Renders of an early Google Pixel 5 XL prototype revealed a pretty crazy design that centered around an unusually shaped camera module on the back. But if new images are to be believed, it seems the company has since scrapped that design in favor of something more traditional.
Can the source of the Pixel 5 renders be trusted?
Leaker David Kowalski doesn’t have much of a proven track record at the moment, but in early May the tipster did publish CAD-based renders of the standard Samsung Galaxy Note 20 which so far appear to have been mostly accurate.
The Google Pixel 5 might resemble the scrapped Google Pixel 4a XL
Despite the undeniable resemblance with the scrapped Google Pixel 4a XL, the renders visible both above and below allegedly showcase the flagship Google Pixel 5 in its entirety.
Turning the smartphone over reveals a very familiar design characterized by the presence of a square camera module. The latter, unlike the camera modules on rival smartphones, has barely been changed and still houses a simple dual-camera system, an LED flash, and a microphone.
Another interesting feature is the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Most premium devices these days boast in-screen implementations, but Google has seemingly avoided those as part of a decision that should ensure reliability.
Completing the physical package is an aluminum frame that is home to a USB-C port and speaker on the bottom, and the volume rocker and power key on the right side. Like the previous Pixel flagship series, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack.
Google Pixel 5 specs, announcement, release date, price
Accompanying the external side of things should be a Qualcomm chipset. Google typically chooses the latest high-end Snapdragon 800-series offering but has this year reportedly selected the Snapdragon 765 or Snapdragon 768 to guarantee 5G connectivity at a lower price point.
It will likely be paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable internal storage as standard. Pricier configurations with higher storage counts should be available at launch, though.
Speaking of the launch, rumor has it that the Pixel 5 series will be officially introduced in either late October or November ahead of shipments some weeks later. The devices are expected to come with Android 11 pre-installed straight out of the box.