Google’s new Pixel 5 phone has been in the news for a quite while now. As usual, most details about the phone, including how it looks and the specs were leaked weeks before today’s official announcement.
At the company’s Launch Night In event, Google just took the wraps off the new Pixel 5, its latest Pixel flagship.
Let’s get the specs out the way quickly: the new Pixel 5 includes a 6-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels, with a refresh rate of 90Hz. You will also notice that the latest Pixel phone no longer has a massive, hideous front bezel which makes the front of the phone look incredibly sleek.
Under the hood, the Pixel 5 is powered by a Snapdragon 765G processor, enabling support for 5G with Qualcomm’s integrated X52 modem. Phone makers have been making a big deal out of 5G for quite a while now, and Google is the latest to join the party.
And if you are thinking of getting a Pixel, you probably care a lot about the cameras. Pixel 5 is introducing some interesting improvements to the camera. Along with the usual 12.2MP main camera, the Pixel 5 now features a 16MP ultrawide camera in place of the telephoto lens we have seen on older Pixel devices. The new ultra-wide lens will feature a FOV of 107 degrees, while the front camera will be an 8MP sensor. Google is also adding support for 4K 60FPS and 1080p 240FPS video recording to the main camera.
You’ll notice that the front-facing camera is now housed within a punch-hole notch, which means Google is getting rid of all the sensors that enabled Face Unlock. There’s now a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone instead. The device also features wireless and reverse wireless charging, both of which are very nice additions.
Google is introducing a new feature called Portrait Light feature that gives user granular control over the lighting in pictures taken in the portrait mode. Google Assistant is getting a new “Hold For Me” feature where the Assistant will essentially hold for you when you are in a queue during a call and it will automatically let you know when the call is answered. If you hate being put on hold when calling customer service, this is going to be super helpful.
Other than that, the Pixel 5 comes with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a 4,080mAh battery (with an 18W USB-C fast charger), and IP68 water resistance. Pre-order open today, and the handset will be available in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia. Starts at $699.