Google is "putting the G in 5G" with their two latest smartphones, the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4A. Sure, it may not seem like a fair battle since the iPhone 11 is almost a year old and doesn't have 5G-something we expect to see in the upcoming iPhone 12 series in the coming weeks. That said, the competition is tighter than you may think, thanks to Apple's powerful hardware and recently released iOS 14 update.
On paper, neither phone is technically impressive.
On the design, the Pixel 5 now sports an aluminum housing and an edge-to-edge display. It features a 6.2-inch OLED display, the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip, a dual-lens camera, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, and a 3.5mm audio jack, which is missing from the Pixel 5. It's quite responsive. But it's not rather the like face unlock.
But looking back at the Pixel series' history, Google has always been reluctant to have its phones lean on hardware muscle alone. It's awesome to see a battery with this capacity on a Pixel smartphone. That's a little more complicated.
We're calling this round a tie.
Pixel 5 also have all-day batteries that last up to 48 hours using Extreme Battery Saver, which automatically limits active apps to just the essentials to save power. Both are OLED panels and both have a refresh rate of 90Hz.
Users get 8GB of RAMand 128GB of internal storage and will also have access to almost every major 5G network. And yes, there's multi-band 5G.
The Google Pixel 5 will cost £599 in the United Kingdom and $699 in the US. It's also more energy efficient, which will hopefully translate into better battery life-a sore sport for the Pixel 4. Yes, that's half the RAM you'll find in the Pixel 5, but iOS handles task management differently than Android, so you don't need almost as much RAM on an iPhone. Most users should have absolutely no problem with getting through a day between charges.
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This one's another tie. Another point where the Pixel 4a is identical to the 5 is in the camera department.it brings the same 12.2MP camera joined by a 16MP ultrawide unit. Not a huge loss, as Google's Motion Sense feature never turned out to be more than a gimmick. Google promises that Stadia support is coming in the first half of 2021, but for now if you want to stream Stadia games to your TV you'll need a Chromecast Ultra.
Despite having different numerical branding, the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G are very similar devices. It ships with Android 11 out of the box which is hardly a big surprise.
Compared to the usual air of (some) secrecy around such launches, though, a spate of leaks this year has all but revealed what to expect - and not only leaks, but the company's new streaming dongle and smart speaker actually showing up on certain store shelves. No Google TV features for you.
We'll continue to keep an eye out for more details about the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, as we're sure that more news will drop as reviewers start to get their hands on the new devices.