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2020 Pixel line up, specs shoot out, which phone get’s what, and what’s the best deal - Ausdroid
With Google unveiling their last two phones of 2020, we can now look back at the last few months of Pixel hardware and take stock of where Google’s phone line has ended up. With three devices in the market, many would assume that Google would be offering an U…
With Google unveiling their last two phones of 2020, we can now look back at the last few months of Pixel hardware and take stock of where Google’s phone line has ended up. With three devices in the market, many would assume that Google would be offering an Ultra-Premium, premium and maybe affordable device. However, Google’s hasn’t taken that route, in fact, it could be argued that their best device, the Pixel 5, may not even be classified as a premium device, I’d would argue that’s not quite right. What Google seems to have done this year is focus on delivering the best Android experience they can, with a focus on bang for buck, not specs. To this end, you won’t find any QHD, 120Hz, HDR, 6.6-inch AMOLED displays, nor the latest top of the line Qualcomm 800 series Snapdragon. There’s no excess of RAM, no 3rd camera and they don’t fold, expand or shrink. Does this mean that Google’s line up is lacking? I’d argue the answer is no. Here’s why. If we take a look at the Pixel 5, Google’s 2020 Flagship device, what is it missing that it needs? For most users, we would argue nothing. For specs junkies, likely everything, but what about those of us somewhere between those two viewpoints. Undeniably we think 2020 could have been the year that Google released a triple-camera device; the swapping of their middling telephoto lens from 2019 for an ultra-wide-angle is a great addition. However, to compete with the Samsungs and Huaweis of the world, as well as show a pure implementation of 3 cameras, a good zoom lens, say 7x, would have been a solid addition. In 2020, tech-heads and spec junkies alike expect high quality, high refresh rate screens. What’s more, users seem to be able to tell the difference, this isn’t just a spec for spec’s sake, having a high-quality display makes interacting with your visual device more pleasing. Perhaps the Pixel 5’s 90Hz FHD+ HDR AMOLED panel may not compete? Outside of those two areas we wouldn’t want to comment on what is missing before we actually use the device. Apart for support for higher density and higher refresh rates panels, there’s no specific reason the processor needs upgrading. We can’t comment on if the Pixel 5 is sluggish on 8GB of RAM, but we suspect it won’t be. So that’s the Pixel vs the market, but how do the 2020 Pixels compare to each other? Overall there are small but important differences as you step up the line from the Pixel 4a, to Pixel 4a 5G and end up at the Pixel 5. There’s a clear progression of hardware and depending on how you feel about phone size, wireless charging and headphone jacks the answer may not be so cut and dry. So feast your eyes on the Google Pixel 2020 line up, and compare the raw specs. Which device best fits your needs?
|Pixel 4a||Pixel 4a 5G||Pixel 5|
|Display||5.7-inchAMOLEDFDH+60Hzhole-punch||6.24-inchAMOLEDFHD+60Hzhole-punch||6.0-inchAMOLEDFHD+ HDR90 Hzhole-punch|
|SoC||Snapdragon 730G||Snapdragon 765G|
|Storage||128GB internal storage|
|Rear Cameras||12.2 MP f/1.7 wide-angle||12.2 MP f/1.7 wide-angle16 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide|
|Front Camera||8MP f/2.0|
|Battery||3140 mAh||3885 mAh||4080 mAh|
|Charging||USB-C 18W fast charging||USB-C 18W fast chargingWireless Charging (Qi)Reverse wireless charging|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0WiFi 5NFC|
|Biometrics||Rear Fingerprint Sensor|
|IP Rating||–||IP 68|
|OS||Android 10(update to 11)||Android 11|
|Colours||Black||Black, White||Black, Green|
Evleaks shows off the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, Keyboard cover and new design S Pen - Ausdroid
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 is soon to be released with a number of other Samsung devices in the near future. It seems there may be very little unknown before the release now, as Evleaks has given us a really good look at the upcoming device. A few points that ca…
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 is soon to be released with a number of other Samsung devices in the near future. It seems there may be very little unknown before the release now, as Evleaks has given us a really good look at the upcoming device. A few points that captured interested for us are:
- The new shape of the S Pen, it looks like it will be easier to hold and use for longer periods of time
- USB-C Charging/Data port
- Pogo pins for connection to official Samsung accessories
- Two speakers are visible with (based on other info) more on the top of the device for stereo sound
Where’s the Google Pixel 4a? Announcing in July still but launching in October? Pixel 5 delayed too! - Ausdroid
The Google Pixel 4a was expected to be announced and launched in mid-May at Google I/O 2020 but then COVID-19 happened. Along with other social issues that have occurred in the meantime the Pixel 4a keeps being delayed. After first tweeting out a few weeks ag…
The Google Pixel 4a was expected to be announced and launched in mid-May at Google I/O 2020 but then COVID-19 happened. Along with other social issues that have occurred in the meantime the Pixel 4a keeps being delayed. After first tweeting out a few weeks ago that the Pixel 4a was not going to launch to the public until August 6 for the black version and October 1 for the blue version Jon Prosser has updated the time frame he is seeing “in the system”. Pixel 4a Im confused too, but heres what I know Timelines got pushed due to market conditions – not due to supply chain. Units are ready to ship. Announcement July 13 Market launchJust Black – August 6thBarely Blue – October 1st Pixel 5 likely pushed back, also. https://t.co/d6QLtKzxSB — Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) May 21, 2020 The tweet he has sent out now has stated that Google has delayed the Pixel 4a again. The announcement is still going to occur on July 13 but it seems that the launch of the black model has been pushed back to October 22 — yes that is Pixel 5 territory. Interestingly though he is reporting that the Barely Blue version has been “removed entirely”. Wheres Pixel 4a? Heres an update: AGAIN, it seems Google has delayed Pixel 4a Announcement still happening on July 13 But in the system, its listed that the Black model now launching October 22 Barely Blue has been removed entirely… Ill keep you updated. https://t.co/UgsWJrYK4Upic.twitter.com/TX209u9Jqb — Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) June 13, 2020 This is an interesting turn of events for the next mid-range Pixel 4a with his statement that a few weeks ago the Pixel 4a units were ready to launch but the “market conditions” resulted in them being pushed back. While the launch of a new smartphone is irrelevant with what is occurring in the world on so many fronts at the moment it is strange to continue to see Google to push back launches so far — why October 22? Seems like the Pixel 5 will also be pushed back. Though, it would probably be smart to just launch Pixel 5 and 4a side-by-side, especially if theres only one model of Pixel 4a that will launch. — Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) June 13, 2020 It is an interesting decision and is that a random date they have chosen? What has happened to the blue Pixel 4a devices which you would expect would be well and truly built? What about the Pixel 5? Will it launch alongside the 4a? Seems silly to do so with one a 4a generation and the other a 5. So many questions and details unknown but as we have seen in 2020, expect the worst — this seems to be the year for it.
LG Velvet officially announced with a surprising price tag and expected specs - Ausdroid
LG have changed up their plans this year with a new naming scheme moving away from the G series and the V series to a Velvet. The Velvet is a change for LG offering a device that focuses on usability rather than specs — oh and it’s a good looking phone too. T…
LG have changed up their plans this year with a new naming scheme moving away from the G series and the V series to a Velvet. The Velvet is a change for LG offering a device that focuses on usability rather than specs — oh and it’s a good looking phone too. The LG Velvet was made official in South Korea overnight and there was not a surprise in sight — with many of the leaks and rumours easily attributed to LG themselves. As expected the LG Velvet is a great looking device with both sides curved and availability in some vibrant colours. The new design and colours are unfortunately offset by the now out-dated waterdrop notch. Inside the Velvet has a 6.8-inch OLED display with a 1080P resolution powered by the expected Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G chipset. Accompanying this is 8GB of RAM and 128GB of a disappointing UFS 2.1 storage — there is microSD support too with up to 2TB possible. The rear camera module is striking with a the rain drop design housing a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 5MP depth sensor. The front facing camera is the expected 16MP lens. The camera software comes with support for time-lapse with automatic and manual speed changes, voice out-of-focus to help remove background noise from videos and 3D AR stickers. The LG Velvet also arrived with IP68 waterproofing and a rugged MIL-STD 810G specification. The finger print sensor is an in-display sensor and there is still an audio jack, NFC and Bluetooth 5.0. Another non-surprise is the stylus support, this time for a Wacom Stylus with 4096 pressure levels for not just note-taking but also drawing and sketching — the Wacom Stylus is sold separately but it does also work with the Dual Screen accessory which must also be purchased separately. The 4,300mAh battery supports Qi wireless charging and fast charging but there is no official word on the official speed of either. As you would hope it ships with Android 10 out of the box with LG’s Sense UI skin on top of it — hopefully that has been improved. The official names for the colours are Aurora White, Aurora Gray, Illusion Sunset, and Aurora Green and it starts at KRW 899,800 (AU$1075). The pricing is possibly pushing into the premium level price-range, out of the mid-range but it is possible that is the correct price for it. It has more features than most mid rangers but does not have the extreme specs of an ultra-premium device. At this stage we have no news if or when it will be released in Australia. We do expect it to arrive here at some stage but we suspect it won’t be for a couple of months.
Google’s second gen true wireless Pixel Buds are available in the US now - Ausdroid
We have been waiting since October last year for Google to release the new Pixel Buds. In the meantime we have seen countless rumours and leaks including one last week which detailed what colours each region/country would be getting which suggested stock leve…
We have been waiting since October last year for Google to release the new Pixel Buds. In the meantime we have seen countless rumours and leaks including one last week which detailed what colours each region/country would be getting which suggested stock levels were low. Without much fanfare (a blog post only) the Pixel Buds circa 2020 have today landed on the Google Store…… in the US….. in white only. The new Pixel Buds were meant to be available in all colours in the US but it seems that at this stage only Clearly White is available and at the premium price of US$179. Oh So Orange, Quite Mint, and Almost Black will also be available in the US “in the coming months”. Physically the Buds have a “three point anchor system” to keep the them secure even while working out strenuously. The ear tips are interchangeable with extra tips included in the box at purchase. There is an IPX4 sweat and water resistant rating along with IR proximity sensors to detect when the Buds are in your ear for automatic play or pause. Inside the battery allows for five hours of playback with the charging case offering another 24 hours of playback. Quick charge is included with the case offering two hours of playback with just 10 minutes of charging. The charging case can be charged using wireless charging or USB-C. Although the Pixel Buds are not cheap they do come with some premium features such as a touch sensitive surface (not a button) which accepts swipes, taps and long presses as follows:
- Single tap: Play/pause
- Double tap: Next track, reject calls, or stop Assistant
- Triple tap: Previous track
- Swipe forward: Raise volume
- Swipe backward: Lower volume
- Press and hold: Check notifications or activate Assistant
LG Velvet set to be unveiled on May 7, two weeks from now - Ausdroid
LG have overhauled their naming scheme and look set to bring a whole new design to market with the LG Velvet and it looks like we won’t have long to wait before we see if officially launched to the world. LG have today released a new video to YouTube revealin…
LG have overhauled their naming scheme and look set to bring a whole new design to market with the LG Velvet and it looks like we won’t have long to wait before we see if officially launched to the world. LG have today released a new video to YouTube revealing that the LG Velvet will be unveiled on May 7. The short teaser video once again focuses on the design of the velvet, and to be honest, it looks to be the best looking LG phone we have seen possibly ever. The focus is once again on the raindrop camera setup on the rear of the device — very different to all the large black camera modules we are seeing in virtually every other smartphone on the market. This time they show a different colour for each type of lens — each colour represents a colourway for the device — Aurora White, Velvet Sunset, Aurora Green, Aurora Grey. There is nothing new about the device given away in today’s video, just the announcement date and where to watch the unveiling. For those interested head on over to the LG Korea YouTube channel or their Facebook page at 10am KST (11am AET) on May 7. If this is your first time hearing about the LG Velvet, and let’s face it is has not been front and foremost in many people’s minds, it is expected to arrive with a waterdrop notch housing the selfie camera, 5G support with a Snapdragon 765G (same processor as the Pixel 5 apparently), a rear triple camera system, a headphone jack, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The pricing is expected to be mid to premium pricing with the upper-mid range processor and specs. At that pricing and these good looks it looks like it could possibly start to turn LG Mobile’s fortunes around. It is unclear how their software has improved though as that is what has always hamstrung them in the past. Stay tuned for two weeks time when all will be revealed.
Aussie Broadband will offer free NBN 25 plans to low-income households and families in need - Ausdroid
Aussie Broadband has moved swiftly to take up the NBN’s $150m relief package for Australian families and businesses. The move will see the NBN internet provider target assistance to low income families with school-age children, business and customers experien…
Aussie Broadband has moved swiftly to take up the NBN’s $150m relief package for Australian families and businesses. The move will see the NBN internet provider target assistance to low income families with school-age children, business and customers experiencing financial hardship. Managing Director Phillip Britt said it will provide much needed to relief to people who arestruggling as a result of the pandemic. We are prepared to match NBN’s funding pool for our residential customers doing it tough due to COVID-19. We’ll be applying relief on a case-by-case basis and we encourage customers in financial difficulty to contact us directly. Phil said that although this is an opt-in scheme for internet providers, the company planned to do its part, too. We’ll also be participating in the program to offer free 25/5 internet plans for low-income households with school-aged children who currently have no connection. Over the next few weeks, well be working closely with schools to identify families who will benefit from this program. Its critical for these families to access the internet for their kids education during this time. Aussie Broadband has already announced a range of measures designed to help its customers through the COVID-19 pandemic, including unlimited daytime data between 6am and 6pm, free upgrades from NBN 12 to NBN 25 speeds, and preventing disconnection of customers who are unable to pay for their services. Stay tuned for further details of the program to be announced in the coming weeks – Aussie Broadband’s website would be a good starting point.
World Health Organization releases an official COVID-19 app without conspiracies, just facts and information you should know - Ausdroid
There is a lot of fake and misleading information out there in the world with many people believe random things such as 5G causing or spreading the COVID-19 virus. Today WHO has moved to help dispel some of that launching a new app to provide factual informat…
There is a lot of fake and misleading information out there in the world with many people believe random things such as 5G causing or spreading the COVID-19 virus. Today WHO has moved to help dispel some of that launching a new app to provide factual information to the masses. Although Facebook (let’s face it most of the misleading information is spread via there) and Google do their best to remove inaccurate information there is only so much they can do. WHO is looking to provide people throughout the world with actual factual information regarding the pandemic, the virus and what we should be doing about it. To provide this information they have today released an Android app to offer not just safety guidelines to protect yourself and arm yourself with facts about the virus but also live data on the pandemic itself. The app itself is fairly basic and easy to use but it provides one central location for information and data from a reputable, reliable, factual source — let’s face it there is a lot of misleading information out there. At this stage the app is Android only but the code for the app (yes, it is open source allowing others to provide fixes and features) suggests there is an iOS version in the works. If you want to stay up to date on all the latest COVID-19 information head on over to the Play Store and check it out.