The launch of Google Pixel 4 is around the corner. But this year Google has reportedly planned to surprise the world with Pixel 4 5G – the first 5G variant of Pixel lineup.
According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Google is going to unveil a Pixel 4 5G variant during the event. Pixel 4 5G, however, is said to be in test production, and has a chance to be unveiled to the world as early as next week!
Google is all set to beat Apple in doing the 5G race. Apple has reportedly planned to launch the 5G variant of iPhone 11 lineup next year. With the launch of Google Pixel 4 5G variant almost a year ahead than Apple Google is willing to take the competition with Apple to a whole new level. Let us look at this news in a little more detail.
Google Pixel 4 5G: The uncertainty of the launch
Google is going to hold a Pixel event in New York next Tuesday on October 15. This event is earmarked for the tech giant to showcase its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, along with other products like Google Home smart speakers and its smart home Nest Line. However, it is a big doubt whether or not the company will be unveiling its Google Pixel 5G. While it might have gotten into test production, it is possible that Google will delay its unveiling until Spring of next year. Along with that, a budget Pixel smartphone is set to be launched.
But even if it does delay the launch until next Spring, Google will still be able to beat Apple to release its first 5G device. As we know, Apple has reserved its 2020 iPhone line up to showcase their version of 5G technology to the world by ditching the 5G variant of the iPhone 11 Pro this year. On top of that, a Goldman Sachs analyst has come out to say that the 5G iPhone might not be as impressive to the customers as it seems. With companies like One Plus coming up with 5G variants of its flagship smartphones already, the race for 5G smartphones seems to be heating up just at the right time.
Is even 2020 too soon for 5G?
Smartphone companies seem bullish about the 5G adoption in 2020. But independent reports portray a completely different picture. It’s going to take another 6 years for 5G to be used by 15% of total smartphone users. With the hype that has been surrounding the technology for all this time, it is definitely easy to get carried away.
It is, however, important to not get too ahead of ourselves. Proper availability of 5G network is still a distant dream in many countries including India – the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market. We shouldn’t forget that in the US, the primary user base for companies like Apple and Google, it took around 10 years to fully deploy LTE on a nationwide basis. We might be facing a similar timeline with 5G technology as well.
With none of the network provider in many countries having any foothold in the 5G market as of now, even people might not be as willing to switch just yet. While all major OEMs are going to release 5G smartphones by then, 2020 might be too soon for the people to accept the technology.