Google Pixel 5 Review: The ultimate smartphone of 2020

Google Pixel 5

Are you looking for the best up to date smartphone? Google Pixel 5 is the first smartphone, who comes with the latest Android v11. So, the new Google Pixel 5 has a fully Stock Android experience with Pixel Experience, here’s the complete Google Pixel 5 review.

Highlights:

  • 5G Compatible
  • Clean Android Interface
  • Up to date software

Google Pixel 5: Overview

Recently, Google continues its Pixel series, a new smartphone has been launched by the smartphone market which is the new Google Pixel 5 smartphone. Google has also removed the Google Pixel 4 series earlier, which was the most successful premium smartphone.

Google Pixel 5
(Image Credit: DxOMark)

Google has made this smartphone quite thoughtful this time, because its earlier Pixel series, like Pixel 3, 4, has used the flagship processor, which makes its cost higher. Therefore, by losing some features in it, its price was made available at a very low price.

The starting price of which comes to $ 699 or 51,400 rupees. Google Pixel 5 is a great budget smartphone, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, which is perfect for playing high graphics games.

Google Pixel 5 Smartphone Specifications

 

Display
Screen size6.0 inches Full HD+
TypeOLED
Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
Refresh rate90Hz
Screen-to-body-ratio~85.9%
Screen ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass v6, Always on Display

 

Body
Dimensions144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm (5.70 x 2.77 x 0.31 in)
Weight151 g (5.33 oz)
BuildGlass front, aluminum back, aluminum frame
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

 

Software & Hardware
Operating SystemAndroid v11
ProcessorQualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+)
Clock SpeedOcta-Core (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 )
GPUAdreno 620
Screen-to-body-ratio~85.9%

 

Memory
Memory Card SlotNO
Internal Storage128GB 8GB RAM
Memory TypeUSB Type-C 3.1

 

Rear Camera
Camera SetupDual, 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), 16 MP, f/2.2, 107˚ (ultrawide)
Featuresgyro-EIS, OIS, HDR, Panorama, Portrait mode, Ultra low light
Video[email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps

 

Front Camera
Camera SetupSingle, 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide)
FeaturesAuto-HDR
Video[email protected]

 

Connectivity
WiFiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Weight151 g (5.33 oz)
BuildGlass front, aluminum back, aluminum frame
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

 

Features
Fingerprint Scanner144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm (5.70 x 2.77 x 0.31 in)
Fingerprint Scanner LocationFingerprint (rear-mounted)
AccelerometerYes
Gyroscope SensorYes
Compass & Proximity SensorYes

 

Battery
Size (in mAh)4080 mAh
TypeLithium Polymer, Non-Removable
Fast Charging SupportYes, 18W
Wireless chargingYes, Quick Charge 3.0
Reverse ChargeYes, 5 Watt

 

Others
Color VariantsSorta Sage, Just Black
3.5mm Audio JackNO
Price51,400 INR or $699 USD

 

Pros

  • Camera Performance is unbeatable
  • Excellent Build Quality
  • Clean UI smooth skin
  • IP68 Dust & Water Resistant

Cons

  • The unimpressive chipset on this price tag
  • Slow image processing on Night
  • Other Smartphones offers better value

 

Price and Availablity

Google Pixel 5 has only been launched in the US, Australia, and UA, which was on October 15, 2020. This Google Pixel 5 comes with only one variant, priced at $ 699 or 599 EUR$ or 999 AU$.

Google Pixel 5
(Image Credit: DxOMark)

This phone comes with 8 GB RAM and 128GB RAM as well. This phone comes cheaper than the Google Pixel 4a, whose initial price was $ 499. This phone was a flagship smartphone, so its price is natural to be expensive.

Google also unveiled the 5G variant of the Pixel 4A, which got the Snapdragon 765G. Hence, it is a mid-range smartphone, so its price is only $ 499. The price of this smartphone is much less than the Pixel 5. So, on a low budget, the Pixel 4A 5G can also be a very good deal.

Display & Design

Google Pixel 5 comes with 6.0 inches full HD OLED display, as well as a punch hole notch on the left side of the screen. This phone has a resolution of 1080 by 2340 pixels. The best thing about this phone is that it has an OLED screen, which is considered to be the best screen for battery power saving.

Google Pixel 5
(Image Credit: Android Central)

Therefore, this phone is a very good choice for power efficiency. On the other hand, it has an ultra-smooth display, which supports 90Hz. This screen is much faster than the standard display (60 Hz display).

If we talk about the design of the Google Pixel 5, then this phone is quite lightweight. Which weight only 151 grams, whose dimensions are 144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm. It comes with two color variant options, Sota sage & Just Black.

If we talk about its build quality, then the front glass comes with Corning Gorilla Glass v6 protection. Whose body is made of full aluminum back and the aluminum frame body?




Currently, most of the latest smartphones come with a glass back body, which has the biggest drawback is the glass back smartphone has a risk of breaking or scratching the glass, which may cost users more to repair.

Which may costlier. So, keeping this in mind, Google has launched a fully metal body. The right side of this phone has a power button and volume rocker, a SIM card tray on the left side, and the bottom side grille and USB charging port.

For the security options, it has a Rear Mounted Fingerprint scanner with AI Face Unlock. It has also an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass,  and barometer sensors.

Camera

The camera quality of this phone is really very amazing. This smartphone comes with a dual rear camera setup, in which the first camera is a 12.2 megapixel (wide-angle lens) main camera sensor, and the second camera is given a 16 megapixel (ultrawide angle lens) camera sensor.

Google Pixel 5
(Image Credit: ePHOTOzine)

On the other hand, the most important thing about this phone’s camera supports OIS and gyro EIS. There are several types of modes for camera features such as Pro Mode, Portrait Mode, and Night Mode. If we talk about the video recording of this phone,

This phone can record up to 4K @ 30/60 fps and has the ability to record full HD 1080p at 30/60/120/240 fps. On the other hand,  about its front camera, it has an 8 MP wide-angle lens for the front-facing. One of the biggest plus points of Pixel smartphones is that its camera quality comes in the top list in the world.

The camera is given only 12.2 megapixels, but still, its camera performance is very high quality, and it’s better than the 64 MP or 108 MP camera. The reason for this is that the software of Google Pixel smartphones is very great and the camera software has been improved, whose camera quality directly competes with Samsung and iPhone.

 

Hardware & Processor

Google Pixel 5 has powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G (7 Nm +) SoC Octa-core chipset and also has an inbuilt 5G modem. It has Adreno 620 for graphics, which can comfortably run any game in HD High Graphic. The clock speed of its CPU can be boosted up to 2.4GHz. Google Pixel 5

(Image Credit: Trusted Reviews)It supports a 5G network, Dual 4G VoLTE including 3G, and 2G networks. Google Pixel 5 smartphone has 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and a powerful chipset of Snapdragon 765G, which gives a much better gaming performance than their combination.

This chipset is not a flagship-level smartphone, but still, its performance is very fast. So, this chipset will not let you feel any kind of slow loading, hanging, and any other problems. This chipset competes with the flagship chipset with Snapdragon 845 Chipset,

Which does not see much difference. This smartphone supports all types of games or heavy to heavy tasks that can be easily played. For example, you can play big games like Mobile, PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile,

And Fortnite Mobile without any frame drops or lag issues. The largest size game so far is Fortnite Mobile, which is about 10 GB in size, with this phone you can easily play this game without any frame drops at @60 fps.

Software

Google Pixel 5 runs on the latest version of Android in the base of Android V11. This update of Android 11 has made major changes, as well as many types of features, have been added. Such as inbuilt screen recorder, live location sharing, and Smart Device Quick Access.

Google Pixel 5
(Image Credit: ePHOTOzine)

The most attention in this update has been given to its security. In this, any kind of 3rd party apps can not be installed now. Apart from the stock camera app, no other camera services can be opened. So, you can not install any type of third-party applications on the Google Pixel 5.

This update has been done to secure the data of the users, because the users use the Unknown source or 3rd party apps somewhere, and their data gets leaked. Therefore, this update has been improved for the security of user’s data.

The biggest advantage of having Pixel phones is that, whenever Android launches a new version, Pixel smartphones are the first to get beta testing and stable version update. Other brands get updates only after pixel smartphones.

Battery life

Google Pixel 5 has a large 4080 mAh Li-Po non-removable battery. With the combination of this big battery and  7 nm plus power efficiency chipset, you can easily use this smartphone the whole day on a single charge.

Google Pixel 5
(Image Credit: Phandroid)

On normal usage, like watching videos, listening to songs, WhatsApp, and Instagram, you can use it non-stop for 10+ hours very easily. During the test, this smartphone falls 8 to 10% per hour of battery in normal usage.

If you play heavy games like PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile, or Fortnite Mobile on the HD Graphics, the battery Falls at a rate of 13 to 15% per hour. Therefore, there is no problem with battery backup on this smartphone.

If we talk about the charging of this phone, then it supports 18 watts fast charge. This 18 Watts fast USB Type C 3.1 Wall charging Adapter t also comes out of the phone box. On the other hand, it supports wireless charging, which also supports fast charging.

Buy it if,


If you are a stock or clean user interface Android smartphone user, that responds very quickly, then buying this Google Pixel 5 smartphone will be a good choice for you. If you use Android smartphones like this If you want to use the latest version of Android first, then this phone is only for you.


Google Pixel phones are the first to roll out the latest or beta version of Android. If you are an Android mobile photography lover, then you must purchase this Google Pixel 5 smartphone.


Because none of the Android smartphones have the same powerful picture quality as the Pixel smartphones. Pixel smartphones are from Google. So Google’s tag is Enough for its long time service. Its after-sales service is considered the best.


Don’t buy it if,


If you are thinking of purchasing a flagship smartphone. Google Pixel 5 is a very fast smartphone, but not as much as flagship smartphones, i.g. Black Shark 3.


This phone is very expensive. Usually, a good flagship smartphone (Snapdragon 865 chipset) is available in the budget of Rs. 51,400, but only Snapdragon 765G is available in it.


If you are a user using many types of camera features then Google Pixel 5 may disappoint you. Because it only has 2 rear cameras, which has a macro and depth sensor missing.

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