Google Pixel 5 – Google’s Smart Shift
Google’s entry into hardware was the biggeststory a few years ago, but the Pixel smartphones – despite the game-changing camera techand better software experience – just couldn’t manage to make an impact in the Android space,let alone the overall smartphone segment.
The Pixel phones haven’t moved many peopleout of Apple’s ecosystem, nor it competed with Samsung’s Galaxy superphones – from GalaxyNote to Galaxy S that offer all sorts of hardware tricks and different cameras. But 2020 marks the year that Google is makinga subtle but significant shift. They’re moving out of the premium flagshipmarket, as you already know Pixel 5 will have a Snapdragon 765G processor instead of theflagship Snapdragon 865.
By going with a cheaper chip, Google is expectedto conceivably lower its Pixel 5 price down. According to new rumors, the Pixel 5 couldcost the same as the first-gen Pixel smartphone and that is $649. It’s rumored to cost 629 euros in Europe,Germany to be specific. And $649 in the United States. It’s coming from this person who accuratelyleaked the prices of some Samsung products in the past.
If Google actually ends up pricing the Pixel5 at 649 then it’d be going up against companies like OnePlus instead of competing for attentionagainst Samsung’s latest Galaxy flagships. The premium phone market, especially in America,is notorious for being tough to compete in unless your brand name is Samsung or Apple.
But that upper-middle-tier area — wherephones are premium in nature but not quite hitting the every-bell-and-whistle-imaginable,no-piece-left-behind top-shelf positioning — is somewhere a company like Google couldconceivably have a decent shot at finding its footing. I know what some of you are thinking. That Snapdragon 765G processor, though. But with the right sort of software optimizationsand attention to experience, you are absolutely not going to notice or in any way be awareof the difference between a Snapdragon 865 processor and the 765G.
Even in games, this chipset is perfectly fine— unless you really crank the user-customizable settings in a title like Fortnite, in whichcase things can stutter. Just don’t expect to pull a smooth 90 FPSin demanding titles, and you probably won’t be disappointed. And if you don’t play a lot of games, you’vegot even less to worry about. In a new world where the money is tight, peopleare wearing masks, and flagship phones are starting to cost over $1300, a $650 pricetag for Google’s flagship this year could make a world of difference to the end-userin how the phone is perceived — and ultimately, if Google plays its cards right, in how wellit sells.
Here’s something cool. Ice Universe shared this video saying thata certain mobile company is developing a phone with a back that automatically changes thecolor. The back panel of this smartphone can be discolored,and users can adjust the speed of this process. The camera module is hidden so not sure whichphone this is. The tech it uses is Electrochromic glass. If you remember OnePlus used it to hide thephone’s rear camera. This is certainly not the necessary technologyon a phone in my opinion, but it sure looks cool.