Technology Google's Pixel 5 includes 5G and an ultrawide camera for $699
Pixel 5: Coming this fall with 5G
Joining the newly announced Pixel 4A and 4A 5G, Google confirms its next flagship phone is on its way.Google is teasing 5G for its Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G.
It’s October, so despite the weird year we’re having, Google is hosting a (virtual) event to show off its latest smartphone,. And yes, it has 5G connectivity on board. It’s also a lot cheaper than last year’s phone, starting at $699.
As usual, plenty of details about the Pixel 5 leaked in advance, and we also got an idea of what to expect from the Pixel 4a, which arrived this summer. The most notable design change for the 4a was its no-notch screen, which included a pinhole front-facing camera. The same style screen is here on the Pixel 5 — as expected, it’s a 6-inch, 2340 x 1080 screen that sits between the 5.7-inch display on the Pixel 4 and the 6.3-inch one on the 4 XL. (Speaking of the XL, there isn’t one this year; there’s just one Pixel 5.) It also includes the faster 90Hz refresh rate Google introduced in last year’s Pixel 4.
The $349 Pixel 4a shines with a sharp display, smooth performance and an impressive camera
All the major tech companies seem to have a renewed interest in affordable phones. In April, Apple delivered the $399 iPhone SE, a value-packed model on par with the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Samsung continued the trend with its Galaxy A family. Motorola has several new G devices. And TCL, the brand most known for TVs, entered the smartphone market with the 10L and 10 Pro. © Jacob Krol/CNN © Jacob Krol/CNN Now it's Google's turn, as the company unveils its newest, very affordable Pixel. The Pixel 4a, which undercuts the iPhone SE by $50 with one model that costs $349, comes packed with a 5.
Like last year’s Pixel, the 5 has a dual camera on the back. But instead of going with the standard and telephoto arrangement, Google swapped out the telephoto lens for an ultra wide angle shooter. Given how popular cameras like this have been on phones from Apple and Samsung (among others), it’s not a big surprise to see Google fall in line here. The same 12-megapixel sensor that Google has used for its last few phones is here, but this time it’s paired with a 16-megapixel sensor for the wide-angle shooter.
Google is also bringing back the fingerprint sensor from all previous Pixel phones except for last year’s Pixel 4. Gone is the face unlock feature that didn’t quite set the world on fire; similarly, the odd touch-less controls (that were powered by an ultra-wideband radar sensor above the screen) are nowhere to be found this year. Not a huge loss, as Google’s Motion Sense feature never turned out to be more than a gimmick.
The Pixel 4a Is Perfect Smartphone Simplicity
As smartphones continue to get more sophisticated and more expensive, there’s a question that becomes increasingly relevant: How much phone do you actually need? Features like a built-in stylus, a foldable screen, and wireless charging are certainly nice to have, especially when they’re built into the same device you use to text, shop, watch videos, or pay your bills. Those features are also luxuries. But on the Pixel 4a, it feels like Google is trying to make a statement about what should be considered essential smartphone tech. You get a single flat screen, a camera in the front, a camera in the back, a fingerprint reader, and a headphone jack for $350.
As for the internals, Google isn’t putting the latest and greatest processor inside the Pixel 5. As suspected, the company is cutting a corner here, likely in the name of affordability. The internal processor is a Snapdragon 765G, and the Pixel 5 has 8GB of RAM. Those specs are more modest than you’ll find on the latest Samsung flagship, but given how well the Pixel 4a runs on even more modest hardware, we’re hoping the 5 should be similarly speedy.
One of the big knocks on most Pixel phones has been battery life. We can’t vouch for how the Pixel 5 will stack up, but the good news is that it at least includes a 4,000mAh battery, which is much larger than the batteries in previous Pixel phones. The Pixel 5 includes Qi wireless charging, and you can share the battery to wirelessly charge up a set of Pixel Buds.
This year, the Pixel 5 comes in just two colors — black and sage green — and starts at $699 with 128GB of storage.
Google's Pixel 4A 5G gives you 5G and other high-end specs at a $499 budget price .
This phone could actually attract more buyers than the $699 Pixel 5 flagship.The company's new $499 Pixel 4A 5G, unveiled Wednesday, packs in the same superfast 5G connectivity as Google's new $699 Pixel 5 flagship, as well as the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, 128GB of storage and a fingerprint sensor on the back. Importantly, the camera setup is identical, with both phones sporting an 8-megapixel front-facing lens and two rear cameras: a standard 12.2-megapixel sensor and a 16-megapixel ultrawide camera.