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8.4/10
Informr score
The Google Pixel 5 currently has an Informr score of 8.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 54 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Great camera software
  • Nice metal case
  • Clean Android interface

What's bad

  • Slow image processing
  • Weak panel speaker

Google brings back simplicity in the unassuming Google Pixel 5. It’s not flashy; it doesn’t have bells and whistles. But sometimes less is more. Does this unassuming new release from Google have what it takes to compete with the best in its price range?

Design

Google went for an all-metal finish, giving the phone a premium feel. At a glance, it seems simple and even a little bit dull but reviewers felt the design’s simplicity is a strong point. The Google Pixel 5 sports slim bezels, a decent screen, and the right size for one-handed use -- everything you need in 2020 but nothing extra to distract.

Display

The Google Pixel 5 has an OLED screen. Reviewers found it had decent coloration and contrast., calling it “just right.” The screen itself runs a little warm color-wise but it’s not enough to make the phone hard to use. Instead, it’s just enough to take the edge off the mobile phone’s screen.

Performance

The phone is not the fastest or zippiest but it does what you need it to do and can multitask in a pinch. It doesn’t really play the big games well, and the image processing is really slow, but that was the biggest gripe reviewers had.

Software & Storage

The phone ships with Android 11 and a promise of updates for a good long while. The Google Pixel 5 is locked in at 128GB without an external expansion option.

Cameras

The Google Pixel 5 does great with photos. Some reviewers even stated the camera was better than the iPhone 11. While that’s not the newest phone on the market, it’s still a photography powerhouse by mobile standards. Reviewers stated that the range of options, filters, and tweaks available are seemingly endless -- including a filter that allows you to adjust the light source of a picture adding shadows and highlights in real-time.

Battery Life

Battery life was a strong point for the Pixel 5. With frequent use, media watching, and multi-tasking, it still managed to pull nearly 10 hours of time before needing a charge for reviewers. Whether you’re a power user or just looking for something affordable when you need it, the phone should last the day for you with little issue.

Audio

The panel speaker on the Google Pixel 5 failed to impress reviewers. Many called the audio experience shallow and tinny. There’s also no headphone jack, so if you want to escape the weak speakers, you’ll need a pair of Bluetooth headphones or an adapter to the plugin in your traditional 3.5mm cans.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum chassis
  • 6-inch OLED display
  • Octa-core 2.4 GHz Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 128GB of storage
  • Rear-facing 12MP lens and 8MP selfie camera
  • 4080mAh battery

Bottom Line

Google was not aiming to take over the market or to change phone history. The Pixel 5 is meant to be an affordable phone with a focus on simplicity and uncomplicated design. The phone functions well and it does what it promises. This could be the sort of gem someone is looking for amidst all of the flashy full-featured phones out there running for twice the price.

Tech Radar says, “The Google Pixel 5 loses some of the more advanced features of its predecessor in order to keep the cost down, and the result is a streamlined phone with great camera software and a clean Android interface”

Android Authority states, “The Google Pixel 5 may not be the high-end Pixel we were expecting, but it's a pretty compelling mid-range option. Google is going back to basics with the Pixel 5, ditching higher-end features like face recognition and the quirky Motion Sense gestures.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.4 GHz
Screen Size
6"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Photography Blog

The Google Pixel 5 is a competitive phone against the likes of the iPhone 12 and OnePlus 8T. The numbers don't necessarily back this up, but the real-world experience does. Certainly, it represents a sensible upgrade from the Pixel 4. Overall, we have no doubt recommending the Google Pixel 5 and its...

- Tim Coleman, Photography Blog
XDA Developers

It seems like the general consensus of the Google Pixel 5 is that it’s a genuine refinement over previous Pixel phones. Google is doing the best they can with parts that they’re familiar with, and they continue to focus on aspects that constitute a practical smartphone. In the display department, th...

- Dylan Raga, XDA Developers
Android Community

The Pixel 5 puts Google in a good position with the inclusion of undercapitalized gadgetry like Soli, and they make up for the flaws found in last year’s flagship phone. Google packs in compelling software like machine learning, computational photography, maximum performance from Android and a mid-t...

- Radhika Seth, Android Community
ZDNet

Between removing some features and using less expensive components, like the processor, to get to the $699 price point, on paper Pixel 5 should be a phone of trade-offs and exceptions. However, after almost a full 30 days of using it, I've found it exceptional. From quick and smooth performance to a...

- Jason Cipriani, ZDNet
Review Geek

The Pixel 5 is everything I’ve hoped for in a Pixel: good price, good performance, excellent size, and meaningful features. If this phone would’ve been released any other year, it would’ve been an easy and instant recommendation. But it comes at a time when Google is essentially competing with itsel...

- Cameron Summerson, Review Geek


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Screen Size
6"

The Google Pixel 5's screen size is 6 inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm) Octa-core 2.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4080mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4080 mAh battery.

Pixel 5 Specs

Overview
Release date October 29, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Networks
5G:
600/700/850/900 /1700/1800/1900/2100/2500/2600/3500/28000/39000 MHz
LTE:
700/750/800/850 /900/1500/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600/3600 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 11

Compare Android Smartphones

Processor Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm) Octa-core 2.4 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4080 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Just Black, Sorta Sage
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.47 x 7.04 x 0.8 cm (5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 151 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel density 432 pixels
Size 6 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (16 MP, F2.2, Ultra-wide)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments

Minimum 3 years of OS and security updates

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