Google’s Pixel hardware may be lagging in whiz-bang specs compared to other Android OEMs and Apple, but the firm plans to leapfrog them in one key stat according to Nikkei. The firm has begun trialling a new handset equipped with support for 5G connectivity.

Aside from being a huge clout booster, the addition of 5G improves Google’s value proposition for Pixel phones. It’s easier to sell users on cloud storage, music streaming, and powerful AI when you have access to one of the fastest network speeds.

As per Nikkei’s sources:

The two [Pixel 4] smartphones are already going into mass production and will be ready to ship after Google’s [new products] unveiling next week. Google is also working on a version with 5G technology, which is in test production.

Google is also reportedly planning a release of a budget Pixel device. This isn’t unexpected especially since the firm released the excellent Pixel 3a earlier this year. Other firms like Samsung, Huawei and even Apple have jumped on the affordable flagship train. It makes no sense for Google to get off now.

Google is expected to launch its new family of devices next week, including a Pixelbook Go and the Pixel 4.

Source: Nikkei