INTRO: Google has today officially launched the new flagship Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G. There’s not much which will surprise you about the new phones, considering almost everything about them had been leaked beforehand. However, we now have official pricing, confirmations on the specifications, and availability information for the new Google phones.
Starting off with the flagship (of sorts), the Pixel 5 is nearly exactly what we expected it to be. It comes with a fresh new, design with a punch hole camera up front for selfies. There’s a 6-inch 2340×1080 pixel display with 90Hz refresh rate and eventually , the Pixel features a full-screen design with no forehead or chin.
Under the hood, the Pixel 5 is running on the Snapdragon 765G processor, which suggests it isn’t really trying to compete against flagship offerings from other Android OEMs, or the iPhones of the world. However, it also means Google is in a position to cost it tons better than Pixel phones within the past. Along with the processor, which by the way has the Qualcomm X52 modem for 5G connectivity, you get 8GB RAM, and IPX8 water resistance. There’s 128GB storage on board, and support for 18W fast charging to jazz up the 4,080mAh battery.
The phone also features wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, and it supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G networks.
Obviously, it wouldn’t be a Pixel launch without camera stuff, and therefore the Pixel 5 finally has an ultra-wide angle lens this point around. What’s more, the corporate has added Night Sight to portrait mode, which suggests you’ll take good looking portrait shots even in low light.
In terms of camera hardware, the Pixel 5 comes with a 12.2MP primary rear camera with OIS and EIS alongside the new 16MP ultra-wide lens. On the front, you get an 8MP selfie shooter.
There’s also a replacement Portrait Light feature here which allows you to add-in lighting to your subject during a portrait photo. If this sound similar to what iPhones have been doing for a while, it’s not. This feature allows you to drop lighting from wherever you wish , so you get to make a decision how the portrait looks. What’s more, Google says you’ll use it directly from the Google Photos app, and it’ll work with older portrait photos as well!
The new Pixel 5 is priced at $699 and will be available in the US from October 15. Preorders are open now, so you’ll book your Pixel 5 if you wish .
Pixel 4a 5G
The company also launched the 5G version of the Pixel 4a today. Not only does the new phone offer 5G, it also changes a couple of hardware specs as compared to its older, and lower priced sibling.
The Pixel 4a 5G comes with a bigger 6.2-inch 2340x1080p OLED display, and you get the Snapdragon 765G under the hood as compared to the Snapdragon 730G within the Pixel 4a.
Meanwhile, you get an equivalent 6GB RAM + 128GB storage on the Pixel 4a 5G, but there’s a bigger 3,885mAh battery on board. Notably, unlike the Pixel 5, the Pixel 4a 5G doesn’t support wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, or an IP rating for that matter.
The Pixel 4a 5G is priced at $499 and will go on sale in Japan from October 15.