Pixel 5 and 4A 5G play it safe

As expected, Google’s falling hardware presentation was comparable to a 30-minute detour with four products. You can experience it here with our liveblog or catch the biggest announcements here. Other than a few very neat software tricks, there were no major surprises.

But it turns out that we did not know every detail to know about the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4 A5G. And with every new little detail it became clear that Google has decided to play it extremely safe with these phones. Every decision that was made was to bring the cost down without compromising the core principles.

Hardware owner Rick Osterloh told reporters after the incident that the world does not feel it needs another $ 1,000 at the moment. I asked him directly whether these phones were specifically designed to be low cost in keeping with the epidemic, and he said that they were definitely planned before this year, but Google was anticipating an economic downturn this year. having had.

(Interestingly, Samsung told me that its Galaxy S20 FE was launched as an epidemic this year. And the Galaxy S20 FE is worth about 5 billion better. We actually compare. I Currently working on the S20 FE; let me know if you have questions.)

Many decisions made by Google were in service of keeping costs down. This stimulated the pixel neural core processor used for photo processing. It went back to the fingerprint sensor instead of face unlock. It opted to avoid the flashiest phone features such as ultra-high resolution display, three camera arrays, curved screens, and even the most powerful processor available.

The new pixels are not playing it safe in terms of pricing for a poor economy; Google is also quite conservative in their design. Probably the most wow-inducing design feature we’ve heard of is that despite having an all-aluminum body, the Pixel 5 can do wireless charging. The trick is that there is a hole in the back and then painted with plastic. On Pixel 5 in particular, Google has countless examples that are tried and true.

It retains the same camera sensor that Google has been using for years. Google opposes this because it is still the most ideal sensor for its algorithm. I will admit a surprise to me today that Google has announced several new camera software features that take advantage of those algorithms. I’m particularly curious to see if Google can survive to make its own video claims.

The bottom line, however, is what Google knows with the camera, sticking to it. While other manufacturers are experimenting with higher megapixels and larger sensors, Google’s decision to use the same year in year is risk-averse in the extreme.

There is a new camera, however, instead of the Pixel 4K telephoto, there is an ultraviolet sensor. This is the right choice, in my opinion – Google can get something good for telephoto in software with its super race zoom capability, but as one PM told me yesterday you can’t use pixels that were previously Are not captured by sensors. place. This is still a conservative move, though! Every other phone has seen fit to include one, and Google is going with the flow rather than swimming against that tide.

Going back to the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is a different kind of conservatism. Apart from being cheaper, it is only more reliable and faster. I have been using in-screen fingerprint sensors for quite some time now, but I must admit that they are still not as quick and predictable as simple capacitive sensors.

All these methods that Google has chosen to protect it are not just equitable, they can be smart in the end. This does not mean that these pixels will not face the rough road trying to compete with Samsung and OnePlus – they will. And again, I think Google knows this. Nikkei Asia It is stating that Google can only produce 800,000 units of Pixel 5.

Finally, there is 5G. Google’s line was that it would “put the G in 5G” and after having recovered from its full body piece, I felt it was yet another example of playing it safe. And not in a good way, this time.

Follow me through some comments and then see if you take the same leap that I do. It is clear that US carriers are not going to provide any help to non-5G phones. It is also clear that only American carriers have actually given the Pixel the time of day. And Verizon’s 5G network still relies on the mmWave flavor of 5G which only works in a few locations in big cities. And supporting mmWave in a phone is more expensive than doing sub-6.

The Pixel 5 is priced at $ 699 and has a model for all carriers. The Pixel 4A is $ 499, but its Verizon version with mmWave costs $ 100 more. So it stands to reason that Pixel 5 is more expensive than it is without being expensive.

But it also had that safe bet – even if it looked like a mistake. This simplifies the product line, for one thing, and it likely serves as a concession to Verizon. Although Pixel is more widely available these days, Verizon is actually the carrier that Google cannot offend.

With unit sales, these carrier politics should not bother you except for Informo as they affect product quality or price – and we’ll get there when we review it. However, I am just now looking at all the ways that Google had chosen to play safe with these new Pixel phones and was trying to think through what that might mean.

As I speculated yesterday, this could mean that these pixels are tasked with handling the fort while next year’s pixels go far ahead in new technologies.

Here is one more thing that can mean: Good call! Many people – perhaps even most people – do not want their phones to be showcased for bleeding-edge technology. They want something reliable and reliable at a reasonable price. It may be that by sticking with so many secure components, the new pixels may be even more popular than Google expects.

To be stuck

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Pixel 5 and 4A 5G

4 Google announced Pixel 5 for $ 699.

4 Google announced Pixel 4A 5G with a large 6.2-inch display for $ 499.

4 Google Says Pixel’s Soli Radar and Motion Sense Will Return.

4 Verizon has a special Pixel 4A 5G which is $ 100 more expensive.

4 Here’s how the new Pixel 5 can be compared to Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 4A.

Chromecast with Google TV

4 Google Chromecast (2020) review: reinvestment – and now with remote.

4 Google announces new Chromecast with new Google TV interface.

4 Google Play Movies & TV is now Google TV but it is not the same Google TV that runs on Android TV on the new Chromecast, it is an app.

4 The new Chromecast with Google TV will not officially support Stadia at launch.

4 Chromecast Ultra is dead, long live Chromecast Ultra (and this new Ethernet dongle).

Nest Audio, Plus New Software

4 Google’s new Nest Audio Smart Speaker is official, priced at $ 99.99.

4 Improved Google Photo Editor is now running on Android.

4 Audio editing feature is available in Google’s recorder app.

4 Google’s new ‘Hold for Me’ feature protects you from elevator music.

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