Google could unveil its first 5G phone alongside the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL at the hardware event on October 15, according to a media report. The 5G phone by the search giant is likely to make the competition tougher for the 5G-supported iPhone models that are speculated to debut in 2020. It would also take on the 5G developments by rival handset makers such as Samsung and Huawei. The 5G phone by Google, which is rumoured to arrive as the Pixel 4 XL 5G, would have top-of-the-line specifications, including as much as 8GB of RAM — the highest capacity in the Pixel family.
The 5G phone is currently being test produced in China, though it will eventually be manufactured outside Chine to avoid the ongoing US-China tariff dispute, according to a report by Nikkei Asian Review, citing people familiar with the development. The company is expected to formally announce its 5G model at the forthcoming hardware event. However, it is said that the smartphone would be launched in Spring next year — alongside a budget Pixel phone.
Google currently is said have a share of less than 0.5 percent in the global smartphone market through its Pixel phone lineup that is due to receive an upgrade this month. However, a report by Strategy Analytics released in January this year claimed that despite having a marginal share, Google Pixel emerged as the fastest-growing smartphone brand in the US in the fourth quarter of 2018.
In the recent past, Google has increased its efforts towards hardware with a view to taking on companies such as Apple and Samsung. The company is also bringing new enhancements to the Android operating system to compete against Apple’s iOS.
While Apple and Google haven’t announced their 5G smartphones, Huawei last month unveiled the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro with 5G support to influence the market. The Chinese company is, however, facing a hard time due to the US ban.
Earlier this year, Samsung also unveiled the 5G variants of the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10+, and Galaxy Fold models with 5G support to address the emerging demand of 5G support on smartphones. Markets like India are yet to receive 5G networks, though.