Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro seek FCC approval preceding upcoming launch

Shortly after Google’s announcement of its forthcoming fall Pixel hardware event, two highly anticipated devices set to feature in the event – the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro – have undergone submission for regulatory approval through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

On the afternoon of Wednesday, the FCC unveiled documentation submitted by Google pertaining to the endorsement of five novel devices carrying model designations GKWS6, G9BQD, GZPF0, GPJ41, and G1MNW. Earlier this year, the identical GKWS6 model was identified in a submission linked to the “Pixel 8,” which divulged particulars concerning wireless charging functionality.

All five submissions presented the FCC’s electronic labeling instructions, stipulating reference to the “About phone” section within the Android settings. While Google’s imminent release encompasses two distinct models, namely the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, it is customary for such devices to manifest in various iterations. This practice mirrors prior Pixel releases, where flagship models were presented with or without mmWave 5G connectivity. Additionally, versions intended for international markets often featured subtle differentiations, yet necessitated FCC endorsement.

In this context, the documentation corresponding to GZPF0 outlines its internal parity with G9BQD and GKWS6, with the sole exception being the omission of mmWave connectivity. Conversely, the GPJ41 documentation explicitly references the aforementioned GKWS6 model. Remarkably, none of the four submissions alludes to UWB connectivity, indicating their likely alignment with the standard Pixel 8. In contrast, the outlier, model G1MNW, incorporates UWB connectivity, strongly implying its association with the Pixel 8 Pro.

Beyond these distinctions, the FCC listings pertaining to the Pixel 8 series disclose features consistent with expectations for Google’s upcoming devices, encompassing comprehensive support for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 6E, as well as Sub6 and mmWave 5G functionalities.

This sequence of submissions follows closely on the heels of analogous FCC listings related to the Pixel Watch 2, another highly anticipated reveal projected for October. Furthermore, indications point towards Google’s preparation for the imminent launch of a new Fitbit tracker, as recently observed.


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