Google’s Pixel range is the absolute benchmark in smartphone photography and is struggling to find its audience. When the American is not lacking in ideas, he sometimes makes questionable decisions and misses certain very important criteria (not to mention autonomy).
In the fierce battle that lies ahead in late 2020, Google is unleashing heavy artillery and weapons reveals Pixels 5 and Pixels 4a 5G. Both 5G compatible, they also contain the same duo of photo sensors as well as a design that is pretty close in the end. Still, it’s the Pixel 5 that will play the role of the flagship in this trade war that promises to be wilder than ever.
Google Pixel 5 at the best price Base price: € 629
Pixel 5: a revised and corrected design
The taste and the colors are undisputed. Except when it comes to pixels. Observers did not hesitate to criticize the design of earlier Google smartphones, and the American also checked his copy and quickly cut it off.
Get off the huge front of the Pixel 4, even without solos, using face recognition technology suggested by Google. The Pixel 5 therefore looks at you with one eye that is discreetly positioned in the top corner of the screen. It’s much better. On the other hand, the fingerprint reader on the back is a small task.
For the rest, the lines of the Pixel 5 remain in the continuity of what Google suggested. The new child is characterized by its small size and Coating made from 100% recycled aluminum. The 6-inch Full HD + 90 Hz OLED display (HDR compatible) on the front is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. The summit.
Pixel 5: Google promises two days of battery life
Pixel smartphone fans have been waiting for this the most. Google claims to have worked a lot on the Pixel 5’s autonomy (4080 mAh battery). The manufacturer thus promises one day of use and up to two days with the mode “Ultra battery saving mode”. We can’t wait to see it.
On the charging side, Google is happy with the minimum connection for a star model: 18W fast charging, 10W wireless charging, and reverse charging. A victorious trio with no tricks.
Pixel 5 is extremely wide angled
Another good news is that the Pixel 5 is set to honor the photographic talents of its predecessors. The American, who was criticized for his choice of sensors on the Pixel 4, swaps the telephoto lens against an ultra wide angle (107 ° field of view, f / 2.2 aperture) in connection with a 16 Mpx sensor (1 μm photo side).
The main module consists of a wide-angle lens (field of view of 77 °, aperture of 1: 1.7), which is coupled with a 12.2 Mpx sensor (Photosite of 1.4 μm) pixel, optical and electronic stabilization, autofocus with Dual pixel phase detection).
Two sensors only when the competition multiplies them? Yes, Google remains true to its credo and relies on its software expertise to optimize the photo quality. The engineers are therefore adopting the basics of the Pixel 4 and further improving the image processing. This creates new functions. The most striking: Night vision device That works now with portraits.
A less shiny engine
Google is decidedly inclined to do nothing like the others and is not equipping its Pixel 5 with the latest high performance chip on the market. Rumor has it that the American is relying on the Snadragon 765G (with Adreno 620 graphics chip), a mid-range processor that has proven itself so far, but is still in the mid-range. A way for Google to contain costs and reduce the amount of the final invoice.
The manufacturer certainly offers this dynamic 8 GB of RAM, but in LPDDR4x. The 128 GB of storage are welcome. Everything is connected to the Titan M security module and runs on Android 11 (no surprise).
Google Pixel 4a 5G: the good surprise
When reading the technical data sheet Pixel 4a 5G could almost steal the show from Pixel 5. When the aluminum needs to be swapped for a polycarbonate shell (the same as the Pixel 4a), the 4a 5G shows properties that come very close to the flagship.
A little bigger, it’s sporty a 6.2 inch OLED display with characteristics comparable to those of the Pixel 5, with the exception of the frequency of 90 Hz. The battery loses a few cells (3885 mAh), but Google still promises comfortable autonomy. However, we have not received any details on the various integrated charging systems (we will investigate this in the coming days).
Incidentally, the Pixel 4a 5G loses 2GB of RAM (6GB LPDDR4x) compared to the Pixel 5, but it has a 3.5mm jack which is very dear to some users. What about the processor? Identical. From the photo module? Identical too. Really surprising this Pixel 4a 5G.
Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G: price and availability
The Pixel 5 is already available for pre-order at a price of 629 euros for delivery from October 15th. For every order between September 30th and October 14th, Google offers a Bose QC35 II headset (nice gift). The Pixel 4a 5G will be available from November at a price of 499 euros.
For every purchase of a Pixel 5 or Pixel 4a 5G that was made before April 31, 2021, Google offers a three-month trial version for Stadia and Youtube Premium as well as 100 GB of storage space on Google One for three months.
Google Pixel 5 at the best price Base price: € 629