Google's next flagship Android smartphone is due to be revealed on September 30, a year on from the Pixel 4.
The new Pixel 5 smartphone comes at a crucial time for Google, as it will launch within weeks, and potentially days, of the new iPhone 12 family, putting the two handsets closer together than ever before, owing to Apple delaying its star attraction for 2020.
Google Pixel 5 rumors: Design and display
As with previous generations of Pixel, we are expecting Google to announce a regular Pixel 5 and a larger Pixel 5 XL, both with 5G connectivity for the first time. It has been widely reported that the Pixel 5 will have a six-inch display, which is 0.3 inches larger than the Pixel 4. Renders reported created by Google appeared online this week, giving us our best look yet at the new phone.
Protected by Gorilla Glass 6, the new display is said to have a resolution of 2340 x 1080, an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, and a refresh rate of 90Hz, meaning Google won't be offering the desirable 120Hw rate used by Samsung, OnePlus and others.
Smaller bezels around the display should make the overall size similar on both the Pixel 4 and 5. According to smartphone leaker Max Weinbach, the Pixel 5 will measure 144.6 x 70.4 x 8mm, which compares to 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm for the year-old Pixel 4.
Some space saving will be made by using a hole-punch front camera, instead of housing it in a thick bezel above the display, as was the case with the Pixel 4. The Pixel 5 will also lack the display notch of the iPhone family, as Google is sticking with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor instead of using facial recognition.
The phone will reportedly have IP68 water and dust resistance, and a body that is made from 100 percent recycled aluminum. As for color options, we have seen claims of black and green for now, with the potential for a couple more when the phone actually launches.
Google Pixel 5 rumors: Camera system
According to a report by WinFuture, the rear camera system of the Pixel 5 will have a 12.2-megapixel sensor with a wide F/1.7 aperture and a 77-degree field of view. This main sensor will sit next to a secondary wide-angle camera with a 16-megapixel sensor, F/2.2 aperture, and a wide 107-degree lens.
Meanwhile, the hole punch-style front camera is expected to have an 8-megapixel sensor with an aperture of F/2.0 and an 83-degree lens (down from 90 on the Pixel 4).
Since the first Pixel arrived back in 2016, Google has been a leader of smartphone camera technology and computational photography, opting to produce market-leading photos using software and algorithms instead of more sophisticated hardware.
Google Pixel 5 rumors: Performance
Google is said to be fitting the Pixel 5 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Octacore processor with a clock speed of 2.4GHz. This will be joined by 8GB of RAM and a claimed 128GB of storage. This is a little on the low side, especially if the Pixel 5 follows the design of the Pixel 4 and fails to have a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
Another rumored specifications for the Pixel 5 include a 4,080 mAh battery which is claimed to offer wireless charging and reverse charging, where small accessories with wireless charging, like headphones, fill their battery when placed on the back of the phone.
Google Pixel 5 rumors: Price and release date
Google doesn't tend to directly rival flagship handsets from Apple and Samsung. Instead, we expect to see the Pixel 5 slot into the market below the iPhone 12 and Galaxy S20, at around $700 to $800. This should make the Pixel 5 feel like good value for money, especially given its 5G credentials and Google's best-in-class camera technology.
We fully expect the Pixel 5 (and potentially a 5G version of the cheaper Pixel 4A) to be announced on September 30. We then expect to see the new phones go on sale in the following few days.