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Sources: Google set to release 5G smartphone ahead of Apple

Test production of device latest sign of company's growing push into hardware

A 5G model may be among the new Pixel 4 smartphone series to be launched by Google on Tuesday.

TAIPEI -- Google has begun test production of a 5G smartphone that it may unveil as soon as next week as part of its aggressive expansion into branded hardware that aims to steal a march on Apple and tie in consumers to its search and cloud-computing services.

Sources told the Nikkei Asian Review that as well as working on the new 5G smartphone, which Google could announce at its launch event for new products on Oct. 15, the search giant will unveil two new 4G Pixel smartphones, as expected, and possibly a new smart watch and notebook too.

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