A look inside the Google Pixel 8 Pro reveals a built-in infrared thermometer
What does Google’s newest assortment of smartphones lack that no one seems to care about? Gimmicks. But not just any gimmicks; gimmicks in the vein of Google, which appear one day and disappear the next. Do you recall the Soli radar? Exactly.
The rumor mill has claimed that the next Pixel 8 Pro will include an infrared thermometer on the back, nestled in the camera bump just below the circular LED flash.
Obviously, the thermometer can read your inside temperature. Most contactless thermometers employ a sensor quite similar to this one (that should bring back some fantastic pandemic memories!).
The temperature sensor on the Pixel 8 Pro needs to be as close to your forehead as possible without actually touching your skin. Then, after pressing the start button, you bring the phone to your head within five seconds. When the temperature reading is finished, the phone will vibrate.
How convenient is it, given that the display is on the back of the device, the side that is not directly in front of you? Consequently, there was a video showing how the function works, but it was published to YouTube (a Google-owned platform), which we can’t tell you right now. Google has subsequently removed the video for breaching YouTube’s Terms of Service.
It doesn’t sound like a great way to utilize your Pixel 8 Pro, but on the bright side, you’ll be ready to scan the world when the next epidemic strikes with nothing but your phone.
Don’t think about saving money by purchasing a non-Pro Pixel 8; the Pro version is the only one with this revolutionary new function.
Both the Pixel 8 and the Pixel 8 Pro, which are slated to be announced in October, have been speculated to use Google’s own Tensor G3 SoC. The Pixel 8 Pro is rumored to include Samsung’s largest ISOCELL GN2 sensor and a smaller (6.52-inch) screen than the Pixel 7 Pro.