Google announces Google Pixel 5 for $699, Pixel 4A 5G for $499

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Google on Wednesday unveiled the 5G-equipped Google Pixel 5 and the lower-cost Google Pixel 4A 5G, alongside other hardware and software announcements.

A month after teasing the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 4A the Mountain View company announced the new devices at its virtual Sept. 30 "Launch Night In" event. Other products unveiled Wednesday include a new Chromecast and an updated Nest smart speaker device.

The Google Pixel 5 is a 6-inch OLED device equipped with a midrange Snapdragon 765G CPU, 8GB of RAM and 5G support (both mmWave and sub-6GHz). The Pixel also lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is included on some of the cheaper Google devices.

Google has given the cameras — long a key feature of its Pixel lineu — an upgrade on the new Pixel devices. The dual-lens setup features the same 12.2MP camera as previous devices, but the company has also added a new 16MP ultrawide lens. As far as computational photography features, Google has added Night Sight to its portrait mode, a new Portrait Light feature, and new video modes.

On the design, the Pixel 5 now sports an aluminum housing and an edge-to-edge display. Instead of the top bezel that housed Google's face unlock and radar sensors, the Pixel 5 now sports an 8MP hole punch front-facing camera. Additionally, the Pixel 5 packs 128GB of internal storage; an IP68 water- and dust-resistance rating; 18W USB-C fast charging; and a 4,080mAh battery with a new low-power, battery-saving mode. It features an adjustable 90Hz screen refresh rate, and wireless charging with Battery Share.

The lower-cost Google Pixel 4A 5G is a 6.2-inch OLED device, making it the largest in the company's lineup. Like the Pixel 5, it features a 12.2MP and ultrawide 16MP rear-facing cameras and an 8MP front-facing camera. As the name suggests, it supports 5G service. However, compared to Google's flagship, there are some trade-offs. The Google Pixel 4A 5G has 6GB of RAM, no water resistance rating, a smaller battery, and a slower 60Hz screen refresh rate.

The Google Pixel 5 is priced at $699 and is currently available for preorder at both B&H Photo and Amazon. It comes in two colors: Just Black and Sorta Sage. The Google Pixel 4A 5G will retail for $499, and interested buyers can currently sign up for a waitlist to be notified about its release date.

Google also announced a new "Chromecast with Google TV" streaming device, which costs $49.99 and features a remote control for the first time, as well as a Nest Audio device with touch controls and a "smart sound" feature.