Google Introduces new Pixel Phones
Google has officially introduced the all-new Google Pixel 5, its newest flagship smartphone. As we’ve come to expect, almost all of the details surrounding the new device had leaked extensively prior to the launch. Today’s event simply confirmed what many had already assumed. Google is no longer trying to compete at the top of the line and is placing their flagship in the battle for the best midrange smartphones, which is a pretty crowded competition.
At $699, the Pixel 5 is slated to contend with phones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and the iPhone 11 (and upcoming iPhone 12 mini). Unfortunately, it still doesn’t quite seem to stack up to the competition. The Pixel 5 runs on the Snapdragon 765G, comes with 8GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. It has a 4,080 mAh battery and a 6-inch OLED display. These specs are perfectly fine, but you can absolutely get better specs for the price.
Upgrades to the Pixel 5 Camera
At this point the only reason the Pixel 5 is worth considering is the camera. The Pixel lineup consistently performs as one of the best smartphone cameras on the market. The Pixel 5 now has an ultrawide lens instead of the telephoto lens that was on the Pixel 4. It also offers exposure bracketing for improved HDR performance, adds night sight to portrait mode and features advancements in stabilization for shooting video.
Meet the Pixel 4a 5G
Also announced was the successor to the Pixel 4a, the Pixel 4a 5G at $499. This midrange phone expands on the success of the Pixel 4a, adds a larger display, more powerful battery and, you guessed it, 5G enabled. It comes with a 6.2-inch OLED display and runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, which is the exact same chip as the Pixel 5. The Pixel 4a 5G also has the exact same camera system as the Pixel 5, and a headphone jack. So what does the Pixel 5 have that the 4a 5G doesn’t? A slightly larger battery, 2 GB of extra RAM and wireless charging capabilities. If those aren’t dealbreakers and you like having a headphone jack, you can happily save $200.
The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G will both be available in the US through Verizon, Google Fi and Google’s online store on October 29 and are available for preorder now.
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The New Chromecast Featuring GoogleTV
The phones weren’t the only new products announced by Google. They reintroduced GoogleTV, which is now a rebranded AndroidTV. It aims to deliver a personal experience with recommendations across all your streaming subscriptions in one place. It debuts on the all-new Chromecast, starting at $49.99.
Also unveiled was Nest Audio. It’s their latest smart speaker that is designed to replace the Google Home. It is designed with sound quality in mind, and with multi-room support it looks to be taking aim at Sonos speakers and Apple’s Homepod. It is available October 5 for $99.