Valentine’s Day 2020 will be remembered in the technological world as the day Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip went on sale, and the new folding sold out quickly. That is not surprising given the fact that the shell phone is more affordable than the alternatives, and it turns out to be the world’s first phone that ships with flexible glass on top of the OLED screen. But on February 14, 2020, it will also be remembered as the day we first saw a phone that is not supposed to be launched for another eight months. That is the Pixel 5, which will be released in October during a hardware event “Made by Google”, and will be released in stores shortly after. The following render officially marks the beginning of the season of Pixel 5 leaks, and it seems that Android fans have a very exciting new phone to expect.
Google has never been able to keep their phones secret, and that includes not only all the pixels so far but also the Nexus series that preceded them. Pixel 3 and 4 were easily the worst kept secrets in the mobile, and Pixel 4 (image above) probably took the crown. This is because Google confirmed the design of the phone long before launching it, which included the dual-lens rear camera, the 3D facial recognition system on the front and the new Soli radar chip. That helped us easily confirm all the Pixel 4 leaks that followed, leaks that ruined all the hidden secrets of the phone.
This brings us to YouTuber Jon Prosser, who said a few days ago that he obtained CAD files for the Pixel 5 that would be used to create the first renderings of Pixel 5. He then shared those images online on Friday, including them in his daily FrontPageTech segment at Youtube.
This is what the Pixel 5 XL looks like, according to Prosser’s sources:
Google proved years ago that it was willing to follow Apple’s example when it comes to manufacturing smartphones. The original Pixel looked exactly like the last iPhone, and then Google copied Apple’s other movements in the following years. The company removed the 3.5mm headphone jack after Apple, added a notch to the Pixel 3 even though its notch had no functional 3D facial recognition components, and then copied Face ID while ruining the Pixel 4’s design in the process. Add to that the camera design on the back of the Pixel 4 that looks a lot like the iPhone 11, and has a clear picture of Google’s modus operandi for Pixel phone designs.
With all that in mind, the design of Pixel 5 is not that important. The iPhone 12 is supposed to have a major redesign this year, but it will keep the notch on the screen and the camera bulges with multiple lenses on the back. The Pixel 5 will continue to have a “front” at the top according to Prosser, but it will be smaller than the top bezel of the Pixel 4. That means that Google is not about to leave the Soli radar or its facial unlocking function in the short term.
The YouTuber only showed the back of the Pixel 5 in its escape and includes a strange camera design. It seems monstrous, yes, but it won’t finally matter what Google does with the camera module, as long as the Pixel 5 takes better photos than ever. According to Prosser, the back of the Pixel 5 has a texture similar to that of previous models, including a “soft matte glass backrest with a glossy camera module.” It is assumed that the third lens within that camera set is a wide-angle sensor.
In addition to the previous design, Google is supposedly working on two additional prototypes of Pixel 5, both with square camera modules on the back like the Pixel 4. Google will decide on a final design for the Pixel 5 in the coming months, and we can Wait for the finished design to seep quickly.