It has been around two weeks since the Google Pixel 8 series launched in India, and since then, multiple tests and reviews have come out detailing how the Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro perform in the real world, and if they are a big upgrade over the Pixel 7 series. Now, DxO Mark—which is typically known for its in-depth smartphone camera testing, has rated the Pixel 8 Pro and the Pixel 8 displays as the best in its smartphone display rankings.
With Pixel 8 models scoring 154 points, it puts them ahead of phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, the Pixel Fold, and even the latest iPhone 15 Pro series. DxOMark calls the Pixel 8 Pro “the most readable product” in their database to date, even in broad sunlight.
Notably, Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro come with new displays—Google is now calling them Actua and Super Actua, respectively. The Pixel 8 comes with a 6.2” Actua OLED panel with support for a 120Hz refresh rate, while the Pixel 8 Pro comes with a 6.7” Super Actua OLED panel with the same 120Hz refresh rate, but it also gets LTPO technology, which allows it to shift between 1-120Hz. Only the Pixel 8 Pro gets a QHD+ display of the two, and the Pixel 8 sticks to an FHD+ panel. Both of these panels also come with high peak brightness—Pixel 8 supports 2000 nits, and the Pixel 8 Pro gets 2400 nits.
Notably, the Pixel 8 Pro is brighter than the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (1750 nits) and the new iPhone 15 Pro (2000 nits). For contrast, the last-generation Pixel 7 Pro has a display with a peak brightness of 1500 nits.
DxO Mark notes that it was able to measure the Pixel 8 Pro’s peak brightness at 2100 nits under sunlight when displaying a photo. The publication further notes that comparing it to the iPhone 15 Pro yielded interesting results. It found that the iPhone 15 Pro Max can achieve “comparable brightness” to the Pixel 8 Pro while viewing dark content, but the iPhone notably “loses almost 50% of its brightness when displaying a web page, versus a loss of only 20% for the Google device.”
DxO Mark also praised the Pixel 8 Pro for its accurate color reproduction, and it notes that “despite a slight yellow-green cast outdoors, the Pixel’s color rendering was better than both of its competitors.”
The Google Pixel 8 series is now available in India, starting at Rs 76,999 for the Pixel 8 and Rs 1,06,999 for the Pixel 8 Pro.