Here’s all the stuff Google unveiled at their fall event.
The event’s two main big attractions were the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G. And this time around, Google played it a bit differently to make those devices stand out. Google also unveiled the new Chromecast with their new Google TV software. And lastly they also unveiled the new Nest Audio smart speaker, which is basically a cheaper and probably better version of the Google Home.
And now, here’s a more detailed picture of every device that launched at the event:
/\\/ The Pixel 5 – From being flagship to being practical.
So, previously for the past couple of years Google’s been trying to shoot it’s way into the flagship territory with it’s cameras. But now it seems like they finally realised they can do better.
The Pixel 5 isn’t the typical flagship phone anymore with all the bling and shine, instead it’s a way more balanced, not so horribly priced phone (at least in the US).
The Pixel 5 comes with a Snapdragon 765G, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Yup. No 865. This is Google’s strategy this time around. They’re no longer trying to get the “best in the game” badge, instead they’re settling for the “it’s good and also not that crazy expensive”. The Pixel 5 is priced at $699. And it’ll be available from October 29th in the US (October 15th in eight other countries).
It’ll be available in two colors: green and black. And also in case you’re wondering, yeah it has 5G. For the display it packs in a 6 inch FHD+ OLED panel. It has a 90Hz refresh rate and it also supports HRD10+.
The Pixel 5 is also IP68 rated. And it has wireless and reverse charging too. But it has a metal body, so how the heck did Google pull off the wireless charging with that? Well they used a “Bio-resin skin” to get around the problem.
Now, speaking of charging the Pixel 5 comes with a 4080mAh battery with 18w fast charging. And lastly coming to the best part, the cameras. The Pixel 5 has a 12.2 MP main camera with a 16 MP ultra-wide camera. And it has a 8 MP front camera.
So, just like before this probably will be the best camera in a smartphone, until the Pixel 6 comes out. And to even take that camera performance up a notch Google also announced a bunch of new software tricks, to make the photos even better in all kinds of conditions.
/\\/ The Pixel 4a 5G – It’s a Pixel 5, minus some of the nice features.
If you’re hoping for a Pixel 4a XL, well then, this is it. It’s a bigger, better phone than the 4a in a lot of ways. So much so, that it’s kinda like the Pixel 5’s torn down version.
It has the same Snapdragon 765G processor as the Pixel 5, and the cameras are also the same as the Pixel 5. So, if you only care about the camera and performance then this is the better option, as it costs only $499. Get it here.
But other than the camera and processor the other things are pretty different. It doesn’t have a 90Hz display, but it is a bigger display coming at 6.2 inches compared to the 6 inches on the Pixel 5.
It comes with 6GB of RAM compared to the 8 gigs in the Pixel 5. Also it’s built out of plastic and doesn’t have wireless charging or IP68 rating. And it also has a smaller 3885mAh battery. But it does come with a headphone jack.
/\\/ The new Chromecast.
Google made the new Chromecast more like the Amazon Fire TV stick. It now has its own remote, so it’s not totally dependent on your phone for everything and it also has its own OS – Google TV.
The remote has a dedicated Google assistant button, along with dedicated buttons for Youtube and Netflix. It’s priced at $50, and will be available in three colors: white, blue & pink.
But even though the Chromecast got a major update, it doesn’t support Stadia. Bummer, right? Well, it might support it later on, most likely it will. But for now you’ve to live without it.
/\\/ The Nest Audio Speaker – Goodbye Google Home!
It’s basically a Google Home, but a better version of it. According to Google “The Nest Audio is 75% louder than the Google Home and also has 50% stronger bass”.
It starts at $99, and it comes in 5 colors: green, blue, black, white and orange ish (these are not the official color names, BTW).