(Cybertech) – Google has announced the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, following on from the Pixel 4a that was revealed on 3 August after months of speculation.
You can read everything you need to know about the Google Pixel 4a 5G in our separate feature, but this feature focuses on everything you need to know about the Pixel 5.
Release date and price
- Pre-order open now
- 9 countries
Google revealed the Pixel 5 during its ‘Launch Night In’ on 30 September.
The Pixel 5 is more affordable than previous Pixel devices, with a price of $699 in the US and £599 in the UK. Pre-orders are open now and it will be on sale from 15 October.
It will be available in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Australia.
Pixel 5 design
- 144.7 x 70.4 x 8mm, 151g
- Brushed aluminium
- Punch hole camera
The Google Pixel 5 features a brushed aluminium body and it comes in Just Black and Sorta Sage colour options. It offers IPX8 water and dust resistance and it comes with a coloured power button, like all previous Pixel devices have done.
On the rear, there is a square camera housing in the top left corner that features two lenses and the flash module, while a physical fingerprint sensor sits in the middle of the back.
The front of the Pixel 5 features a punch hole camera in the top left of the display, allowing for a bezel-free design. USB Type-C is present at the bottom of the device for charging.
- 6.0-inch OLED, Full HD+
- 90Hz refresh rate
The Pixel 4 has a 5.7-inch display, while the Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3-inch display. There is only be one size of Pixel 5 however, this time coming with a 6-inch display, so it’s quite a compact device and one that sits in the middle of its predecessors.
This display has a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels (432ppi), uses an OLED panel with a 19.5:9 aspect and supports HDR.
Google also sticks to the 90Hz refresh rate that appeared on the Pixel 4 models. As mentioned above, there is also a punch hole for the front camera.
Pixel 5 cameras
- Dual rear cameras
- Night Sight
- New features
In terms of camera specifications, there is a 16-megapixe ultra-wide angle lens with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 107-degree field of view. The second lens is an 12.2-megapixel lens, with an aperture of f/1.7 like the Pixel 4.
There’s an 8-megapixel, f/2.0, fixed focus front camera.
Google continues to offer features like Night Sight and the ability to capture the stars, with more improvements and features appearing on the Pixel 5 including a HDR+ with Bracketing, Night Sight on Portrait Mode and Portrait Light, among others.
Hardware and specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, 5G
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB storage
- 4080mAh battery
While previous Pixel models have been flagship positioned, Google has changed direction slightly. The Pixel 5 moves onto Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G hardware rather than opting for the flagship SD865 or SD865 Plus. The SD765G hardware integrates 5G, but is much more affordable.
There’s 8GB of RAM on board, along with 128GB of internal storage. You won’t find microSD for storage expansion either.
There is a jump in battery capacity compared to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, with a 4000mAh capacity in the Pixel 5. Both wireless charging and reverse wireless charging are on board.
In terms of biometrics, the Pixel 4 offered face unlock but no fingerprint sensor. While Soli made for great seamless unlocking on the Pixel 4, it wasn’t great for design and the other features it supported were a little gimmicky. As mentioned above however, Google has returned to a simple rear fingerprint scanner for the Pixel 5.
Google Pixel 5 rumours: What happened?
This is everything that leaked about the Google Pixel 5 in the run up to its reveal.
28 September 2020: Google Pixel 5 price and details outed by Google Japan
The official Japanese Google Twitter account posted a video showing the design and price of the Pixel 5.
24 September 2020: Evan Blass reveals renders of the Pixel 5
Serial leaker Evan Blass shared some official-looking press renders of the Pixel 5 in both the black and green reported colour options.
23 September 2020: Massive Google Pixel 5 leak reveals all
A huge leak has confirmed the full specs of the forthcoming Google Pixel 5.
22 September 2020: Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G prices and availability leaks via online retailers
Details revealing the Pixel 5 price might have leaked online via stores.
14 September 2020: Google ‘Launch Night In’ event announced: Pixel 5, Nest speaker, Chromecast, more expected
We now have a confirmed launch event for the Pixel 5, with Google sending out invites to a “Launch Night In”. We’re expecting a wide range of devices from the event.
9 September 2020: Google Pixel 5 appears in real life images
Images tweeted by Jose Antonio Ponton (@japonton) claim to show the Google Pixel 5 from the front and rear, confirming many of the previous reports.
4 September 2020: Pixel 5 price leak suggests another affordable Google phone
A leak suggests that the PIxel 5 will be more affordable.
1 September 2020: Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G pass through FCC
Google’s next two phones are confirmed to be well on their way after PocketNow spots their FCC listings, which show that the models are certified for release in the US.
24 August 2020: Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G appear in real life image, with more specs revealed
A Reddit user posted a real life image of the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G showing the two devices side-by-side. The user also revealed some specs, claiming the Pixel 5 would run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with 8GB of RAM and a 4000mAh battery.
22 August 2020: Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G features revealed in new spec dump
Android Central reported that the Google Pixel 5 would feature a 6-inch display but have the same footprint as the Pixel 4a, with smaller bezels. The site also said the device would have an OLED panel and a 90Hz refresh rate.
A dual rear camera is also reported, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
21 August 2020: Google Pixel 5 renders show a hole-punch camera on the front
Serial leaker OnLeaks teamed up with Pricebaba to produce a range of renders of the Pixel 5, based on leaked design details. OnLeaks states that the display will be between 5.7 and 5.8-inches and the SIM tray will apparently move to the bottom-left of the phone.
There is also said to be a physical fingerprint sensor on the rear.
20 August 2020: Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G release dates hinted
A leak on Twitter suggests 30 September for the launch of the Pixel 5.
11 August 2020: Google Pixel 5 appears on benchmarking website with SD765G SoC
Pocketnow reported that the Google Pixel 5 appeared on AI-Benchmarking website with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G and 8GB of RAM. It was also shown to be running Android 11, as you would expect.
3 August 2020: Google pre-announces two 5G phones for October – Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G
As well as announcing the Pixel 4a, Google pre-announced two more devices in the Pixel range – the Pixel 4a (5G) starting at $499, and Pixel 5 which will also be a 5G handset. Both will make a full debut in October.
3 August 2020: Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 5G leak, claimed to start at $499
Ishan Agarwal – who has a decent track record with leaks – shared an image on Twitter claiming to present the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 5G. The same image was then shared by Google following the Pixel 4a launch.
I made a typo. I’m sorry. The brushed metal, smaller phone is Pixel 5 5G, on the left. The one on the right is Pixel 4a 5G which is bigger with a coloured power button. https://t.co/KcJfHB0Ptf
— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) August 2, 2020
30 July 2020: Google Camera code hints at Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, as well as upcoming camera features
A new version of Google Camera, version 7.5, contains details about future Pixel devices, as well as future features. It refers to the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G, suggesting there will be no Pixel 5 XL this year.
There’s also talk of a feature codenamed Lasanga – thought to be a motion blur effect – as well as audio zoom to video, the addition of quick sharing to video and adding flash adjustment to the camera.
6 July 2020: These leaked Pixel 5 renders supposedly reveal Google’s next flagship
David Kowalski (@xleaks7) shared computer-generated images of what he claims is the Pixel 5, without revealing a source. The renders show a dual camera, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner on the back and a single front camera in a left-aligned display cutout.
11 June 2020: Android 11 is on track
Instead of being revealed at Google I/O or a promised event which was then postponed, Google made Android 11’s public beta available via press release in June. So expect it to be ready for full release by the end of the summer – and in plenty of time for the release of the Pixel 5 and 5XL.
15 May 2020: Google Pixel 5 might ditch the Soli chip
According to rumours from 9to5Google, the Soli radar chip might be ditched in the forthcoming Pixel 5.
In yesterday’s show, we also touched on some things we’re hearing about Pixel 5 from sources — specifically that it will likely leave behind hobbies like Soli
— Stephen Hall (@hallstephenj) May 15, 2020
13 May 2020: Pixel team loses key members
Reports from The Information reveal that key members of the Pixel development team have left, including Marc Levoy often credited with developing the camera and Mario Queiroz, general manager, who worked on Pixel from the beginning.
13 May 2020: Google Camera app reveals Pixel plans
Code from an unreleased version of the Google Camera app reveals references to 2020 phones with the codenames Redfin and Bramble, thought to be the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL.
12 May 2020: Concept Pixel 5 design reveals new looks
A concept artist has come up with what the Pixel 5 might look like based on recent rumours and leaks.
19 February 2020: Pixel 5 could support reverse wireless charging
XDA Developers spotted a hidden Battery Share menu in the first Android 11 Developer Preview for Pixel devices. According to the site, the Battery Share menu page says “your phone’s battery will run out faster when using battery share. Battery share works with compatible ear buds, watches, phones, and more.”
Reverse wireless charging isn’t mentioned directly, nor is the Pixel 5, but the description is pretty much what reverse wireless charging is so it’s not unreasonable to suggest it could be coming to the next Pixel device.
14 February 2020: Render of Pixel 5 XL appears on Twitter
A render of one of three prototypes of the Pixel 5 XL has been shown on Front Page Tech’s YouTube channel showing another camera housing that is likely to divide opinion.
According to presenter Jon Prosser, the prototype has a matte glass finish like the current Pixel 4 and the third lens at the bottom of the housing is claimed to be an ultra-wide angle sensor.
17 January 2020: Google might be working on a mid-range 5G phone
Evidence from leaked code suggests that Google is developing two devices using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765. That would include 5G, but move out of the flagship bracket. The codenames for these devices are Redfin and Bramble and they could be the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL.
Writing by Britta O’Boyle. Editing by Chris Hall.