Google swept the covers off two new phones today – the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a with 5G. The former is priced at $699, while the latter costs $499. Verizon customers who want to hop onto the carrier’s limited coverage 5G mmWave band have to cough up $599 to lay hands on the Pixel 4A 5G UW version of the 4a with 5G.
Unlike T-Mobile and AT&T, Verizon needs manufacturers to customize their devices in order to work on its “ultra wideband” 5G network. This explains the different prices. With regards to specs, both handsets embed a 12.2MP, 77° field of view (FOV) rear camera with electronic and optical image stabilization. It is paired with a 16MP 107° FOV ultrawide angle lens.
Since Google is counting on its software to do the heavy lifting with regards to the photography capabilities, you won’t find a telephoto lens here. The selfie camera in the punch-hole style display on the front is an 8MP one. Quite surprisingly, both phones sport octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processors.
We were expecting a top-tier Snapdragon 865 or 865 Plus chip on the flagship Pixel 5 at least. But Google apparently decided not to do so in the interest of keeping the cost affordable. Both new Pixel devices have 128GB local storage and 1080 x 2340p displays too.
Here’s where the similarities end though. The 6-inch OLED panel of the Pixel 5 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and delivers a 90Hz refresh rate. It has 8GB of RAM, a 4080mAh battery and 18W USB-C fast charging. It is IP68-ratified for water- and dust-resistance.
The Pixel 4a with 5G features a 6.2-inch 60Hz screen and Gorilla Glass 3. It does not have IP68 certification and integrates a smaller 3885mAh battery. Unlike the Pixel 5, it forgoes wireless charging. But it does show off a 3.5mm jack for those who’re not ready to give up on this spec on their smartphones.
– Pixel 5 and 4a 5G price and availability
The $599 Pixel 5 will be released in Japan and several other nations on October 15. The US and Canada will welcome it on October 29. The Pixel 4a 5G will be available in Japan come October 15, while North America and other countries should get it by November 19.