Google Pixel 5 official with 6-inch 90Hz display, 4000mAh battery, $699 price


Google’s Pixel family is growing again.

The Google Pixel 5 was made officially official. T-Mobile won’t be selling the Pixel 5 itself, but the unlocked model is available for pre-order from the Google Store right now for $699. The Pixel 5 will launch in the US on October 29.

T-Mobile does say that it’s “working with Google to make sure [the Pixel 5] works great on our network.” Google’s spec list for the Pixel 5 mentions support for both sub-6GHz (600MHz and 2.5GHz) and mmWave flavors of 5G, but a Google support page says that the Pixel 5 will only support sub-6GHz 5G on T-Mobile.

Now for the rest of the Pixel 5’s specs. It’s got a 6-inch 2340×1080 OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and an 8MP hole-punch camera.

There are two more cameras around back, including a 12.2MP main cam with both optical and electronic image stabilization, autofocus with dual pixel phase detection, and an f/1.7 aperture. Google has swapped the telephoto camera on the Pixel 4 for a 16MP ultrawide cam on the Pixel 5 that includes a 107-degree field of view.

One other camera feature that Google is highlighting with the Pixel 5 is Night Sight in Portrait Mode. This combines two camera features into one, letting you use Night Sight to brighten up your photos in extremely low-light situations while also giving your photo a blurry Portrait Mode background.


Inside the Pixel 5’s 100% recycled aluminum closure is a Snapdragon 765G processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There’s a 4000mAh battery powering the Pixel 5, and when it comes time to recharge that battery, you can do so with up to 18W wired fast charging or Qi wireless charging. Reverse wireless charging support means you can use the Pixel 5 to charge other devices, too.

The Pixel 5 also boasts a rear fingerprint rear, stereo speakers, a USB-C port, and a physical SIM slot as well as eSIM support.

On the software side, Google is touting a new feature called Hold for Me that’ll be in preview on the Pixel 5. As its name suggests, Hold for Me will have the Google Assistant wait on hold for you when you call a toll-free number and you’re put on hold. When there’s a person on the other line, Google Assistant will notify you.

The Pixel 5 comes preloaded with Android 11 and is guaranteed to get at least 3 years of OS and security updates.

Source: Google, Pixel 5 (Google Store), T-Mobile

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  • Egan Lasley

    I’ve been with T-Mobile for 14 years, might not be anymore if they aren’t going to offer the flagship Google phone. Were not all stinking iphone users T-Mobile!

    • The One

      Why would you drop T-Mobile when you can easily buy this phone from anywhere else for the exact same price?

      • psycho_nole

        Some people can’t do $699 outright, or would prefer to finance through their mobile carrier.
        I’m in that boat, so even though I’d prefer this over the oneplus 8t I’ll probably now end up with the oneplus.

        • Outrager

          $699 or $29.12/month for 24 months
          with 0% APR Google Store Financing*

        • psycho_nole

          “Some people” for me translates to “someone with shitty credit.” I’m good with T-Mobile because I’ve never missed a payment so I’m on Jump On Demand. I did some stupid stuff when I was younger and I’m still dealing with repercussions with other creditors.

        • Francisco Peña

          I have excellent credit and I’d rather pay monthly than all upfront too.

      • Egan Lasley

        Wanna use jump!, and I don’t want to pay for jump to the next samsung or apple product…

        • The One

          But doesn’t the Jump program cost an extra $10/mo plus you have to buy the insurance at another $5-$10/mo? Seems like you’re over paying for the “privlage” to upgrade anytime, when people who buy outside the carrier can upgrade anytime for no additional fee.

    • mckillio

      Just get it from Google unlocked. Besides the 3a has Google ever sold the Pixel on T-Mobile?

      • laker666

        They’ve sold every pixel besides the pixel 1 I believe. Maybe they even sold that.

        • The One

          T-Mobile has only sold Pixels in store starting with the 3a. I believe the eventually started to sell the regular 3 online after the 3a was launched. They have not carried and will not carry the 4a and right now, no plans to carry the 5. Just the 4a5G

        • mckillio

          My bad. I know they didn’t get the Pixel 1 because it was the first phone I didn’t get from a carrier.

      • Egan Lasley

        I want to use my jump! To the phone, I know I can buy it outright from Google, but want the ease of using jump to move up instead

      • Mick McMickmic

        Any idea if the unlocked Pixel 5 will work using T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling?

        • mckillio


    • Egan Lasley

      I got word from an individual on T-Mobile chat that they will carry it on the 29th of October. Hope that person is right

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    4a is doing fine but will wait when its $500 or so priced

  • PCFreckle

    Does it also support the 2.5GHz 5G as well? That doesn’t seem clear to me.

    • Mark McCoskey

      The article says n41, so yes, it does.

    • Alex Wagner

      Yes, n41 is 2.5GHz 5G. 600MHz is n71 and mmWave is n260 and n261.

  • G1andonly

    Where is anyone getting those prices, the pixel 5 says…

    Pixel 5 (128 GB, Just Black, unlocked) + Trade In Kit
    A US$35.00 restocking fee applies to this item for returns. Learn more
    From googles site, am I missing something?
    $388 for a pixel 4XL trade in, that’s a joke as well.

    Free delivery†
    The ultimate 5G
    Google phone

    • mckillio

      It’s $699 on the Google site.

  • riverhorse

    Too small…….. Gotta have Texas big.

  • pda96

    I think the S20 FE is a better phone. I got a killer trade-in deal from TMO when I preordered. So I’m good.

    • dcmanryan

      I agree. It makes the Pixel 5 DOA minus the fanboys.

      • g2a5b0e

        No doubt. It just makes no sense to give the 4a & 5 the same processor. If they were smart, they would have the given the 5 the 865+, a bigger screen, a slightly bigger battery, & charged $100 more for it.

        • dcmanryan

          Well this Google. They have to screw up something on every phone they release. They’re always a day late and a dollar short. Looking at the specs of the S20 FE compared to the Pixel 5 and it’s laughable they’re the same price.

        • g2a5b0e

          100%. Plus, I think the vanilla Google experience is highly overrated. It’s very hard to go back to in my eyes once you’ve used a feature-filled skin for years.

  • g2a5b0e

    Google messed up (what else is new?) with this one. The 4a 5G is just such a better value proposition being $200 cheaper with the same processor that this seems pointless.

    • David

      I believe it has more ram, wireless charging/reverse wireless charging an IP rating, made from aluminum and not plastic plus offers gorilla glass 6 compared to 3 compared to the 4a 5G. Not sure if that adds up to $200 though.

      • g2a5b0e

        I hear you, man. Those things are all valuable things that add up, but I also feel that your average consumer doesn’t notice or care about most of them either.

  • Mick McMickmic

    Does anyone know if T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling works on the Google Pixel 5? Can’t find any info on T-Mobile’s Website.