in with the ability to shortly examine your temperature if you happen to’re apprehensive it’s possible you’ll be sick or beginning to come down with one thing, and it’s in contrast to anything accessible on another telephone at the moment. Plus, it’ll nearly actually have some tie-in with Fitbit and different well being information collected from the Google Pixel Watch.
Besides, this looks like it’ll have fairly restricted mass attraction. The final time Google tried one thing so out-of-the-box on a Pixel telephone was with the Pixel Four in 2019. It was the primary — and the final — Pixel to have Google’s Soli know-how for face unlock and hands-free gesture controls. It was a neat concept that Google deserted after one era, and it wouldn’t be stunning to see one thing related occur right here.
Whereas I don’t need to be too detrimental about Google attempting one thing new with the Pixel, I’m additionally unsure that is the creativity I hoped for. Weirdness within the smartphone world is sweet, however this can be somewhat too on the market.
The Pixel Eight and Pixel Eight Professional are anticipated to launch someday in October.