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With official invites in hand, our focus now shifts to the first, big, flagship of 2018, the Samsung Galaxy S9. Here is everything you need to know about Samsung’s next smartphone.

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Google Pixel 5 has a plastic layer for wireless charging

The plastic layer’s called a bio-resin

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Google’s latest flagship — Pixel 5 — recently launched featuring modest specs for an attractive price. One of the notable specs of the phone, however, is wireless charging. This is baffling since Pixel 5 is made of an aluminum back. Traditionally, wireless charging requires glass or plastic back to work properly. Now, Google shared some tidbits on how it managed to cram wireless charging into its flagship phone.

Bio-resin is the key

Basically, Pixel 5 has a super-thin plastic layer aside from an aluminum body. The company has a fancy name for the plastic layer: bio-resin. It sits atop the aluminum body. This is what most users will actually feel when they hold the phone.

As such, the body of Pixel 5 is actually a combination of metal and plastic. The aluminum body is basically the phone structure, giving it a sturdy feel. By using bio-resin, Google was able to cut a hole in the chassis, allowing them to put a wireless charging coil inside.

Some might wonder why Google didn’t just put a glass or plastic back for the Pixel 5 instead. A response of Google to Android Authority gave us a clear reason why: the company wants its flagship to be as thin as possible.

Thinness as a factor for going with a metal body makes sense considering that the latest Pixel has a bigger battery than last year. Cramming in a 4,080mAh battery would have made the Pixel 5 thicker. Going with an aluminum body and plastic combination allowed Google to retain the “thin footprint” that its Pixel smartphones have on its latest flagship.

It’s impressive what Google has done this year for its Pixel 5. The phone managed to cram a large battery in a compact body while also packing water resistance along with wireless charging. Hopefully, though, the use of a super-thin plastic layer won’t affect the charging performance or the phone’s sturdiness in any way.

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Pixel 4A 5G launches with new chipset and 5G compatibility

Plus a better price tag

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By now, you know about the Pixel 5. However, Google has also launched a new variant to last year’s Pixel 4, the Pixel 4A 5G. Unlike the new flagship, the budget smartphone brings a flurry of up-to-date specs (including 5G compatibility) in an attractive price point.

Better than the 4A

For one, the Pixel 4A 5G sports an updated Snapdragon 765G chipset, a marginal but needed upgrade over the original 4A’s Snapdragon 730G. Curiously enough, it’s also the same chipset in the newly launched Pixel 5 flagship.

Under the hood, the budget-friendly handset also has the same 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage as the original Pixel 4A. Further, the Pixel 4A 5G sports a larger 6.2-inch OLED panel: 2340 x 1080 resolution and 19.5:9 ratio. As expected, the new smartphone comes with 5G compatibility, which runs about roughly the same as the Pixel 5’s compatibility.

For cameras, the smartphone sports a dual rear camera setup: 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel main sensor and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens. The camera’s software also includes the same functionalities as the Pixel 5 including Night Sight, Cinematic Pan, and Portrait Light. Meanwhile, the front-facing selfie shooter takes shots at 8 megapixels.

Of note, it comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, marking a welcome difference from the Pixel 5.

Pricing and availability

The Pixel 4A 5G will launch in Japan first on October 15. After which, the smartphone will launch in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States sometime in November. It retails for US$ 499 — priced between the original Pixel 4A and the new Pixel 5.

SEE ALSO: Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE (2020): Camera shootout

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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.

SEE ALSO: Google is officially launching Android 11 today

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