The Google Pixel 5 is official, and we’ve learned all about the newest flagship phone from the livestream event.

The Pixel 5 features a 6-inch FHD+ OLED 90Hz  Display with a hole-punch in the top-left corner. Pixel 5 uses the same 12.2MP sensor with ƒ/1.7 aperture that dates back to the Pixel 3. But now it is paired with a 16MP wide-angle lens (107-degree FOV). On the video front, it is capable of 4K 60FPS and 1080p 120FPS rear video recording.

The Google Pixel 5 is powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 765G processor with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It has a 4,080mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. Surprisingly Pixel 5 also supports wireless charging and reverse charging. It measures 144.7×70.4×8.0mm and weighs 151 grams.

PIxel 5 Specs

One of the most interesting things about Pixel 5 is the fact that it can do wireless charging and reverse charge despite having an aluminum back. Wonder how this has been achieved? There’s a small hole cut in the aluminum rear plate where the wireless charging coil sits covered by a resin that matches the thickness of the frame. Then both are painted over.

Google  Pixel 5 is made with 100 percent recycled aluminum

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Pixel 5 SAmple image

Google’s Pixel 5 doesn’t bring any major changes to the camera hardware. The 2X telephoto camera from the Pixel 4 is now replaced with a new 16MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture and 107-degree FOV. The main camera remains unchanged since the pixel 3a, It’s a 12.2MP 1/2.55” sensor with f/1.7 aperture, Dual Pixel AF, and OIS.

HDR+ with bracketing

The Camera app on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G is now upgraded to offer HDR+ with bracketing which will deliver clearer, sharper photos. This essentially uses photos shot at higher and lower exposure levels to create a more accurately lit final image.

Night Sight + Portrait Blur

This feature allows you to do things like take Night Sight photos with portrait blur. The camera will have to not only compute the subject and create a synthesized bokeh effect but also do it with limited available lighting. So this is an interesting feature..!

Portrait Light

Portrait Light is a new feature that lets you brighten up a subject’s face where there may be too much shadow or if your subject is in front of a strongly lit light source. You can manually select wherein the photo to add light on your subject’s face. Google Photos will be updated to let you do this with old photos as well.

portrait light on pixel 5

In the video aspect, there are three new stabilization modes: Locked, Active, and Cinematic Pan. Cinematic Pan will basically shoot at 60 fps and then slow down the video by 2 times to create a smoother, more dramatic video.

It’s surprising to see how much Google relies on software that can leverage essentially the same main camera hardware that Google has been putting in phones since the Pixel 3a.

Pixel 5 runs Android 11 out of the box, guaranteed to get three years of OS and security updates. Google Pixel 5 is made with 100 percent recycled aluminum to reduce its carbon footprint. Plus, Google has set a very low sales target this year. Only 800,000 units of the Pixel 5 will probably be manufactured this year

The Pixel 5 costs $699, is available for pre-order now from the Google Store, and ships in October

Verdict

You might wonder there are other alternatives for the same such as Samsung s20 FE that has an 865 processor and a larger 120hz display. Not everyone wants a gigantic phone. There are people who prefer smaller, more hand-friendly devices and this Pixel 5 is basically the same size as a Pixel 3 but with a 4,000 mAh battery. That’s insane. Plus, it does have some advantages over the FE, namely the aluminum build, symmetrical bezels (which adds to the overall premium nature). A Gorilla Glass 6 display vs. Gorilla Glass 3 as featured in Samsung’s FE series.

Pixel Devices have a different target audience, there are excellent smartphones with the features users want at the same price. The choice between Google and Samsung is largely the preference of the user and neither will disappoint, as long as the consumer knows what they really want. Samsung surely wins on specs, but Google often provides a better experience.