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Is this our first look at the Google Pixel 5?

On: February 15, 2020

Google launches its flagship Pixel smartphones in October. Four months after the launch of Pixel 4 series we are getting a first glimpse at the smartphone’s successor. YouTuber Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech has shared an alleged render of the next-gen Pixel 5. It is based on 3D CAD files and according to the source, is one of the three early prototypes that Google is reportedly working on. Given the camera arrangement that looks suspiciously like the surprised emoji, we find it hard to believe that this is an actual prototype that Google approved. We are still eight months away from the Pixel 5 launch, so readers are advised to take this news with a fat pinch of salt. 

The alleged Google Pixel 5 prototype seems highly suspect

Prosser reveals the Pixel 5 at 4:38 in his YouTube video. The renders only show the back panel of the device. It is said to feature a matte glass finish on the back just like the Pixel 4. The obvious change on the Pixel 5 is in the camera design. The render reveals a ‘U-shaped’ camera setup located in the top centre. The module is said to house three sensors comprising of an additional ultra-wide-angle lens alongside the primary and telephoto shooter. To recall, the Pixel 4 series sports a square-camera module with dual sensors.  The smartphone was widely criticised for the lack of a wide-angle sensor.

Unfortunately, the front panel of the Pixel 5 was not revealed in the prototype. The device is expected to retain the Motion Sense feature inside a smaller bezel. There are no renders of the other two prototypes either, but the report states that both will have a square-camera module just like the Pixel 4. 

Google is expected to finalise the design of Pixel 5 in about two months. The search engine giant is also expected to announce mid-range Pixel 4a and 4a XL at its annual developer conference in May. 

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Viraj Gawde

Viraj loves being in the creative field. Being a tech guy and resident tech advisor for his friends and family, his interest lies in smartphones, laptops and cameras. Passionate about creating art, his forte lies in photography. In his downtime, he loves gaming on his self-built rig and supporting FC Barcelona.