Pixel 5

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Pixel 5
Pixel 5 wordmark.svg
Compatible networksGSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+, CDMA EVDO Rev A, WCDMA, LTE, LTE Advanced, 5G
First releasedOctober 15, 2020; 11 months ago (2020-10-15)
Availability by region
October 29, 2020
DiscontinuedAugust 20, 2021; 29 days ago (2021-08-20)[2]
PredecessorPixel 4
SuccessorPixel 6
Form factorSlate
DimensionsH: 144.7 mm (5.70 in)
W: 70.4 mm (2.77 in)
D: 8 mm (0.31 in)
Mass151 g (5.3 oz)
Operating systemAndroid 11
System on chipQualcomm Snapdragon 765G
CPUOcta-core (1 × 2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1 × 2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6 × 1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
GPUAdreno 620
Memory8 GB LPDDR4X
Storage128 GB UFS 2.1
Removable storageNone
Battery4080 mAh
Data inputsUSB-C
Display6 in (150 mm) FHD+ 1080p OLED at 432 ppi, 2340 × 1080 pixel resolution (13:6), Corning Gorilla Glass 6, 90 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
Rear cameraSony Exmor IMX363 12.2 MP (1.4 μm) with f/1.7 lens, 27 mm (wide), 1/2.55" + 16 MP (1.0 μm) with f/2.2 lens, 107° (ultrawide), Dual Pixel PDAF, optical and electronic image stabilization, LED flash, Live HDR+, panorama, 1080p at 30/60/120 fps, 4K at 30/60 fps
Front camera8 MP with f/2.0 lens, 24 mm (wide), 1.12 μm, 1080p at 30 fps, Auto-HDR
SoundStereo speakers
ConnectivityWi-Fi 5 (a/b/g/n/ac) 2.4 + 5.0 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, NFC, GPS (GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou), eSIM capable
Water resistanceIP68, up to 1.5 m (4.9 ft) for 30 minutes
  • 18 W fast charging
  • 12 W Qi wireless charging
  • Titan M security module
WebsiteGoogle Pixel 5

The Pixel 5 is an Android smartphone from the Google Pixel product line, serving as a successor to the Pixel 4.[4][5] The phone was officially announced on September 30, 2020, alongside the Pixel 4a (5G),[6] and was released in the United States on October 29, 2020.[7] This is the first flagship smartphone in the Pixel lineup not to feature an XL version.[8]


Design and hardware[edit]

The Pixel 5 is constructed using a "100% recycled aluminum enclosure" and Gorilla Glass 6 for the screen. The device is available in Just Black and Sorta Sage colors, both of which have a matte finish. The housing has a thick coating of plastic, while the power button is anodized with a metallic finish. The bottom of the device has a USB-C connector which is used for charging and audio output. It has stereo speakers, one of which is an under display unit with the other speaker located to the right of the USB-C port. The back houses a capacitive fingerprint reader, which was removed on the Pixel 4.

The Pixel 5 uses the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G system-on-chip (consisting of eight Kryo 475 cores, an Adreno 620 GPU and a Hexagon 696 DSP), with 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of non-expandable UFS 2.1 internal storage. The Snapdragon 765G allows for standard 5G connectivity; both "sub-6" and millimeter-wave (mmWave) networks are supported.

The Pixel 5 has a 4080 mAh battery, a significant increase over its predecessor's 2800 mAh battery. It is capable of fast-charging at up to 18 W, and supports Qi wireless charging as well as reverse wireless charging. This is enabled through a cutout in the back panel for the wireless charging coil, covered by bio-resin.[9] It retains the water protection rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529. The Pixel 4's Motion Sense capabilities and facial recognition have been omitted, as well as Active Edge and Pixel Neural Core.

The Pixel 5 features a 6-inch (152mm) 1080p OLED display with HDR10+ support, that operates at a refresh rate of up to 90 Hz; it dynamically adjusts depending on content to preserve battery life. The display has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and adopts a design aesthetic similar to the Pixel 4a, with slim uniform bezels and a circular cutout in the upper left hand corner for the front-facing camera.

The Pixel 5 includes dual rear-facing cameras located within a raised square module. While the wide camera is unchanged, it includes an ultrawide lens replacing the Pixel 4's telephoto lens. The wide 28 mm 77° f/1.7 lens has the Sony Exmor IMX363 12.2-megapixel sensor, while the ultrawide 107° f/2.2 lens has a 16-megapixel sensor; both sensors are shared with the Pixel 4a (5G). The front-facing camera uses an 8-megapixel sensor. Along with the Pixel 4a (5G), it is the first Pixel phone capable of recording 4K video at 60 fps, as previous Pixel phones were limited to 30 fps. Although it lacks Pixel Neural Core, Pixel Visual Core has been reworked to support Live HDR+ and Dual Exposure features present on the Pixel 4. Additional software improvements include a new Portrait Light mode, Portrait Mode for Night Sight, a Cinematic Pan setting and HDR+ with exposure bracketing.


The Pixel 5 shipped with Android 11 and version 8.0 of the Google Camera app at launch, with features such as Call Screen and a Personal Safety app. A new feature introduced concurrently on the Pixel 4a (5G) is Extreme Battery Saver, which stops background app processing and only lets essential apps run. It will be available on older Pixel models as a part of a future software update. It is expected to receive 3 years of major OS upgrades with support extending until 2023.

Known issues[edit]

  • Some devices have a small gap between the display and the frame.[10][11][12] Google has stated that the phone was designed with that gap.[13] Users are expected to return the phone during the 15 days return period if they are dissatisfied, as the phone will not be fixed for this issue during warranty.[14]
  • The Pixel 5 overheats when recording 4K 60fps videos.[15]
  • The proximity sensor flashes repeatedly when it is accessed or monitored by an app.[16]
  • Google Pay is not working for some users.[17]
  • The battery indicator sometimes gets stuck to some random number. Google is working on a fix.[18][19][20]
  • Pixel 5 is not working on some 5G networks.[21][22]
  • Some users report excessive battery drain while idle. 5G connectivity may be the issue here. Google is investigating the issue.[23][24]

Fixed issues[edit]

  • Pixel 5 phones had volume level issues.[25] This issue was fixed in the January 2021 update.[26]
  • The Pixel 5 had problems with unexpected wakeups when used with the Pixel Stand. Google resolved the issue with an APK update for the Pixel Stand.[27]


  1. ^ Bradshaw, Kyle (July 29, 2020). "Google Camera 7.5 preps motion blur, audio zoom, flash intensity, reconfirms Pixel 4a (5G)". 9to5Google. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  2. ^ Johnson, Allison (August 20, 2021). "Google has already discontinued the Pixel 5". The Verge. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  3. ^ "Compare Pixel 5 Tech Specs – Google Store". Google Store. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  4. ^ Nieva, Richard (September 30, 2020). "Pixel 5 unveiled: Google officially joins the 5G game with new flagship phone". CNET. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  5. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (September 30, 2020). "Google announces the Pixel 5 for $699". The Verge. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  6. ^ Amadeo, Ron (September 30, 2020). "Google's Pixel 5 has a metal back, wireless charging and costs $699". Ars Technica. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "The US and Canada are getting the Pixel 5 after everywhere else". Android Police. September 30, 2020. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  8. ^ Lumb, David (September 30, 2020). "Why the Google Pixel 5 XL doesn't exist but really should". TechRadar. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  9. ^ Phelan, David (October 2, 2020). "Exactly How Google Pixel 5's Aluminum Design Works With Wireless Charging". Forbes. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  10. ^ Some early Pixel 5 buyers are seeing a small gap between the display and frame
  11. ^ The Pixel 5 was just released and it's already falling apart
  12. ^ Google Is Investigating The Pixel 5 Display Issue
  13. ^ Pixel 5 users rage about a design flaw. Google sees nothing wrong
  14. ^ Pixel 5 Display Gap Is Not A Design Flaw, According To Google
  15. ^ Pixel 5 Allegedly Overheats When Recording 4K, 60fps Videos
  16. ^ How to disable the annoying flashing dot on your Pixel 5
  17. ^ Google Pay isn't working for some Pixel 5 users
  18. ^ Google Working On Fix For Pixel 5 Battery Indicator Issues
  19. ^ Pixel 5: Battery display bug confirmed
  20. ^ Google will fix Pixel 5 bug that leaves battery indicator stuck
  21. ^ Some Google Pixel 5 users unable to connect to 5G network on multiple carriers/regions; OTA update may soon fix the issue
  22. ^ Google Pixel 5 5G network not connecting: A 5G phone with no 5G
  23. ^ Google Pixel 5 excessive battery drain issue when in idle mode (overnight) gets a workaround, official fix expected too
  24. ^ Fix for Google Pixel 5 battery drain issue when sitting idle
  25. ^ Google Pixel 5 Users Report System Volume Issue, Makes Notification Tones Too Loud
  26. ^ Some Pixel 5 units appear to have volume level issues
  27. ^ Pixel 5's insomnia problems when resting on the Pixel Stand have been fixed (APK Download)

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