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Pixel 5 is now official

Featuring the Snapdragon 765G

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As scheduled, Google finally launched the much-awaited Pixel 5. During today’s Launch Night In event, the company unveiled the latest flagship and a slight variation of the previous generation. Of course, the Pixel 4a 5G is a different story. For now, let’s focus on the Pixel 5.

Under the hood

Marking a huge departure from its usual tradition, the Pixel 5 is launching with the Snapdragon 765G chipset, rather than the industry-leading Snapdragon 865 series. Compensating for the midrange chipset, the flagship will also have 5G compatibility, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage.

For its display, the Pixel 5 will sport a 6.0-inch OLED panel: 2340 x 1080 resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 90Hz refresh rate. Compared to last year’s Pixel 4, the Pixel 5 will have a minuscule punch-hole camera and a true edge-to-edge display.

The Pixel 5 has a capable 4080mAh battery, capable with 18W USB-C fast charging, wireless charging, and power sharing. An Extreme Battery Saver mode can extend the battery life further, allowing the device to survive up to 48 hours on a single charge.

Cameras in the spotlight

Speaking of the camera, the flagship boasts a spotlight-stealing dual rear camera setup: a 12.2-megapixel main sensor (with a 77-degree field of view) and a 16-megapixel ultrawide sensor (with a 107-degree field of view). Meanwhile, the front-facing selfie shooter takes shots at 8 megapixels.

For functionality, the Pixel 5’s cameras can reportedly take outstanding night photos with a new Night Sight mode. An AI-assisted Portrait Light mode can automatically adjust lighting for portraits shots. Finally, a Cinematic Pan mode makes full use of the rear camera’s wide fields of view.

Pricing and availability

The Pixel 5 will ship out to select countries (unknown at this point) starting October 15. It will ship out in the United States starting October 29. It retails for US$ 699. Pre-orders are open now.

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All iPhone 14 models will have 120Hz screens, 6GB RAM

Pro will have a better camera, though

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Since the introduction of the four-model iPhone lineup, Apple has thrived under a simple and easy-to-read system. There are two premium Pro variants and two capable-but-not-as-premium non-Pro variants. It’s a tried and tested formula at this point. However, if a new rumor rings true, the upcoming iPhone 14 series might cause more confusion for discerning users.

According to a research note from Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu (via MacRumors), the unannounced flagship series will launch with four models with each sporting the same specs. All four will have a screen with 120Hz refresh rate and 6GB of RAM.

Compared to the rest of the industry, both a 120Hz screen and 6GB of RAM aren’t specs to immediately blow a budget over. However, unifying the entire iPhone 14 lineup with identical specs does create a new zeitgeist for Apple.

The current iPhone 13 lineup maintains a steady delineation between Pro and non-Pro variants. Only the two Pro variants have Apple’s ProMotion (or a 120Hz display), for example. Likewise, only those two have 6GB of RAM. Unifying them might cause some confusion for users — at least in those particular areas.

Though the lineup might lose differentiation in those two aspects, the analyst does say that the Pro variants will get a few more features compared to their non-Pro buddies. Both Pro versions will come with an upgraded 48-megapixel rear camera and will start at 256GB of internal storage.

Right now, it’s still too early to approach the rumor with a substantial amount of credibility. The next iPhone series is still some ways away. Either way, it’s interesting to speculate on what Apple has in store next.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 14 will have a punch-hole camera, rumor says

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Upcoming Google foldable might be called Pixel Notepad

Will cost less than the Galaxy Z Fold 3

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Mysterious. That’s one word to describe the rumored foldable phone from Google. Amid persistent reports from other smartphone brands like Apple, Google hasn’t revealed much about their own take on the emerging form factor. However, the rumored device suddenly boomed in popularity as of late. Representing one of the biggest leaks for the device, a new report has revealed the alleged name for the foldable product: the Pixel Notepad.

According to sources from 9to5Google, the sleek name is the current working title for the still-unannounced device from the developers of Android. Besides the name, the same source also confirms that the device’s price point will allegedly squeak in below the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which is still one of the priciest devices out today.

As expected, Google isn’t confirming or denying if these rumors are correct. However, a foldable device with a price tag below the current market leader is enough to pique a foldable follower’s interest. The foldable niche is still a premium market, despite efforts to push for more mainstream devices.

On the other hand, the “Pixel Notepad” name is also an interesting thread to follow. Though this is the first major leak for the device’s name, it’s not the first hint we’ve received for its eventual title. The report confirms that a previous working title was “Logbook.” Further, back in 2020 when the device was first rumored, it had the codename “Passport” attached.

“Pixel Notepad” is certainly the cleanest of the bunch. “Logbook” just sounds too office-y, and “Passport” might cause confusion with the Blackberry device of the same name. That said, Google can still change the device’s name before launch.

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Review

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vivo V23 5G Unboxing and Review: Color Changer!

With a revolutionary color-changing back!

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While the X-series is vivo’s line of flagship smartphones with the best in class rear cameras, the V-series is for those who want a great midranger option with star-studded selfie cameras.

Apart from the color-changing back due to Fluorite AG glass, the vivo V23 5G offers more than meets the eye. It’s packed with well-rounded hardware if you may ask.

But should you get the vivo V23 5G? Head over to our vivo V23 5G unboxing and review now to help yourself out.

 

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