IN BRIEF: Not so long ago, Android Central reported that Google is planning to drop the Nexus brand in favor of two HTC-built replacements. The two smartphones, previously known as Marlin and Sailfish, will launch under the nomenclature Pixel and Pixel XL. Apparently, HTC branding will not appear on the devices.
Furthermore, the Mountain View company will also unveil 4K-equipped Chromecast Ultra, Google Home assistant, the Daydream View platform and the Daydream VR device, Google made Android watches at the October 4 event.
Pixel and Pixel XL
Rumors about Pixel and Pixel XL have been doing the rounds for a while. Both, the 5-inch model (Pixel) and the larger 5.5-inch model (Pixel XL) will feature quad-core Qualcomm processors. The HTC-built smartphones will also feature 4GB of RAM, and 12-megapixel cameras. The only noticeable difference being the larger screen size and the battery on Pixel XL.
As of now, it’s not known if the two phones will release under the Pixel brand. They’re most likely to represent house-brand, so they can showcase the software innovation going on under CEO Sundar Pichai’s leadership.
According to an inside source, the launch date is going to be October 4th. The Mountain View company will also unveil all of its latest hardware at the hardware-focused event. Moreover, at the event, more clarity will be given regarding the name switch from Google’s beloved Nexus.
According to some reports, Google has reportedly shelved plans for Project Ara. The modular smartphone project was among the flagship efforts of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. Project Ara generated phenomenal buzz in the tech community for its potential to extend the lifespan of a smartphone and reduce e-waste.
4K-equipped Chromecast Ultra
Additionally, Google’s 4K capable Chromecast will also make its debut at the hardware-focused event. It may either be called the Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast Plus, which is in reference to 4K as Ultra HD.
The existing Chromecast is already in use in a number of 4K home entertainment devices. Notably, it is also present in Vizio’s 2016 4K UDH TVs as well as their SmartCast mobile device-based smart TV platforms. Xiaomi’s 4K Mi Box has built-in Google cast for content streaming from iOS and Android devices.
Daydream View and Daydream VR device
Google’s virtual reality platform Daydream VR will launch along with the company’s Daydream-ready VR device. The smartphone-compatible VR headset may be named ‘Daydream View’.
Google Home assistant
Reportedly, the voice-enabled wireless speaker, Google Home is making a grand comeback. Of course, there’s a lot of hype surrounding the Amazon Echo rival. Google’s upcoming virtual assistant will power the vase-like object.
There have also been rumors that the Mountain View company will take the wraps off two Google Smartwatches powered by Android Wear 2.0. At this stage, there isn’t much information available on Google Assistant integration. We’re guessing we may have to wait until the main event, which is on October 4th.
Google Pixel 5
Google has legitimately taken the wraps off of the $699 Pixel 5, its newest Android flagship. Compared to last year’s Pixel 4, Google is centering less on dramatic new technology — like the much-hyped Motion Sense gestures on last year’s model — and accentuating instead the exclusive features that previously help set the Pixel apart, like its stand-out camera software.
The Pixel 5 will feature a Snapdragon 765G processor — remarkably not the top-tier Snapdragon 865 or 865 Plus — wide-ranging with Qualcomm’s integrated X52 modem for 5G support (a benefit of the slightly less powerful chipset.) It’s a pause from the typical Pixel strategy, which has sought to offer analogous flagship specs to other top Android devices from companies like Samsung or OnePlus — but it also means Google can offer the new pixel 5 phone at a lower price.
Google is shouting out a few things that distinct the Pixel 5 from the freshly announced Pixel 4A, including IPX8 water resistance, reverse wireless charging, more RAM, and a stronger Corning Gorilla Glass 6 panel. Notably, it lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, though, something it’s cheaper siblings offer.
The display is a 6-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED panel in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a 90Hz revive rate, which features a hole-punch selfie camera. Thanks to the exclusion of the Motion Sense camera — and the weighty top bezel it required for its radar array — there’s nowadays a full edge-to-edge display this time, with no notch or bezels. (There isn’t straight a small chin at the bottom, setting it apart from the cheaper Pixel 4A.)
Pixel 5 Specs
Concluding out the Pixel 5 specs are 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a 4080mAh battery, IP68 waterproofing, and 18W USB-C fast charging. And on the 5G front, the Pixel 5 will also upkeep both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G, which means that it should effort with nearly any major 5G network.
As always, the star of the show with the Pixel 5 is the cameras. The Pixel 5 has two rear cameras: a 12.2 megapixel main camera with a 77 degree field of sight and both optical and electronic image steadying, and a new 16 megapixel ultrawide that shoots at a wider 107 degrees. The front camera, meanwhile, is an 8 megapixel camera, but Google has further the option to take portrait mode shots using its Night Sight mode.
Of course, there’s some new software features, too. Google has supplementary a new AI-powered “Portrait Light” mode, which lets you fine-tune the lighting on portrait mode shots, a “Cinematic Pan” setting for panning shots, and three new stabilization modes for shooting glibber video. And the “Extreme Battery Saver” mode capacities to assistance stretch your battery life to up to 48 hours.
Pixel 5 Release Date
As predictable, the latest Pixel 5 is a bit of a diverse device than in previous years. Instead of going for the utter best specs possible, Google is proposing a marginally more modest set of pixel 5 specs and a lower price point: the Pixel 5 will start at $699, a $100 cut from the $799 the Pixel 4 started at.
The Pixel 5 will be obtainable first in eight countries on October 15th, 2020 then on October 29th in the US through Verizon, Google Fi, and revealed from Google’s online store for $699. Preorders are accessible now.