Google Pixel 8 camera will include ‘creepy’ face-changing AI

Leaked promo video shows off ‘magic’ artificial intelligence tools

Anthony Cuthbertson
Monday 25 September 2023 14:31 BST
Leaks suggest the Google Pixel 8 camera will feature advanced AI capabilities
Leaks suggest the Google Pixel 8 camera will feature advanced AI capabilities (Google)

Google’s next flagship smartphone will feature an AI-powered camera that can automatically alter the expression on someone’s face, according to a leaked video.

The Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 8 Pro, which are set to be unveiled on 4 October, have already been partially revealed by the US tech firm, which has a habit of teasing its devices before the official release date.

The latest promo video, posted by reliable leaker Kamila Wojciechowska, shows Pixel 8 users radically adjusting the appearance of photo subjects “with a tap”.

“Reimagine an image with Magic Editor from Google Photos,” the video states.

“It’ll make you wonder, can a phone be made of magic? Nope, it’s AI.”

The video generated excitement among Pixel owners on social media, though some expressed concern about the camera’s abilities.

“I am sold on the Pixel 8 series,” one user of X, formerly Twitter, posted. “The head swap kinda creepy though.”

The Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 8 Pro
The Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 8 Pro (The Independent)

Similar to Apple with its latest iPhone 15 series, the tech giant is expected to place a major emphasis on the phone’s camera, with other leaks and rumours surrounding Google’s next Pixel devices suggesting both versions will feature a 50 megapixel main camera, together with a 10.5 megapixel front camera.

The Pixel 8 Pro will feature an additional rear camera that offers telephoto capabilities and 5x optical zoom.

Key specs have also been leaked, most notably the inclusion of a Tensor G3 chipset that will enable better processing power.

The price for the standard version is expected to be £699 in the UK and $699 in the US, while the premium version will cost £999 in the UK and $899 in the US. Anyone who pre-orders the Pixel 8 Pro will also receive a free Pixel Watch 2.

Google does not comment on leaks or rumours about unreleased products.

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