Tech giant Google and its Pixel smartphones are in line to be launched now. The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G have been rumoured to come out for a very long time now, and finally the alunch event is happening on September 30.
Apart from the two phones, it is also expected that Google will announce a revised Chromecast as well as a new Nest Home speaker for your home entertainment needs.
The Pixel 5 details
Although the name change has only been incremental, the Pixel 5 actually marks a new direction for Google. The design will take inspiration from the Pixel 4a, but according to latest rumors, there could be an interesting metal finish to it. This could be a coated metal surface with a plastic/glass cutout underneath so the antennas can work.
The front is expected to sport a 6-inch FHD+ OLED with 90Hz refresh rate and a punch-hole cutout in the top left corner. It’s an HDR 10+ panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The radar-based Motion Sense won’t be there, and the fingerprint scanner will make a return at the rear.
As for optics, you can expect a dual setup with a 16MP ultrawide shooter alongside the 12.2MP F/1.7 main unit. The megapixel count might be low, but thanks to Google’s machine learning optimizations, the Pixel phones produce some of the best shots on any mobile phone in the industry. The ultrawide camera will be the first of its kind on a Pixel phone, though.
The phone will have the Snapdragon 765G SoC, which offers Sub-6 Ghz 5G connectivity and should be good for battery life. The Pixel 5 is expected to come with a 4,080mAh cell – the largest on a Pixel so far. The phone will also do 18W wired charging as well as wireless and reverse wireless charging. Pixel 5 will ship with Android 11 out the box and will retain the IP68 water and dust resistance from Pixel 4 and 4XL.
Pre-orders for the Pixel 5 are also expected to start after the announcement, and official sales could begin on October 15. The lone 8/128GB version is rumoured to be priced at a starting point of $700/€630 and the launch colours are limited to ‘Just Black’ and ‘Subtle Sage’.
The Pixel 4a 5G details
Apart from 5G connectivity, the Pixel 4a 5G will come with many noteworthy upgrades over the Pixel 4a. These include a larger 6.2-inch OLED display with the same 60Hz refresh rate and punch hole cutout. In addition, the phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 765G like the Pixel 5 and will get a fairly large by Pixel standards 3,885 mAh battery with 18W charging.
The camera department will have a 1/2.55-inch 12.2MP sensor and an 8MP ultrawide shooter. Visually, the phone will resemble the Pixel 4a in all major ways including the plastic build and rear-mounted fingerprint reader. Like Pixel 5, Google will launch the 4a 5G with Android 11. A noteworthy feature is the return of the headphone jack on this device.
Pre-orders for the 4a 5G could commence on September 30 while the actual launch could be delayed until November 19. The colours available will be ‘Just Black’, and a rumoured ‘Clearly White’. The Pixel 4a 5G is expected to cost $500/€500/£500.