Google Officially Releases Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5 is finally available for purchase after a series of teasers, renders, rumours and leaks. It will be Google’s latest flagship for the latter months of 2020 and early 2021. It appears that there’s only one version of Pixel 5, there will be no mini or XL version.

Design

Unlike many smartphones today, the Pixel 5 still has thicker bezel and there’s also a punch hole for the front-facing camera. The 6-inch OLED display offers 1080p resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. The design of Pixel 5 is just plain and simple. The display is scratch-resistant with Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The chassis of the smartphone is constructed from purely recycled aluminium. Due to its metal-based case, the body should be more durable and resistant to impacts, compared to plastic. The Google Pixel 5 is also certified for proper water resistance. On the back, we could find a fingerprint sensor, which is a workable solution.

Hardware specs

Despite being a flagship, the Pixel 5 isn’t equipped with the fastest hardware available in the market. The device has Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, which is a mid-range chipset, unlike the Snapdragon 865, currently used by other high-end devices. It is the same chipset used by other devices, such as Motorola Edge, OnePlus Nord and LG Velvet. Although it’s not the most powerful chipset out there, the Snapdragon 765G offers the right balance between features, affordability and performance. For consumers who are looking for value devices, it is probably what they are looking for. There are also 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. On the front, there’s 8MP selfie camera and two cameras on the back 12MP (wide) primary and 16MP ultra-wide. With the amount of RAM and storage, users should still be able to get decent multitasking capabilities. The 4,080mAh battery may provide adequate one-day of normal usage. Although the Pixel 5 has smaller design compared to Pixel 4 XL, Google still manages to provide battery with slightly greater capacity. Google adds the reverse wireless charging feature, which somehow could work with the aluminium body of the Pixel 5.

Cameras

While there’s nothing so special about the internal hardware, the cameras of Pixel 5 are more noteworthy. Pixel series has been set as the benchmark in terms of mobile photography. One interesting thing is that the Google focuses more on software optimization, instead of using ultra-high resolutions. Samsung has broken the 100MP resolution barrier and the Pixel 5 only has 12MP primary sensor and 16Mp ultra-wide sensor. The telephoto sensor on the Pixel 4 has been replaced by the ultra-wide-angle camera. This is a proper replacement, because many people tend to take regular photos, instead of using the telephoto lens. Many people may see this as an improvement, because they can take better photos. Google incorporates advanced low-light features, which allow users to get proper results with night-time photography. Another feature is called Portrait Light, which provides extra illumination with taking pictures. It is an AI-based capability, which makes subjects brighter, without being over-saturated.