Pixel 5 unveiled: Google officially joins the 5G game with new flagship phone

From CNET: Google on Wednesday launched the $699 (£599, AU$999) Pixel 5, its first phone with 5G wireless capabilities.

The release marks the first time the search giant will take advantage of the technology, which boasts anywhere from 10 to 100 times the speed of 4G cellular networks. Virtually all other Android phone makers, including Samsung, LG and Motorola, have introduced 5G phones over the past year and a half. Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 is expected to be 5G as well.

Google is also releasing a new version of the Pixel 4A, the midtier phone it announced last month, that can connect to 5G networks, too. The Pixel 4A 5G costs $499 (£499, AU$799), or $150 more than the non-5G version. Google showed off the new phones during a virtual event on Wednesday, when it also unveiled a new Chromecast streaming device and a Nest Audio smart speaker. The company usually introduces its new gadget offerings every fall during a launch in New York City, but took the event online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Google previously teased the Pixel 5, as well as the 5G-compatible version of the midtier 4A, last month. But the company on Wednesday unveiled the rest of the details of its flagship Pixel 5. They include a 6-inch display that stretches across the front of the device, with an 8-megapixel hole punch camera at the top left corner. On the back the Pixel has a new ultrawide angle camera with a 16-megapixel sensor, a standard camera with a 12.2-megapixel sensor and a fingerprint sensor. The device is waterproof, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor and 128GB of storage.

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