After recently launching the affordable Pixel 4A, Google is now making headlines again with the upcoming Pixel 5 flagship, which should be launched in the fall. Although we don’t know much about the phone’s specs, a recent listing on the AI Benchmark website revealed some interesting news about the Google Pixel 5 processor that confirm existing rumors on 9to5google. More specifically, the new flagship won’t feature a high-end processor from the Qualcomm 800 series and instead will sport the mid-range Snapdragon 765G processor. While this is undoubtedly more advanced than the Snapdragon 730G on the Pixel 4A, it’s nowhere near Pixel 4’s Snapdragon 855 chip, or even the chips of previous Pixel phones. So, does this mean that the new Google 5 will be an inferior phone? Not necessarily.
Back in December. Qualcomm revealed the Snapdragon 765 and the Snapdragon 765G. The G in the latter stands for gaming and, according to the company, this new chipset uses AI to offer premium experiences for gamers. Choosing the Snapdragon 765G as the Google Pixel 5 processor could be consistent with what many smartphone manufacturers are doing, which is to appeal more to gamers. We’ve seen it in the OnePlus 8, which added 90fps support for PUBG Mobile, and in the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, which came out with a Game Pass bundle.
Another exciting thing about the Snapdragon 765 is that it also connects to 5G and it uses the X52 modem, which is capable of download speeds of up to 3.7Gbps, so this trade-off might be worth it if you’re looking for a 5G-compatible phone. Although the decision to include a lower-end chipset on a flagship may seem surprising, Google isn’t alone in doing that: Vivo, Oppo, and HDM have already announced that they’ll be some of the first to test Qualcomm’s new generation of midrange CPUs.
Other details we know about the Google Pixel 5 is that it will have 8GB RAM, an upgrade from the 6GB of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4A. Google also confirmed that their new flagship will be 5G-compatible, so, along with the Pixel 4A 5G, this will be the first smartphone to support the new generation of wireless networks. Promo pictures show that the Pixel 5 will have a minimal, black design, and there are rumors that it could come with Android 11 out of the box.
If it’s true, Google’s choice of processor for the Pixel 5 probably won’t be free of controversies. Flagships like the OnePlus 8 and the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 sporting Snapdragon 865 chipsets and scoring over 3000 in multi-core tests, while the Snapdragon 730G has only reached about 1600. This means that performance-wise the Pixel 5 is more like a slightly upgraded version of the Pixel 4 and more comparable to the Pixel 4a. And how will that be reflected in the price?