Google's $699 Pixel 5 and $499 Pixel 4a 5G are finally official

Lawrence Kim
October 1, 2020

That's because the Chromecast with Google TV is capable of outputting in 4K video with support HDR at up to 60 frames per second. However, the company has ditched the Soli radar for this year's flagship smartphone - Pixel 5. You must pre-order the Pixel 5 by October 19 to be eligible for the offer, but it will return between November 5 and November 18 for Pixel 4a (5G) pre-orders.

Even selling 1 million units of a £599 smartphone seems a stretch for Google now, though. The Pixel 5 has a dual camera on the back.

Night Sight has been added to portrait mode and lighting subjects (like people's faces) in older photos can now be improved with smarter editing tools.

On paper, neither phone is technically impressive.

The 4A is made entirely of plastic, while the Pixel 5 has Gorilla Glass 6 on its front only.

On the design, the Pixel 5 now sports an aluminum housing and an edge-to-edge display. It features a larger edge-to-edge OLED display than both the Pixel 5 and $399 4a, at 6.2-inch, but uses the same mid-range Snapdragon 765G CPU as the Pixel 5, combined with 6GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage (with no other storage options).

"Extreme Battery Saver" promises to keep your phone going for 48-hours in a pinch. On the topic of software another heralded feature of these new devices is the "Hold for Me" AI powered service which can wait in line for you (US only for now).

Finally, Smart Downloads proactively save your YouTube music playlists "so even when you don't have connectivity your entertainment continues". Pressing the button will allow viewers to ask the chatty AI for recommendations of new shows to watch, searches for new games to play on the Chromecast, trivia on favourite actors and more.

The 4A does however come with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack which the Pixel 5 doesn't.

Google's Nest Audio is a fabric-clad speaker similar to the Nest Mini, but it's meant to sound better.

You will be able to buy the new Pixel smartphones from 15 Oct in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States. The Nest Audio is 75 percent louder than the Google Home, with 50 percent stronger bass.

It's been just over two years since Google has updated the Chromecast, but the wait is finally over thanks to the Chromecast with Google TV. The "For You" page will recommend shows and TVs across streaming services as well.

At Wednesday's event, the company also announced a ramped up version of its Google TV platform which competes against Roku and Amazon's Fire TV.

"The new Google TV experience brings together movies, shows, live TV and more from across your apps and subscriptions and organizes them just for you", said Google TV senior director Shalini Govilpai.

The new remote is pretty bare bones, instead relying on the power of your voice.

Assistant is the only coloured button of eight on the new remote, which you'll be using a lot.

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