Launched in 2020, the Google Pixel 5 represented a strategic shift for Google. Instead of competing directly with high-end flagships, the Pixel 5 was positioned as a premium mid-ranger, focusing on delivering the essential features users loved about the Pixel series at a more accessible price point.
- Operating System: Launched with Android 11, with the advantage of direct and swift updates from Google.
- Display: 6.0-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, boasting a 90Hz refresh rate.
- Processor: Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G Octa-core.
- Memory: 8 GB RAM with 128 GB internal storage (non-expandable).
- Camera: Dual rear camera setup with a 12.2 MP primary sensor and a 16 MP ultrawide lens. An 8 MP front camera.
- Battery: 4080 mAh non-removable battery with fast charging, wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging capabilities.
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and 5G connectivity.
- Other Features: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, IP68 dust/water resistance, stereo speakers, and deep Google Assistant integration.
- Balanced Performance: The Snapdragon 765G, combined with 8 GB RAM, provided a smooth user experience for most tasks.
- Camera Capabilities: The Pixel 5 continued the series’ reputation for excellent photography, with features like Night Sight and Portrait Light.
- Battery Life: The 4080 mAh battery was a significant improvement over the Pixel 4, offering all-day battery life for most users.
- Compact Design: The Pixel 5’s hand-friendly design was appreciated by those who preferred smaller phones.
- 5G Connectivity: The device was 5G-ready, making it future-proof for next-gen network speeds.
- No Telephoto Lens: Unlike the Pixel 4, the Pixel 5 opted for an ultrawide lens, which meant it lacked optical zoom capabilities.
- Processor Choice: While the Snapdragon 765G was capable, it wasn’t on par with flagship chips like the Snapdragon 865 in terms of performance.
- Lack of Novel Features: The Pixel 5 skipped features like the Soli radar chip, which was present in the Pixel 4.
Comparisons to Other Technologies:
In 2020, the smartphone landscape was diverse, with a focus on 5G and camera innovations. The Google Pixel 5 faced competition from:
- iPhone 12: Apple’s offering with its A14 Bionic chip, 5G connectivity, and new design language.
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: A fan-favorite offering flagship features at a more affordable price point.
- OnePlus 8T: Boasting high-end specs, a 120Hz display, and fast charging capabilities.
The Google Pixel 5 was announced in September 2020 and released in October 2020.
- Speaker Quality: Some users reported that the under-display speaker on the Pixel 5 lacked clarity, especially during calls.
- Build Concerns: There were isolated reports of a slight gap between the phone’s frame and display, although Google addressed this as a normal part of the design with no impact on the device’s performance or durability.
- Limited Availability: The Pixel 5 was not available in all regions, which disappointed some potential buyers.
The Google Pixel 5 marked a change in direction for Google, focusing on delivering a balanced, no-frills experience rather than competing in the high-end flagship space. It was well-received for its camera capabilities, software experience, and value proposition. While it lacked some of the cutting-edge features of its competitors, it offered a cohesive and user-friendly experience that resonated with many Pixel enthusiasts and general users alike.