Google announces the Pixel 5 for $699
Sept. 30, 2020
Google has officially taken the wraps off of the $699 Pixel 5 , its latest Android flagship. Compared to last year’s Pixel 4 , Google is focusing less on dramatic new technology — like the much-hyped Motion Sense gestures on last year’s model — and emphasizing instead the unique features that already help set the Pixel apart, like its stand-out camera software.
The Pixel 5 will feature a Snapdragon 765G processor — notably not the top-tier Snapdragon 865 or 865 Plus — complete with Qualcomm’s integrated X52 modem for 5G support (a benefit of the slightly less powerful chipset.) It’s a break from the usual Pixel strategy, which has sought to offer comparable flagship specs to other top Android devices from companies like Samsung or OnePlus — but it also means that Google can offer the new phone at a lower price.
Google is calling out a few things that separate out the Pixel 5 from the newly announced Pixel 4A, including IPX8 water-resistance, reverse wireless charging, more RAM, and a stronger Corning Gorilla Glass 6 panel. Notably, it lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, though, something its cheaper siblings offer.
Rounding out the specs are 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a 4080mAh battery, IP68 waterproofing, and 18W USB-C fast charging. And on the 5G front, the Pixel 5 will also support both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G, which means that it should work with almost any major 5G network.
As always, the star of the show with the Pixel 5 is the cameras. The Pixel 5 has two rear cameras: a 12.2 megapixel main camera with a 77-degree field-of-view and both optical and electronic image stabilization, and a 16 megapixel ultrawide that shoots at a wider 107 degrees. The front camera, meanwhile, is an 8 megapixel camera.
Of course, there’s some new software features, too. Google has added a new AI-powered “Portrait Light” mode, which lets you adjust the lighting on portrait mode shots, along with 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.
As expected, the latest Pixel is a bit of a different device than in previous years. Instead of going for the absolute best specs possible, Google is offering a slightly more modest set of specs and a lower price point: the Pixel 5 will start at $699, a $100 cut from the $799 the Pixel 4 started at.
The Pixel 5 will be available on October 15th through Verizon, Google Fi, and unlocked from Google’s online store for $699. Preorders are available now .
Developing. Check out our Pixel 5 event live blog for more news.
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