cost: $ 699, $ 799
OS: Android 11
Display: 6-inch OLED (2340×1080; 90Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 765g
Previous Camera: 12.2MP wide (ƒ / 1.7), 16MP ultrawide
front camera: 8MP (8 / 2.0)
Battery: 4,000 mAh
After months of leaks, the Pixel 5 is finally real. Google announced its new flagship phone at its launch night in event today (30 September), although the Pixel 5 is certainly not the flagship in the traditional sense. It lacks the most powerful hardware for one, and it starts at just $ 699.
It is not the only handset announced by Google, as it shared the spotlight with the $ 499 Pixel 4A5G, which offers similar performance in a cheaper and slightly larger package, without some of the more premium premium features.
Here is all you need to know about the Pixel 5, since when you will be able to get your hands on one, what will you be able to expect in terms of performance and camera quality.
Google Pixel 5: Release Date and Price
The Pixel 5 is priced at $ 699, which is now available for pre-order in the Google Store and ships in October. The phone packs 128GB of storage, although interestingly a higher storage capacity version is not available, and the Pixel 5 does not support microSD cards to expand that capacity.
The Pixel 5 will be unlocked and sold, where you can take it to any carrier of your choosing or via Verizon and Google Fi. It will also come on AT&T later in the fall. It comes in two colors – Just Black and Sorta Sage.
Google Pixel 5: Design
If you have seen a Google-branded phone in the last one or two years, you have virtually seen the Pixel 5. All of Mountain View’s modern handsets are simple and minimalistic in design, with holes with small holes. Cameras and small bezels surround the display. At the rear, there’s a rear-mounted pixel imprint fingerprint sensor and square camera module that packs dual optics – and that’s pretty much it.
However, there are a few minutes of details to indicate the points related to the design of the Pixel 5. While the company’s inexpensive devices use matte polycarbonate for their bodies, the Pixel 5’s housing is crafted from recycled aluminum. It is also IP68 water resistant, while Pixel 4a series is not.
Both the Just Black and Sorta Sage colorways have a slightly dazzling glow to them, which differentiates the Pixel 5 from Google’s lesser phones. Metal-body phones are rarely seen nowadays, as metal typically impedes wireless charging, forcing manufacturers to choose glass or plastic, so this is an impressive feat that Google has made with aluminum shell Despite this, it has found a way to pull wireless charging.
The other significant feature related to the Pixel 5’s presence is the complete absence of its top bezel, as this is where the Pixel 4’s 3D face unlock and Soli gesture-sensing radar technology were first placed. The Pixel 5 lacks both features, which is somewhat disappointing that the Pixel 4’s Face Unlock system was quite unprecedented, and was noticeably snapper in our testing than Apple’s Face ID in the iPhone 11 series.
If it is any console, at least the omission of these features and the advanced hardware required to enable them, certainly helps maintain the price of the Pixel 5.
Google Pixel 5: Display
Not much has changed on the display front for the Pixel 5, with the phone’s 6-inch, full-HD OLED display offering some enhancements over the panel found in last year’s Pixel 4. The 90Hz refresh rate returns here again, which is a nice bonus, and should offer a noticeable bump in smoothness and general usability without excessive drainage batteries as 120Hz.
Google Pixel 5: Cameras
Pixel 5 has a dual-lens camera system, which is equally familiar and new to Google’s handset. The primary 12.2-megapixel lens is a mainstay of the Pixel brand; This Pixel has been around for 2 days, and Google mostly relies on software enhancements to continuously improve its output.
However, the secondary shooter is a new 16-MP ultraviolet camera, which replaces the telephoto lens employed in last year’s version. Google was criticized by some for offering telephoto lenses with very little optical zoom advantage in the Pixel 4, rather than an ultraviolet lens that could be more useful to owners.
Even without the presence of telephoto, the Pixel 5 still benefits from Google’s Super Race Zoom technology, which employs artificial intelligence to digitally zoom without losing detail. Super race zoom can produce some surprising results that are sometimes indistinguishable from those obtained with optical zoom, so the lack of a dedicated optic for close-up is not a total loss.
Interestingly, the same pair of cameras can also be found in the Pixel 4a 5G, which means that there is nothing special around the imaging stack of the Pixel 5.
When it comes to software, Google has added Night Sight to portrait mode and added a new portrait light feature that lets you adjust your facial light even after taking a shot. In fact, through the Google Photos app, you’ll be able to add portrait light effects to photos you took years ago. Finally, Google is also introducing three new video stabilization modes to help those who are often able to ruin their footage with unstable hands.
Google Pixel 5: Display
Pixel has a Snapdragon 765G chipset, which is the same silicon that powers the OnePlus Nord and LG Velvet. It is a very powerful CPU, although it is not as fast as the Snapdragon 865 inside the modern Android flagship. In fact, it is not as powerful as the Snapdragon 855, which is now inside the deflected Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
To make things more confusing, the Pixel 4a 5G also employs the Snapdragon 765G, meaning that the $ 200 extra Pixel 5 buyers are not going to pay in any serious performance gains, at least on paper. . The Pixel 5 has 8GB of RAM for 6GB of Pixel 4a 5G, though it will probably give a small lift to open the app from multitasking and memory, in favor of the pricier model.
Nevertheless, the Snapdragon 765G will be enough to support Google’s artificial intelligence-based features like the call screen, along with a new one called Hold for Me. With this feature, the Pixel 5 will be able to wait on the line for you, when you are on hold, and notify you when it is available at some other end.
Google Pixel 5: 5G Connectivity
The Pixel 5 is one of Google’s first 5G phones, with the Pixel 4a 5G, allowing it to take advantage of faster data speeds. In Google’s presentation, the company demonstrated the benefit of this speed increase, which is for downloading videos and games on Stadia. But one of the best 5G-related features of the Pixel 5 is how it can extend that signal to other devices using the 5G hotspot feature.
The Pixel 5 supports millimeter-wave 5G as well as sub-6GHz 5G, meaning that it will deliver slightly faster speeds than LTE in most parts of the country, and faster speeds in metro areas. This would be especially true for Pixel 5 users on Verizon, as Big Red has relied on mmWave 5G based on its initial 5G deployment, which is thus far in the US major market.
Google Pixel 5: Battery
Previous premium Pixel phones are definitely struggling in the battery department, so the Pixel 5’s 4,000-mAh power pack (in addition to the more efficiency-efficient Snapdragon 765G Silicon) will hopefully go a long way to address those concerns . Which is a massive increase of 1,200 mAh compared to Pixel 4 battery capacity.
The Pixel 5 features USB PD technology for wired charging at 18 watts, as well as up to 10-watt wireless charging. It also supports reverse wireless charging, allowing you to place other devices (such as a pair of Pixel Buds) on the back of your Pixel 5.
Google has added an extreme battery saver feature to the Pixel 5 that prioritizes energy usage only for those specific apps that you whitelist. According to the company, with the Extreme Battery Saver Mode On, the Pixel 5 can last up to 48 hours on a single charge.
Google Pixel 5: Outlook
The Pixel 5 plays to Google’s prowess in making affordable phones, though its proximity to the Pixel 4a 5G makes us far less concerned about how the Pixel 5 will justify its premium price. Features like wireless charging, a 90Hz refresh rate, an all-metal design, and additional RAM are good, but are they really worth $ 200?
This is a question that we will see flowing in the light as soon as we put our hands on Google’s new phone in the coming days. Till then keep watching