Google Pixel 5 wishlist

Google Pixel 5 wishlist
The Google Pixel 5 series is expected to fix a lot of the shortcomings of the Pixel 4 series and we take a look at the rumors, leaks and expectations for Google's next flagship phone.

The big theme with the Pixel 5 has to fixing the mess that Google itself created with the Pixel 4. The Pixel 4 and the 4 XL were two of the most viciously criticized flagships of 2019, and shortly after the launch, the two phones were discounted sharply, not least because of the constant negativity around the two devices. Most people weren't at all happy with battery life on the Pixel 4, but other key features were also missing.

With this in mind, here are our expectations of what the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 will look like, and what changes they will bring.


Bigger battery


In late 2019, the industry started moving towards bigger phones with bigger batteries, a trend that so many reviewers and users have been wishing for.

Google ignored that trend in the Pixel 4 series and paid the price as the phone was getting short battery life (especially the smaller Pixel 4). Right below, you will find a quick summary of the battery capacity on the Pixel 4 series and the changes we expect to see in the Pixel 5 lineup:

  • Pixel 4: 2800 mAh
  • Pixel 5: 3080 mAh (+10%)
  • Pixel 4 XL: 3700 mAh
  • Pixel 5 XL: 4030 mAh (+10%)

Ultra-wide camera


In its phone releases, Google is this strange company that says one thing this year and does the complete opposite next year.

In 2016, it was praising the headphone jack and taking jabs at Apple for not having it in their iPhones, then, one year later, in 2017 it killed it on the Pixel 2 series and deleted that promo video from the previous year. 

In 2017, Google was again laughing at Apple and saying there was "no need" for a secondary camera on the Pixel, then, in 2019, what do you know, the Pixel 4 launched with a secondary camera and a telephoto one just like what iPhones used for years.

Fast forward to 2019, and Google is now saying it feels there is no need for an ultra-wide angle lens. You know what this means, right? Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me... and we now know better: the Google Pixel 5 will surely have an ultra-wide angle lens. And honestly, we hope it will as that camera is one of our favorite feature on other flagship phones.

No radar gimmicks


For years, Google worked on a secret super sensitive radar idea called Project Soli and in 2019, that super-advanced technology came to a real phone, the Pixel 4. And it was a complete and utter nonsense, just like most such ideas in the past.

The new "Motion Sense" technology that was supposed to change the way we navigate our phones from using swipes and taps to just gestures, turned out to be yet another gimmick that allowed you to weirdly swipe above your phone to skip to the next song and that was about it for functionality. What a waste of space!

And indeed, it did take a lot of space. While most modern smartphones have beautiful designs with minimal bezel, the Pixel 4 has a gigantic bezel at the top for all of that gimmicky tech. Our expectation and sincere hope is that Google realizes the idea does not really make sense and remove it in the Pixel 5, so it has a modern design.

5G and a new processor


It should come as no surprise, but the Pixel 5 series come just in time for 5G. By the time they roll out, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 will be a well-established platform with support for 5G using both mmWave and sub-6GHz frequencies via the new X55 modem.

Put simply, yes, the Pixel 5 will be a 5G phone and it will also be a faster phone than the current Pixel 4 series.

Unfortunately, that increase in speed and productivity is likely to also come with an increase in size as 5G requires more antennas. We expect both the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL to be physically larger phones than before.

Price and Release date


The Pixel 5 series official launch event is expected to happen on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020, with the release date set for eight days later, on Thursday, October 22nd.

The prices for the Pixel 5 series are expected to remain firmly in the premium segment and these are our predictions for prices for the different models:

  • Pixel 5 128GB: $800
  • Pixel 5 256GB: $900
  • Pixel 5 XL 128GB: $900
  • Pixel 5 XL 256GB: $1,000

What are your biggest hopes and wishes for the Google Pixel 5 series?

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26 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2679; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Ok, what they should do is take the Pixel 4, look at it closely, and then not do that.

4. KParks23

Posts: 748; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Lol how about they just make a normal phone with no gimmicks and a huge battery.

2. AnnDroid

Posts: 92; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

A face unlock that works every single time. Sent back my P4XL because of that. Battery was great, loved the camera. Oh, get rid of the glass back. I'd like to go naked.

11. Ampo2222 unregistered

I find that it works every time if the phone is held flat like it's on a table before pointing at my face. I think it's done that way on purpose, so if you want to just view the lock screen without unlocking you can by keeping the phone upright.

3. User123456789

Posts: 1370; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Pixel 5 = 5.8" FHD , no notch nor hole, 3300 mAh, 64MP imx686/25mm/f1.8 + 16MP 1/2.6" 15mm f2.0 + 16MP 1/3" 50mm f2.0 , 20W Pixel 5 XL = 6.5" QHD, 4000mAh , 25W, rest same of pixel 5.

23. KParks23

Posts: 748; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I'm down with the 6.5" screen but it better come with more than a 4000mAh or battery life will continue to be trash

5. inFla

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Have some other company make their phones.

6. Rafishant

Posts: 412; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Pixel 5 128GB: $800 on October launch. Pixel 5 128GB: $599 on November BlackBerry Friday week.

7. DBozz

Posts: 156; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Do whatever u do... But dont ever copy the apple's pricing

9. User123456789

Posts: 1370; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Nor design

8. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 303; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

P4 is the first google I didn't buy since the galaxy nexus. Here is my must list for P5. 1. Bezel less display with in display finger print scanner. 2. More storage 512gb option available. 3. Bigger battery my note 10+ has enough juice to run a day- Google should match it. 4.120hz display. 5. Continue improvements on the great Camera they have. I am good with not having wide angle lens.

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1907; Member since: May 17, 2017

Lower price...no glass back...stable software. In other words, a durable, moderately priced flagship without gimmicks, yet totally customizable. Or a Nexus. Yeah.

12. Mrmark

Posts: 429; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

But....but.... It looks like a Samsung :/

13. andrewhahalee

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Think it's kinda useless to have a wishlist. Google's not the type to listen to consumers.

14. shafayatsohail

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

Bigger Battery - 4000/4500mAh 6000x4000 24MP 24mm f/1.4 1/1.5" main, 20MP 72mm f/1.8 1/2" telephoto cam, 20MP 18mm f/1.8 1/2" wide cam (all OIS), dedicated hardware 2 stage camera button NO round but sharp-cornered 18:9 6"/6.6" OLED NO notch screen Irish scanner

15. mccalmrl01

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 14, 2019

You also forgot to mention Google needs to step up its game in the camera's video performance. The choppiness and lack of quality of the Pixel 4 video footage compared to the iPhone 11 series is noticeable.

16. HildyJ

Posts: 346; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

NO 5G! Please. 5G is not available to most users in the US and Qualcomm's SoC does NOT contain a 4G modem which means another chip will have to be installed, increasing price, increasing size and decreasing battery space. If that wasn't bad enough, early reports show major overheating problems, especially in urban areas where the phone is constantly searching for a usable 5G signal and switiching back and forth from 5G and 4G. Qualcomm says they will resolve this in 2022 and, if they can, put it in the Pixel 6 but please not the Pixel 5. Before you jump on the 765 bandwagon, read Ars Technic's analysis:https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/12/qualcomms-new-snapdragon-865-is-a-step-backwards-for-smartphone-design/

17. Orion78

Posts: 230; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Google is done. They haven't shown any signs that they care to improve their phones year after year. They dont care what the customers want and we're just seeing basically every other company pass them by. Glad I switched to Samsung.

19. RoTheNerd

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 13, 2019

I got the Asus ROG Phone 2... Omg it's gonna be hard to go back to pixel...

18. RoTheNerd

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 13, 2019

I want my finger print reader on the back... Back! Nothing was faster than picking up my phone and almost instantly unlocking it. Face unlock is cool, but I'd rather it be an option rather than law...

20. pjamies

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 13, 2019

Battery on my XL is not that bad.. There has to be a notch or hole for a front facing camera .. Agree the whole Soli thing is a joke! Had to turn off the swipe for music as songs would skip while I was driving as my phone is too close to my hand and any movement would would make Soli think I wanted to skip fwd or back!! I am not a huge camera guy, so most of the tech is lost on me.. The Gboard k\b is driving me nuts!! I'm not used to this size of phone and keep hitting the wrong keys.. this k\b app should use AI to correct my finger miss steps as right now this is my largest gripe with this phone!! Besides that, I love this phone!!

21. SatvikBahaley

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

Absolutely Flat Back with no Camera Protrusions (which can be accompanied by a thicker battery).

22. ProfessorJER

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 01, 2017

Anything but a curved screen.

24. epdm2be

Posts: 832; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"other key features were also missing." Not necessarily on Pixels themselves but rather through Android itself: call-recording!

25. AnnDroid

Posts: 92; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Oh my god, yes!

26. famousdave

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 19, 2019

I'm not much for taking photos with a phone so cameras don't impress me. What I do, however, is listen to videos, news, books, and music so what I want is front-facing speakers. I hate a phone I have to cock sideways in order to see a video and listen to it out of the ass-end of the phone. I bought the Pixel 2 (which I still use) solely because of the front-facing speakers.

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