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First Look At Google’s $699 Flagship Pixel 5

Finally! Google formally announced the launch of its latest flagship device after much teasing. As the tips and leaks before Google’s big “Launch Night In” suggested, Google revealed the Pixel 5 along with a larger version of Pixel 4a with 5G support. The California based company also revealed a new Chromecast and its latest smart speakers.

Google Pixel 5: What’s New

Keeping in line with the leaks and rumors, the latest flagship from Google emphasizes more on the unique aspects that set the Pixel smartphone apart from other smartphones. Google kept away from the not much used Motion Sense Gesture from last year’s Pixel smartphones. Notably, the phone doesn’t feature a flagship processor and manages with the Snapdragon 730G instead. That meant a major price cut and the phone launched with a price tag of $699 ( ₹51,422.91 approx)- which is still higher than what fans expected. The smartphone launches under the budget smartphone category and is available for pre-orders in the US.  Google already confirmed the latest flagship devices won’t be available for the Indian market anytime soon. 

Google Pixel 5: Key Specs

Display 6.00-inch (1080×2340)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Front Camera 8MP
Rear Camera 12.2MP + 16MP
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4080mAh
OS Android 11
Market Status Released
Release Date 30th September 2020

 

The Pixel 5 sports a 6-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED display panel in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a 90Hz refresh rate. Pixel 5 features a hole-punch selfie camera and an edge-to-edge bezel-less display. The phone’s specs sheet includes some new features like IPX8 water-resistance, reverse wireless charging, more RAM, and a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 panel that sets it above the PIxel 4a. The Pixel 5 has a smooth 90 Hz FHD display with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a 4080mAh battery, IP68 waterproofing, and 18W USB-C fast charging. And on the 5G front, the Google Pixel 5 will also support both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G, which means that it should work with almost any major 5G network.

Google Pixel 5: Flagship Camera?

Pixel’s camera quality has always been impressive and with the launch of Pixel 5, Google has left no stones unturned to impress yet again. The smartphone has two rear cameras with some new software features. The first rear camera will be 12.2 MP with optical and electronic image stabilization with a 77-degree field of view. A new 16 MP camera that shoots at a wider 107 degree is paired with the 12.2 MP camera. The front camera, meanwhile, is an 8 MP camera.

Google has added a new AI-powered “Portrait Light” mode, which lets you adjust the lighting on portrait mode shots, a “Cinematic Pan” setting for panning shots, and three new stabilization modes for shooting smoother video. And the “Extreme Battery Saver” mode promises to help stretch your battery life to up to 48 hours.

 

What To Expect From Google Pixel 5

Concluding the announcement, Google made it clear that the new Pixel phones won’t be competing with top-of-the-line Android or iOS devices. Instead, Google is aiming at the budget segment with an affordable 5G supported Pixel 5 this time. 

 

Prakhar Sushant
I follow business and Technology passionately. A native of Delhi, living in Bangalore. I am an avid reader, a traveller but not a tourist.

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