Google just released two new phones the PIXEL 5 and the PIXEL 4A with 5G, but they're more similar than you might think.
So let's break down the differences and work out which one is right for you.
After the missteps of the pixel four from last year, Google has gone back to the drawing board and reworked the pixel five.
So that means that the look and feel is more similar to the previous pixel phones than the pixel four.
The fingerprint reader around the back has returned.
The OLED display now has a hole punch camera in it much more similar to the pixel four eight It was released a few months ago, and the bezels are reduced pretty significantly.
So this means that there are now three main pixel phones available to buy from Google's lineup.
There is the $349 pixel 4a, there is the $500 pixel 4a with 5G and then there is the pixel 5 which comes in at $700.
So comparing the pixel five and the pixel four A with five G on paper, there doesn't seem to be too much of a difference between them.
So for starters, they both use the same Snapdragon 765 g processor They'll both have 128 gigabytes of onboard storage as well.
The displays are slightly different in size, although they are both Full HD plus the pixel five has a six inch display, whereas the pixel four eight with 5G Is actually a little bit bigger at 6.2 inches.
Now the key difference apart from that size is that the pixel five display is 90 hertz, whereas the 4A with 5G, it's getting clumsy kind of saying that but if that's the name of the phone, that one is 60 hertz.
The PIXEL 5 also has more RAM it has eight gigabytes compared to six gigabytes on the 4A (5G).
And the construction of the body is different as well, even though they look fairly similar.
The PIXEL 5 is an aluminum finish or aluminium as I like to say and it has an IP rating of IP 68.
So it does have some water resistance on board.
Whereas the 4 A 5G is a polycarbonate or plastic body and there isn't any water resistance on board plus there is no Gorilla Glass coating or at least not Gorilla Glass six, like the pixel five has The PIXEL 5 also comes with wireless charging as well as reverse wireless charging.
So you can charge things like your headphones from the back of the phone.
The battery capacity is slightly different.
The PIXEL 5 is Slightly higher than the pixel 4A 5G but both of them do have a power saving mode that promises to extend the battery life up to 48 hours if you turn it on, but guess what the pixel 4A 5G in this crazy year that is 2020 comes with a headphone jack which is a nice addition Thought they went the way of the dodo.
So it really seems like there is just a key few differences between the two, whether or not they are worth $200 to upgrade to the pixel five is a question that only you will be able to answer.
But really the key difference is that the $200 extra gives you is a slightly higher capacity battery.
A 90 hertz refresh rate screen and a little bit more RAM because as I'll talk about now, the rest of the features are very, very similar.
The hardware of the cameras specifically is pretty much identical between the two phones.
Both of them have two rear cameras.
A 12 megapixel wide angle lens and a 16 megapixel ultra wide angle at the back.
The front camera is an eight megapixel selfie camera on both and the field of view is a little bit more narrow than the previous pixel phones.
So the hardware identical, the software itself, also identical when it comes to the camera side of things.
Both of them will have the same pixel camera features that you're used to including nightside with Astro photography mode, Portrait mode, the video recording obviously and super resume as well as some extra features that is being thrown into the pixel line now to help boost the camera quality, the first is the improvements to portrait mode.
So portrait mode will now be able to take photos in low light in Night Sight mode.
And they'll also be a way to help boost the backlit subjects and make sure that they have the most light on them.
You can adjust this setting after the fact as well retroactively for a lot of your photos within Google Photos.
The HDR+ mode has also been improved.
This is Google's High Dynamic Range mode.
It now uses a technique called bracketing to also include the exposures over and under the meter to help produce what Google says.
Says we'll be more vivid and vibrant shots.
video recording is also getting a new super steady stabilization and panning feature that will make it look supposedly a little bit more cinematic.
And the clips that we've seen from Google giving us samples looks pretty impressive.
Now to store all these photos and videos, it's pretty important that you get some sort of storage included now it's no longer the Google Photos unlimited high res storage because that was dropped with the pixel four Instead, it's now three months free of Google one which gives you on top of some other things 100 gigabytes of storage, and both of the phones are 5g despite the pixel for only having 5g its name and pixel five not Don't worry, these are both 5g capable phones.
Some other software features that they share include the new hold for me function.
Which is the Google Assistant waiting on hold until someone picks up on the other end.
That one sounds pretty useful.
Both of the phones have two different indistinct color options.
The pixel five will have a black.
And a sage or a green finish, and the pixel for a with five G will be in a black or a white.
So both of the funds are available to preorder now from Google's website and availability is going to start from the end of October.
So those are the specs on paper and we'll have to wait and see.
If it looks like the pixel for a five G is actually the bed of value, at least right now looking at the specs, it looks like it is.
But the real proof will be when we get the units in hand to see how they perform.
Now the other question you might be asking yourself is is it worth upgrading From the pixel 4.
Now, if you want the more traditional pixel design with the fingerprint reader around the back, and you weren't a fan of the tools within the pixel 4, such as Project Soli, which was the motion sensing tool that was really primarily used to do things to avoid touching your phone like changing tracks.
However, that was a little bit buggy overall, and you don't need the facial unlocking technology, then maybe the pixel five is a significant upgrade.
And especially if you want the ultra wide angle lens, that might be worth it for you, but the pixel four also has a 90 hertz refresh rate screen.
So if you're just looking for display and performance Then it might be it's not worth the upgrade.
Thanks for watching.
I hope this video has helped break down the differences between the four a five 5g and the pixel five to see if it's worth upgrading for you and which one to choose.
Stay tuned because we'll have lots more comparisons and Google coverage for you here on CNET
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