Google’s launch of the new pixel marks a new phase in Google’s device development. The phones are overall more pleasing than their predecessors and they are also much more widely accepted.
Google yesterday Launched the Google Pixel 5, the next edition of its flagship device series, and the Google Pixel 4a 5G, a 5G variant of its budget mobile series.
Google has taken a completely new direction with these devices, favoring price, battery life, and cameras while sacrificing performance. It’s the right direction in my opinion. These two will also be among the first phones to run Android 11.
Google Pixel 5
In contrast last year’s Pixel devices, the Pixel Pixel 5 will not get an XL-sized brother. the gap is not empty, however, The Pixel 4a, the second Pixel Phone launched by Google in this keynote event is almost as capable as the Pixel 5 but with a larger screen. The 5 is the more premium device of the two.
The biggest change for Google’s flagship lineup is the switch to a Snapdragon 765G chipset from the Flagship snapdragon 800 series from Qualcomm. Based on the performance of this particular chipset with other devices like the OnePlus Nord launched a few weeks ago, we recon the phone will still be well able to keep up with intensive tasks, games, and UI animations.
The second notable direction change on the Pixel 5 is in the camera section. Google has finally added ultrawide cameras. Google has swapped the telephoto camera on the Pixel 4 in favor of a 16MP ultrawide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture and 1.0um pixel size.
Zooming will be done with the main 12.2 MP camera with 1.4um pixel size, as well as Google’s AI algorithms. This sensor doesn’t have particularly large pixels for night time shooting nor high resolution for lossless digital zoom, Google is betting it all on computational photography.
You do get OIS and a relatively bright f/1.7 lens, though. Also, despite this not being an 8-series Snapdragon, these are the first Pixels to support 4K recording at 60 fps (no 8K, of course, the sensor doesn’t have the resolution).
The display on the Pixel 5 has a 6.0” diagonal – the average of Pixel 4’s 5.7” and 4 XL’s 6.3” displays. The resolution is the same 1080p+, but this is a 90Hz display.
It comes with a hefty 4,080 mAh battery at 18W charging. For comparison, the Pixel 4 XL had a 3,700 mAh. It is also IP68-certified for dust and water resistance.
Google has gone with Aluminium for the phone’s outer covering materials. It allows for a more fingerprint smudge resistant finish. Google has somehow managed to add wireless charging and reverse wireless charging to the Pixel 5 which should technically not work given that the back is aluminum.
Google is already taking preorders for the Pixel 5 start which should ship in eight countries on October 15, and the US on October 29. The phone is priced at $700/€630/£599.
If you pre-order one between now and October 14, you’ll be receiving a free pair of Bose QC 35 II wireless headphones. This offer is only valid in Germany, France, Ireland, and the UK, and only while stocks last.