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Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far (Updated: Sept. 29)

Google Pixel 5 Renders

Update, September 29, 2020 (1:38 PM ET): We’ve added more official-looking renders shared by veteran leaker Evan Blass. These echo previously disclosed leaks and renders. Check them out in the design section below!

Original article: Traditionally, Google launches its flagship Pixel smartphone lineup in the Fall. It’s officially Fall now, and wouldn’t you know it, the Pixel 5 launch is only a few days away!

With only days to go, we already know pretty much everything about the device. Not only do we have reliable leaks from the rumor mill, but Google has already confirmed a few details of the phone ahead of time.

Read more: 5 things we want to see from the Google Pixel 5

We can also assume a lot about various features of the devices based on the history of the Pixel line. Certain things will always be predictable.

Below, you’ll find everything we know so far about the Google Pixel 5! Be sure to bookmark this page and visit often so you always know the latest news.

When is the Google Pixel 5 coming out?

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In what should be surprising to no one, we are certain that the name of the next Pixel flagship will be the Google Pixel 5. Google confirmed that as being the case.

However, we have lots of evidence to suggest that a Google Pixel 5 XL might not be in the cards this year. Thanks to some code-sleuthing by 9to5Google, we now are under the assumption that only one “flagship” phone will land this year from Google.

Check this out: The best upcoming Android phones of 2020

As far as the Pixel 5 release date goes, Google recently sent out press invites for a hardware launch, at which it will announce new Pixel phones. The invitation doesn’t outright confirm the launch of the Google Pixel 5, but we are certain that’s what will happen. That launch happens on September 30 at 2:00 PM ET.

We should also mention that a new rumor suggests the existence of something called the Google Pixel 5S. We are unsure of what this could mean for the Pixel line if it ends up being true.

Google Pixel 5 rumors: Design

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Last year was the first time Google drastically switched up the overall design of its flagship Pixel phones. With the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Google changed the shape of the phones, removed the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, completely overhauled the camera module, and rolled back its display changes from the Pixel 3 line. It was a big shift!

Naturally, it makes sense to think that the Google Pixel 5 will just be an updated version of the Pixel 4. That might not be the case though, as a leak of behind-the-scenes information exposed that major players on the Pixel team were disappointed with the Pixel 4 even before it hit store shelves.

Related: The only reason the Pixel line isn’t the crown jewel of Android is Google

With that in mind, the Google Pixel 5 could look a whole lot different from the Pixel 4. So far, we’ve only seen one official image of a Google Pixel 5, and it’s below. We expect the Pixel 5 to be the phone on the left with the black power button:

Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G

Credit: Google

The official render above suggests that the Pixel 5 could be a bit smaller than the Google Pixel 4a 5G, which is likely the phone on the right. However, we’re not sure about sizing in relation to known devices such as the Google Pixel 4a or Pixel 4.

The official render image heavily suggests that the matte textured sides of the Google Pixel 4 will be present on the Pixel 5, possibly even all over rather than just around the rim. It’s hard to say for sure based on this one image, though.

Thankfully, we have the ever-reliable leaker OnLeaks. In a collaboration with Pricebaba, OnLeaks shared a few renders of the device as well as a quick video. Check them out below:

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The renders suggest that the Pixel 5 could look much more like the Pixel 4a than the Pixel 4. They also suggest that the phone could do away with Motion Sense, which is the radar-based system Google used on the Pixel 4 that allowed for high-security face unlock. The rear fingerprint sensor, as well as the solitary selfie cam cutout, suggest that Motion Sense isn’t coming back.

Recently, we saw what appear to be the first real-life images of a Pixel 5 and a Pixel 4a 5G. Check them out here:

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Our guess is that the Pixel 5 is on the left and the Pixel 4a 5G is on the right. This lines up well with the leaked renders we’ve already seen for both devices.

We also recently saw renders of the Pixel 5 in what can only be described as a mint green color. These do not appear to be third-party renders. Instead, we expect that these are official press renders produced by Google that leaked. We can’t confirm that, but we are pretty confident that that’s the case:

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Just a day before the Google Pixel 5 launch, veteran tipster Evan Blass posted two images. The first image (seen below left) shows the Pixel 5 from the front and back, featuring two rear cameras and a punch-hole cutout. Meanwhile, the second image seems to show the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G. The Pixel 4a 5G is set to be the bigger phone.

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Since we’ve only seen the Google Pixel 5 leak in these two colors (black and then green), we are operating under the assumption that that’s all there will be this year. However, it is possible there will be a white colorway, too, although we haven’t seen it yet.

What about the processor?

Google Pixel 4 colors in hand

There are two things every flagship Pixel phone has had: the latest Qualcomm 800-series processor and the latest version of Android. While we are certain the Google Pixel 5 will land with Android 11, we are confident that it will not have this year’s Qualcomm flagship, the Snapdragon 865.

Multiple Google Pixel 5 leaks suggest the phone will sport a more mid-range processor. As of right now, all evidence suggests the Snapdragon 765G might be what powers the Pixel 5 lineup.

At this point, we are pretty certain the Pixel 5 will feature a mid-range processor, but that could be good for your wallet.

Why would Google make this change? The most likely reason we can think of is cost. A fully-featured Pixel phone with a Snapdragon 865 would need to start at $1,000, much as the Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup does. Even if Google cut a bunch of corners it would only likely be able to bring the entry price down to $899, the starting price for a OnePlus 8 Pro.

However, if Google goes with the Snapdragon 765G instead, it could keep the cost down. It could still offer more-than-capable processing power and 5G compatibility. It would also make Pixel phones appealing to cash-conscious consumers who would favorably compare the Google Pixel 5 pricing to the Galaxy S20 line.

If you’re worried about how something like the Snapdragon 765G would compare to the Snapdragon 865, don’t worry: we’ve got you covered.

Google Pixel 5: Other specs

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Recently, a report from WinFuture exposed a bunch of spec rumors for the Google Pixel 5. Now, these are unverified and should be taken solely as a rumor, but they appear pretty legit to us.

According to the rumors, the Google Pixel 5 will ship with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a 4,080mAh battery. That would be the largest battery in any Pixel phone to date. That will be exciting for Pixel fans as battery life is one of the biggest criticisms against the entire Pixel line.

We are nearly certain that the battery in the Pixel 5 will be much larger than the one in the Pixel 4.

Elsewhere, recent rumors suggest we’ll see a 90Hz display refresh rate on the Google Pixel 5. This was expected since the Pixel 4 also had this, but it’s nice to know that Google is likely keeping it around even though the Pixel 5 is not going to be a standard flagship.

As far as cameras go, expect a dual-lens system on the back with the familiar 12.2MP primary paired with a 16MP wide-angle. There will likely be a single 8MP camera on the front.

There could also be wireless charging and an IP68 rating, if rumors are to be believed. Once again, the Pixel 4 had both these features so this isn’t unrealistic. For what it’s worth, a recent FCC filing also suggests wireless charging for the Pixel 5 (but not the Pixel 4a 5G).

Price and availability

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We actually have a very strong piece of evidence to support the idea that the Google Pixel 5 will return to some old school Pixel pricing. A Google survey seeking to find out which hypothetical Pixel phone responders would buy strongly suggests that Google is planning on selling the Pixel 5 for $699 as a starting price.

If this comes to pass, it would make the Pixel 5 cost only $50 more than the original Google Pixel phone from 2016, which started at $649. This would no doubt be great news for Pixel fans.

Related: All Google Pixel phones released so far

Most recently, a rumor stemming from WinFuture suggests the Google Pixel 5 might cost €629 (~$745). This backs up the idea of a $699 price tag here in the US. Although nothing is confirmed as of yet, we strongly believe the Pixel 5 will come in at under $700.

As far as availability goes, Google confirmed in a press release that both the Google Pixel 5 and the Google Pixel 4a 5G will not be available in India or Singapore. It cited “local market trends and product features” as the reasoning behind the phones not arriving in those countries. This likely means that the Pixel 4a will be the focus for developing markets.

The company did, however, confirm that the Pixel 5 (and Google Pixel 4a 5G) will launch in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States this year.

Be sure to bookmark this page of the latest Google Pixel 5 rumors so you can always stay up-to-date!



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