smartphonesshop.com.au - Hot on the heels of the Apple and Samsung reveals, comes Google’s Pixel 5 Launch Night In event. Amongst multiple leaks of its unique smartphone, we finally get a taste of how the Pixel 5 intends to rock our world, along with a supercharged 5G version of the solid Pixel 4a and other reveals looking to put a big smile on your face. Let’s just say that Google’s offerings this year definitely look impressive, so let’s jump in and firstly see what Google has learnt so far when it comes to smartphones. Check out the recap from The Verge below:
The Heavyweight Contender
In what could be the industry’s worst-kept secret, the Pixel 5 has finally been announced, Google's answer to the emerging mid-range smartphone market. While not competing directly with Samsung and Apple as with previous releases, the Pixel 5 is certainly slicker than your average mid-range and we'd say it veers between both flagship and mid-range. Also, in a move that’s to be expected, leaker Jon Prosser from Front Page Tech has gotten his hands on a Pixel 5 already. Promising 5G support, it’s being promoted as the “Ultimate 5G Google phone,” and with the multitude of improvements, it definitely lives up to that tagline. Check out a comparison of the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 4a courtesy of The Verge:
|Category||Pixel 5||Pixel 4A with 5G||Pixel 4A|
|Screen||6-inch flexible OLED display at 432 ppi||6.2-inch OLED display at 413 ppi||5.8-inch OLED display at 443 ppi|
|Refresh Rate||90 Hz||60 Hz||60 Hz|
|Resolution||1080 x 2340||1080 x 2340||1080 x 2340|
|Battery||4080 mAh||3885 mAh||3140 mAh|
|Front Camera||8 megapixels||8 megapixels||8 megapixels|
|Rear Camera||12.2-megapixel dual-pixel (16-megapixel ultrawide)||12.2-megapixel dual-pixel (16-megapixel ultrawide)||12.2-megapixel dual-pixel|
|Camera Features||Night Sight, Portrait Light, Cinematic Pan, Live HDR+||Night Sight, Portrait Light, Cinematic Pan, Live HDR+||Night Sight, Live HDR+|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G|
|Audio||Stereo speakers, USB-C audio||Stereo speakers, USB-C audio, 3.5mm headphone jack||USB-C audio, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Colors||Green, Black||White, Black||Black|
|Operating System||Pre-loaded with Android 11||Pre-loaded with Android 11||Pre-loaded with Android 10|
|Availability||October 15th (outside US), October 29th (US)||October 15th (Japan), November (outside Japan)||Available now|
One feature that truly looks to make the Pixel 5 shine is its silky-smooth 90Hz screen. While we've seen the Galaxy S20 range and the Note20 Ultra offer lifelike buttery-smooth 120Hz, the Pixel 5's 90Hz is the perfect middle ground, ensuring the device feels slick yet still remains affordable. We’re also treated to an eye-watering 6-inch 1080 x 2340 OLED display and a respectable 8GB of RAM. We're impressed already Google!
The avid photographers among you will be very pleased to hear that the Pixel 5 will come with a 16-megapixel ultrawide camera and a Night Sight portrait feature. In their analysis of the sample images provided by Google, 9To5Google were quite pleased, with the images showing the lens capturing the full picture literally, while the Night Sight allowed images to show detail well enough in dark environments, because darkness shouldn't get in the way of a good photo. Combined with Google Duo’s ability to share screens during video calls and watch videos with your loved ones in HD, it’s almost like catching up with friends in real life!
The battery has also been beefed up, offering 4080 mAh of goodness allowing you to stream, game and snap throughout the day without anxiously watching your battery percentage. It doesn’t just stop there, as the Pixel 5 will also ship with an Extreme Battery Saver mode, which can allow your Pixel 5 to remain operational for up to 48 hours according to Google, bringing it closer in line to our old beloved Nokia phones. Android Police also reports that there are plans to bring this feature to other Pixel phones, so you may want to dust off that Pixel 3 as a spare device!
The Super Middleweight
In an attempt to make one of this year’s most interesting smartphone releases even better, Google has unveiled the Pixel 4a 5G, which is pretty much the Pro, XL or Plus version of the Pixel 4a. Improving on an already impressive budget phone with top of the range features, the Pixel 4a 5G, as its name implies comes bundled with superfast 5G capabilities and improved specs over its predecessor. There’s the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G and 16-megapixel ultrawide camera as the Pixel 5, alongside a bigger 1080 x 2340 6.2-inch OLED screen! It’s a great move from Google, showing they're treating a secondary model just like their best one while proving that they’ve actually been listening to our feedback.
Shiny As Chrome
Another surprise announcement was the Chromecast with Google TV, that finally comes with a remote! The CEO Magazine reports that the Google Play Movies and TV app will be combined into the convenient Google TV app. Google also states that the app will offer personal recommendations so you’ll always be discovering hidden gems, plus the remote included has voice commands and for what could be its most interesting feature, dedicated buttons for both YouTube and Netflix! Searching for content has never been easier and we’re glad to see our Netflix addiction being taken into account!
In a bid to also dominate your home once again, Google has unveiled the successor to its Google Home smart speaker, aptly called Google Nest. The Verge reports that it includes a soft, rounded design, including all the features from its predecessor while allowing you to pair multiple devices in your home. Another great aspect of the Google Nest is that it will be 75 per cent louder than the previous Google Home and comes with a bass that’s fifty per cent stronger, which will be great for your house parties although do try to take the neighbours into consideration once in a while.
We've got to hand it to Google. In the face of announcements from Samsung and Apple, they've braved the year to deliver an alternative to the heavyweight models in the smartphone industry, promising an affordable yet powerful smartphone that will make you forget it isn't a flagship. If you're ready to embrace all the juicy pixels, you can now pre-order the Pixel 5 on a Vodafone plan for only $67.75/month, including 40GB of data alongside unlimited calls and texts, with a total cost of $1,044 over 36 months. T&C's apply.