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Google Pixel 5: Everything you need to know

The Google Pixel 5 is finally here. After months of rumors, and teases by Google itself, we now have an official look at the new phone — though it turns out it’s the same as the rumors we had heard.

Interested in the Pixel 5 for yourself? Here’s everything you need to know about Google’s latest and greatest device. It’s also worth checking out the Pixel 4a 5G — which is $200 cheaper than the Pixel 5 and offers many of the same features.

Here’s everything we know about the Google Pixel 5 so far.

Google Pixel 5 Review

The Google Pixel 5 is now in our hands, and we’ve put together a full review of the new device, so you can get an idea of what we think of it, and whether or not you should buy it for yourself.

Generally, we found that the Pixel 5 offers a great display and solid battery life, along with that stock Android experience that we already know and love.

Read our full review of the Google Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5 price and availability

Now that the Pixel 5 is official, you might be wondering how you can get your hands on one for yourself. Turns out, however, it’s a little complicated.

In the U.S., the Pixel 5 will be available starting October 29 for $699, and you’ll be able to get it from Verizon or Google Fi, or unlocked from Amazon or the Google Store. It will also be coming to AT&T, though a date for the AT&T release has yet to be revealed.

Outside of the U.S., the Pixel 5 is now available, though only in eight countries. Those countries include the U.K., France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia. Hopefully, it’ll eventually be available in other countries too — though there’s no official word on that.

Google Pixel 5 design and display

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The Google Pixel 5 has a new design. Well, new compared to the Pixel 4. Ultimately, it looks pretty similar to the Pixel 4a — but that’s a good thing. There’s an edge-to-edge display with a hole-punch cutout on the top left, along with a fingerprint sensor on the back, and a square camera bump similar to that found on the Pixel 4 and 4a.

The build quality is likely solid, too. The back of the device is recycled aluminum with a resin covering — so it should be able to survive most minor bumps and falls.

The display on the device is likely to be more than good enough for most people. It’s an OLED display, and while it has a 1080p resolution instead of a 1440p resolution like other flagship devices, it retains the 90Hz refresh rate that users loved from the Pixel 4. That should help make for smooth and silky animations and a touch-responsive feel.

Google Pixel 5 specs

Here’s a quick rundown of the specs on offer by the Google Pixel 5.

 Google Pixel 5
Screen size 6-inch OLED
Screen resolution 1080p
Operating system Android 11
Storage 128GB
Tap-to-pay services Google Pay
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Camera 12MP wide-angle

16MP ultra-wide

Bluetooth version 5.0
Ports USB-C
Fingerprint sensor Yes, rear-mounted
Water resistance IP68
Battery 4000mAh

Fast Charging (18W)

Qi wireless charging

App marketplace Google Play Store
Network support Most major U.S. carriers
Price $699

Unlike the Pixel 4, the Pixel 5 doesn’t have Qualcomm’s latest and greatest flagship processor. It does, however, still have a Snapdragon 765G, which should be more than powerful enough for most people, even when it comes to mobile gaming and productivity. Coupled with 8GB of RAM, the Pixel 5 is no slouch.

There’s only one storage option on offer here — 128GB. While more options are always nice, it’s a good thing that Google went for 128GB and not 64GB — for most users, 128GB will be more than enough. And it’ll be way more than enough for those who rely on cloud storage for things like photos and streaming services for things like music. Further limiting options is the fact that there’s no Pixel 5 XL — just the standard Pixel 5.

The battery sits in at 4,000mAh, and considering the 1,080p resolution and OLED display, that should make for a good battery life — though we’ll have to wait until we can test the phone to confirm that. And if it’s not enough, it supports a range of charging options, including Qi wireless charging and 18W fast charging. Interestingly, considering the Pixel 5 has a metal back, Google built a small hole in the back of the phone through which it was able to thread a wireless charging sensor.

Google Pixel 5 cameras

Google Pixel 5 camera

Of course, one of the main reasons to buy a Pixel phone has always been the camera. This time around, Google has included a dual-sensor camera — and instead of the telephoto lens on the Pixel 4, there’s an ultra-wide lens. We wish Google simply included both, though its Super Res Zoom tech is pretty good at cleaning up digitally zoomed images.

The main camera sits in at 12 megapixels, while the ultra-wide camera is 16MP, with a 107-degree field of view. Around the front, there’s an 8MP selfie cam.

What about the Pixel 4a 5G?

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The Pixel 5 looks to be a great deal, but the Pixel 4a 5G may be an even better deal. The Pixel 4a 5G comes in at $500 and will be available starting in November. It has the same processor, same cameras, same software experience, and the same overall design. It is missing the 90Hz refresh rate, the aluminum build, and wireless charging, and it has only 6GB of RAM — but those features may not warrant a $200 price bump for most users.

It’s also important to note that the Verizon model of the Pixel 4a 5G is $600, or $100 more than the standard model. The price bump comes down to needing extra radios to support Verizon’s 5G network, and for most people, it’s probably not worth paying that much. Instead, consider the Pixel 5 or the unlocked Pixel 4a 5G, even though it won’t work on Verizon’s 5G network.

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