Phone ad messages usually get a little bit after months of speculation … but with Google, you usually know everything about the phone before it shows up on the store. Such is the case with the Pixel 5, the company’s 2020 Android flagship, and the Pixel 4a 5G, a cheaper alternative that sits above the Pixel 4a. They’re coming next month.
Let’s start with the Pixel 5. After years of complaints that the price of the Pixel line has climbed too far, Google seems to be listening, offering this year’s top-of-the-line Pixel phone without absolutely high-end specs. There’s only one model (unlike all Pixel generations 1-4), and it’s only $ 700, $ 100 less than last year’s base Pixel 4 model.
The phone looks a lot like the Pixel 4a, borrowing its tiny bezel-less camera and hole punch combo on the front, and ditching the Pixel 4’s face-scanning tech and Soli radar in favor of a more conventional fingerprint reader. the back. The material is aluminum, with a hidden hole filled with plastic to allow wireless charging.
The differences are mainly internal and in fit and finish. The Pixel 5 uses the Snapdragon 765G system on chip, which features a slightly faster processor than the 4a and has 5G wireless capability. The Pixel 5 also has 8GB of RAM, up from two compared to the Pixel 4 and 4a. It uses the same 128GB of internal storage on the base model, but it gets other features reserved for the premium line: IPX8 water resistance, wireless charging (and reverse wireless charging, a new feature this year. ) and Gorilla Glass 6 on the screen.
Speaking of the screen, it’s 6 inches diagonally, which is just a hair bigger than the 5.8-inch Pixel 4a and a hair smaller than the Pixel 4a 5G (below). The screen is a 1080p OLED with a 90Hz refresh rate, comparable in quality to the small Pixel 4.
It uses the same camera setup as last year’s flagship, with two 12.2MP / 16MP wide-angle sensors on the back and one 8MP sensor on the front, and its battery is 4080mAh, which we expect a size phone. Considering the 4a’s significantly improved battery life compared to the 4, the Pixel 5 should outlast previous high-end Pixel phones.
You can pre-order the Pixel 5 from Google starting today, in shiny black or sage green colors. It will ship on October 31st.
Pixel 4a 5G
What about the Pixel 4a 5G, the cheaper-alternative-that-isn’t-as-cheap-as-the-other-alternative-and-has-most-of-itself -specifications? Branding is difficult. For Google, anyway: I repeat that the Pixel 5 has a 5G radio, despite the lack of a name.
Oddly enough, the Pixel 4a 5G is larger than the 4a from earlier this year and the Pixel 5, with a 6.2-inch screen, with the same resolution but limited to 60 hertz. Oddly enough, this extra size in screen and body is paired with a smaller battery, at 3,885mAh.
Otherwise, the Pixel 4a 5G is pretty much the same phone as the 5, minus some premium features. It uses the same Snapdragon 765G processor, with 6GB of RAM instead of 8, the same 128GB of storage, the same rear fingerprint reader setup, and a single 12.2MP rear camera. Like the previous cheaper Pixels, this one has a headphone jack.
The Pixel 4a 5G will retail for $ 500, which is somewhere between Pixels 4a and 5 in terms of price. Oddly enough, it’s not available for pre-order today: Google instead offers a waiting list. Google’s presentation says the phone ships on October 15, at least to some countries. On Verizon, a $ 600 carrier variant will be available for pre-order on October 29. According to Android Police, 4a 5G will launch on November 19 in the United States.
Both phones will receive three years of software updates from Google, starting with Android 11. They include the Titan M security chip and new software features like Hold For Me, which can take you back to a phone call. when you are on hold. Purchases come with additional bonuses, like free trials of Google Stadia and Play Pass and 100GB of Drive storage.
A new direction
Overall, the Pixel 4a, Pixel 5, and Pixel 4a 5G represent a significant shift in Google’s phone strategy, moving away from the more expensive devices that directly compete with the high-end Galaxy S and iPhone models and attempt to capture a wider middle. -range market. Customers should enjoy focusing on more practical features, like longer battery life. Based on our experience with the cheaper Pixel phones so far, this should give them the sales boost they’ve been craving for years.