Google Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5
Google Pixel 5

Google has been remarkably consistent with when it rolls out its new Pixel flagships. The Pixel 4 debuted at an Oct. 15 event last year, before shipping nine days later. That was a week later than the announcement and launch of the Pixel 3 in 2018. So we’d look at early to mid-October for the Google Pixel 5 release.

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL started at $799 and $899, respectively, which were the same prices that the Pixel 3 debuted at. It will be interesting to see if Google holds the line on its smartphone prices, given that the cost of flagship models has been trending upward. 

While it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Google Pixel 5’s price climb toward that $999 starting point that the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 Pro have both reached, Google would have to make the new phone a much more substantive upgrade to justify the hike.

DESIGN

With the exception of centering the camera module and running it all the way to the top of the frame, this isn’t a significant departure from the Pixel 4. The rest of the back appears to be the same frosted glass look that Google has relied on in the past.

The front of a Pixel 5 may still feature a forehead bezel like the Pixel 4. (Image credit: Google)

Front Page Tech did indicate that it had also seen the front of a Pixel 5 prototype, and that it still featured a forehead bezel like the Pixel 4; no other details about the Pixel 5’s look were revealed.

DISPLAY

Google step up to a 90Hz refresh rate on an OLED with Full-HD resolution (or QHD if you’re looking at the Pixel 4 XL). On the Pixel 4, the screen’s refresh rate will drop to 60Hz if the display gets too dim. Google will stick to 90Hz for another year with the Pixel 5. That refresh rate is still an improvement over the 60Hz rate that’s common to most top phones, while not putting as big a strain on the battery as 120Hz does.For what it’s worth, the person posting rumored images of the Pixel 5 to Slashleaks says that the 90Hz refresh rate will be back for the Pixel 5.

Cameras

with  phone’s two rear cameras, there’s one noticeable feature missing compared with other top flagships. The Pixel 4 doesn’t have a wide-angle lens, though that could be changing with the Google Pixel 5.The CAD render of the Pixel 5 that’s been the source of so much speculation over Google’s upcoming phone shows off three lenses on the back of the phone. Presumably, that’s a wide-angle camera joining the standard and telephoto lens already found on Google’s phones. Beyond the basic focal lengths, there are no rumors yet on the precise specifications for any of the lenses.

Battery

That small battery limited the Pixel 4’s battery life, as it lasted just 8 hours and 3 minutes on our battery test — roughly two hours less than the average smartphone. The Pixel 4 XL fared better, thanks to its larger 3,700 mAh battery, but its 9 hour and 42 minute time is still below what we’d expect from a leading smartphone.The Pixel 5 could add another welcome power-management feature if data found by XDA Developers in an Android 11 developer preview is accurate. 

specs

If Google does opt for either the Snapdragon 765 or 768G, it’s unlikely the Pixel 5 would challenge the upcoming iPhone 12 in terms of speed tests. The A13 Bionic in the current iPhones already outpaces the Snapdragon 865 in newer Android phones, and that’s before Apple introduces the A14 that’s expected to power the latest iPhones. 

 

 

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RAM has historically been a weak point of the Pixel lineup, with the Pixel 4 finally breaking from the 4GB of memory that came with its three predecessors to offer 6GB. 

We have no specific details leaked yet, but the hope would be that Google at least raises this to 8GB with the Pixel 5, as we see competitors like Samsung move to 12GB as the baseline for its high-end flagships.Storage was another sore point with the Pixel 4. It offered only 64GB in the base model in a year when Google dropped its offer of unlimited original-quality photo storage in Google Photos for Pixel owners. Given the focus on imaging with the Pixel line, Google needs to move to 128GB.