How to Watch Google’s Annual Hardware Event

When Google debuted the Pixel 4A in early August, the company saiid two other phones were coming in October: The Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5. The new 4A isn’t expected to be too different from its 5G-less sibling. It will likely have a larger screen, a bigger battery, and a slightly better processor (which will also enable 5G connectivity). Google has priced it at $499, $150 more than the regular Pixel 4A.

The Pixel 5 is the natural sequel to the high-end Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL that came out in 2019, though this year’s flagship is going to be quite different. Rumors indicate Google will not be using the best processor available but instead is sticking with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G (the same one in mid-priced phones like the LG Velvet and Motorola One 5G. It should still perform just as well.

News leaks suggest Google is skipping the hands-free radar chip it put in the Pixel 4. That means no hand-waving gestures to trigger certain actions (it was kind of awkward anyway), and there might also be an absence of secure face unlocking. Google might just stick with the tried-and-true rear fingerprint sensor.

You’ll likely get the same niceties like wireless charging, water resistance, 5G, and a good-quality OLED screen with a smooth 90-Hz refresh rate. The battery, a sore point on the Pixel 4 range, is rumored to be bigger. All of this is likely to cost $700 or less (the Pixel 4 started at $800).

Nest Audio

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Google is going to launch a new Assistant-powered smart speaker. The Nest Audio, which Google sent a render of to media after extensive leaks this summer, is the successor to the original Google Home from 2016, which the company discontinued this year. The fabric-covered oblong speaker looks similar to the portly Google Home Max, but it’s significantly smaller and is rumored to have a price tag under $120.

Chromecast With Google TV

Google’s Chromecast, the dongle you plug into your TV to cast media from your phone, hasn’t seen a refresh in quite a while. The new fourth-generation model looks to change that. Rumors indicate it will offer an interface for the first time, specifically Android TV. So instead of just casting from your phone, you can browse through channels via an included remote (or with your voice using Google Assistant). Google may also rename Android TV to Google TV. Again. Its price may hover around $50.

There’s always a chance Google has another surprise in store, but there haven’t been leaks about other hardware, so we’re not expecting much else.

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