We got our first glimpse at what might turn out to be the Google Pixel 5 earlier today, and now a new report has revealed some of the device’s alleged specifications.
According to Android Central, Google’s next flagship smartphone will feature a 6-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. That display size is right in the middle of the Pixel 4’s 5.7″ and Pixel 4 XL’s 6.3″ display, but unlike those two phones, the Pixel 5 is expected to have an edge-to-edge display with minimal bezels on the top and bottom. The Pixel 5’s alleged 90Hz refresh rate would be the same refresh rate as on the Pixel 4, and it’s unlikely that Google is packing in Samsung’s advanced variable refresh rate OLED display with an LTPO backplane. We’re not sure if the resolution will be FHD like the smaller non-XL models in the past or QHD like the larger XL models.
The Google Pixel 5 is also expected to feature a dual-camera setup like the Pixel 4, but instead of a secondary telephoto camera, Android Central believes the secondary camera will be a wide-angle lens. Although the company experimented with a secondary wide-angle selfie camera on the 2018 Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the Pixel 5 would be the first Pixel phone to include a wide-angle camera on the rear. Many users have been wanting this to happen, but perhaps not at the expense of the telephoto camera.
Internally, the Pixel 5 will allegedly come equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, which we’ve expected but could not confirm in the past. The Snapdragon 765G has an octa-core CPU in a 1+1+6 configuration comprised of 1 ARM Cortex-A76 CPU core clocked at up to 2.4GHz, 1 ARM Cortex-A76 CPU core clocked at up to 2.2GHz, and 6 ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores clocked at up to 1.8GHz. The GPU is an overclocked version of Qualcomm’s Adreno 620 found on the standard Snapdragon 765. More importantly, the integrated Snapdragon X52 modem supports 5G connectivity, though it remains to be seen what bands are supported and what antennas and RF components Google packs in the Pixel 5.
Android Central also reports that the Google Pixel 5 will feature 8GB of (presumably LPDDR4X) RAM, which is a step up from the 6GB of RAM on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4a. Google Pixel phones used to feature only 4GB of RAM until the Pixel 4, a move that landed the company in hot water when memory management issues emerged on the Pixel 3. 128GB of (presumably UFS 2.1) storage is said to be standard for the Pixel 5 line, much like the Pixel 4a. Meanwhile, Android Central says that an earlier rumor of the smartphone featuring a paltry 3,080mAh battery is false and that the Pixel 5’s battery capacity will be “considerably larger” than the Pixel 4’s, but they did not have a specific number to share.
The Pixel 5 will again support wireless charging, with support for the 15W Qi EPP profile and 5W reverse wireless charging. Evidence for the latter was previously found in Android 11 software.
The alleged Google Pixel 5. You can download the wallpaper seen in this render here.
Android Central also reveals a few details for the Pixel 4a 5G; the device will allegedly feature a larger 6.2-inch display and similar specs to the Pixel 5, including the Snapdragon 765G processor and 8GB of RAM.
The Pixel 5 (left) and Pixel 4a 5G (right).
Google has already acknowledged the existence of the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5, teasing both devices alongside the Pixel 4a’s launch a few weeks back. While the devices’ reported specs might not dazzle, we’ll be very interested to see what Google does with the camera and software. Google made a big gamble with the 3D facial recognition system and Soli radar gestures on the Pixel 4, but it looks like the company is taking a more conservative approach with its pair of 2020 flagships. Given the current economic and social conditions, that could prove to be a smart move.
With the Pixel 4a 5G and 5 expected to be unveiled at the end of September or the beginning of October (with pre-orders allegedly beginning October 8th), we don’t have to wait much longer before we have the full picture. The Pixel 4a 5G will cost $499, but we don’t know the price of the Pixel 5. Both devices will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia.