Google Pixel 5: Everything you need to know about the next Google flagship

Google Pixel 5: Everything you need to know about the next Google flagship

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Image Credit: @jon_prosser/Twitter

The release date for Pixel 5 is closing in now, with more rumours and speculation coming in on a nearly daily basis. Pixel 5 has a lot of work to do to climb out of the hole that Pixel 4 dug but, with a reimagined take on a Google flagship expected, it will be an interesting time come launch day.

With Pixel 4a already hitting the shelves this year, to a generally positive reception, Google is on solid footing heading into its next flagship. Many trusted sources have pointed towards Pixel 5 shooting for a device below the ultra-premium flagship-level this year – opting for more of an all-rounder.

During the Pixel 4a launch, Google may have accidentally let slip the release dates for both the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G. The 2020 release date would pretty much fit in with previous years, with an October launch expected.

There’s a whole lot of speculation and leaks out there on the internet now and we are here to dissect the trusted from unreliable. Read on for all you need to know on the price, release date, specs and design of the upcoming Google Pixel 5.

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Google Pixel 5 – Release Date

Google France may have just revealed the release date of the upcoming Pixel 5. According to a, now modified blog post, the new Pixel will land on October 8.

Along with the reveal of the Pixel 4a, Google announced the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G would be coming in 2020 but, for those outside of France, the blog post made no reference of a more specific release date. According to 9To5Google, Google France’s post originally contained the following: “The Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8, 2020¹.” The potential reveal has now been removed but the old version can currently still be seen via Google Cache.

For now, that’s all we have on the release date for the Pixel 5, with more information expected from Google fairly soon given the suspected impending release date – from different markets to any different models.

Google Pixel 5 – Android 11

After a few delays, and the cancellation of Google I/O, Android 11 has finally been detailed and the beta version is now available to download for a number of older Pixel devices.

Google tends to launch its new version of Android just before the big new phone it is releasing so we’ll most likely see Android 11 come loaded onto the Pixel 5.

Related: How to download Android 11

New features this time around include re-jigged notifications with a dedicated stream for chat apps, chat bubbles, a shortcut menu housing smart home controls and a more customisable dark mode. You’ll also find a number of new privacy options and tweaks to permissions.

Google Pixel 5 – Price

Last year’s Pixel 4 cost £629 ($799) upon release, which was actually a very significant price decrease for UK consumers in comparison to the Pixel 3‘s starting price of £739 ($799). What’s more, it’s likely that the Pixel 5 could receive another price cut, as from the rumoured specifications the chipset is likely to be downgraded from the flagships present in both predecessors.

Google Pixel 5 – Specs

According to Neowin, the Pixel 5 will be the first since the series’ inception not to boast Qualcomm’s flagship processor.

The latest news comes from an AI Benchmark test (via MyFixGuide), which shows the Pixel 5 running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G SoC with 8GB RAM. The 765G is an octa-core chipset with 5G connectivity and the Adreno 620 GPU. The chip is based on 7nm production.

Last year, Pixel 4 ran on the Snapdragon 855. While the 765G is still a fast, snappy piece of silicon that offers integrated 5G connectivity, it does mean that the Pixel 5 won’t be able to achieve performance scores that rival the likes of the OnePlus 8. On the upside, it should mean a reduction to the price, making the device more affordable.

Another rumour which may dishearten hopeful Android and Pixel fans revolves around one of the big gaffes made by Pixel 4. According to leaker ImjustSayingJC, Pixel 5 could sport a measly 3080mAh. This move would be a remarkably strange decision given the widely reported poor battery life of the previous model. The same leak points towards a QHD+ (540ppi) panel, which may sound promising at first but it would not be too friendly to the length of the low 3080mAh battery.

On top of this, XDA Developers reports that some of the code in Android 11 has hinted that the Pixel 5 will boast reverse wireless charging, so it can be used to charge another phone or other compatible accessories.

Google Pixel 5 – Design

When it announced the Pixel 5, Google also teased the design. We’re not sure which one is the Pixel 5 and which is the Pixel 4a 5G, however, the rounded design looks similar to that of the 4a. It also looks to rule out any odd camera bumps, many of which you can see below.

From what we’ve seen so far, the Pixel 5 is set to introduce a radical new design to the range typically known for its relatively understated and subtle handsets.

This was supported by reliable leaker @OnLeaks, who made his feelings clear about the revamp:

While the bezels on the front of the phone have been shrunk down, there’s a black frame running around the edges of this white variant, and the rear camera module takes up far more space in the form of an inverted parabola containing three sensors. While it certainly will catch the eye, that might not be for the right reasons.

According to a video on YouTube (it’s now been made private), one of those new sensors is an ultrawide lens, making it the first of google’s phones to feature such a snapper. This could add some much-needed versatility to the Pixel’s photography, as competing devices often boast three or more sensors for greater diversity.

Image: PhoneArena

A leaked image of a Pixel 5XL case shared by PhoneArena could also offer some insight into what the next Pixel phone will look like.

It looks like Google could be ditching its face unlock system for a rear fingerprint scanner. Not only would this explain the space in the back of the leaked case, but it would also allow for the smaller notch shown in the image. We’ve already heard rumours that Google plans to ditch Project Soli, the radar chip that allowed for motion gestures and faster face unlock, which took up room in the Pixel 4’s notch. By bringing in a fingerprint scanner, Google would need less sensors in the front, thus allowing for a smaller notch.

Other cutouts in the case suggest a return to the 3.5mm headphones jack and perhaps most noticeably – a very regular looking camera module. 

Image: @xleaks7 and Pigtou (Pixel 5)
Image: @xleaks7 and Pigtou (Pixel 5XL)

The latest renders come from Twitter user @xleaks7 in partnership with French phone case brand Pigtou (via GSMArena). According to the tipster, this apparent first look at the Google Pixel 5 and 5 XL is based on leaked CAD drawings, 4K video and dimensions.

Similar to the last design leak, these renders suggest that Google will be bringing back the fingerprint scanner, though these show a punch hole selfie camera rather than the notch we saw stick around in the last rumour. The design also features a square camera module with two sensors and an always appreciated 3.5mm headphone jack at the top.

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