The Pixel 5 in black. [credit: Google ]
After what felt like a thousand leaks, Google's flagship smartphone for 2020, the Pixel 5, is finally official. As we've been expecting, this phone doesn't feature top-of-the-line hardware and is instead more midrange, with a Snapdragon 765G SoC. If you've been following the leaks, the main news we were looking for today is the price, which is $699.
The specs include a 6-inch, 2340 x 1080 OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 765G SoC, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4080mAh battery. The phone has wireless charging, 18W quick charging over USB-C, and IP68 dust and water resistance. There are two cameras on the back, a 12MP main camera which reportedly is the same sensor the Pixel line has been using for years, a second 16MP wide-angle lens, and an 8MP front camera.
The Pixel 5 design looks just like a slightly higher-end Pixel 4a. It has an all-screen front featuring slim bezels and a hole-punch camera. The Pixel 5 looks like it has fully symmetrical bezels all the way around instead of a thicker chin on the bottom like the cheaper 4a. On the back, there's a throwback capacitive fingerprint reader—a contrast to the in-screen fingerprint readers most phones ship with—and a camera block. The design back is also very reminiscent of the Pixel 4a, with a simple, one-color design that wraps around the sides. The two-tone motif of the Pixel 4 (which had a flat back and contrasting sides) or the Pixel 1/2/3 (which had a contrasting top half) has been abandoned.