(Pocket-lint) - Google's Pixel 4a was finally revealed on 3 August after months of speculation but that's not the last we will be seeing from Google and its smartphone offering this year.
The company teased a 5G version of the Pixel 4a and the Pixel 5, both of which are set to appear in "the coming months" - with a date now set for their launch.
You can read everything we know so far about the Google Pixel 4a 5G in our separate feature, but this feature focuses on everything we have heard so far about the Pixel 5.
Release date and price
- 30 September announcement
- 15 October potential availability
- €629 price suggested
- 9 countries confirmed
All the previous Pixel flagship models have been revealed at the October 'Made by Google' event, but Google has scheduled a 'Launch Night In' on 30 September where the Pixel 5 is expected to launch.
Rumours have long been suggesting that the PIxel 5 will be more affordable than previous Pixel devices and a recent leak has suggested a price of €629, which might come in at around £560 or $700. We've now seen this from several sources. Thanks to a retailer leak, we also have an availability date of 15 October, which would fit the timescale.
Google has said the Pixel 5 would be available in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Australia when it launches.
Pixel 5 design
- Square camera housing
- Matt glass rear?
- Brushed aluminium frame
Google itself teased snippets of the Pixel 4 months before it was announced so perhaps the same will happen for the Pixel 5. So far, the company has only shown the Pixel 5 off from the side, but it looks like there is a brushed aluminium frame and a camera housing in the top left corner of the rear, like the Pixel 4.
OnLeaks and Pricebaba created some renders showing this design, along with a punch hole camera in the top left corner of the display - matching the Pixel 4a. There's also a physical fingerprint sensor on the rear, which can also be seen in some real life images leaked too.
Previous to the official tease from Google, David Kowalski leaked a design on Twitter, which also shows a physical fingerprint sensor on the rear and a dual rear camera. Kowalski, OnLeaks and the real life images support Google's image, though the official image only shows the side of the Pixel 5 so doesn't confirm the physical fingerprint sensor.
An eariler leak from Front Page Tech's YouTube channel claimed the Pixel 5 will have a matt glass finish on the rear like the Pixel 4. As mentioned, the Google tease shows an aluminium body, certainly the edges - so it's not yet clear exactly what the back might offer. It's said to come in black and green colours.
- 6.0-inch OLED, Full HD+
- 90Hz refresh rate
The Pixel 4 has a 5.7-inch display, while the Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3-inch display. It looks like there might only be one size of Pixel 5, this time coming with a 6-inch display, so it's quite a compact device. This display is said to have a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels (429ppi), use an OLED panel with a 19.5:9 aspect and support HDR.
It also looks as though Google is sticking to the 90Hz refresh rate that appeared on the Pixel 4 models. There will also be HDR support and a punch hole for the front camera.
Pixel 5 cameras
- Dual rear cameras suggested
- Night Sight
- New features
In terms of camera specifications, it's claimed there will be a 16-megapixel 0.5x ultra-wide angle lens, f/2.2, and a 12.2-megapixel lens, f/1,7, on the back like the Pixel 4. The shift away from the zoom is surprising, if this turns out to be true.
There's said to be an 8-megapixel, f/2.0, fixed focus front camera.
We'd expect Google to continue offering features like Night Sight and the ability to capture the stars, with more improvements and features likely to appear on the Pixel 5. A decoding of the new Google Camera app suggested a feature codenamed Lasagna would appear on the Pixel 5 - said to be a blur effect, along with audio zoom to video, the addition of quick sharing to video and adding flash adjustment to the camera.
Hardware and specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, 5G
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB storage
- 4080mAh battery
While previous Pixel models have been flagship positioned, Google might be looking to change direction slightly. Having seen the success of the mid-range Pixel 3a, Google might be preparing to move the Pixel 5 onto Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G hardware. This hardware integrates 5G, but is much more affordable.
A listing appeared on AI-Benchmark website showing the Pixel 5 with the Snapdragon 765G and 8GB of RAM, something that Google itself has now confirmed - the Pixel 5 is a 5G phone.
Using the SD765G SoC might see a drop on the benchmark performance of this phone, but with Google's emphasis on cloud computing and AI, the real world losses for potential customers might not be that great. Indeed, paired with a more approachable price, we'd not expect any real difference to day-to-day performance against flagship hardware.
A jump in battery capacity would also be welcomed. The Pixel 4 has a 2800mAh battery, while the Pixel 4 XL has a 3700mAh battery. Rumours claim 4080mAh for the Pixel 5.
In terms of biometrics, the Pixel 4 offered face unlock but no fingerprint sensor. While Soli made for great seamless unlocking on the Pixel 4, it wasn't great for design and the other features it supported were a little gimmicky. Now it looks like Google is returning to a simple rear fingerprint scanner.
Google Pixel 5 rumours: What's happened so far?
This is everything that has leaked about the Google Pixel 5 so far.
23 September 2020: Massive Google Pixel 5 leak reveals all
A huge leak has confirmed the full specs of the forthcoming Google Pixel 5.
22 September 2020: Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G prices and availability leaks via online retailers
Details revealing the Pixel 5 price might have leaked online via stores.
14 September 2020: Google 'Launch Night In' event announced: Pixel 5, Nest speaker, Chromecast, more expected
We now have a confirmed launch event for the Pixel 5, with Google sending out invites to a "Launch Night In". We're expecting a wide range of devices from the event.
9 September 2020: Google Pixel 5 appears in real life images
Images tweeted by Jose Antonio Ponton (@japonton) claim to show the Google Pixel 5 from the front and rear, confirming many of the previous reports.
4 September 2020: Pixel 5 price leak suggests another affordable Google phone
A leak suggests that the PIxel 5 will be more affordable.
1 September 2020: Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G pass through FCC
Google's next two phones are confirmed to be well on their way after PocketNow spots their FCC listings, which show that the models are certified for release in the US.
24 August 2020: Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G appear in real life image, with more specs revealed
A Reddit user posted a real life image of the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G showing the two devices side-by-side. The user also revealed some specs, claiming the Pixel 5 would run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with 8GB of RAM and a 4000mAh battery.
22 August 2020: Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G features revealed in new spec dump
Android Central reported that the Google Pixel 5 would feature a 6-inch display but have the same footprint as the Pixel 4a, with smaller bezels. The site also said the device would have an OLED panel and a 90Hz refresh rate.
A dual rear camera is also reported, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
21 August 2020: Google Pixel 5 renders show a hole-punch camera on the front
Serial leaker OnLeaks teamed up with Pricebaba to produce a range of renders of the Pixel 5, based on leaked design details. OnLeaks states that the display will be between 5.7 and 5.8-inches and the SIM tray will apparently move to the bottom-left of the phone.
There is also said to be a physical fingerprint sensor on the rear.
20 August 2020: Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G release dates hinted
A leak on Twitter suggests 30 September for the launch of the Pixel 5.
11 August 2020: Google Pixel 5 appears on benchmarking website with SD765G SoC
Pocketnow reported that the Google Pixel 5 appeared on AI-Benchmarking website with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G and 8GB of RAM. It was also shown to be running Android 11, as you would expect.
3 August 2020: Google pre-announces two 5G phones for October - Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G
As well as announcing the Pixel 4a, Google pre-announced two more devices in the Pixel range - the Pixel 4a (5G) starting at $499, and Pixel 5 which will also be a 5G handset. Both will make a full debut in October.
3 August 2020: Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 5G leak, claimed to start at $499
Ishan Agarwal - who has a decent track record with leaks - shared an image on Twitter claiming to present the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 5G. The same image was then shared by Google following the Pixel 4a launch.
I made a typo. I'm sorry. The brushed metal, smaller phone is Pixel 5 5G, on the left. The one on the right is Pixel 4a 5G which is bigger with a coloured power button. https://t.co/KcJfHB0Ptf— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) August 2, 2020
30 July 2020: Google Camera code hints at Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, as well as upcoming camera features
A new version of Google Camera, version 7.5, contains details about future Pixel devices, as well as future features. It refers to the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G, suggesting there will be no Pixel 5 XL this year.
There's also talk of a feature codenamed Lasanga - thought to be a motion blur effect - as well as audio zoom to video, the addition of quick sharing to video and adding flash adjustment to the camera.
6 July 2020: These leaked Pixel 5 renders supposedly reveal Google's next flagship
David Kowalski (@xleaks7) shared computer-generated images of what he claims is the Pixel 5, without revealing a source. The renders show a dual camera, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner on the back and a single front camera in a left-aligned display cutout.
11 June 2020: Android 11 is on track
Instead of being revealed at Google I/O or a promised event which was then postponed, Google made Android 11's public beta available via press release in June. So expect it to be ready for full release by the end of the summer - and in plenty of time for the release of the Pixel 5 and 5XL.
15 May 2020: Google Pixel 5 might ditch the Soli chip
According to rumours from 9to5Google, the Soli radar chip might be ditched in the forthcoming Pixel 5.
In yesterday's show, we also touched on some things we're hearing about Pixel 5 from sources — specifically that it will likely leave behind hobbies like Soli— Stephen Hall (@hallstephenj) May 15, 2020
13 May 2020: Pixel team loses key members
Reports from The Information reveal that key members of the Pixel development team have left, including Marc Levoy often credited with developing the camera and Mario Queiroz, general manager, who worked on Pixel from the beginning.
13 May 2020: Google Camera app reveals Pixel plans
Code from an unreleased version of the Google Camera app reveals references to 2020 phones with the codenames Redfin and Bramble, thought to be the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL.
12 May 2020: Concept Pixel 5 design reveals new looks
A concept artist has come up with what the Pixel 5 might look like based on recent rumours and leaks.
19 February 2020: Pixel 5 could support reverse wireless charging
XDA Developers spotted a hidden Battery Share menu in the first Android 11 Developer Preview for Pixel devices. According to the site, the Battery Share menu page says "your phone's battery will run out faster when using battery share. Battery share works with compatible ear buds, watches, phones, and more."
Reverse wireless charging isn't mentioned directly, nor is the Pixel 5, but the description is pretty much what reverse wireless charging is so it's not unreasonable to suggest it could be coming to the next Pixel device.
14 February 2020: Render of Pixel 5 XL appears on Twitter
A render of one of three prototypes of the Pixel 5 XL has been shown on Front Page Tech's YouTube channel showing another camera housing that is likely to divide opinion.
According to presenter Jon Prosser, the prototype has a matte glass finish like the current Pixel 4 and the third lens at the bottom of the housing is claimed to be an ultra-wide angle sensor.
17 January 2020: Google might be working on a mid-range 5G phone
Evidence from leaked code suggests that Google is developing two devices using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765. That would include 5G, but move out of the flagship bracket. The codenames for these devices are Redfin and Bramble and they could be the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL.