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
New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
120Hz refresh rate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
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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.
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.
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.
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.
iPhone 12 rumours: Everything we know about Apple’s first 5G device
22 Jul 2020
We’ve got the sauce on what Apple's cooking up with their 2020 iPhone range
After an eventful WWDC in late June which saw the announcement of iOS 14 (anyone else excited to finally have access to home screen widgets?), we have a much clearer picture on what we can expect to see with the iPhone 12.
Traditionally, Apple will announce and then release their latest iPhone offering in early September, however this time round the launch date is up in the air due to the on-going impacts of Coronavirus. This is partly because overseas suppliers and manufacturers are still facing delays, or operating in a limited capacity, making it difficult to piece together the complex process of a worldwide phone release.
Despite the ongoing disruptions, as we’ve seen with many industries over the past few months, the show must go in a lot of respects and Apple is expected to launch four new iPhone 12 models towards the back quarter of this year.
With all this in mind, here’s everything we know so far about the iPhone 12.
At a glance: rumoured iPhone 12 features
Expected September/October release
Four models (iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro & iPhone 12 Pro Max)
5G connectivity for the first time
Refreshed phone design - flat edges are back folks
Triple-lens 3D camera
A14 Bionic Chip
120Hz refresh rate on the Pro models
Four 5G models
Since a report in late 2019 from highly respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it’s become widely assumed that we would see four iPhone 12 models reach our shores at the back end of 2020 - better yet, according to Kuo, all four iPhone 12 models are set to include 5G connectively for the first time.
In terms of size, the iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 Max are expected to come in at 5.4 inches and 6.1 inches, with the Pro devices; iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, coming in at 6.1 and 6.7 inches respectively.
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Let’s be real, early September is the highlight of the mobile release calendar each year, as it’s generally when Apple launches their latest iPhone offering.
While it’s become tradition for Apple to follow this release cycle, there’s question marks whether this will remain true in 2020, with reports from MacRumors suggesting production delays might cause the iPhone launch to be pushed back until October, or even November.
While these aren’t huge delays in the larger scheme of things, it would mark the first time since 2011 the event would need to be pushed back from its normal September date.
In 2019, we saw the iPhone 11 base model start at a very respectable $1,199 (AUD), with its older sibling, the iPhone 11 Pro Max launching at $1899 (64GB).
We were huge fans of the value provided in the iPhone 11 considering its price point, and this trend may continue, with tech analyst Jon Prosser indicating the iPhone 12 base model could launch at a slightly lower cost price to its 2019 predecessor at $649 (USD) / $910 (AUD).
The iPhone 12 Pro Max could also be priced lower than last year’s comparative model, at $1099 (USD)/$1600 (AUD), which could prove to be a game changer for Apple considering the current economic climate across the globe.
Squared edges are back!
Feeling nostalgic? You are in luck. All four iPhone 12 models are expected to bring back a squared-edge design, that pays homage to the iPhone 4, with the introduction of stainless-steel frame, to replace the current rounded model.
All four phones are also expected to feature OLED displays, with Apple moving away with any remaining LCD models with this years iPhone lineup.
Triple lens 3D camera
Given the positive reception regarding the iPhone 11’s photo taking ability, we’re certainly eager to see what Apple will conjure this time round with the cameras they release.
Following suit with their 2019 lineup, current rumours suggest the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will include two rear cameras, with the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max set to feature three, alongside a new time-of-flight (ToF) sensor.
The new (ToF) sensor would use similar technology to what’s used with the TrueDepth camera system which powers FaceID on the front side of the latest iPhones, and would enable greater 3D photo captures and allow users to map objects from further away.
The addition of this new lens, should lead to improved augmented reality experiences and potentially take Portrait mode to the next level.
Smooth, smooth refresh rate
With most phones Utilising a refresh rate of 60 frames per seconds (60Hz), Apple is looking to join the likes of the Samsung S20/S20 Ultra and the OnePlus 8/8 Pro (to name a few), by rolling out a 120Hz ProMotion display for its higher end iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models.
The feature, which already exists in the iPad Pro, should bring an incredibly smooth scrolling experience to the device, especially as users scroll through dynamic content on their device.
The regular iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will likely offer 60Hz displays.
A14 bionic chip
It's widely expected the iPhone 12 will be powered by Apple’s next gen A14 bionic chip, with the chip potentially providing a 15 % performance boost, while also being 30 % more efficient.
This is crazy to consider, considering Apple’s current CPU, the A13 is probably the best CPU in the market, slightly edging out the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers many of the latest, flagship Android devices.