Update, August 3, 2020 (4:30 p.m. ET): We’ve added information about Google’s confirmation that the Google Pixel 5 will in fact arrive this year, although it won’t be available in at least two countries.
Original article: Traditionally, Google launches its flagship Pixel line of smartphones in the fall. The COVID-19 pandemic has, however, caused a lot of changes in the industry so far, so we don’t know if that will be the launch window this year. However, we are completely certain that a Google Pixel 5 will be on the way soon!
While we’re months away from the supposed Pixel 5 release date, we figured we were going to put together a roundup of rumors. We only have a few bits and pieces to go right now, but we know enough to start to get a feel for what to expect.
We can also assume a lot about the different functionality of the devices based on the history of the Pixel line. Some things will always be predictable.
Below, you’ll find everything we know so far about the Google Pixel 5! Make sure to bookmark this page and visit it often so you always get the latest news.
When is the Google Pixel 5 released?
Since 2016, the Pixel line has followed a very deliberate and reliable naming scheme. With that in mind, we were pretty confident that the next phone in the series would be called the Google Pixel 5. Eventually, Google confirmed that it was 100% correct.
While Google hasn’t directly confirmed this, we expect the Pixel 5 to be joined at the launch event by the Google Pixel 4a 5G, a slightly improved version of the recently released Pixel 4a. If the two phones don’t land at the same event, they’ll almost certainly launch very close to each other.
However, we have new evidence to suggest that a Google Pixel 5 XL may not be in the cards this year. Through some code searches by 9to5Google, we now assume that only one “flagship” phone will land this year from Google.
As for the Pixel 5 release date, every flagship Pixel landed in October, so it’s reasonable to expect the Google Pixel 5 to land in early or mid-October 2020. The COVID-pandemic- 19 has taken its toll on release schedules, though, so the launch date or general on sale date may be later than usual. For example, this is what happened with the Google Pixel 4a release schedule: it arrived three months later than expected.
However, October remains the golden month for smartphone launches due to its proximity to the holiday shopping season. As such, it’s still very likely that we’ll see the Google Pixel 5 in October along with other flagships from OnePlus, Huawei, etc.
Google Pixel 5 rumors: design
Last year was the first time that Google drastically changed 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 line. Pixel 3. It was a big change!
Naturally, it makes sense to think that the Google Pixel 5 will be just an updated version of the Pixel 4. That might not be the case, as a recent behind-the-scenes information leak revealed that the major players in the game The Pixel team were disappointed with the Pixel 4 before it even hit store shelves.
With that in mind, the Google Pixel 5 could be quite different from the Pixel 4. So far we’ve only seen one reliable image of a Google Pixel 5, and it’s below. We would expect the Pixel 5 to be the left phone with the black power button:
The render above suggests the Pixel 5 might be a bit smaller than the Google Pixel 4a 5G, which is probably the phone on the right. However, we’re not sure about sizing against known devices like the Pixel 4a or Pixel 4.
The “5” as well as the rendering of the left phone strongly suggests that the matte textured sides of the Google Pixel 4 will be present on the Pixel 5, perhaps even everywhere rather than just around the edge. It’s hard to say for sure based on this image alone, however.
Finally, in a press release for its 2020 phones, Google said the Pixel 5 will not land in India. This strongly suggests that Motion Sense will appear on the Google Pixel 5, although that’s just a guess at this point.
And the processor?
Every flagship Pixel phone has had two things: the latest Qualcomm 800 series processor and the latest version of Android. While we’re certain the Google Pixel 5 will land with Android 11, we’re increasingly skeptical that it will have this year’s Qualcomm flagship, the Snapdragon 865.
Several Google Pixel 5 leaks suggest the phone will sport a more mid-range processor. Right now, our best guess is that the Snapdragon 765, 765G, or 768G might be what powers the Pixel 5 lineup.
At this point, we’re pretty sure the Pixel 5 line will include mid-range processors, but it could be good for your wallet.
Why would Google make this change? The most likely reason we can think of is the cost. A Pixel phone complete with a Snapdragon 865 is expected to start at $ 1,000, just like the Samsung Galaxy S20 line does. Even if Google cut a bunch of corners, it probably wouldn’t be able to reduce the entry price to just $ 899, the starting price of a OnePlus 8 Pro.
However, if Google opts for the Snapdragon 768G instead, for example, it could cut costs while still offering more than capable processing power and 5G compatibility. It would also make Pixel phones attractive to money-conscious consumers who would compare the price of the Google Pixel 5 favorably to the Galaxy S20 line.
If you’re worried about how something like the Snapdragon 765G compares to the Snapdragon 865, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
Google Pixel 5: other specifications
Outside of the processor, however, we can be relatively confident that Google won’t downgrade the other established specifications of Pixel phones. This means that you can safely expect at least 6GB of RAM, at least a dual-lens rear camera, wireless charging, IP68 rating, and more.
Now that we’ve seen the launch of the Pixel 4a, we can be relatively confident that the Pixel 5 will likely launch with at least 128GB of internal storage. With the Pixel 4a having so many, it would seem silly for the more premium flagship to have less.
It’s also safe to assume that the Google Pixel 5’s battery capacity will hopefully increase by a significant margin. The aforementioned behind-the-scenes drama from Team Pixel strongly suggests that the Pixel 4’s battery life was a controversial topic, leading us to believe that much bigger batteries are on the way. At this point, if Google doesn’t, it might as well hang the Pixel line to dry.
Price and availability
We actually have very strong evidence to support the idea that the Google Pixel 5 will return to some old school Pixel prices. A Google survey of which hypothetical Pixel answering machines would buy strongly suggests that Google is considering selling the Pixel 5 for $ 699 as a starting price.
If that happens, the Pixel 5 would only cost $ 50 more than the original 2016 Google Pixel phone, which started at $ 649. Without a doubt, that would be great news for Pixel fans.
Regarding availability, Google confirmed in a press release that the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 4a 5G do not be available in India or Singapore. He cited “local market trends and product characteristics” as the reason why phones don’t arrive in these countries. This likely means that the Pixel 4a will be in the center of developing markets and could also mean that the Google Pixel 5 will have a Motion Sense system, which kept India’s Pixel 4 line out.
Unfortunately, Google has a bad history when it comes to the wide availability of its phones, even without Motion Sense as a hindrance. It’s reasonable to expect, regrettable as it may be, that a full global rollout at Samsung or Apple level is unlikely to be in the cards for the Pixel 5 line.
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Source: Android Authority