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The future of 5G – what is it and what does it all mean?

08 Mar 2018


amaysim's tech geek

Every new generation of wireless networks brings us faster speeds and more functionality for our smartphones. 1G delivered us the very first mobile phones, 2G gave us the ability to text, 3G allowed our phones to go online and we have 4G to thank for the internet speeds we have today.

With more and more people and devices connecting online, users are powering through data like never before using their mobile devices.

Now we’re looking towards 5G, the next and fifth generation of wireless, with the hopes that it brings us even greater connectivity.

what is 5G?

5G stands for the fifth generation of wireless technologies. This new wave of tech is set to deliver faster and more responsive internet, with the ability to connect multiple devices without compromising quality.

There is no doubt that 5G will  transform the smartphone industry and the ways in which we consume data. It will eventually leave our current 4G LTE network feeling as slow and irrelevant as 3G seems today. But it’s important to remember that 5G is very much still in the planning stage.

how fast will it be? will I even notice a difference?

We can naturally expect for 5G to technically be faster than 4G, but by how much? The proposed maximum download speeds for 5G are 1-10Gbps which is a lot faster than what 4G can provide - with 4G capability capping out at a maximum of 100/Mbps

But what does this actually mean for its users? To give you an example, on the 5G network you'll technically have the ability to download a HD movie in under a minute. That’s faster than it takes to boil the kettle!

Although this is no doubt a promising development, the speeds you're able to obtain on a regular basis will still depend on a number of different factors including your device, location and the source of your download.

will 5G be expensive?

As was the case with both 3G and 4G, it's very likely that when 5G first hits the market, it will be built around certain use cases (primarily business use and supporting some home wireless connections), and as such there may be extra costs involved when it firsts rolls out and before it comes fully viable for mainstream consumers.

will 5G work on 4G phones?

When 3G reached our shores in 2003 it wasn’t the end for 2G, in fact some providers kept running 2G until earlier this year. This is expected to be the same for 5G. 4G phones should continue to work throughout the early implementation of 5G. And it’s probably more likely that you’ll end up buying a new smartphone long before 4G is decommissioned.

However, as the 5G frequencies differ from the 4G technology, you’re eventually going to have to get a new smartphone in order to access the 5G network. You will not be able to simply ‘update’ your 4G phone. It’s hoped that new phones coming onto the market in the next couple of years will have the necessary tech already built-in.

when will it be ready in Australia?

Most providers in Australia are aiming for 2020 as their widespread launch. We may see a handful of 5G networks available in 2019 in metropolitan areas. But as the 5G specifications haven’t even been set yet, it’s hard to know whether this will actually be true 5G.

what else can we expect to see with 5G?

The rollout of 5G will help enable the development of other new tech. For instance, driverless cars will be able to interact with each other, creating smart roads and improving traffic, while the combination of 5G and the nbn rollout means there will be huge improvements in live-streaming, virtual reality and a boost in cloud computing capabilities.

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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.