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Google officially announces the $799 Pixel 5

The flagship smartphone features a not flagship Snapdragon 765G processor

After months of leaks, Google has finally announced the Pixel 5.

Google went a different way with the Pixel 5 compared to previous years and opted for a non-flagship processor in its latest device.

The phone features a Snapdragon 765G processor with 5G capabilities, as well as 8GB of RAM and the largest-ever battery for a Pixel handset at 4,000mAh.

Additionally, the handset sports an OLED 6.0-inch screen with a 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution that also features HDR10+ and a 90Hz refresh rate.

Camera-wise, the phone’s rear shooters have changed slightly.

The primary shooter is the same 12.2-megapixel camera with an f/1.7 aperture.

However, what’s changed is the 16-megapixel secondary sensor that uses an ultrawide lens with an f/2.2 aperture instead of a telephoto lens like the Pixel 4. There’s also a portrait lighting feature that lets users manipulate where a source of light is coming from. On the front, there’s an 8-megapixel f/2.0 camera.

Pixel 5

Pixel 4a 5G

Display

6.0-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2340) OLED display, 432 ppi, 19.5:9 aspect ratio

6.24-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2340) OLED display, 413 ppi, 19.5:9 aspect ratio

Processor

Snapdragon 765G

Snapdragon 765G

RAM

8GB of RAM

6GB of RAM

Storage

128GB

128GB

Dimensions (in.)

144.7 x 70.4 x 8.0mm

153.9 x 74 x 8.2mm (Sub-6 only), 153.9 x 74 x 8.5mm (mmWave + Sub-6)

Weight

151g

168g (Sub-6 only), 171g (mmWave + Sub-6)

Rear Facing Camera

12.2-megapixel (f/1.7) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2, ultrawide)

12.2-megapixel (f/1.7) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2) ultra-wide

Front Facing Camera

8-megapixel (f//2.0)

8-megapixel (f/2.0)

OS

Android 11

Android 11

Battery

4,000mAh

3,800mAh

Network Connectivity

GSM/HSPA/LTE/5G

GSM/HSPA/LTE/5G

Sensors

Fingerprint (rear), accelerometor, gyro, proximity, compass`

Fingerprint (rear), accelerometor, gyro, proximity, compass

SIM Type

Nano SIM

Nano SIM

Launch Date

September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

Misc

Colours: Just Black | Subtle Sage, 90Hz refresh rate

Colours: Just Black

Display

Pixel 5

6.0-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2340) OLED display, 432 ppi, 19.5:9 aspect ratio

Pixel 4a 5G

6.24-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2340) OLED display, 413 ppi, 19.5:9 aspect ratio

Processor

Pixel 5

Snapdragon 765G

Pixel 4a 5G

Snapdragon 765G

RAM

Pixel 5

8GB of RAM

Pixel 4a 5G

6GB of RAM

Storage

Pixel 5

128GB

Pixel 4a 5G

128GB

Dimensions (in.)

Pixel 5

144.7 x 70.4 x 8.0mm

Pixel 4a 5G

153.9 x 74 x 8.2mm (Sub-6 only), 153.9 x 74 x 8.5mm (mmWave + Sub-6)

Weight

Pixel 5

151g

Pixel 4a 5G

168g (Sub-6 only), 171g (mmWave + Sub-6)

Rear Facing Camera

Pixel 5

12.2-megapixel (f/1.7) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2, ultrawide)

Pixel 4a 5G

12.2-megapixel (f/1.7) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2) ultra-wide

Front Facing Camera

Pixel 5

8-megapixel (f//2.0)

Pixel 4a 5G

8-megapixel (f/2.0)

OS

Pixel 5

Android 11

Pixel 4a 5G

Android 11

Battery

Pixel 5

4,000mAh

Pixel 4a 5G

3,800mAh

Network Connectivity

Pixel 5

GSM/HSPA/LTE/5G

Pixel 4a 5G

GSM/HSPA/LTE/5G

Sensors

Pixel 5

Fingerprint (rear), accelerometor, gyro, proximity, compass`

Pixel 4a 5G

Fingerprint (rear), accelerometor, gyro, proximity, compass

SIM Type

Pixel 5

Nano SIM

Pixel 4a 5G

Nano SIM

Launch Date

Pixel 5

September 30, 2020

Pixel 4a 5G

September 30, 2020

Misc

Pixel 5

Colours: Just Black | Subtle Sage, 90Hz refresh rate

Pixel 4a 5G

Colours: Just Black

Oddly enough, on the back, there’s a fingerprint scanner, and the device supports reverse wireless charging that Google calls ‘Battery Share.’

It’s worth noting that there’s no Pixel 5 XL compared to how Google launched a Pixel 4 XL last year.

The 128GB Pixel 5 (only one storage model this year) comes in ‘Subtle Sage’ and ‘Just Black,’ costs $799 CAD, and you can pre-order the smartphone now. Google says the phone will be available in Canada on October 29th.

When the Pixel 4 launched in 2019 it cost $999 and the larger 128GB model cost $1,129. Google priced the 64GB 4 XL at $1,129 and the 128GB Pixel 4 XL cost $1,259.

This year’s Pixel smartphone is a lot more affordable, likely due to the Snapdragon 765G processor.

Google also announced the Pixel 4a, Nest Audio and a new Chromecast during its recent keynote.

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