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Google Pixel 5 Announced: Release Date, Price, Specs & More

As part of Google’s September ‘Launch Night In’ hardware launch, the long-rumoured Pixel 5 finally made its official appearance. Here’s everything you need to know, including price, specs and more.

If you’ve been following the Pixel’s story of late, Google is under pressure to ensure the Pixel 5 is a hit after last year’s Pixel 4 was blighted by poor battery life and an uninspiring design.

Google is in a unique position as the developer of Android, making it the only company that can truly rival Apple for synergy between hardware and software. But for too long its phones haven’t been able to compete, making it hard to justify buying a Pixel device against more capable competitors. 

When can I buy the Google Pixel 5?

Google announced the Pixel 5 alongside the Pixel 4a 5G – a follow-up to the recent mid-range Pixel 4a – at its Launch Night In hardware event on 30 September.

The Pixel 5 is available to pre-order in select markets – including the US and UK – right now, with availability kicking off from 15 October.

How much does the Google Pixel 5 cost?

The Pixel 4 started at £669, while you had to jump up to at least £829 for the Pixel 4 XL. As was leaked just hours ahead of launch, the Pixel 5 (there is no XL model this year) comes in just one memory/storage SKU for £599.

In some markets, Google will also offer a handset-only 24-month pay monthly plan. In the UK, it’ll cost would-be Pixel 5 owners £24.96 a month.

What features does the Google Pixel 5 offer?

The main additions and upgrades that Google was keen to highlight during the phone’s launch centred around the Pixel 5’s 5G capabilities, 8GB of RAM (up from 6GB on the Pixel 4/4XL) and the addition of reverse wireless charging.

Safe to say, the spec sheet isn’t likely to give the company’s smartphone competitors cause for concern, nor is it going to make existing Pixel 4 and 4 XL owners feel all that left out.

Here’s the full spec sheet:

  • 6in 19.5:9 90Hz Full HD+ (2340×1080) OLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage (non-expandable)
  • 12.2Mp main camera w/ OIS+EIS
  • 16Mp ultrawide camera w/ 107° FoV
  • 8Mp hole-punch front-facing camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • Recycled aluminium body
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • IPX8-certified
  • Android 11
  • 4080mAh battery
  • 18W fast charging
  • 12W fast wireless charging + reverse wireless charging
  • 151 grams
  • 144.7mm x 70.4mm x 8mm
  • Colours: Just Black, Sorta Sage

While we were expecting Google to opt for a chip like the Snapdragon 765G, its appearance highlights Google’s desire to present the Pixel 5 to potential buyers as well-rounded experience, regardless of the hardware inside.

Has the company done enough to recover from the missteps made by last year’s Pixel 4 line? Dropping Motion Sense and throwing a significantly larger battery in the Pixel 5 will certainly help but as to whether this is the smartphone to buy in 2020 because of Google’s direct control over Android? We’ll have to test the phone out for ourselves to truly know for sure.

Stay tuned for our Google Pixel 5 review, coming soon.

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