After months of rumors, Google’s Pixel 5 smartphone is here. The company announced the handset during an event this afternoon and, as we expected, it’s quite different from the flagship smartphones we’ve seen as of late. Instead of introducing yet another $1,000 smartphone to the world, Google kept things more affordable by taking the best features of its Pixel 4a handset, upping the ante on a few other hardware and software features, and calling it a day. The Pixel 5 costs $699 and is available to pre-order in the US today ahead of its October 29th launch, while the new Pixel 4a 5G costs $499 and is currently on waitlist (and expected to ship in November).
Google Pixel 5 — $699
The Pixel 5 is Google’s latest flagship smartphone and a step up from the $350 Pixel 4a that was released earlier this year. It only comes in one size and it supports 5G connectivity. The display is a 6-inch OLED panel with Smooth Display that features a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera, plus a dual rear camera system with an additional 16MP ultrawide camera and a fingerprint sensor on its back. It runs on a Snapdragon 765G processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a 4,080mAh battery.
Google Pixel 4a 5G — $499
This is the 5G version of the Pixel 4a that many have been waiting for since the original debuted during the summer. The hardware is mostly the same as the Pixel 4, but it has a few key differences: it obviously supports 5G and the Pixel 4a 5G also has a larger, 6.2-inch OLED display, the same 16MP ultrawide camera as the Pixel 5 has and a 3,885mAh battery (which is slightly larger than that in the Pixel 4).
Nest Audio — $99
The newest fabric-wrapped smart speaker from Google is the $99 Nest Audio, which has a 19mm tweeter and a 75mm mid-woofer. Google claims it will provide 50 percent more bass and 75 percent more volume than previous Nest speakers. It also supports stereo audio if you have multiple in one household and there’s a mic switch on the device for when you want extra privacy.
Chromecast with Google TV — $49
The new Chromecast with Google TV is the biggest update to the little streaming dongle that we’ve seen in a long time. The device streams 4K HDR content and supports Dolby Vision, putting it in line with some of the newest streaming devices from Roku, Amazon and Apple. For the first time, it has a proper on-screen OS that you can control with the included voice remote, so you’re not forced to use your connected smartphone anymore. Google TV is essentially Android TV with a new skin plus new features, and you can control the entire thing using Google Assistant voice commands.