This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
At an online event on October 1, Google officially unveiled the new Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) stock smartphones.
The Pixel 5 is the latest and top-of-the-line model of the Google phone, with premium features such as 5G support, a smooth 90Hz display, 8GB RAM, and wireless reverse charging of devices like earbuds, while the processor is the "better of the mid-range" class Snapdragon Configuration with 765G. This is the latest model but at a lower price.
The main specifications of the Google Pixel 5 are as follows
The previous generation Pixel 4 was a combination of main camera (77 degrees) + telephoto (53 degrees), but they've decided that the zoom is no longer sufficient for super-resolution processing, or they've settled on the main + ultrawide angle that is common on the higher-end models from other companies.
It is true that the zoom may be manageable if you have the data that will give you a clue, but even Google's computational photography black magic can't help you with the surroundings that you can't capture in the first place if you don't have an ultrawide angle camera.
Other features include a rear fingerprint sensor, aluminum body, stereo speakers, Sub-6 5G, single Nano-SIM + eSIM, 4080mAh battery, wireless fast charging, wireless reverse charging (power feeding), waterproofing, NFC, FeliCa, and more.
It does not have the 3.5mm earphone jack that the concurrently announced 4a has.
As for the advanced camera features that are a selling point of the Pixel, the company is showing off portrait lights when shooting and the ability to add a virtual light source to supplement light levels and add effects even after the shot is taken. This feature can be applied in the Google Photo app after shooting.
Other features include a super battery saver that can be used for up to 48 hours by making use of only specific apps you specify, and three months of free Google One, including 100GB of cloud storage, when purchased.
It is priced at $699. Rivals offer high-end models such as the Pro and Ultra to meet the demand for a top-of-the-line device that is all in the $1,000 range, but Google tends to target the mainstream with the Pixel, focusing on enough features to take advantage of the latest Android OS and its own AI camera capabilities, rather than competing with the high-end models from other companies.
This year's Pixel 5 is even more "Necessary Enough for All + Premium" oriented, and is available in just one size, a 6-inch model; there is no XL.
The Pixel 4a 5G, announced at the same time, did not add 5G support to last year's Pixel 4, but was more like a cheaper version of the Pixel 5.
The features and specifications that only the Pixel 5 comes with include 8GB RAM, 90Hz display, water resistance, aluminum body, and wireless powering. The Snapdragon 765G processor and dual camera configuration are shared with the Pixel 4a 5G.
Last year's flagship Pixel 4 had a Soli radar chip that used millimeter-wave radar to detect movement around it, and recognize unlocked states and hand gestures with high accuracy without touching the device, but that has disappeared with the Pixel 5 before long.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.