Google is in a unique position as the developer of Android, making it the only company that can truly rival Apple for synergy between hardware and software. But for too long its phones haven't been able to compete, making it hard to justify buying a Pixel device against more capable competitors.
When can I buy the Google Pixel 5?
The Pixel 5 was made available to pre-order in select markets - including the US and UK - following its initial announcement, but as of 15 October, it's now available to buy - assuming you're not in the US and you can actually find it.
In many European markets, including the UK, Ireland, France and Germany, Pixel 5 pre-orders quickly sold out and despite the phone now being on general sale, it looks as though stocks from Google's own regional online stores haven't yet been replenished.
As such, we'd recommend checking out our Where to buy the Google Pixel 5 feature for the latest info on stock availability from various retailers.
The Pixel 5 launches in the US on 30 October and remains available to pre-order for the time being.
How much does the Google Pixel 5 cost?
The Pixel 4 started at £669, while you had to jump up to at least £829 for the Pixel 4 XL. As was leaked just hours ahead of launch, the Pixel 5 (there is no XL model this year) comes in just one memory/storage SKU, for £599.
In some markets, Google is also offering a handset-only 24-month pay-monthly plan. In the UK, it'll costs would-be Pixel 5 owners £24.96 a month.
What features does the Google Pixel 5 offer?
The main additions and upgrades that Google was keen to highlight during the phone's launch centred around the Pixel 5's 5G capabilities, 8GB of RAM (up from 6GB on the Pixel 4/4XL) and the addition of reverse wireless charging.
Here's the full spec sheet:
- 6in 19.5:9 90Hz Full HD+ (2340x1080) OLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB storage (non-expandable)
- 12.2Mp main camera w/ OIS+EIS
- 16Mp ultrawide camera w/ 107° FoV
- 8Mp hole-punch front-facing camera
- Stereo speakers
- Recycled aluminium body
- Corning Gorilla Glass 6
- Android 11
- 4080mAh battery
- 18W fast charging
- 12W fast wireless charging + reverse wireless charging
- 151 grams
- 144.7mm x 70.4mm x 8mm
- Colours: Just Black, Sorta Sage
While we were expecting Google to opt for a chip like the Snapdragon 765G, its appearance highlights Google's desire to present the Pixel 5 to potential buyers as well-rounded experience, regardless of the hardware inside.
Has the company done enough to recover from the missteps made by last year's Pixel 4 line? Dropping Motion Sense and throwing a significantly larger battery in the Pixel 5 certainly helps but as to whether this is the smartphone to buy in 2020 because of Google's direct control over Android? You'll have to read out in-depth Google Pixel 5 review for the full low-down.