About the Google Pixel 5
In this guide
- What is the Google Pixel 5 phone?
- What models of Google Pixel 5 are available?
- What are the Google Pixel 5's main features?
- Is the Google Pixel 5 compatible with 5G?
- Google Pixel 5 – best providers
- Alternatives to the Google Pixel 5
- Frequently asked questions
Google's Pixel 5 smartphone launched in the UK in October 2020 as the flagship phone in the Pixel phone range. It is notable for supporting 5G mobile phone technology. Launching at the same as the slightly upgraded Google Pixel 4a 5G, the Pixel 5 is the slightly more fully featured of the two phones.
With the Pixel 5, Google made the decision to introduce a mid-priced phone that forgoes competition with features of the high-end Samsung, Huawei and Apple phones. Instead the Pixel 5 offers 5G, an ultra-wide 16 megapixel camera, and a highly competitive price for what you get. We'll look at its main features in this guide.
What is the Google Pixel 5 phone?
At the time of writing the Pixel 5 is Google's flagship smartphone. It features 5G compatibility and is actually lower in price at launch than the Pixel 4a that preceded it. In order to launch that lower cost, the Pixel 5 has a smaller screen size than the Pixel 4a 5G, but it is also lighter. I has no 3.5mm headphone socket (it uses a USB Type-C socket and Bluetooth for accessories) but it does have an under-screen speaker.
Basically Google has launched the Pixel 5 phone to compete in the market for people who want excellent camera quality, a decent amount of storage, plenty of connectivity via a USB Type-C, at a mid-range price.
What models of the Google Pixel 5 are available?
The Google Pixel 5 is a standalone, flagship phone in the Pixel phone range. However, you could be fooled into the thinking that the Google Pixel 4a 5G that launched at roughly the same time as the Pixel 5 has more than kinship in common. The two phones differ in price and some specifications that we look at in this guide.
What are the Google Pixel 5's main features?
The Google Pixel 5's standout features are its mid-range price, its size, the fact that it has not 3.5mm headphone socket – it used Bluetooth v5 and a USB Type-C connection for accessories. It is also 5G compatible.
- Size – The Google Pixel 5 is 144.7mm tall, 70.4mm wide, and 8mm deep. This makes it smaller than the Pixel 4 that came before it
- Processor chip – the Google Pixel 5 comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Octocore, 765G SM7250-AB processor. This chip support 5G networking and Bluetooth version 5
- Screen – in terms of screen size, the Google Pixel 5 offers a mere 151mm (6") measured diagonally.
- Operating system – the Google Pixel 5 ships with the Android 11 operating system, which at the time of writing was the latest version.
- Cameras – what the Google Pixel 5 may have sacrificed in terms of size and processing power, it seeks to make up for with its cameras. It's rear-facing camera array features an impressive 16 megapixel ultra-wide angle lens alongside its 12.2 megapixel standard lens. It's selfie (front-facing) camera uses an 8 megapixel punch-hole lens.
- Memory and storage – the Pixel 5 comes with 8GB of system memory (that's what you need to run apps). It also has a healthy 128GB of memory storage. The Pixel 5 has no capability to expand its memory
- SIM type – the Pixel 5 comes with a single SIM slot that takes a nano-SIM. However, it is also eSIM compatible meaning that it may be possible to run multiple eSIM 'cards' stored on your Pixel 5
Is the Google Pixel 5 compatible with 5G?
Indeed it is. It is one of two Pixel phones that come with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Octocore, 765G SM7250-AB processor ready to go.
Which providers offer Google Pixel 5 deals?
Google is known for being in as many places as it possibly can, so you can expect to find in supermarkets, phone stores, online.
Alternatives to the Google Pixel 5
The most notable competitor for the Google Pixel 5 might surprise you, in that it's another Google Pixel phone but that's the situation as of late 2020. However, we'll also look at some other notable adversaries now:
- Google Pixel 4a 5G – Launched at the same time as the Pixel 5. The Pixel 4a 5G is a slight upgrade to the Pixel 4 in that it adds 5G network compatibility. Unlike the Pixel 5, it comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, slightly larger screen at 6.2". It is also a less expensive phone than the Pixel 5
- OnePlus 7T – OnePlus 7T Pro smartphones is an Android-based phone that feature excellent an display, USB-C interface, and is generally lower priced than the iPhone 11 Pro. However, the cameras on the OnePlus 7T leaves something to be desired
- Apple iPhone 11 – More expensive than the Google Pixel 5 but with more storage options, a faster processor and dual-SIM capability. The Apple iPhone 11 is aimed at the mid-to-high range phone market. If you're already using Apple software and hardware, then the iPhone 11 is your best alternative
- Huawei P30 – Huawei is battling in the mid and high-end smartphone market. The Huawei P30 is the company's 2019 phone. Its cameras, memory upgradability, and dual SIM slot make it a definite competitor, especially if you can get a pre-owned or refurbished unit
Frequently asked questions
Is Google Pixel 5 compatible with 5G?
Yes, they are. Google Pixel 5 phones use the octacore
Are Google Pixel 5 phones any good?
If you're on the look out for a mid-priced, lightweight, 5G-compatible phone with enough storage to handle the photos you'll take with an impressive camera.
Can I connect Google Pixel 5 phones to my TV?
Yes. You can mirror the screen on your phone onto a to your TV using Google's own Chromecast add-on. You can also use the Nexus Player or other device that can cast. You can also show your phone's screen and audio on a TV using an adapter (USB-C to HDMI) to connect the phone to any other type of television, provided it has an HDMI port.
Can I get Google Pixel 5 phones SIM-free?
Yes. Most providers will sell you a Google Pixel 5 handset without demanding you take out a contract.
Can I buy refurbished Google Pixel 5 phones?
At the time of writing, the Google Pixel 5 is a very recent addition to the UK market, so it's highly unlikely that you'll be able get hold of refurbished/pre-owned units.
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