Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G are fully declassified - similarities and differences between the new Google smartphones

Google nominally announced the smartphones Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 back in August, along with the average budget Pixel 4A for $350, and their full presentation will be held on September 30 (the day of the announcement or a few days later they will be available for sale). But, as it often happens, especially with Google smartphones, the leaks killed the whole intrigue. Well-known German resource WinFuture, behind which is a reliable insider Roland Kvandt, summarized all the details about Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, so you can compare the novelty both in design and performance.

After the recent termination of sales of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL Google was left without a single flagship smartphone, and a full-fledged flagship in the Pixel line will not appear soon. The upcoming Pixel 5 will do not only without the top platform, but also lose the main feature of Pixel 4 - contactless gesture control Motion Sense.

Leaks indicate that the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 are very similar in both appearance and performance. Both are built on the SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G and feature a flat screen with a hole for the front camera in the top left corner, just like the Pixel 4a. There are no quality images of the Pixel 5 in the back yet, but it is safe to assume the same design with the square block of the main camera as the Pixel 4a 5G. At the same time, the Pixel 5 is made in an aluminum housing and is protected according to the IP68 degree description, while the Pixel 4a 5G has a polycarbonate housing and has no protection against dust and moisture.

The first went. Doom Eternal will add to Game Pass library for Xbox on October 1.

Only on Monday, Microsoft announced the purchase of Zenimax/Bethesda, after which the co-founder of id Software studio (among others, it is part of Bethesda) John Carmack expressed hope to return to work on the classic franchises. Meanwhile, the real changes didn't take long - after subtle hints there was a confirmation of Game Pass service library replenishment with the notorious Doom Eternal.

One of the best shooters of the last decade will be available by subscription on Xbox One from October 1 - a few weeks before the release of The Ancient Gods: Part One add-on, which is released on October 20. Until the end of this year, the game will also be available to Game Pass subscribers for PC (the exact date is not called).

We can confidently say that this is just the beginning and in the foreseeable future and other popular Bethesda franchises will be registered in Game Pass.

Bluetooth headphones with advanced audio codec LC3 will be released in 2021. Here's how it sounds compared to SBC

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG), an industry organization that develops Bluetooth standards, has approved the specification of a new audio codec, will provide longer wireless headphones and improve sound quality. This is the Low Complexity Communication Codec (LC3), which stands out for its high quality encoding and low power consumption. This codec is part of the Bluetooth LE Audio standard.

Bluetooth SIG first announced the development of the LC3 at CES 2020. This promising audio codec is superior to the standard and SBC codec, which is now widely used in modern Bluetooth headphones and is often subject to well-deserved criticism.

According to the Bluetooth SIG, the LC3 can transmit sound at twice the bit rate of SBC without significantly reducing the sound quality. This increase in efficiency means that you can reduce the size of the headphones while maintaining the same autonomy (by using smaller batteries) or achieve higher autonomy at the same size.

The Bluetooth SIG offers a short demo (see below) that allows you to see the superiority of LC3 over SBC in your ears (recording is also available on the Bluetooth website). It's easy to see how the SBC starts to crack even at 192 kbps, while the LC3 still sounds clear at 128 kbps. The LC3's quality degradation is noticeable at 96 kbps, but there are probably a lot of people willing to make such a compromise for the sake of greater autonomy.

LC3 is just one of the new technologies included in Bluetooth LE Audio, a generalized term for a suite of new Bluetooth features that includes support for hearing aids and the ability to stream to an "unlimited" number of audio devices.

Another advantage of LE Audio is the Multi-Stream Audio feature, which promises better audio synchronization between the original device and its receiver. Apple and Qualcomm already support similar features with their proprietary Bluetooth software, but now this feature is part of the Bluetooth SIG specification.

Bluetooth SIG reports that the LC3 has already been adopted by many manufacturers. The first serial devices with LC3 will enter the market in 2021, according to the Q&A section of the organization's website.

Epic Games Store gives away free RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, Rocket League and a coupon for 300 UAH.

Service digital distribution Epic Games Store has prepared the next surprises for its users. This time, in addition to free game distribution, you can also get a discount coupon with a face value of 300 UAH. As for the free distribution of games, users have the opportunity to add to their collections projects RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and Rocket League.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is an economic simulation of an amusement park. The player is invited to lead the amusement park, plan and build attractions, attract visitors, satisfy their needs and, of course, make a profit. In the game you can manage your finances, stores, services and employees of the park. All this is available in the career mode, as well as in the sandbox. The game RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is available in Complete Edition, it also includes two extensions. You can get the game at the following address in the Epic Games Store or through the official client service. The free distribution will last until October 2.

Rocket League is a mixture of arcade racing and soccer. In this game, users can control powerful bolides with which to score a giant ball into the opponent's goal. Rocket League realistically transmits the interaction in the game through an advanced physical system and the implementation of the laws of mass and momentum. In this case, cars can jump, making hits on the ball, and even a little flying. The game supports network mode and cross-platform battles. Free Rocket League game can be obtained at the following address in the Epic Games Store or in the client service. We also offer an overview of Rocket League in one of the previous materials.

In addition, in honor of the debut of the free version of the Rocket League from September 26 to October 12 will be held event Llama-Rama, which will allow players to open awards for both Rocket League and Fortnite. In addition, the Rocket League will be added to the combat bus. However, anyone who downloads Rocket League from the Epic Games Store until October 23, 2020, will receive an Epic coupon for 300 UAH. In the future, it can be used to purchase eligible games and add-ons worth at least 399 UAH. The coupon does not apply to preliminary purchases as well as to other game purchases (e.g., B-boxes or currency). This coupon will expire on November 1, 2020.

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