With the Pixel 5, Google is making a statement: The 5G smartphone offers reasonable hardware at a reasonable price. The dual camera and software are top notch, the rest of the right level. In addition, Google is introducing the Pixel 4a 5G, a new speaker and an improved Chromecast.
Google could hit a nerve with this: Instead of bringing more updated smartphones onto the market at far too high prices, the company decided to only bring sensitive devices to the market for its big autumn event. The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G may be just what many users want – compact, durable devices with great, but not over-the-top hardware, at a reasonable price. There is also an always up-to-date operating system that stays up to date for at least four years. And the devices are already equipped with Android 11.
Compact and light
The Google Pixel 5 has a 6-inch OLED display with a net pixel density of 432 ppi. It offers a refresh rate of 90 Hertz (Hz) and is protected by Gorilla Glass 6. In contrast to its predecessors, the screen fills almost the entire front. In return, Google did without the sensors for 3D face recognition and the ultimately useless radar chip.
Instead, like many Androids, the front camera now takes photos through a small hole in the screen, and the Pixel 5 has a fingerprint sensor on the back. It’s not particularly sensational, but face detection isn’t particularly sexy in the days of the corona masquerade, and a sensor on the back is even more convenient for many users.
The smartphone is very compact thanks to the relatively small screen with narrow bezels. However, Google reinstalled stereo speakers. The low weight of 151 grams is pleasant. Not so nice: a jack is missing. Google didn’t skimp on the joints, the Pixel 5 is protected against dust and water in accordance with IP68.
Lots of RAM
The inner workings of the Pixel 5 belong to the upper middle class, which does not promise any benchmark records, but otherwise leaves little to be desired. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s 5G Snapdragon 765G chip. It is economical to use and yet powerful enough to get all tasks done smoothly. The generous 8 gigabytes (GB) of RAM that the processor can access is more important than big muscles. The flash memory, which is also not expandable, is large enough at 128 GB.
The Pixel 4 is not a real endurance runner, the successor promises a longer service life with a battery with a capacity of 4080 mAh. The smartphone can be charged inductively, but also serves as a wireless charging station for other devices such as the Pixel Buds 2.
Two cameras should be enough
When it comes to camera equipment, Google has always focused on quality over quantity. The Pixel 5 is just two clicks away. The main camera has a 12.2 megapixel sensor with an aperture of 1: 1.7 and is optically stabilized. It records videos in Full HD resolution at up to 240 frames per second (FPS) and 4K recordings at 30 or 60 FPS. There is also a super wide-angle camera with 16 megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.2. The front camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels, the aperture is 1: 2.0.
Experience with previous Pixel smartphones shows that Google’s cameras are among the best every year. This is mainly due to the software that the company incorporates a large part of its AI capabilities into. New features for videos include a cinema-like mode and portraits in night mode.
The Pixel 5 arrives on October 15 in black or mint green for 613.15 euros. The price is reasonable, but not exactly cheap. If you’re looking to spend less, you can also use the Pixel 4a, which Google introduced a few weeks ago but is only now selling. It only costs 340 euros, but it was convincing in the test.
Cheaper alternative: Pixel 4a 5G
The new Pixel 4a 5G is perhaps the best value for money. It has the same chip and camera equipment as the Pixel 5, but like the simple Pixel 4a, it is not waterproof and cannot be charged inductively. It has a 6.2-inch screen that is 413 ppi, but doesn’t offer a refresh rate above 60 Hz.
Like the Simple 4a, the 5G variant also has a plastic housing with socket, 6 GB RAM and 128 GB flash memory. The battery has a significantly higher capacity of 3885 mAh and the device has stereo speakers. The Pixel 4a 5G will be available from November for 486.40 euros.
In addition, Google presented an improved Chromecast 4K with integrated Google TV plus remote control (68.23 euros) and the compact Nest Audio Wi-Fi speaker (97.47 euros).
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