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Pros

Superb, rounded sound

Great fit

Solid ANC

Wireless charging

Cons

No EQ options

No hi-res/aptX support

No iOS Pixel Buds app

Our Verdict

The Pixel Buds Pro are some of the best earbuds you can get for your Android phone. Excellent sound, fit, and ANC are wrapped into well-priced earbuds with great battery life.

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Much like its Pixel phones, Google’s various versions of Pixel Buds earbuds have had their fair share of problems.

The 2023 originals had an uncomfortable design connected by a literal piece of string, while the follow up Pixel Buds 2 three years later had awful connectivity issues.

The cheaper Pixel Buds A from 2023 proved Google had learned from its mistakes, and sold at a competitive price.

Thankfully, the new high-end Pixel Buds Pro pick up and run with this success and are Google’s best buds yet. You’ll pay for the privilege with a $199/£179/€219 price tag, but the Pros are finally worth recommending alongside earbud heavy hitters like Sony, Bose, and Apple.

Design & build

Good fit

Cool colour options

Great touch controls

Google hasn’t messed with its design language here, and the look is very similar to the Pixel Buds 2 and Buds A. The Buds Pro come nestled in a nice feeling matt white case with a thin black line hinting at where it flips open.

It’s black inside where the buds reside for charging, with a hidden LED on the front to indicate the case’s battery charge: green for good or orange to indicate it needs a top up via the USB-C port on the bottom.

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Like most wireless earbuds the design of the case is indebted to Apple’s original AirPods, but Google has forged its own path with the actual buds’ design.

I personally struggle with the fit of many wireless earbuds as I have small ear canals, but the Buds Pro fit me excellently with the smallest ear tips. As an aside, I like that the packaging is completely recyclable, and the alternative ear tips come in a tiny cute paper tube with caps – the cleverest way I’ve seen spare tips packaged.

Felt cute, might change tips later

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The buds are approaching bean-shaped and at first glance don’t look like they will be comfortable, but with a little push and twist they fit my ears well. I occasionally needed to adjust them, and I found they worked their way loose when I was eating, but not when talking on the phone or running.

This is great news particularly when the wing tips of the Pixel Buds A are not present. I’m confident that people with larger ears than me (which, I assure you, is most people) will have no issue with a snug fit. I struggled with the fit of the Sony WF-1000XM4, which are too big for me, and though I liked the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds their design is not as subtle or attractive as the Pixel Buds Pro.

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Against the ear when wearing the buds are the L and R indicators and the metal charging connectors while the outside is a matt plastic that houses the touch sensitive controls on both sides.

A tasteful ‘G’ logo is embossed on either bud, and I am a huge fan of the yellowy green ‘lemongrass’ colour of my review unit, though you can also choose from orange (‘coral’), blue grey (‘fog’), or grey black (‘charcoal’).

The earbuds are IPX4 rated, which means they’re good for use in the rain or if they get splashed, and the case is IPX2, which basically means don’t get it wet. Each earbud weighs 6.2g and the case with earbuds in is 62.4g – easy for any pocket to handle.

Sound quality

Very good bass

Well-tuned high ends

No hi-res codec support

Most importantly, the Pixel Buds Pro have outstanding sound quality that matches and sometimes surpasses that of Apple’s AirPods Pro.

The Buds Pro have better bass response and an overall better tuned soundscape when listening to most genres of music thanks to each bud’s impressively punchy single 11mm driver. Add to that Google’s digital signal processing and very good active noise cancellation (ANC) and you’re laughing.

Up front though – despite my ears not agreeing with the fit, the Sony WF-1000XM4 are still the best sounding wireless earbuds you can buy.

On the Pixel Buds Pro, Elliot Smith’s ‘Needle in the Hay’ is handled well with the acoustic guitar sounding as live as the recording intended and the close vocal is well rendered. There’s good separation, even when streaming from lower-than-CD-quality-sources such as Spotify. Using hi-res services like Tidal and Qobuz sound better but that’s down to the audio file itself. The Buds Pro don’t support hi-res audio.

Turnstile’s ‘Mystery’ packs a considerable punch and the Buds Pro kept up with very good low end bass guitar and kick drum snap that cheaper earphones simply can’t give you. The low end prowess means these are also great ‘phones for hip hop and rap playback. ‘Dr Dre’s ‘Forgot About Dre’ sounds huge with the bass, riff, and hi-hat all represented on a great level.

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Any genre I threw at the Buds them was pleasing to my ears though, and I have no complaints about the sound quality on offer for the asking price though there is one caveat here.

To get technical, the Buds Pro only support the AAC and SBC audio codecs, not the popular aptX codec that it’s widely agree creates the best frequency responses of compressed audio files from Android devices and allows for hi-res compatibility.

In my testing AAC worked well (and is also there for iPhone compatibility), but it’s odd Google isn’t catering to aptX or aptX HD where rival products do.

Unlike other earbuds such as Sony’s WF-1000XM4, there’s no in-app EQ settings for the Pixel Buds Pro on the Pixel Buds app, aside from one toggle called volume EQ that boosts bass and treble frequencies at lower volumes. I found it didn’t make much difference.

Google told 9to5Google the Pixel Buds Pro will get a “full 5-band EQ” setting by the end of 2023, but do not buy the Buds on a software promise if this is important to you. Wait, or buy the Sonys.

The Buds Pro are good for voice and video calls, though the microphone quality isn’t as clear as AirPods Pro and doesn’t cancel out as much background noise as Apple’s buds for the person on the other end to hear you better.

Noise cancelling & smart features

Excellent ANC

Bluetooth Multipoint

No EQ options

One of the best things about the buds is their touch controls. Many great sounding earbuds ruin their good fit by having physical buttons on the outside that when pressed shove the bud painfully into your ear.

Not so with the Buds Pro, whose touch controls only need one feather-tap to play or pause on each bud, with a double tap skipping track and a triple tap going back a track. Swiping back to front turns volume up, and the opposite turns it down, while a press and hold can be configured for either bud to invoke Assistant or switch between ANC and transparency modes.

A great Fair Pair feature also means pairing to any Android phone is a breeze, with a notification on the screen when you open the buds near a phone.

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As for the ANC, it is very good if you can find a good seal with the three sizes of ear tip. I used the Buds to listen to podcasts on a transatlantic flight and they easily tuned out the engine roar, though the AirPods Pro’s ANC has less static sound when nothing is playing than the Buds Pro.  

Transparency is also great, letting in outside sound so you can talk to people or stay safe by being aware of traffic, for example.

Also very good is the Bluetooth Multipoint support that allows the Buds Pro to connect to two audio sources at the same time. Paired to a Pixel 6a and MacBook Air, the buds easily played audio from each with no hitch. To change an audio source, you just connect another device and one drops out, you can’t select within the app.

The Adaptive Sound software feature seen on the Pixel Buds A is not here, likely because the Buds Pro’s ANC means the software doesn’t have to level out the audio according to your ambient surrounding sound anymore. Additionally, the old Bass Boost option has been removed from the Pixel Buds app, which is integrated into Pixel phones as a searchable audio setting but must be downloaded as a standalone app on any other Android phone.

There’s no Pixel Buds app for iOS, so I wouldn’t recommend the Buds Pro if you have an iPhone because you lose a few smart features Android users can enjoy here, such as Google Assistant for notification reading and hands-free invoking of the digital assistant, but for audio playback they do sound good connected to an iPhone.

Battery life & charging

11 hours with ANC

Case holds up to 31 hours

Wireless charging

Pixel Buds Pro also hit it out the part with their battery life, which is excellent. With ANC on, I found Google’s promise of 7 hours of playback on a full charge to be accurate, not having to put them in the case to charge for a whole near-eight-hour flight.

A fully charged case will also give 20 hours of playback with the power it can expel. Google also says without ANC the figures go up to 11 hours of playback and 31 hours of charge.

Charging via USB-C is easy though there is notably no cable included in the box. The case also supports wireless charging, so you can charge using any Qi charging pad or even off the back of a modern phone that supports reverse wireless charging like Google’s Pixel 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

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Price & availability

The Google Pixel Buds Pro cost $199/£179/€219, which is excellent value for the quality of the product.

It is cheaper than the $249/£239/€279 Apple AirPods Pro, $279/£249/€279 Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, $280/£250/€280 Sony WF-1000XM4, and $199/£219/€229 Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro. though the Bose and Sony can be found for less if you shop around.

Verdict

Much like AirPods with iPhones, the Pixel Buds Pro are the best choice of wireless earbuds if you have a Pixel phone, but I also recommend them over the Galaxy Buds Pro, which have annoying touch controls in comparison.

The Buds Pro have the best touch controls of any earbuds on the market, superb bass and treble response, a snug fit, solid ANC, and very good battery life. Add to that the tight Google integration of Assistant and you’ve got Google’s best buds yet at a price that should be attractive to any Android customer.

Specs

11mm dynamic drivers

Bluetooth 5.0

Three microphones

11-hour battery life (31 with case)

7-hour battery life with ANC on (20 with case)

USB-C

Google Assistant Support

Bluetooth Multipoint

Touch controls

IR sensors for in-ear detection

Google Translate support

IPX4 sweat- and water-resistance

22.33 x 22.03 x 23.72 mm, 6.2g (earbuds)

25 x 50 x 63.2 mm, 62.4g (case)

Lemongrass, Coral, Fog, Charcoal

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Google Pixel 6/Pro Now Supports Heart Rate And Breathing Rate Detection

The heart rate detection function is achieved by using the cameras of Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to recognize subtle changes on the user’s index finger. The new version of Google Fit can use these data to recognize the user’s heart. Also, within a few seconds, it can get the user’s specific heart rate value.

How to use Google Pixel 6 / 6 Pro to measure heart rate

If users want to use this feature, here are a few steps

Open the new version of Google Fit

Swipe down from the health information area at the top of the page to the “Discover” area

Find the “Check Heart Rate” function card

Place your index finger on the rear camera to start heart rate monitoring.

The respiratory rate detection function uses the front camera of the mobile phone to detect the ups and downs of the user’s chest cavity to obtain the result of the detection value. It is important to note that these features are not fully available for now. 

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The two functions are marked as “early experience” on some users’ mobile phones. As far as accuracy is concerned, there are claims that it is quite accurate. There are reports that the accuracy of the heart rate detection function is very high, and in a darker place, the final result will have a deviation of about 30 bpm. Obviously, these features will need more specific tests to ascertain their accuracy.

Google Pixel 6 specifications

6.4-inch (1080 x 2400 pixels) FHD+ AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection

Google Tensor processor (2x 2.80GHz Cortex-X1 + 2 x 2.25GHz Cortex-A76 + 4 x 1.80GHz Cortex-A55) with 848MHz Mali-G78 MP20 GPU, Titan M2 security chip

8GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB / 256GB UFS 3.1 storage

Android 12

Dual SIM (nano + eSIM)

8MP front camera with ƒ/2.0 aperture, 84° wide field of view,

In-display fingerprint scanner

Dimensions: 158.6×74.8×8.9 mm; Weight: 207g

USB Type-C audio, Stereo speakers, 3 microphones

Dust and Water-resistant (IP68)

5G SA/NA, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6E 802.11ax  (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.2 LE, GPS, USB Type C 3.1 (1st Gen), NFC

4614mAh battery with 30W wired fast charging, 21W wireless charging

Google Pixel 6 Pro specifications

6.7-inch (3120 x 1440 pixels) curved pOLED LTPO display with 10Hz-120Hz adaptive refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection

Google Tensor processor (2x 2.80GHz Cortex-X1 + 2 x 2.25GHz Cortex-A76 + 4 x 1.80GHz Cortex-A55) with 848MHz Mali-G78 MP20 GPU, Titan M2 security chip

12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB / 256GB / 512GB UFS 3.1 storage

Android 12

Dual SIM (nano + eSIM)

50MP rear camera with Samsung GN1 sensor, f/1.85 aperture, 12MP Ultra-wide camera with Sony IMX386 sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 48MP telephoto camera with Sony IMX586 sensor, ƒ/3.5 aperture, 4X optical zoom, 4K video recording at up to 60fps

11MP front camera with Sony IMX663 sensor, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 94° field-of-view, 4K video recording at up to 60fps

In-display fingerprint scanner

Dimensions: 163.9×75.9×8.9 mm; Weight: 210g

Dust and Water-resistant (IP68)

USB Type-C audio, Stereo speakers, 3 microphones

5G SA/NA, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6E 802.11ax  (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.2 LE, ultra-wideband (UWB), GPS, USB Type C 3.1 (1st Gen), NFC

5000mAh battery with 30W wired fast charging, 23W wireless charging

Apple Airpods Pro Vs Beats Studio Buds: Can Beats Beat The Pros?

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While Apple has been refining the Beats brand since taking it over in 2014, the Apple AirPods Pro are still the most popular option, especially for iPhone users. In fact, the Apple AirPods Pro and Beats Studio Buds actually compete against each other, and they’re tough competition. Both are true wireless earbuds with active noise-cancellation (ANC) and a selection of ear tips. They’re both pricier than most consumer earbuds, but they’re pretty close in price to each other. Let’s put them head to head to see if you should go with the Beats Studio Buds or the AirPods Pro.

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This article comes from the audio experts at our sister site SoundGuys. Check out their in-depth take on the Apple AirPods Pro vs Beats Studio Buds.

Apple AirPods Pro vs Beats Studio Buds

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Both the Beats Studio Buds and AirPods Pro have an IPX4 water-resistance rating, so they’re both suitable for working out. Both come with multiple sets of silicone ear tips so you can ensure they fit your ears properly.

Controls

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The AirPods Pro have small indentations on the earbud stems for controls. Different squeezes adjust music playback, Siri, and noise cancellation. You can also control the earbuds using Siri voice controls. There’s also automatic ear detection, so your music will pause when you take the earbuds out and resume when they’re back in, though this feature only works on Apple devices. You’ll also need an iOS device if you want to customize controls on your AirPods Pro.

The AirPods Pro have better integration with Apple devices. They have an H1 chip, so they automatically connect to all your iCloud-connected devices. Once connected, you can control the earbuds from the control center, or from the settings app. From here, you can turn on spatial audio, automatically switch between devices, take an ear tip fit test, and more.

On Android or Windows devices, AirPods Pro work like other Bluetooth headphones. You have to manually put the earbuds into pairing mode to connect them to your device, and once you’re connected, you can customize relatively few functions. Thankfully, ANC and transparency mode work fine, since they’re controlled by a hard press of the stem.

Initially, the Beats Studio Buds didn’t integrate as well with Apple devices, but a firmware update added iCloud pairing to the earbuds. Once they’re paired to one Apple device, all of your iCloud-connected devices will recognize the Beats Studio Buds just as they would AirPods Pro.

Read more: Spatial audio and surround sound in headphones

Neither microphone is fantastic, but they’re both good for phone calls. The AirPods Pro emphasize voices better than the Beats Studio Buds, so you’ll sound more intelligible speaking into the AirPods Pro microphone. Take a listen to both microphone samples below and see for yourself:

Apple AirPods Pro microphone demo:

Read more: Let’s talk true wireless earbuds and their battery life

You can get up to 24 hours of total listening time with the AirPods Pro charging case, while the Beats Studio Buds charging case provides an extra two full charges. The AirPods Pro case charges with a Lightning connector, and the Beats Studio Buds charge with USB-C. The AirPods Pro support wireless charging, while the Beats Studio Buds case can only charge using a wire.

Noise-cancelling

The AirPods Pro have slightly better active noise-cancelling performance. Low-frequency droning sounds like a plane or train are about half as loud as they would be without the earbuds and ANC. This isn’t the best, but it’s enough to considerably reduce annoying sounds on your commute.

The Beats Studio Buds only make lower frequencies about one-quarter quieter. It’s not great, but it’s better than nothing. Between the two earbuds, you’ll notice a bigger difference toggling ANC on and off with the Apple AirPods Pro than with the Beats Studio Buds.

However, the ear tips on the Beats Studio Buds provide slightly better isolation than the AirPods Pro, blocking out higher frequencies like the clang of pots and pans better. If you decide to keep ANC turned off to preserve battery life, the Beats Studio Buds will block more sound passively.

Sound quality

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This frequency response chart shows the Apple AirPods Pro (cyan line) and the Beats Studio Buds (dotted yellow line) compared to the SoundGuys consumer curve (pink line), which is a general ideal frequency response for consumers.

As expected from Beats at this point, the Studio Buds amplify sub-bass and treble notes more than the AirPods Pro. While many people prefer a sound like this, the sub-bass and treble notes are much louder than bass and low mid sounds in between, making it harder to hear vocals. Many vocal performances will sound clearer on the AirPods Pro than the Beats Studio Buds.

Neither of them come with customizable EQ, so you’re stuck with how the earbuds sound out of the box unless you use third-party EQ options. If you like hip-hop or EDM, you’ll likely prefer how the Beats Studio Buds sound. If you prefer acoustic or vocal-oriented music, you’ll prefer the more neutral sound of the AirPods Pro.

Apple AirPods Pro vs Beats Studio Buds: The verdict

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If you have an Android phone, the choice here is obvious. The Beats Studio Buds will work better with your phone and they’re more affordable than the Apple AirPods Pro. Due to the price and limited functionality on Android phones, we don’t recommend the AirPods Pro to Android users.

For iPhone owners, the choice is more complicated. If you want high-end features like wireless charging, spatial audio, and seamless switching between Apple devices, the AirPods Pro is worth the money. Now that the AirPods Pro often go on sale for less than $200, the expense is easier to justify for those seeking the premium experience.

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If you don’t care about all the bells and whistles, Apple users can save a few bucks by going for the Beats Studio Buds. Beats earbuds cater to those who care about design and portability, and you still get great features like noise-cancelling and an IPX4 rating. Regardless of which you choose, you’ll be better off than if you bought the AirPods (3rd generation).

Google Pixel 2 : How Pixel Xl’S Success Could Shape The Next Release

Google Pixel 2 : How Pixel XL’s success could shape the next release

The release of the Google Pixel 2 (and Pixel XL 2) will refine an already-shining example of how good, and simply good, an Android device can be. Google seems to have reached a point at which they’re ready to handle consumers directly, instead of relying on big brands to do all the heavy lifting. As the HTC-manufactured, Google-designed Pixel and Pixel XL had sparkling reviews upon release in 2024, the next generation won’t likely change in any drastic way.

The war of smartphone hardware is all but over – take a peek at the stack of the devices above and you’ll see. We’re no longer seeing massive design differences between smartphones made by major brands. There’s no reason to risk the time and effort necessary to design and ship a smartphone that’s odd just to appeal to a niche market.

Google is taking Apple’s approach to smartphone manufacturing and marketing. Just like the iPhone-selling company, Google designs and ships their own smartphone. Just like Apple, Google designs its own phone, but has an ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) do its hardware manufacturing.

A lot of Google’s methodology can be found in Nate Swanner’s article “Reasons why Google’s Pixel 2 could be the best phone ever.” There, Nate explains how Google and HTC set only a 9-month period to design and manufacture the Pixel. Now imagine how much better a second iteration could be, building on the first instead of starting from scratch, working for 12 months instead of just 9.

Above you’ll see our first Unboxing of the Google Pixel XL. You’ll notice that the combined might of both Google and HTC’s past in packaging makes for a professional presentation already here in the first wave. We look forward to inspecting and judging every aspect of the second-wave release.

With the second Google Pixel we’ll expect that the newest in Qualcomm Snapdragon processor technology will be used. That means – quite likely – a Snapdragon 835 and many of the key features that are made possible by it. This means more battery life through power optimizations, more capacity for power-hungry processing tasks, and the ability to handle a two-camera array at once (at the chip level).

The display sizes of both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2 won’t likely change. There’s no good reason why Google should change the size of the panels – especially since we’re already at a point where our eyes can’t discern anything sharper. The extra-long battery life of the devices as they stand now will be enhanced with Qualcomm’s first 10nm silicon – keeping the display sizes as they are now will only push that battery life further.

Expect that Google will reveal both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2 sometime around October of 2023. At this point there’s no good reason why Google would do anything different.

Google Pixel 5 Vs Pixel 4 Camera Test Shootout: Is It Worth The Upgrade?

As mentioned above, camera specs on the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4 are very nearly identical. The main difference is that the secondary lens was switched from a zoom to a super wide-angle one. Otherwise, you get the same main 12.2MP sensor. We can thank much of Google’s camera prowess to its software enhancements and computational photography.

Another improvement comes in the form of slightly superior video recording. As you can see in the spec sheet below, The Google Pixel 5 can capture 4K video at 60fps. Meanwhile, the Pixel 4 is capped at 4K at 30fps.

Disclaimer: The Pixel 4 samples were taken with a Google Pixel 4 XL. However, the Pixel 4 XL and Pixel 4 have identical cameras and have proven to produce the same results in previous tests. If there was Pixel 5 XL we’d have tested that too, but sadly it doesn’t exist!

It’s time to get down to business: which phone takes the best photos? The Google Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4 camera battle should be a fierce one. Let’s start with some daytime samples.

Images taken by both phones look amazingly similar. Exposure, color, and crispness are outstanding. The only difference we see is the level of detail in the shadows, especially in darker areas of the trees. This might suggest the Google Pixel 5 has a slightly better dynamic range. On the other hand, the Pixel 4 seems to show more detail once you really zoom in. The Pixel 5 algorithm seems to be going heavier on removing noise, which could sacrifice data.

Things went a bit wrong for the Google Pixel 5 in this image. The latest device got the white balance a little wrong, leaning more towards the blue side of the spectrum. You can tell especially when looking at the clouds.

For some reason, it seems like the Google Pixel 4 got a better image, overall. Exposure is more uniform, there is more data in the shadows, and we can see more detail in the leaves. On the other hand, the background with the street and cars looks more noisy on the Pixel 4 sample.

Let’s make things a little harder on the Google Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4 camera test by moving indoors. There is still plenty of light here, but it seems the Pixel 5 came ahead by a bit. It has a warmer tone and slightly more vibrant colors. Not to mention the image is slightly brighter. The Pixel 5 also managed to capture a bit more detail, which you can mostly notice on the wood, dirt, and window particles.

Differences become more apparent as we move to areas with more contrasting lighting conditions. These image samples are similar in terms of exposure, but the Google Pixel 5 did a better job overall. The newer handset managed to capture much more detail in the bricks, not to mention the Pixel 4 photo shows a blue haze throughout the image. The older handset’s image also shows more grain.

The Pixel 5 seems to get better the darker the scene gets. In this image comparison, we can see the Pixel 4 is slightly colder white balance. Meanwhile, the Pixel 5 has a very nice saturation and contrast. Differences in detail are most apparent when looking at the brick wall, the coffee bag text, and the cardboard box in the bottom. The Pixel 4 seems to show more detail once you really look at textures. Again, The Pixel 5 might be sacrificing detail in its efforts to remove noise.

Something went wrong here, or it could simply be the angle in relationship to the lights, but the Pixel 5 clearly lost this round. Glare is rarely flattering, and this image has a lot of it. It’s also noisier and has less detail. The Pixel 4 didn’t do amazingly, but it’s a much more acceptable photo.

These are very similar results, but I see a slightly warmer tone. There’s also more detail in the hair and skin of the Pixel 5’s photo. Colors and exposure are very similar, though.

What even happened to the Pixel 4 image here?!

One of the biggest differences between the Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4 is lens selection. As seen in the specs, these devices have significantly different lens options. The Google Pixel 4 came with a standard and a telephoto lens. The Pixel 5 gave up the telephoto camera for a super wide-angle one, but Google claims their Super Res Zoom software improvements are good enough to fool any eye. Let’s find out!

Pixel 5 super wide angle

We thought we would show you a super wide-angle sample from the Pixel 5, just so you can see what it can do. Of course, we have nothing to compare it to, as the Pixel 4 had no super wide-angle camera.

Not to be a buzzkill, but the Pixel 5 seems to have created a better zoom image without optical zoom, which is outstanding. The detail in the background buildings is much better in the Pixel 5 photos. You can also see a clear difference in the trees to the bottom of the frame. Exposure, color reproduction, and contrast are all pretty similar, but the Pixel 5 image definitely shows more detail.

This seems to only be the case in night time photos, though. We took things a little further and got some sample zoom photos in the daytime, where the Pixel 4 did better capturing detail and keeping the image sharper.

Google Pixel 5 vs Google Pixel 4 camera shootout: The verdict

While specs and software optimizations seem nearly identical on paper in the Google Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4 competition, there seem to be some clear differences. We thought the lack of an optical zoom camera would affect close-ups, but our tests show better results coming from the Pixel 5.

Google Pixel Foldable Release Date Tipped With Controversial Cameras

Google Pixel foldable release date tipped with controversial cameras

Google’s effectively spilled the beans when it comes to their upcoming Pixel foldable smartphone. This device seemed inevitable since the company started including foldable display features with the newest version of Android and Android development for the near future. But now, here in the latest version of the official Google camera app, codes show the device is in development and appears to be in the pipeline for an expected release in the year 2023.

Per an APK file investigation at 9to5Google, the latest Google camera app shows the Pixel foldable smart device with a few key details ready for release next year. This device is attached to a set of cameras that’d indicate it was using the same main camera sensor* as appears on the notably thin-bodied Google Pixel 5, likely allowing the entire device to avoid the massive bump included with the Pixel 6.

The camera system on the Google Pixel 5 remains more than good enough for the average user – especially as Google continues to develop the smart camera software that works with the device’s specific set of cameras and sensors. The Google Pixel foldable will likely pull focus away from the back-facing camera given its far more important foldable display panel inside – along with a pair of front-facing cameras.

Code indicates that the Google Pixel foldable will work with two identical front-facing cameras. This almost certainly suggests that there’ll be one on the outside when folded closed, and another inside when folded open.

*The Pixel foldable code in the Google camera app also shows a second camera sensor at the back of the device: the Sony IMX386. This is a 12MP camera sensor that’s appeared in a variety of devices over the past several years, including the Nokia 9 PureView, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Xiaomi Mi Max 2, and the Motorola Moto Z2 Force. This is an RGB/Monochrome camera with a 6.20 mm (1/2.9″) sensor that rolls with 1.25 μm size pixels (unit cell size) that was released at right around the same time as a very comparable IMX sensor released at the same time that was included with the first Google Pixel.

It’s highly likely that this camera will be used as intended by Sony, as an ultrawide camera, and that it’ll be promoted as a “folded” camera. That’ll mean the user will snap photos with this camera while the Pixel is folded closed, using the front (non-foldable) display as a viewfinder. It’s highly likely that if Google releases a Pixel foldable with a restriction on this camera (folded only), they’ll quickly find users flipping their lids, seeking ways to use the camera in both folded and unfolded configurations – that’s basically a given.

It’s highly likely we’ll see the Google Pixel foldable released in the first half of the year 2023. Google has Android 12L in development now, with an expected release date of March of 2023. Take a peek at Android 12L and notice the release schedule – development is going on now, with an expected final public release after February of 2023 on into March.

Sound like a good time for Google to release their first Pixel foldable, right in time to make use of the software they’ve announced for a device with a big and/or foldable display? Given all we know about Google’s release schedule and previous Pixel reveal dates, we estimate a March 22nd reveal date, then (barring any supply issues), a release date of March 25, 2023 – we shall see!

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