The Google Pixel 5 is here and it’s a huge shift in direction for the brand’s flagship phone.
After months of leaks, the Pixel 5 is here and it might just shake up the phone landscape as we know it. This is a truly exciting device, but in a very different way to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra or upcoming iPhone 12 Pro.
Pixel 5 price
In the UK you’ll be able to grab the Pixel 5 for £599 and it’lll be available in October. In the US it’ll cost $699.
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Google Pixel 5 specs and features
Before we take deep-dive into the Pixel 5, let’s quickly run through some of the highlights.
- 6-inch display
- Snapdragon 765G chipset
- Android 11 out-of-the-box
- Physical fingerprint scanner
- Dual camera array
Even though it’s been heavily rumoured, the switch from a high-end 8-series chipset to a more modest 765G might disappoint a few. But we think it’s a clever move and helps Google distinguish itself further from the competition as it’s able to offer its top-end phone at a far more affordable price. We’ve reviewed a lot of 765G phones this year and they’ve mostly been very capable. There’s also full support for sub-6 5G and strong gaming performance.
Google has paired that chipset with 8GB RAM and a base 128GB storage. There’s also the Titan M security module inside. Keeping the phone chugging along is a 4000mAh battery and there’s support for 18w wired charging, wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
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At launch, there’s not an XL version of the Pixel 5. This is a first for the series and will likely annoy those who prefer a larger device for gaming and media consumption. With the Pixel 5 you’ve got a 6-inch OLED panel with a FHD+ resolution. It’s nice to see Google keeping to 90hz refresh rate around, a feature that has become commonplace among Android phones this year.
The display stretches very much towards to edges of the phone and there’s barely any visible chin at the bottom. In the top corner, there’s a cutout for the front camera. Interestingly, there’s no in-display fingerprint scanner here and the Soli radar system used in the Pixel 4 has been ditched too. The replacement? A circular fingerprint scanner on the back.
Cameras have always been a key selling point for the Pixel series and we’re very excited about seeing what this model can do. The main camera remains at 12-megapixels, there’s OIS and an f/1.7 aperture. Next to this, you’ve got a 16MP ultra wide, which replaces the tele camera from the Pixel 4. Video can be captured in 4K and there’s a 8MP camera on the front.
You’ll be able to snag the Pixel 5 in two colours (green and black) from October. In the UK, it’ll cost you £599
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