The much-awaited Google Pixel 5 is finally out. The Pixel 5 was recently launched on September 30, 2020, at Google’s Launch Night In event. It is one of Google’s top-end phones, and it’s the perfect option if you are looking for an affordable 5G phone offering great camera experience, having smaller-than-typical size with quality software and guaranteed updates. If you are thinking whether or not you should buy Google Pixel 5, then you have landed on just the right page. Here we will be discussing everything we know about the phone so that you can make an informed decision.
To start with, the Pixel 5 costs $699 in the US and is available in only one size, two colors, and one storage configuration. Its design and features are such that the Pixel 5 stands right next to LG Velvet, the Samsung Galaxy A71, the Galaxy S20 FE, the OnePlus 8, OnePlus Nord (outside the US), and some other upper mid-range to flagship 5G phones.
What Should You Expect From the Pixel 5 Camera?
The Pixel 5 has a 12MP IMX363 main camera, complemented by a new 16MP ultra-wide shooter, ditching the telephoto camera that came with Pixel 4a. This new camera will allow you to capture wider scenes, such as cityscapes, landscapes, and groups of people without having to take a few steps back.
Talking about the phone’s zoom capabilities, it is expected that the Pixel 5 Zoom quality will be somewhat like Pixel 3. Super Resolution Zoom without a telephoto lens should capture distinct images at least till 2x or 3x zoom shots. Also, Google is bringing a serious upgrade in terms of exposure bracketing on Pixel 5 that should pull out more clear photos. Google’s fantastic Night Sight and Portrait Light is also coming to portrait mode. This will allow you to add effect to your portrait photos, which turn out to be with dark subjects. Google has also tweaked video quality in Pixel 5. This fantastic phone is coming with three new stabilization modes: locked, active, and cinematic pan.
How Is the Pixel 5 Battery Life?
The Pixel 5 battery is over 1,000mAh bigger than the Pixel 4’s 2,800mAh pack, however, its 5G connectivity might result in higher battery consumption. Also, Pixel 5 is going to have an extreme battery saver mode that will allow you to pause everything except the apps you like to use. According to Google, this feature will get you up to 48 hours of additional battery life.
Is the Pixel 5 Fast Enough?
The Pixel 5’s Snapdragon 765G processor makes it weaker than the Pixel 4. Not to mention the huge gap between the Pixel 4’s and Pixel 5’s graphical performance. Anyways, the gap between the CPU performance delivered by the Snapdragon 765G and the Snapdragon 855 is pretty small, making it ideal for single-cores performance. Long story short, Pixel 5’s chipset can deliver great performance in most of the general games. However, you shouldn’t consider Pixel 5 if you play advanced games.
Google Pixel 5 Specifications
- 6-inch OLED
- 2,340 x 1,080 resolution
- 90Hz refresh rate
- 19.5:9 aspect ratio
- >1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
- 2x Cortex-A76
- 6x Cortex-A55
- Titan M Security Module
GPU: Adreno 620
- No microSD slot
- Main: 12.2MP, f/1.7 aperture, 1.4µm pixels, optical + electronic image stabilization
- Secondary: 16MP, f/2.2 aperture, 1 micron pixel, ultra-wide (107-degree FoV)
Front: 8MP sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 1.12µm pixels, fixed focus, 83-degree FoV
Headphone jack: No
- 18W charging
- 12W wireless charging
- Reverse wireless charging
IP rating: IP68
- Proximity / ambient light sensor
- Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor
- Spectral and flicker sensor
Software: Android 11
Dimensions and weight:
- 144.7 x 70.4 x 8mm
Colors: Just Black, Sorta Sage
Should You Buy Google Pixel 5?
For the buyers in the US where brands like Realme and Xiaomi are not available, Google Pixel 5 priced at $699 looks like a good phone. Talking in general, if you are looking for an affordable 5G phone with flagship-style features, then Pixel 5 is currently your best bet. Those looking for the most reliable phone should keep in mind that Google’s Pixel series have suffered from hardware issues in the past. Coming to the specifications sheet, Pixel 5 looks far better than Pixel 4’s small battery and lack of a triple rear camera compared to the rival phones.
This was all we have so far on Google Pixel 5. Hope this helps you in deciding whether you want to buy the phone or not.