Here’s what to expect for the ‘Launch Night In’ Made by Google event

Google is expected to unveil the Pixel 5, 4a 5G, Nest Audio and Chromecast with Google TV

On September 30th at 2pm ET/11am PT, Google will stream its ‘Launch Night In’ Made by Google event.

At the keynote, the tech giant will reportedly showcase four new products, the Google Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Nest Audio and Chromecast with Google TV. The California-based tech giant has already teased the Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5 and Nest Audio within the last several months.

However, the teasers didn’t reveal much, so we’ll mostly be covering the leaks and rumours surrounding these new products.

Google Pixel 4a 5G

First up, the Pixel 4a 5G reportedly went by the name Pixel 4a XL originally and at another point the Pixel 5, but the device is now known as the Pixel 4a 5G.

The Pixel 4a 5G reportedly features a 6.2-inch OLED display with a 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution. On the front, the phone is rumoured to feature Gorilla Glass 3 and a Snapdragon 765G processor, 6GB of RAM and Android 11 out-of-the-box.

Camera-wise, rumours indicate it sports a similar set up to the Pixel 5, which includes a 12.2-megapixel primary shooter and a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera that supports 4K 60fps video recording.

This device reportedly features a headphone jack and two microphones. Additionally, the Pixel 4a 5G will sport a 3,800mAh battery that supported 18W fast charging, according to rumours.

The phone will also reportedly come in white and black colour variants.

In the United States, the handset costs $499 USD (roughly $667 CAD). It’s worth noting that Google teased the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 back when it launched the Pixel 4a, noting that the phones would start at $679 CAD. Likely, that will be the price of the 4a 5G.

Pixel 5

The Google Pixel 5 is reportedly the company’s flagship handset and at one point was going to be called the Pixel 5s.

According to a leak, the phone will sport a 6.0-inch flexible OLED display with a 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a refresh rate that maxes out at 90Hz. Additionally, it’ll sport scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 6.

Further, the Pixel 5 is rumoured to feature a hole-punch camera in the top-left corner and supports a colour depth of 24 bits with HDR support.

On the back, the Pixel 5 uses a fingerprint scanner and a dual-camera setup. Within the dual setup, there’s a 12.2-megapixel shooter with an f/1.7 aperture, OIS and EIS. The device also features a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 107-degree field of view and f/2.2 aperture. On the front, the handset has an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and an 83-degree wide field-of-view.

Furthermore, the Pixel 5 is rumoured to be able to deliver 4K videos up to 60fps and 1080p videos up to 240fps.

Additionally, the handset reportedly utilizes a 4,080mAh battery with 18w fast charging support and reverse-wireless charging. Also, the device features a Snapdragon 765G processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage as well as a 5G modem with support for sub-6Ghz (commonly called Sub-6), and Google’s Titan M security module.

The Pixel 5 will reportedly be available in a great-looking green colour variant and a ‘Just Black’ version. The smartphone also weighs 151g and starts at $799 in Canada.

Rumours indicate the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G might release on October 15th.

Nest Audio

Google has discontinued the original Home smart speaker and is replacing the device with a smart speaker that’s rumoured to be called the Nest Audio.

The Nest Audio reportedly measures in at 6.89 x 4.88 x 3.07 inches and features an all-fabric design with four LEDs on the front under the fabric cover.  The speaker has been spotted on a shelf at Walmart and online at Lowes ahead of its official reveal. The device will be available in ‘Charcoal’ and ‘Chalk’ colour variants. On the back, there’s a small G logo and a proprietary port for a power cable.

In the leak, the smart speaker is confirmed to cost $99.99 USD (roughly $133.69 CAD).

As previously mentioned, Google revealed official marketing images for the Nest Audio back in July. Additionally, the Nest Audio was spotted on the Canadian government’s Radio Equipment List (REL). 

Chromecast with Google TV

Last but not least is the Chromecast with Google TV.

The new Chromecast plugs directly into an HDMI port and is supplied power via a USB port, similar to previous versions. This time, however, it’s an oval dongle that sports an LED on the back and a reset button. Further, it features a four-core AMLogic S905X2 chip with 2GB of RAM.

The Chromecast also comes with a remote that sports a D-Pad with navigation like a back button, dedicated YouTube and Netflix buttons and an additional button that users can assign their favourite apps to. On the side, there are controls for volume as well.

Reddit user ‘fuzztub07’ showed off pictures of the new Chromecast alongside what’s included in the device’s box, which he bought from Walmart. The images indicate that the included remote requires two AAA batteries.

Scrolling through the chromecast UI for those that were interested from r/googlehome

The apps include Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, YouTube TV, Sling, Hulu, Peacock and HBO Max as well as Spotify — though this will likely be different in Canada since we don’t have streaming services like Hulu or HBO Max. There are also several gaming categories, but Google’s Stadia is strangely missing.

The Reddit user states that Stadia is not supported, though earlier rumours regarding the device suggested it would offer a ‘low-latency mode’ for gaming. Coupled with the fact that Chromecast devices being a core part of the Stadia ‘play anywhere’ strategy, the new device should get support for Google’s streaming video game platform in the future.

The new Chromecast with Google TV is expected to cost $49.99 USD (roughly $66.84 CAD)

Nest Thermostat

There’s rumours of a Nest Thermostat that make an appearance at the event. The product recently passed FCC certification in the U.S. that includes some sort of ‘Motion Sense’ air gesture functionality. The thermostat was also spotted on the Canadian government’s Radio Equipment List (REL).

Other than its regular thermostat certifications it includes a 60Ghz transmitter, as well as ultrafast Wi-Fi 6 transmitter or a project Soli chip for air gestures.

Image Credit: Roland Quandt 

Source: Roland Quandt, (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7) Android Central, Marcos Frausto, Evan Blass, (2), Reddit user ‘fuzztub07’, Droid-Life,