Google has already confirmed that it will launch Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones this fall, and they’ll be the company’s first phones to feature a new Google Tensor system-on-a-chip rather than a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. But they’ll also be expensive phones designed to compete with other flagships.
The company isn’t giving up on the mid-range space though. In April, Google confirmed that a Pixel 5a would launch this year. Rumor has it that the new phone will look a lot like last year’s Pixel 4a 5G and that it will have the same processor. But according to a new report from Front Page Tech’s Jon Prosser, it could have a bigger display with a higher screen refresh rate, as well as a slightly lower price tag.
If Prosser’s information is correct, the Pixel 5a will start at $450, which would make it $50 cheaper than the Pixel 4a 5G… but $100 more than the Pixel 4a.
Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
- Report: Google Pixel 5A Launching Later This Month at $450 [Front Page Tech]
Rumor has it that Google will launch the Pixel 5a on August 26th. Expected to sell for $450 as a Google Store exclusive, it’s expected to be a lot like the Pixel 4a 5G with a bigger battery (4650 mAh) and a bigger, faster display (6.4 inch and 90 Hz).
- Super Duper Secure Mode [Microsoft Edge Vulnerability Research]
- Vulnerability left Kindle devices open to attack [CheckPoint]
Security researchers uncovered an Amazon Kindle vulnerability that would allow attackers to hijack your device (and access your Amazon account) with malware disguised as an eBooks. Amazon rolled out a patch in April to protect users.
- Uptime Lab’s CM4 Blade adds NVMe, TPM 2.0 to Raspberry Pi [Jeff Geerling]
The CM4 Blade is a carrier board for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 which gives you a PCIe slot for NVMe storage, USB, Ethernet, and HDMI ports, a microSD card reader, and more. A rack mount enclosure is also in development, with support for 16 boards.
- Update: That Google device that hit the FCC this week probably isn’t a Chromecast [Liliputing]
I missed a few clues that would seem to indicate that this is *not* a Chromecast, but more likely a Nest camera or some other device.
- Linux smartphone news roundup [LinuxSmartphones]
The latest Linux smartphone news includes updated mobile Linux distributions, updates to the Phosh user interface (notifications are coming to the home screen), and a better tool for running Android apps on a PinePhone.