The first 5G Pixel smartphone is already out. Today, Google released the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G. Not surprisingly, both run on Android 11.
However, if you have been thinking the Pixel 5 XL will come as well, no need to wait for it anymore.
The biggest upgrade is the use of the Snapdragon 765G. Thus, like many other models, the Pixel series will no longer use a top-notch SoC. But we have to point out that Google Pixel smartphones have never focused on performance.
The second change refers to the camera. The previous Pixel smartphone had a telephoto camera. Now, it is replaced with the main 12.2 MP camera, which has a 1.4um pixel size. However, this sensor doesn’t have large pixels for night time shooting. It won’t support high-resolution lossless digital zoom. But this camera module supports OIS.
The Google Pixel 5 sports a 6.0-inch screen. As a reminder, the Pixel 4 came with a 5.7-inch screen while the Pixel 4 XL had a 6.3-inch display. The resolution is the same 1080p+, but this is a 90Hz display.
Under the hood, the phone carries a Snapdragon 765G chipset, which integrates the X52 modem. The latter enables 5G connectivity. You should know that the Sub-6 is supported on all Pixel 5 versions. But in some countries, it will also work on mmWave networks. There is no WiFi6 support – it is only WiFi 5 (aka 802.11ac).
We also get a 4,080mAh battery supporting 18W charging. The previous Google Pixel 4 XL had a 3,700mAh battery.
Of course, this is an IP68 dust and water resistant handset. The handset is made of a recycled aluminum and is textured for better grip. Interestingly, this phone supports both wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
We also get a new color of Sorta Sage. Of course, there is the standard Black variant.
The Google Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order starting today. And it will go on sale in 8 countries on October 15, and in the US on October 29. The phone is priced at $700/€630/£599.