Google Pixel 5 beside its box

Hands-on with the Google Pixel 5 – Compact Beauty

The Googel Pixel 5 was unveiled just last week, and we managed to get our hands on one for review! I’ll be publishing my full review over on XDA-Developers as soon as I’m able to, but for now, I can show you some photos of the device and talk about its specifications! The Google Pixel smartphone series is effectively the closest thing to an iPhone in the Android world. They’re made by Google themselves, and you can pre-order the Google Pixel 5 (or the Google Pixel 4a 5G, which also just launched) from Google’s own store. If you pre-order before the 13th of October, you’ll also be able to claim a free pair of Bose QC35 II headphones!

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Google Pixel 5 camera module

About this hands-on: We received the Google Pixel 5 from Google Ireland for review on the 8th of October, 2020. Google did not have any input in the contents of this article.

Google Pixel 5 Specifications

Specification Google Pixel 5
  • IP68 rating for water and dust resistance
  • Made from 100% recycled aluminum
Dimensions & Weight
  • 144.7 x 70.4 x 8.0 mm
  • 151g
  • 6″ flat OLED
  • 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • 2340 x 1080 resolution
  • HDR
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Hole-punch display
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G:


  • 1x Kryo 475 (ARM Cortex-A76-based) Prime core @ 2.4GHz
  • 1x Kryo 475 (ARM Cortex-A76-based) Performance core @ 2.2GHz
  • 6x (ARM Cortex-A55-based) Efficiency cores @ 1.8GHz
  • 7nm EUV process

Adreno 620

RAM & Storage 8GB LPDDR4X + 128GB UFS 2.1


Non-expandable storage

Battery & Charging
  • 4,000 mAh
  • 18W fast charging via USB Power Delivery
  • Wireless Charging support
  • Reverse wireless charging support
Rear Camera
  • Primary: 12.2MP Sony IMX363, f/1.7, 1.4µm pixel size, Dual Pixel AF, Fused Video Stabilization (OIS + EIS), 77° FoV
  • Secondary: 16MP Sony IMX481, f/2.2, 1.0µm pixel size, 107° FoV
  • Spectral and flicker sensor
  • Dual LED flash


  • 4K @ 30/60 fps
  • 1080p @ 30/60/120/240 fps
Front Camera 8MP Sony IMX355, f/2.0, 1.12µm pixel size, fixed focus, 83° FoV
Ports USB 3.1 Type-C
Audio Stereo speakers


3 microphones

Security Pixel Imprint (capacitive rear fingerprint scanner)


Titan M hardware security module

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X52 5G modem
  • Single nanoSIM card slot + integrated eSIM for 5G + 4G or 4G + 4G DSDS (dual SIM, dual standby)
  • Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC
  • GNSS:
    • GPS
    • Galileo
    • QZSS
    • BeiDou
Sensors Proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer
Android Version
  • Android 11
  • 3 years of Android OS upgrades
  • 3 years of monthly Android security patch updates

Google Pixel 5 Design

The back of the Google Pixel 5

The Google Pixel 4’s successor doesn’t really stray too far from the design language of previous Pixel smartphones. It’s compact, it’s beautiful, and it’s unique. On the back, there’s a glass square in the top left which houses the dual-camera setup. In the center is the fingerprint sensor, and that’s really it. The Google Pixel 5 features a 100% recycled aluminium back and has a hard rubber/cardboard kind of feel. I’m really not doing it justice with that description, but trust me, it’s good.

The power button on the right-hand side is metal, and nowhere near as clicky as the Google Pixel 4a’s. It’s not a bad thing, but the buttons just feel like the buttons on any other phone now. The same can be said of the haptic feedback – that is, the vibration motor. It’s very good, however, the Google Pixel 4a’s was just a tad bit better, and the Google Pixel 5 slightly disappoints as a result. Still, that’s a small gripe that I have only because of high expectations, and it still beats the vast majority of the competition in that regard. The phone itself feels great in the hands. It’s small and compact, unlike some other massive phones that I’ve used such as the OPPO Find X2 Pro or the OnePlus 8 Pro.

On the top left-hand side is the cut-out camera. The speaker grille at the top for phone calls (and which acts as a second speaker for other stuff) is under the display. All four bezels on the Google Pixel 5 are even, so you’ll find that there isn’t a chin or a forehead which stands out on the phone either.

Google Pixel 5 Usage

Sadly, there’s not a whole lot I can actually talk about yet. Currently, we’re allowed to show you what the unboxing experience is, which I’ve understood to mean whatever you can see within the first five minutes or so of unboxing the phone and switching it on. However, what I can tell you is that the phone itself (at least during setup) is extra smooth with that high-refresh-rate display, and the phone is extremely easy to use in one hand. It’s compact but it looks great, and I’m really looking forward to being able to show you more of the Google Pixel 5 in the future. For now, though, keep an eye on here and on XDA-Developers for more!

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An Irish technology fanatic with a BSc in Computer Science. Lover of smartphones, cybersecurity, and Counter-Strike. You can contact me at adam.conway@irishtech.ie.
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