Google has a big job on its hands with the Pixel 5. Pixel 4 did not go well, to say the least. While the company has some goodwill from the wallet-friendly Pixel 3a and recent follow-up Pixel 4a, the company now needs to nail its flagship vision.
Google Pixel phones are renowned for their camera and even the much-maligned Pixel 4 still succeeded in that department. However, it was in many other areas that it came in short, including the truly woeful battery life.
Rumours have swirled about the Pixel 5, such as speculation Google may no longer shoot for premium flagship heights and, instead, focus on a more modest all-rounder. However, little has been confirmed by the company itself. One thing that may have been accidentally confirmed is the release date, a mishap that confirms a launch date in line with Pixel releases of years past.
With this comprehensive guide, we’ve sorted through all the latest news, rumours, leakers and more to give you all the best info on the upcoming Google phone. Read on for all you need to know about the release date, camera, price and design of the 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 – 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 the video embedded above, 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.
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.
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.
Google Pixel 5 – Specs
According to Neowin, the Pixel 5 will be the first since the series’ inception not to boast Qualcomm’s flagship sensor of the year. Last year the Pixel 4 ran on the Snapdragon 855, but this time around it looks like the Pixel 5 will run on the Snapdragon 765G. While this 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 post-performance scores rivalling the likes of the OnePlus 8. On the upside, it should mean a reduction to the price, making the device more affordable this time around.
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 that you can recharge another phone or other compatible tech accessories with the device.
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