It’s been a big night for Google with the US firm revealing a new Chromecast, updated Google Home smart speaker and a budget 5G phone called the Pixel 4a 5G… but that’s not all. As expected there’s also a refreshed flagship which, of course, is called the Pixel 5.
This all-new Android smartphone arrives packed with upgrades including a OLED screen which finally ditches the bezels and gives fans an all-screen design.
In fact, Google has now squeezed a 6-inch display into the shell of this water-resistant phone with the only thing getting in the way of a fully immersive experience being a hole-punched front-facing camera.
It certainly looks better than the firm’s previous efforts although there’s in one downside to losing the bezels as it’s meant that Google’s brilliant facial recognition is now gone with the firm switching back to a rear fingerprint scanner instead.
Along with that fingerprint sensor mounted on the rear case there’s also a dual camera. It looks very similar to last year’s Pixel 4 snapper but there are some big changes including the introduction of an ultra-wide lens.
This camera now includes an improved Night Sight mode which not only takes photos without the need for flash but can now add stunning bokeh effects even when the lights are low.
Google has also upgraded its HDR+ technology so every shot snapped on the phone should look vivid and pin-sharp. Google’s previous devices were already pretty good at this so this update could really have its rivals worried.
If you love shooting video the Pixel 5 comes with something called Cinematic Pan, which gives your videos a professional look with ultra-smooth panning that’s inspired by the equipment Hollywood directors use.
Head inside the Pixel 5 and you’ll find a Snapdragon 765G processor, 8GB of RAM and an all-day battery plus there’s an Extreme Saver mode which makes it last for a whole 48 hours without needing to go near a plug.
Speaking of the power pack, the Pixel 5 includes wireless charging and can also refill other accessories such as your Pixel Buds via reverse charging.
The Pixel 5 also gets full access to 5G data speeds which means users will be able to download files at over 300Mps – that’s around six times faster than most people’s home broadband.
Other neat features include getting alerts when you’ve been placed on hold so you don’t have to listen to that terrible lift-style music when phoning call centres and Google is promising three years of Android updates.
The Pixel 5 will be available soon in Just Black and Sorta Sage with prices starting from £599.
Google says those purchasing a Pixel 5 will get a Stadia and YouTube Premium trial for 3 months, 100 GB of storage with Google One for 3 months, and Google Play Pass and Play Points for 3 months.
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