Google is “putting G to 5G” with its two newest smartphones, the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4A.
The new Pixel 5 starts at 9 9,999 in Australia.
The Pixel 4A with 5G is priced at 99 799.
The strength of Google has always been its software rather than its hardware.
Over the years, Pixel’s relatively small cameras have outperformed their competitors with a single Smart AI.
Both the new Pixel 5 and 4A have the same 12.2 megapixel camera that now comes with a new ultraviolet lens.
Older photos incorporated Night Sight into portrait mode and lighting subjects (such as people’s faces) can now be improved with smart editing tools.
Video has also been improved with three new stabilization options.
On paper, neither phone is technically efficient.
They are both powered by the same Snapdragon 765G chip that is behind the latest Samsung phones.
The Pixel 5 and 4A come with only 128 GB of storage and features 8 and 6 GB of RAM.
The 4A is made entirely of plastic, while the Pixel 5 only has Gorilla Glass 6 on its front.
The Pixel 5’s 6.0-inch display is actually smaller than the 4A’s 6.2-inch display (fingers crossed for 5XL), but it has a slightly higher pixel density.
The new Edge-to-Edge display also means that the Pixel 4XL’s underused radar features have been lost on newer models.
Google is trying to reduce essentials; How you make the most of your phone and how they can provide that quality experience at affordable prices.
In both cases the answer is better software.
“Extreme Battery Saver” promises to keep your phone running for 48 hours in a pinch.
It’s hard to say how important these software improvements are until we get our hands on the new phones, but finding and adopting the same features – which aren’t available on most other phones – is my favorite on the old Pixel 4XL. Was one of the things (which still has features. The best internet-free voice transducer on any phone).
It’s important to note that the Pixel 4A is missing some premium features on the Pixel 5, including:
- A 90Hz “Smooth Display”
- Fast wireless charging
- Battery share
- And water resistance.
The 4A however comes with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack that the Pixel 5 does not.
The Pixel 5 will be available in Australia on October 15.
The Pixel 4A won’t hit retailers until November.
Google has designed its Nest Audio SmartSpeaker to be the best smart speaker for listening to “99” (US only) music.
In Australia, the new Nest Audio will set you back 150.
It comes in five colors, but is currently only available through two Google stores: Charcoal and Chalk.
Audiofiles will note that the speaker features a 19mm Twitter and 75mm Mid Woofer, “50 percent more bass and 75 percent more volume than the actual Google Home.”
The fabric shell on Nest Audio is still made with recyclable materials.
Google TV integrates with a new remote to make streaming video easier and more convenient.
Chrome 99 Chromecast promises to consolidate all your streaming services in one place, including: Stan, 9No, UT, B, Netflix, Prime Video and Disney +
It will give you personalized recommendations based on your subscriptions and viewing history, and will allow you to cast lots of Android phone, laptop and tablet screens on your TV.
Chromecast can also integrate with your Google Nest security system or turn your TV into a large picture frame.
The new remote has a lot of bare bones, instead relying on the power of your voice.
The assistant has a single color button of eight on the new remote, which you will use a lot.
Ironically, it also has dedicated buttons for Netflix and YouTube.
The new Chromecast and its remote come in three colors: snow (white), sunrise (pale red) and sky (pale blue).