Without a doubt, the Google Pixel series released so far have come with some amazing features, one it can always be proud of is the camera qualities. For instance, Google Pixel 4, released last year is listed as one of the best camera smartphones so far. As Google Pixel 5 sets to release in the Q4 of 2020, reports say it’ll come with the Android 11, alongside some other upgrades.
In this article, we’ll be looking at everything about the upcoming Google Pixel 5, including its release date, price, and specs.
Google Pixel 5 Release Date
Although there hasn’t been any official release as to the launch date of Google Pixel 5 devices, we can make predictions looking at the previous versions. The Google Pixel 3 device came out on 18th October 2018. Also, last year’s Pixel 4 device rolled out on 24th October 2019. As such, there’s a high chance that we’ll be seeing this year’s flagship device by October. While we don’t know the exact date, you’re free to guess and see what comes out of it.
However, considering that there’s no coronavirus outbreak at the time of releasing the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4, we might have to reconsider the launch date. According to reports, the release date for Apple’s iPhone 12 may be delayed by a couple of months because of lockdown, resulting in factory closure. Well, this delay may also occur for other brands, including the Google Pixel 5.
Word in the grapevine is that the Pixel 5 release will be pushed back. Reliable tipster Jon Prosser of FrontPageTech has learned from his sources that the phone could launch in November or later. We don’t think Google would delay it until January 2021. The company would want to have its new device on the store shelves in time for the holiday shopping season. Google wouldn’t want to miss out on such a huge sales opportunity.
The mid-range Pixel 4a was supposed to launch in the first half of 2020. But its release was pushed back, most likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Twitter tipster Jon Prosser said in a tweet that he is “100%” certain that Google will release the Pixel 4a on August 3. The Pixel 4a will reportedly start at around $349. Its release will clear the way for the Pixel 5 series later this year.
Google Pixel 5 Price
Just like its release date, there’s no official price as to how much the upcoming Google flagship phone will cost. But, we can still make some guesses for it. The Google Pixel 4 phone had a starting price of $799 / £669 / AU$1,049. Looking at that, we might expect the upcoming flagship device to sell at a pretty close price as that of the Pixel 4.
Also, according to speculations, the price of the upcoming Pixel 5 will enable Google’s flagship phone to compete with Apple’s flagship iPhone 12. As such, we might as well expect the Pixel devices to cost as much as the upcoming iPhone 12 devices.
For some reason, Google appears to be more concerned about the price than the premium feel of the upcoming Pixel series. Companies like Samsung and Apple have seen that smartphones priced above a certain point don’t drive a lot of sales. To keep costs low, the Pixel 5 would run Qualcomm’s older Snapdragon 865 chipset.
Considering that the Pixel 5 series will feature lower-tier processors, here’s what we think the prices will be:
Expected price for all models
- Google Pixel 5 128GB: $600
- Pixel 5 256GB: $700
- Google Pixel 5 XL 128GB: $700
- Pixel 5 XL 256GB: $800
- Google Pixel 4a: prices from $400
So far, we have seen a few leaks as to how Google Pixel 5 will look like. One of them, published by Front Page Tech showed three potential designs of the upcoming Pixel. According to one of them, the camera design of the upcoming device is a little bit different from the previous ones.
However, the other two are with more conventional square camera blocks. As seen in the image below, one of the three camera lenses has a wide-angle, different from other Pixel versions. Front Page Tech also indicated that the front design of the upcoming device will come with a forehead bezel like that of Pixel 4.
Accessories maker Pigtou has shared the Pixel 5 XL renders, shedding light on its design. The company allegedly obtained the renders from XLeaks7. According to the leaked renders, the Pixel 5 XL will measure 53.8 x 74 x 8.5 mm and sport a 6.1-inch Quad HD display. It has a punch-hole display on the front and a square camera bump on the back. It is expected to offer 120Hz refresh rate.
Surprisingly, the Pixel 5 XL render sports a fingerprint sensor on the back. Does it mean there will be no Face Unlock? The bezel at the top of the screen isn’t thick enough to accommodate the Motion Sense sensor for facial recognition. Pigtou added that the phone would have a plastic body instead of glass and metal to keep costs down. It will reportedly pack a decent 4,000mAh battery.
Renders with square camera module
Meanwhile, reputed Twitter tipster Steve H.McFly aka @OnLeaks has shared a new render of the Google Pixel 5, showing off what the device might look like. The square camera module on the back is similar to the Pixel 4. As previous rumors indicated, the upcoming phone features a capacitive fingerprint reader on the back. Google will reportedly ditch the Soli radar chip from the Pixel 5. The capacitive fingerprint sensors are more reliable than in-display fingerprint sensors.
The Pixel 5 features as many as four sensors in the square camera module. But there is no sign of the ultra-wide angle lens. The four sensors appear to be the main lens, a secondary lens, an LED flash, and a microphone. The secondary lens is more likely to be a telephoto one rather than an ultra-wide-angle sensor. Steve H.McFly’s render shows two devices – Pixel 5 XL and Pixel 5 XL 5G. But the rumor mill indicates that there will be no Pixel 5 XL.
5G and 4G versions
According to the leak, the Pixel 5 XL will launch in both 5G and 4G versions because several countries still don’t have a 5G infrastructure yet. Of course, the 4G version would be cheaper of the two. The renders have a headphone jack on the top edge of the device.
According to @RDRv3’s post on Twitter, the upcoming Pixel device will use a Snapdragon 765 chipset. However, with Qualcomm having a G variant for the Snapdragon 768, we might be seeing the upcoming device come with the 768G chipset.
Qualcomm has made the Snapdragon 768G official. Companies such as Google and Xiaomi are likely using the mid-range Snapdragon 768G because 5G makes chips (and phones) ridiculously expensive. A premium Snapdragon processor coupled with 5G connectivity would put the Pixel 5 out of the reach of most consumers. And it would also consume more battery.
The mid-range Snapdragon 768G with 5G will help keep the costs in check. The 768G is built on the same 7nm manufacturing process as the premium Snapdragon 865. According to fresh leaks, it will support 120Hz display refresh rate and updateable graphics drivers. The Snapdragon 768G will have a Kryo 475 core with up to 2.8GHz clock speed.
Qualcomm has confirmed that the 768G will also get the latest 5th-gen AI Engine and the X525G Modem-RF system. It will also enhance the gaming experience.
9to5Google claimed it has access to the camera app of the upcoming Pixel 4a. According to the claim, there’s a code on the app suggesting that Google Pixel 5 will make use of the mid-range Snapdragon 765G Chipset. This variant is optimized for faster graphics and gaming, and it offers support for software and hardware tweaks.
Google Pixel 4 came with a screen refresh rate of 90Hz. Also, the rate drops to 60Hz when its display is set to dim. Although a few devices are already expecting the 120Hz refresh rate for their upcoming flagship device, its likely that Google will stick to 90Hz for its upcoming Pixel 5.
Having looked at the leaks and rumors so far, we’re yet to see any of them that talked about the battery life of the upcoming Pixel device. However, I’m sure there’ll be a massive improvement compared to that of Pixel 4.
There’s a big concern with the battery life of last year’s release, as it came with a 2,800 mAh power pack. With that small capacity, the device only lasts up to 8 hours. Considering that, Google has been able to improve on it when it released the Pixel 4 XL – with a battery life of 3,700 mAh.
According to XDA Developer, Google Pixel 5 will support a reverse wireless charging. If that is anything to go by, we might be seeing a much-improved battery life for the upcoming device.
Google Pixel 5 Features Wish List
Looking at the Pixel 4 device, there is so much improvement that we wish to see on the upcoming device. Let’s have a look at everything we want to see below:
Improved Battery Life
No doubt, one of the concerns with the previously release Pixel 4 device is its short battery life. If the device came with a 2,800mAh battery, we can only conclude that it’s far below the standard battery life of Android phones. Although there’s a massive improvement when the Pixel 4 XL came out. It’s still a little bit below the 2020 standard. As such, Google will introduce more excitement on the faces of users if it can improve on the battery life of the upcoming Pixel.
As with the leak by Front Page Tech, the addition of an ultra-wide range lens will go a long way in improving the camera quality of the upcoming device.
Unlike Pixel 3, Google Pixel 4 came with only a facial recognition feature, there’s nothing like a fingerprint scanner. Now, we can only plead with Google to bring the fingerprint scanner alongside facial recognition.
MicroSD Card Slot
It’s uncertain whether Google will add a microSD card slot to the upcoming device.
Google introduced the Soli chip with Pixel 4 that supported Motion Sense. The feature allows us to perform various functions with gestures, without having to touch the screen. Motion Sense hasn’t received a lot of praise from consumers. But we badly need an improved version of this feature amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Interacting with the phone via gestures will minimize the chances of us contracting the coronavirus.
Android 11 software
This is almost a certainty. The Pixel 5 series would run Android 11 software, which is currently in public beta. It will have a new Device Control menu for managing smart home devices when you press the power button on your phone. Other major features including new permission controls, a media player widget, and messaging improvements.
New camera modes
Google has started rolling out the latest version 7.5 of the Google Camera app to Pixel smartphones. Folks at XDA Developers dug into the code to find evidence of the upcoming flagship. They found that the search engine giant has added a bunch of camera modes in version 7.5, though they are still behind the code-names. The new camera modes include Naruto, Lasagna, Catfish, and Catshark. It’s still unclear what these modes would do. The Pixel 5 will have dual cameras.
This article was updated on 31 July 2020 with new information.