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Google Details 5G Pixels

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Sep 30, 2020, 2:06 PM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome
updated Sep 30, 2020, 3:03 PM

Google today announced its 5G Pixel phones for 2020: the Pixel 5 and "Pixel 4a (5G)". The confusingly-named Pixel 4a (5G) actually has more in common with the Pixel 5 than with the Pixel 4a. Both have a large OLED display (6–6.2 inches) with HDR, large battery (roughly 4,000 mAh), the exact same high-quality camera arrays, Titan M security chip, and are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip. The key differences are that the Pixel 5 has wireless (and reverse wireless) charging, water resistance, aluminum (vs. polycarbonate) body, and 8 GB RAM instead of 6. However only the Pixel 4a (5G) has a 3.5mm headset jack. The new Pixels include several new camera features. Night Sight in Portrait Mode lets you take portrait shots with blurred backgrounds even in very low light. Portrait Light lets you simulate a studio light and position it anywhere relative to your subject. That feature can also be applied to existing photos in Google Photos. Video mode now lets you choose from three different stabilization modes, including a new Cinematic Pan mode. The main camera is the same 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture that Google has used in Pixel phones for the past year. The two new 5G models also have a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a departure from the Pixel 4 which had a telephoto camera instead. A new Hold for Me feature lets you assign Google Assistant to monitor a call on hold and alert you when a person is on the line. Extreme Battery Saver lets you pick which apps are essential and shuts down everything else to prolong battery life up to two days. Hold for Me and Extreme Battery Saver will come older Pixel phones via software update. Google has also improved its Recorder app, which records audio while transcribing it to text, even offline. Now, you can crop and remove sections of audio by simply editing the text. The Pixel 5 will be available unlocked in mint or black starting October 15th for $699. Pre-orders are open now. It will also come to Verizon with mmWave 5G for the same price, at a later date. The Pixel 4a (5G) will be available unlocked in November for $499, in black or white. Verizon will sell a version with mmWave 5G for $600, and will start taking pre-orders for that version October 29th.

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chuckslife

Oct 6, 2020, 11:47 PM

865?

Wonder why Google didn’t go Snapdragon 865 on this one. If they really wanted to differentiate it from the “a” series, I think they should’ve gone better processor. S20 FE has the 865 and 120hz screen for the same price.
The 865 requires a separate 5G modem which was considered less battery efficient and would require a more expensive board design and bigger battery. Google and other phone makers decided to go with the 765 because its 5G modem is built in.
Crunchy Frog

Oct 1, 2020, 11:59 AM

Bullish on Pixel

I had the original Pixel and loved it. I really did not like the Pixel 2 and sent it back. I now have a Pixel 4a and I think that Google has really found its way on how to design and price phones.
Any lag on the pixel 4a? I’ve been considering getting one.
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