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Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020
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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.

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    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.

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    Samsung Galaxy Note 20: The key things you need to know ahead of its release

    31 Jul 2020

    We’re less than a week out from the announcement of Samsung’s latest mega phone; the Galaxy Note 20, and rumours suggest this years’ offering could put the phone in discussion for the best Android device ever made.

    The Galaxy Note 20 is set to launch on August 6th, 2020 at 12am AEST, at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked Event. The event will take place virtually this time round, with Samsung encouraging media and fans around the globe to join the online experience to get a first-hand look at the companies latest hardware .

    The event will be streamed live, with the Korean tech giant expected to unveil a range of exciting new tech, including a potential successor to the first generation Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Watch 3, alongside the centerpiece of the event; the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.

    In anticipation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 launching next week, we’ve rounded up the key features we expect to see from this years' device.

    At a glance: Rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note 20 features

    • Two models (Samsung Galaxy Note 20 & Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
    • 5G connectivity
    • Triple-lens camera setup (Potential 108-megapixel sensor)
    • 120Hz refresh rate
    • Enhanced S Pen that includes a virtual pointer

    Two of a kind

    Expect two versions of the Note 20 to be announced at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked Event; a ‘smaller’ Note 20 with a screen of 6.5-inches, and the more premium (and of course larger) Note 20 Ultra that could potentially feature a 7-inch screen.

    Based on leaked images which surfaced on Samsung’s Russian website in early July, the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will have a similar design to the Galaxy S20, although as expected, with an additional holster for Samsung’s trademark S Pen. Both devices are expected to include Samsung's Infinity-O display.

    Release Date & Pricing

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will be unveiled on-stage at the Galaxy Unpacked Event on August 6. In the days following the Event, the Galaxy Note 20 should become available for pre-sale, with orders to be dispatched in late August or early September (the exact date is still unknown).

    While pricing is also up in the air, the Note series has never been considered a cheap purchase and it’s safe to assume pricing for the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, will likely be similar to last years’ model which could see the Note 20 come it at around $1499 (AUD) and $1699 (AUD) for the Note 20 Ultra.

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    Powerful Camera Setup

    Potential Camera Specs

    • Galaxy Note 20 - 12-megapixel main, 64-megapixel telephoto, 12-megapixel ultrawide lens, time-of-flight sensor. 30x Zoom
    • Galaxy Note 20 Plus -108-megapixel main, 13-megapixel telephoto, 12-megapixel ultrawide-lens. 50x Zoom

    Arguably the most anticipated feature of new smartphone these days is the camera setup and the Galaxy Note 20 is no different, with a heap of leaks and rumoured camera features adding fuel to the fire.

    Note devices typically feature similar camera set ups to the flagship Galaxy S series with some slight enhancements, and it’s widely expected we’ll see a triple-camera setup, similar to what we got to experience with the Galaxy S20/S20 Ultra devices.

    One interesting point of difference from the Galaxy S range, is that Samsung may look to ditch the the 100x Zoom which was a key feature Samsung marktered in the lead up to the Galaxy S20 Ultra, instead opting to finetune and improve the overall camera experience, with 30x Zoom and 50x Zoom expected across the two Note devices.

    Under The Hood

    Over the past two years, Samsung has delivered some of the speediest phones in the market and this years Note device shouldn't be any different, with both devices expected to be powered by an Exynos 990 chip (Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus in some regions), with potentially 8GB -12GB of RAM across the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra.

    Both devices are also set to include 5G connectivity.

    Glorious Refresh Rates

    While most smartphones in the market use refresh rates of 60 frames per seconds (60Hz), Samsung is once again looking to up to the ante, with both Note 20 devices pegged to include 120Hz refresh rates.

    The addition of a 120Hz refresh rate, was a popular feature of Samsung’s flagship S20/S20 Ultra models which released earlier in the year, and should bring a more premium experience as users scroll through rich content or play games on their mobile phone.

    S-Pen

    The S Pen is one of the key draw cards of the Note series, so it comes as no surprise that Samsung is looking to introduce some enhahcements to the S Pen in 2020.

    While there hasn't been a whole heap of confirmed information, one leak shows the Note 20 may include a virtual pointer mode which allows users to control the cursor without having to touch the display with the stylus. This could prove to be a game changer if Samsung’s DeX mode continues to evolve, with DeX allowing users to plug their Galaxy Device into a monitor so their phone can be used as a virtual PC.

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