Google is planning to launch its Pixel 5 smartphone, a new Chromecast, and a new smart speaker later this month. Google has started inviting members of the media to a special event on September 30th, promising new hardware. Google already confirmed its plans to launch a Pixel 5 later this year, complete with 5G connectivity. The Pixel maker revealed its launch plans alongside the introduction of the Pixel 4A last month, promising 5G versions of the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, and Australia.
As is the trend this year, the event will be a live stream rather than held in person, and Google is embracing the theme. The event is being marketed with the tagline “Launch Night In” and will likely be streamed from the Made by Google YouTube channel.
Google isn’t leaving much up to the imagination either. Its invitation spells out that the event will be where we learn more about the “new Chromecast, our latest smart speaker, and our new Pixel phones.”
The Pixel 5 is likely to be the star of the show, as it usually is. This year, we’re expecting the Pixel 5 to somewhat correct the Pixel line’s course, considering the Pixel 4 received mixed reviews. While the phone offered the clean software that customers know and love, it did look a little dated in a world of edge-to-edge displays. The Pixel 5 will have an edge-to-edge display with a hole-punch cutout for the front-facing camera and is expected to offer 5G connectivity. Last but not least, the phone will likely offer a 90Hz refresh rate, like the Pixel 4.
Some rumors indicate that the phone will forego the flagship processor, instead offering a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765. Hopefully, that will mean that the phone is relatively inexpensive — which will be a breath of fresh air considering the rising prices of high-end smartphones.
The event will also include the new Nest Home smart speaker, which will offer a longer, flatter design, and will be taller than the original Google Home. There’s less information on the new Google Nest speaker, however, so it will be interesting to see if Google gives us a successor to the Home Mini, Home, Home Max, Home Hub, Nest Hub Max, or an entirely new offering.
The good news is there isn’t that long to wait, and we’ll be reporting live to bring you all the new phones, speakers, and dongles Google has to offer on Wednesday, September 30.