Google has just announced that it will be holding a streaming launch event on Wednesday, September 30th. The online event is set for 11AM PT (or 2PM ET), at which Google says we'll learn about new Chromecast, smart speaker, and Pixel hardware, almost all of which has leaked ahead of the upcoming event.
It's no secret that Google's 2020 smartphone lineup has been considerably affected by the Covid-19 pandemic — the Pixel 4a was originally supposed to launch in May at Google I/O, but that event was canceled and the release was pushed back to August. This latest Pixel leak shows an engineering sample of a phone that the firmware calls the Pixel 5s, but before you get excited about the prospect of a new Pixel we didn't already know about, it's likely this is just the Pixel 5.
Those familiar with FCC filings for phones will know that it usually points to an imminent debut. We saw the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL pop up at the FCC at almost exactly this time last year, and now we're seeing four model numbers that are almost certainly the upcoming Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G.
The Google Pixel 4a was just released, and even though this year's other Pixel phones are only a few months away, there still isn't much public information about them. Google teased both phones on the Pixel 4a's release day, but now we have alleged real-life photos and specifications for the devices.
Some may consider the Pixel 4a to be an amuse bouche for the bigger courses: the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. Is there reason to build up your anticipation? Well, there's some new intel on what their spec sheets might hold.
We'd like to believe that Android Police readers know what a Pixel phone looks like at this point. Actually, we think we already have some idea of what the Pixel 5 looks like. But hey, why not have more of an idea? More renders of the device are out and there's a fly-around video, too.
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Of the available evidence, everything points to a Snapdragon 765G powering the anticipated Pixel 5, and that's caused a lot of spec-gazers to cast a doubtful eye on Google's upcoming phone. Prior to the Pixel 5, every Pixel phone used the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series chipset, the most powerful SoCs available on the open market. With the 765G, though, we don't necessarily think Google's made a bad move—we've been using phones with the new high-end-of-the-mid-range Qualcomm chip—like the OnePlus Nord—and we're impressed. And we think there's really no reason the Pixel 5 really needs to full-fat 865 as a result.
Google's Pixel 4a appears to have become a sensation — even though no one has one yet. It's only open for pre-order, and already it's become the best-selling unlocked smartphone at Amazon and Best Buy. And that makes sense; it's a pretty great phone. But you know what else is great? It has a goddamn headphone jack.
After struggling for years to contain the many Pixel leaks, Google now does things a little differently by showing us glimpses of its products ahead of their full unveiling. Even so, it doesn't appear to have been part of the plan to reveal the pre-order date for its upcoming Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) so soon. Someone at Google France seemingly didn't get the memo.
At Google’s mid-season announcement, we finally got to see the hotly anticipated Pixel 4a make its debut after what was feeling like a never-ending wait. But it looks like the wait is going to be even longer for Indians as the 4a’s launch in the South Asian market is still a couple of months away. On top of that, Google has said that the higher-end Pixel 5 won’t see an Indian launch at all.