• Pixel 5 release date, price, features and news

    Pixel 5 release date, price, features and news
    The Google Pixel 5 series is expected to come out in October of 2020 and rumors and leaks have already started appearing about Google's next flagship phone. And it seems that this one will be different.

    The big theme with the Pixel 5 has to be fixing the mess that Google itself created with the Pixel 4. The Pixel 4 and the 4 XL were two of the most viciously criticized flagships of 2019, and shortly after the launch, the two phones were discounted sharply, not least because of all the bad press around the two devices. Most people were disappointed with the small size of the battery on the Pixel 4, but other key features were also missing. Before we dive in the details, here is when we expect to see the new Pixel 5 family appear.

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    Google Pixel 5, 5 XL Price and Release date

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    Based on Google's established routine for releasing its Pixel phones so far, the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL official launch event is expected to happen on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020, with the release date set for eight days later, on Thursday, October 22nd.

    Considering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, however, and all the uncertainty that comes with it, changes are certainly possible. Some rumors point to a delayed announcement in November as well.

    And these are the expected prices for the Pixel 5 series. These prices are based on our estimate considering the biggest change in the Pixel 5 series, its expected use of a more affordable processor that will lower the overall price of the phones:

    • Pixel 5 128GB: $600
    • Pixel 5 256GB: $700
    • Pixel 5 XL 128GB: $700
    • Pixel 5 XL 256GB: $800
    • Pixel 4a: prices from $400

    With this in mind, here are our expectations of what the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL will look like, and what changes they will bring.


    Google Pixel 5 specifications (rumored):


    • Snapdragon 765G chip (not quite flagship 8xx processor)
    • Lower price, expectations are for $600 to $700 MSRP
    • Improved power efficiency, bigger battery size
    • Improved camera
    • 5G support
    • 5.8-inch OLED display for the Pixel 5 and 6.1-inch or 6.3-inch OLED display for the Google Pixel 5 XL
    • 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage for base models

    Google Pixel 5 vs Google Pixel 5 XL

    Compare phone and tablet specifications of up to three devices. Type a model name in the search field of our phone comparison tool or pick a popular device from the ones below.

    Display

    Size

    5.7 inches
    6.3 inches

    Technology

    OLED
    OLED

    Screen-to-body

    77.32 %
    82.21 %

    Features

    90Hz refresh rate, HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
    90Hz refresh rate, HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor



    Pixel 5 series bring 5G and a new processor

    Google is likely to use a lower-tier chip on the Pixel 5 to make the phone more affordable

    The first major leak about the Pixel 5 series came courtesy of 9to5Google in the middle of March 2020. The publication got early access to the Google Camera app from an unreleased Pixel 4a unit, and found an indirect mention of the new Pixel 5 family. The very same camera app has been the source of reliable leaks about earlier Pixel phones in the past, so chances are high that the new details mentioned below are also true.

    The first thing we learn is two codenames obviously referring to the Pixel 5 series: "Bramble" and "Redfin" (one for the regular Pixel 5 and one for the XL version). Google has been using names of fish and other aquatic creatures to codename its Pixels for years, and these new names fall in that same tradition.

    The major takeaway from this leak, however, is the processor that the new series will use. The fishy codenames above surfaced even earlier, in January of 2020, when Google published a graphics library code online where you could find these codenames and along with them the "sm-7250" model number, which a quick search shows is the model number that corresponds to the Snapdragon 765G processor. That's interesting for another reason too: this is a lower-tier chip than the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.

    Yes, what all of this leads to is that Google will likely skip the Snapdragon 865 processor and instead opt for the lower priced yet still quite capable Snapdragon 765G or maybe the Snapdragon 768. This move will allow it to price the phone much more affordably, possibly in the $600 to $700 price range. At those prices, the Pixel will really stand out with its camera and has a much better chance to compete than when you put it in the fiercely competitive $1000+ price range. The Snapdragon 765G and the Snapdragon 768 are also chips capable of 5G connectivity, so you won't sacrifice connection speeds in any significant way.

    In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 765G is definitely slower than the 865, with Geekbench scores showing a considerable difference of somewhere between 30% and as much as 50%.

    Pixel 5: Battery Improvements

    More power efficient chip and bigger size of the batteries

    While performance on the Pixel 5 might take a hit, the newer chip might also be more power efficient.

    In late 2019, the industry started moving towards bigger phones with bigger batteries, a trend that so many reviewers and users have been wishing for. Google ignored that trend in the Pixel 4 series and paid the price as the phone was getting short battery life (especially the smaller Pixel 4).

    Right below, you will find a quick summary of the battery capacity on the Pixel 4 series and the changes we expect to see in the Pixel 5 lineup. We expect Google to benefit from the more power-efficient Snapdragon 765G and from a bigger battery cell. Note that the numbers for the Pixel 5 are our guesses, there have been no leaks as to the actual battery size on the Pixel 5 series yet:

    • Pixel 4: 2800 mAh
    • Pixel 5: 3080 mAh (+10% battery size increase)
    • Pixel 4 XL: 3700 mAh
    • Pixel 5 XL: 4030 mAh (+10% battery size increase)

    Pixel 5: Cameras

    The one key camera feature that is missing

    In its phone releases, Google is this strange company that says one thing this year and does the complete opposite next year.

    In 2016, it was praising the headphone jack and taking jabs at Apple for not having it in their iPhones, then, one year later, in 2017 it killed it on the Pixel 2 series and deleted that promo video from the previous year. 

    In 2017, Google was again laughing at Apple and saying there was "no need" for a secondary camera on the Pixel, then, in 2019, what do you know, the Pixel 4 launched with a secondary camera and a telephoto one just like what iPhones used for years.

    Fast forward to 2019, and Google was saying it feels there is no need for an ultra-wide angle lens on the Pixel 4 series. You know what this means, right? Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me... and we now know better: the Google Pixel 5 will surely have an ultra-wide angle lens. And honestly, we hope it will as that camera is one of our favorite feature on other flagship phones.

    Rumors show that the Pixel 5 will most likely come with a dual-camera system.

    David Kowalski has now published CAD-based renders of the Pixel 5 and 5XL


    Check out renders created by David Kowalski. Still, make sure to take them with a grain of salt as there are unconfirmed as of now.

    No radar gimmicks

    The Project Soli radar system on the Pixel 4 has been of little use and might be discarded

    For years, Google worked on a secret super sensitive radar idea called Project Soli and in 2019, that super-advanced technology came to a real phone, the Pixel 4. And it was a complete and utter nonsense, just like most such ideas in the past.

    The new "Motion Sense" technology that was supposed to change the way we navigate our phones from using swipes and taps to just gestures, turned out to be yet another gimmick that allowed you to weirdly swipe above your phone to skip to the next song and that was about it for functionality. What a waste of space!

    And indeed, it did take a lot of space. While most modern smartphones have beautiful designs with minimal bezel, the Pixel 4 has a gigantic bezel at the top for all of that gimmicky tech. Our expectation and sincere hope is that Google realizes the idea does not really make sense and remove it in the Pixel 5, so it has a modern design.

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