Here's what the Google Pixel 5 XL could look like

Here's what the Google Pixel 5 XL could look like
Leaked Google Pixel 5 XL prototype CAD-based render

UPDATE: A new render of the Google Pixel 5 XL has been provided by Jon Prosser. It showcases the front of the smartphone and provides a clearer glimpse at the rear. The original story continues below.

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Four months after launching the Pixel 4, Google is hard at work on the next-generation Pixel 5. It isn’t expected to debut for another eight months, but today Front Page Tech frontman Jon Prosser, not to be confused with John Prosser or Jon Posner, has revealed what the larger flagship could look like.

The render below, which comes from an "extremely reliable" source, is based on 3D CAD files for one of three early prototypes. Google typically has several teams working on separate designs before deciding on the final one in April or May, which means this particular model could still be scrapped.

This strategy is a common practice among smartphone manufacturers. As we saw last year thanks to Steve Hemmerstoffer, Apple had two radically different iPhone 11 Pro designs on the table before eventually settling for the smartphone we know today.

The rear camera module is absolutely huge


If Google chooses to move ahead with this particular design it would represent yet another drastic change. Gone is the square-shaped camera module of the Google Pixel 4 series and in its place is a humongous camera bump that sits in the middle of the phone and looks like nothing we've ever seen before.

The new design looks rather odd, to say the least, but ultimately represents a more unique direction for the company. It has also allowed Google to incorporate an extra sensor, bringing the total number of cameras to three this year.

It's unclear at this stage what specifications Google is planning for the camera system, but Prosser claims an ultra-wide-angle camera now accompanies the usual telephoto shooter and primary sensor. 

Renders of the flagship smartphone's front panel, unfortunately, weren't provided but the prototype in question is understood to include a large top bezel, just like the Google Pixel 4, which presumably incorporates Google's Motion Sense and Face Unlock technologies. Thanks to recent technological advancements, though, the forehead is said to be a little slimmer.

Expect the Snapdragon 865 and 5G network support


Much like the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup, both the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL are expected to feature Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 865. The amount of storage and RAM Google is planning to include is yet to be confirmed, but a minimum 8/128GB configuration does seem likely.

As a direct result of using the Snapdragon 865 chipset, Google's next-generation flagships will also feature support for 5G networks. This will negatively impact battery life quite significantly, hence why more acceptable battery capacities are to be expected this year.

Speaking of battery drain, Samsung and OnePlus are switching to 120Hz screens this year. Google was one of the leaders when it came to 90Hz panels and is expected to follow in the footsteps of its rivals this year, giving it another reason to include bigger batteries.

Google Pixel 5 XL announcement and release date 


Despite today's early leak, the Google Pixel 5 XL isn't expected to go official until mid-October. It will be joined by the smaller Google Pixel 5 and will, of course, follow the cheaper Pixel 4a series which is on track to debut at Google I/O 2020 in early May.

Pre-orders will probably begin immediately after the announcement event and precede shipments somewhere between October 19 and October 23, if history is anything to go by. Of course, the internet giant could surprise us all by moving up its flagship announcement in an attempt to steal sales from Apple and Samsung.

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44 Comments

68. TBomb

Posts: 1778; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

That new render with the front ain't bad at all

65. AlienKiss

Posts: 362; Member since: May 21, 2019

Still FUGLY no matter what they do to it... Who cares about the specs when the phone is so ugly? People actually pay for this?? Haha!

66. applesnapple93

Posts: 353; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

idc what my phone looks like as long as it does what I need it to do and my user experience is good. It's not a fashion show, its a daily tool. I guess some people are just cosmetic and too worried about what other people think about them

69. AlienKiss

Posts: 362; Member since: May 21, 2019

You're right! It lacks the SD card slot for my future 1TB card.. And you have to agree that looks matter also to a degree, depending on the user. My point is that after the first Nexus phone, all their phones are simply ugly. For such a huge company, they should have at least 20 designers just to slap Apple in the face. And don't get me started with the Pixel's software features, because it has more bugs than a sloth! Almost every week there's news in this department.. That's why I'm only interested in Samsung and Sony. Nothing else.

64. shafayatsohail

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

looks better, expecting a 73-75mm wide 18:9 screen and a 4500mAh battery

60. baldilocks

Posts: 1561; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Still has that giant Neanderthal forehead, I see.....

63. shafayatsohail

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

if you can't accept the forehead then you have to accept a fugking notch. which one you prefer.

59. Cat97

Posts: 2076; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It it looks like that, especially the front, enjoy the last Google Pixel ever...

58. kplayon

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 02, 2018

Google Intentionally tries to make their phone appeal to only some people.

51. redmd

Posts: 1969; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It's a notch on the back!

54. Trex95

Posts: 2400; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Notch in the back big forehead in front!.

50. TBomb

Posts: 1778; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'f it's a bump, hopefully it's because all the camera housing in strictly in the bump to make more room in the main body of the phone for components like Soli and battery

49. surethom

Posts: 1778; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

If copying Apple again with still no finger print scanner, then it does not matter what the cameras look like, it will be a NO.

56. bitwiser

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 28, 2018

FP scanner is done. Not coming back to pixel. I was against it as well...but now that i'm used to Face unlock, I prefer it. Works so much better than my wife's iPhone and honestly it is faster than FP unlock when I had 3XL. I don't have to live my phone off my desk, just look down at it. With 3XL I had to lift it off the desk to get to FP sensor on back.

39. MartyK

Posts: 1045; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Google needs to focus on Front facing Speaker, Battery, Ram and Storage.

48. vgking9699

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

No they need to focus on how much they gonna sell android to Samsung for and how to get back just being a search engine company lol

52. TBomb

Posts: 1778; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

That would be counterproductive to Google's search engine goals

34. MrMalignance

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Ok... Here comes my opinion. It's my opinion and not meant to insult or offend anyone, so relax. I like that they are trying something different. I would like more companies to play with the camera design. It kills me to see these camera arrays that are these big, ugly squares in the middle of a highly polished back. Even with a case, they'll stand out as looking like they don't belong. This design at least looks like they're trying to give it some style or an organic look. Sure, it may not be for everyone, but it's more points I'm my book for trying, instead of keeping the larger squares everyone is doing now. I've always thought that the large squares look like a giant mole on someone's face. Just kind of out there....

32. maestrotelefono

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 30, 2019

I have two main issues, questions with the upcoming 5 line: the price and the hardware (RAM, battery). Really don't care about the back of the phone, how it looks like.

33. applesnapple93

Posts: 353; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

I've been all Google since Nexus 5x. Owned every Pixel. After owning Pixel 4, Oneplus is starting to look REALLY appealing.

25. TadTrickle

Posts: 177; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

Who else doesn't give a damn about being able to take a Picture of a close up of the dust on the moon, and the cameras on the phone in general? Dont get me wrong, it's great to be able to take a picture. The tech we have in phones today is good enough for everyone. I'm not saying stop innovating, dump money into battery tech for example. The camera is way more than good enough

40. Vokilam

Posts: 1492; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You know what? I agree with you. I don’t mind cameras improvements to keep moving forward. But it seems that the companies are not focusing on what important. I think cameras are third priority. First priority should be new battery tech - give me a few days lasting battery on one charge. Second priority should be rigid-ness of the devices - they’re getting to Fragile with all this damn glass - I never asked for inductive charging on my phone - I want to go back to metal phones please! And stronger glass!!! Stop with the multiple cameras, stop with ridiculous resolutions that we cannot see, stop with foldables (they cost too much and isn’t solution to any problem), stop with 5G, stop with software gimmicks. Stop all that until you give us 5-day battery, true across-the-room wireless charging. Thank you for reading.

42. MrMalignance

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I can agree with most of that. The only places I differ are in the 5g and gimmicks. 5g is essentially where all signal tech is headed, like how the 4g type signals did for 3g. As for gimmicks, I can't say stop on those because they're only gimmicks until people decide they're important features. That's just how tech moves. It's kind of awkward and ham fisted, but it crawls along. I do fully believe that we need better builds and battery life. Those are way overdue

57. bitwiser

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 28, 2018

I care as do most consumers. This is now my main camera. The DSLR is in my closet collecting dust. Too heavy and it is never around when I need it like my phone. I like having regular, zoom and ultra-wide cameras that all take quality images. Pixel needs the Ultra wide to be complete.

24. tech2488

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Google please stop making fugly and stupid design if you don’t have good idea learn from others, copy paste like chinese manufactures do.

20. J2017

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

I think Google is just trolling people with their phone designs.

18. Sparkxster

Posts: 1270; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

It's a rather distinct design...

17. kratos47

Posts: 22; Member since: May 27, 2015

Looks like surprised face. If Pixel 5 is a letdown I can already see the memes coming...lol

16. m_usm04

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 02, 2019

Looks a lot better than s20 ultra....

15. monoke

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

2016 : Oh that phone has a nice camera. 2020 : Oh that camera has a nice phone.

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