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Google Announces Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5

Google has announced the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 smartphones, which the company is pitching as affordable 5G devices. Both devices will receive three years of software and security updates.

Camera-wise, the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 come with ultrawide lens on the rear and features like Super Res Zoom, Cinematic Pan, Night Sight (in Portrait mode), and Portrait Light. The taken photos can be edited via a new editor that’s found in Google Photos.

In terms of handiness, both devices feature new HD screen sharing in Duo video calls, which allows you to video call someone while watching the same video at the same time. Meanwhile, the Recorder now lets you edit recorded audio via its automatic transcribes - “Just highlight a sentence to crop or remove its corresponding audio,” says the press release.

In addition, Google Assistant will sport a new Hold for Me feature, which lets it wait on the line for you when you’re put on hold after calling a business which has a toll-free number.

As for battery life, both devices have all-day batteries that can apparently last for up to 48 hours via Extreme Battery Saver, a mode which “automatically limits active apps to just the essentials”. Users can select which additional apps to keep active.

Google is also throwing in a free Stadia and YouTube Premium trial along with 100GB of Google one storage for three months for buyers. In addition, buyers can get a Google Play Pass and Gold/Silver Status on Play Points.

The Pixel 4a (5G) will be available in Japan first on 15 October, followed by Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States in November. The Pixel 5 will be available in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom from 15 October and in Canada and the US from 29 October. In Malaysia’s case, it looks like we’ll have to rely on online sellers like TechBug and Shirogawa or resort to direct import.

Check out the specs provided by Google below:


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