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Google’s launch night is almost upon us, where we expect the Pixel 5 news to finally be unleashed around the world. After the great success of the Pixel 4a, Google’s latest “flagship”
How will it look like?
Both real-world photos and renders of the upcoming Pixel 5 have leaked, showing the phone in both black and green from virtually all angles. Note that the photos are for a “Pixel 5”, but based on what we know at the moment, that name corresponds to the Pixel 5 (or, at least, a version of the Pixel 5).
Pictures of the phone side-by-side with the larger Pixel 4a 5G were also leaked:
A prototype spotted in the wild, with some people claiming it could be a Pixel 5, had a rather different two-tone rear design, but apparently it didn’t seem to work.
The pace of leaks has increased since Google officially released the phone alongside the 4a 5G. Previously, @ xleaks7 posted a handful of leaked CAD-based renders (via Pigtou) that showed what we considered a plausible design, and more recent leaks have confirmed this.
The industrial design is instantly identifiable as a Pixel if you’ve seen last year’s Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, or leaked renders of the
Pixel 4a XL Pixel 4a 5G. The physical setup for the rear cameras appears mostly unchanged from the Pixel 4, although the flash has been moved up and the cameras themselves could be optimized – more on that later.
The Pixel 5 in its green color.
Google also appears to be ditching the Pixel 4’s sophisticated face unlocking technology, returning to the proven and much-loved rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor. The large, almost bezel-less screen probably means too it will not have Soli Motion Gestures. However, we have one of those sleek modern and perfect front cameras, like the Pixel 4a. Unlike the Pixel 4a, the Pixel 5 can also handle perfect frame symmetry, including the bottom. (It’s a small point, but I live for these kinds of little touches.)
Details regarding the Pixel 5’s body are conflicting. Some sources have claimed that it will sport an all-aluminum design, while one person who has had hands-on experience said it “looked” like plastic. Wireless charging usually has problems with metal (hence the glass back on phones these days), and based on the disagreements recently, we’re not sure what to expect. Personally, I predict it should have at least one aluminum chassis (recycled, according to leaks), probably with the same type of thick textured finish that last year’s Pixel 4 had – and hence the “plastic” confusion.
One or two phones?
Only one. While earlier this spring, we thought “bramble” might be a Pixel 5 XL, it has since been confirmed as the Pixel 4a 5G. (The Pixel range is weird now.) By the specs, you he could think of the Pixel 4a 5G as a larger and at the same time scaled down version of the Pixel 5, as they share some internals. But Google puts the name in a different lineup and the Pixel 5 is on its own.
There may be a vague exception to this: the telephone could they are available in different versions with and without mmWave support based on FCC listings, and it is possible (but unlikely) that the “Pixel 5s” leak could match a slightly different name for these two versions. However, these could simply be carrier or regional variants. Either way, there won’t be any bigger and smaller sizes like last year.
What are the specifications?
We’ve had a few waves of leaks when it comes to specs, and at this point, we know pretty much everything about the phone:
We know it will have a Snapdragon 765G chipset, the same as the recent OnePlus Nord, Moto Edge and Vivo X50 Pro. While that means it may not have “flagship” level performance like some thousand-dollar phones that pack the Snapdragon 865, we’re not worry.
Although some items indicated a higher refresh rate display, the latest leaks all indicate a 90Hz 1080p display.
By confirming the details that were found earlier in the software, the Pixel 5 will have reverse wireless charging to charge other devices. The main camera setup looks similar (if not identical) to last year’s Pixel 4, but this time around, the secondary camera is wide-angle. Google seems to have given up on telephoto (which I personally prefer to a wide angle).
Based on the leaks, Google is also seriously stepping up battery longevity on its flagship phones – finally. Last year’s Pixel 4 and 4 XL had acceptable to poor battery life and this type of bump will be a welcome change. The same goes for storage, with several sources now confirming that 128GB will likely be the “base” size as it was for the Pixel 4a.
The Pixel 5 also marks a return of the rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor, leading us to …
What features will it lose compared to the Pixel 4?
Based on the leaks, we’re confident the Pixel 5 will technically “lose” some features over the Pixel 4. With the new edge-to-edge screen design, there’s no real space in the bezels. That means a leaner design, but it also means we’re missing out on both Soli’s Motion Sense gestures and face unlock – all those sensors need some space, and hence the Pixel 4’s embedded forehead. Unless Google not somehow able to embed them under the screen and conceal this fact until now (which is practically impossible), you can probably count them.
There is no room for all those sensors.
We’re also sure there won’t be an “XL” version of the Pixel 5. Although the Pixel 4a 5G may be fine as an XL variant for some, and has similar specs, Google has included it in a different series.
Will it have 5G?
Yup. The Snapdragon 765G chipset supports 5G, and the FCC filing for the phone shows 5G frequencies. However, some FCC models do not have 5G mmWave support and there may be slightly different versions of the phone with and without that technology (although they may just be carrier or regional variants, we’re not sure).
In short, all of this means the Pixel 5 should support 5G networks, if that matters to you. We don’t.
How much will it cost?
Less than $ 700.
An earlier survey some have attributed to Google asked respondents to compare a $ 349 “Google Pixel Phone” to a $ 699 “Premium Google Pixel Phone”. We have since seen numbers ranging from $ 699 to $ 629. At this point, we personally think a decline is more likely, but the $ 699 losses continue to emerge, so we can’t be sure. Either way, it should cost that price or not.
When it comes out?
Announcement September 30th.
Google has revealed that its next hardware event will take place on September 30th (and then you can anticipate our live coverage). At the event, the company promises that we will learn about the “new Pixel phones”, all but the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G names, so expect the phones to be announced at that time.
However, Google had previously posted another date on its French blog, saying pre-orders would open on October 8th. Historically, you’ve been able to pre-order pixels on the date of their announcement, so either Google is changing the way it handles pre-orders, not all regions are receiving it at once, or the timeline has changed since that leak. This has been a year of delays for Google, so the dates could easily have been mixed. We also haven’t seen as many leaks from retailers for the Pixel 5 as more products are expected to be announced on September 30, though that’s not necessarily proof of anything in itself.
Also note, Google has been upfront that the Pixel 5 won’t be coming to India or Singapore at all.