Google Pixel 5 release date, price, news and features
The Google Pixel 5 is official, and we’ve learned all about the newest flagship phone from the maker of Android at the company’s Launch Night In livestream event.
Below we’ll run you through all the key details we know about the Google Pixel 5 so far, including how much it’ll cost, what it looks like, and what specs you can expect for your money.
Cut to the chase
- What is the Google Pixel 5? Google’s latest flagship smartphone
- When is it out? October 15
- How much does it cost? $699 / £599 / AU$1,079
Google Pixel 5 release date and price
The Google Pixel 5 costs $699 / £599 / AU$1,079. Google has confirmed that the phone is coming to the US, UK and Australia, and you can pre-order it now directly from Google’s web store.
The Google Pixel 5 will be available in the US on October 15. An exact release date for other markets has yet to be revealed, but when we tried to purchase one from the UK Google Store we were told we would get it on October 16.
Google Pixel 5 design and display
The Google Pixel 5 design is what you can see below. The phone comes in two colors with odd names. Those are Sorta Sage (a green color) and Just Black (that’s just black).
The phone is IPX8 water resistant, which should mean you’re able to submerge this device in water for up to half an hour.
The phone comes with a 6-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340. That’s 432 pixels per inch. It’s an always-on display, and it’s an OLED panel.
Google has included 90Hz tech here, so the screen refresh rate will be better than on previous Google phones. That said, this isn’t as good as some top-end handsets that feature 120Hz and the newly announced Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro even features a 144Hz refresh rate.
There’s a USB-C port at the bottom of the phone, but there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack here. The phone also comes with stereo speakers as well, but there’s no 3.5mm audio jack included in the box.
Google Pixel 5 camera
For the Pixel 5’s camera, you can expect the same as the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4a. It features a 12.2MP dual-pixel shooter with 1.4 μm pixel width. There’s also a 16MP ultra-wide shooter as well.
We’ve found this camera to do fantastically in our reviews of those older phones, so we’re hoping for a similar result here. On the front of the phone you’ll find an 8MP selfie camera.
Google Pixel 5 specs and performance
Unlike previous Pixel flagships, the Pixel 5 doesn’t feature the top-end chipset you’d expect. Instead, the company has opted for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, which won’t be as powerful as the chipset you find in phones like the OnePlus 8 Pro or Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
That said, the phones we’ve seen running this chipset has been powerful enough for everyday tasks so we hope it’s a similar situation for the Pixel 5 when we’re able to try the phone out.
There’s 8GB of RAM on the phone, and 128GB of storage. We’ve yet to learn if you’ll be able to extend that storage with a microSD card, but it doesn’t seem like you’ll be able to.
There’s a 4,080mAh battery inside the phone, and the company has included wireless charging as well. It includes a feature called Battery Share, which allows you to recharge other devices using your phone’s battery.
Google claims the phone will last a full day from a single charge, and we’ll be sure to put that to the test in our full review. The Google Pixel 4’s battery life wasn’t impressive, so we’re hoping Google has changed that here.
You’ll get 5G connectivity here on the Pixel 5 as well, but be warned that you’ll need to have a contract that’s capable and live in area with 5G connectivity to make the most of that.
The Google Pixel 5 comes with Android 11 running straight away out of the box, which is the company’s latest version of its operating system. Expect this device to get solid updates over the next few years at least.