Google Unveils Pixel 5 Smartphone (And More)

Google Unveils Pixel 5 Smartphone (And More)

Google held a special event yesterday where analysts predicted they’d announce the Pixel 5 smartphone. They did in fact unveil the new Pixel handset and more. For starters, Google expanded their smartphone line with the addition of the Pixel 5, which will sell for $699, and the Pixel 4a 5G, with a $499 price tag. The former will ship in October with the latter arriving in November. The company also unveiled a new Chromecast (rumored back in June) and they revamped their streaming interface under the moniker GoogleTV. The new set top box includes a remote and sells for $49. Finally, the company unveiled a new smartspeaker to replace Google Home. It will be sold under the Nest brand, as Nest Home, with a retail price of $99. The speaker goes on sale October 5th.

Though the smarthome devices are nifty, undoubtedly the smartphones were the star of the event. The Pixel 5 is Google’s new flagship handset. It features a recycled aluminum body and a new ultrawide camera system. Additionally, this phone bring a new feature to the Pixel line, reverse wireless charging. This means it can not only charge wirelessly, but also charge other devices. That’s pretty cool.

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