So by making a handset featuring solid but not super high-end specs, Google can deliver a more affordable phone that's still reasonably fast while still concentrating on what Google does best: software and the overall Pixel experience.
The same report outlines Google's more modest expectations for the Pixel 5, due to disruption resulting from Covid-19.
"That leaves the Pixel 5 again trying to differentiate itself on its camera and software".
Although Google's software is used by billions of people on their smartphones, its Pixel phones have barely made dent in the market. Sadly, Google ditched the zoom camera from previous year, opting instead for a regular wide-angle sensor (12MP) and an ultrawide (16MP). Google says it has enhanced image processing, particularly when it comes to portrait mode photography. Video recording, which has always been a weakness of Pixels, is getting a new Cinematic Pan feature to smooth out motion.
For now, you'll open your $699-and- up Pixel 5 with the very same type of rear-mounted finger print sensing unit you can get on the $349 Pixel 4a. As expected, the Pixel 4a 5G is priced at $499. Google promises a 48-hour battery life with its extreme battery saver mode.
Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G are Google's latest flagship phones
The cameras on the Pixel 4a 5G offer features like Night Sight with Portrait Mode, letting you take quality shots in extremely low light situations that also have blurry portrait mode backgrounds.
The front of both devices sees a bezel at the top of the displays housing the front camera and the Soli radar chip for gesture controls and Face Unlock. There is no physical fingerprint sensor on board either the Pixel 4 or 4 XL and neither have a 3.5mm headphone jack. The 4a 5G has the same setup, but we didn't expect those fancy sensors on an A-series Pixel. And while the iPhone 11 doesn't have 5G, the A13 Bionic processor is exponentially more powerful than the Qualcomm 765G chipset and should hold its own for years to come. It'll launch in Japan on October 15 and then come to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States at an unspecified date in November.
The phones aren't all that's new in Google-land. You can also set reminders, ask questions about the weather, and control smart home devices. So, your music should sound much better if you replace an OG Home. It will be available from other retailers on October 15th.
Editor's Note: The Chromecast does not appear to be available in Australia yet. The branding is a bit confusing, though.
In an attempt to differentiate itself from the rest of the pack, Google's next Chromecast will include a new service tying together many of its services in a way that's created to make it easier for viewers sift through TV channels and streaming services to find something they want to watch. Google TV is a whole different can of worms, though. And if you have an older Chromecast device? To enable this feature, just go the Setting section of Google's Phone app and turn on Hold for Me. Nevertheless, the Pixel's change, of course, could give us the flawless Google phones for this weird new decade - even if it does, for the moment, kill off the Android nerd dream of a true, enthusiast-level Pixel.
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