From the back, the Google Pixel 4 and the Google Pixel 5 look quite similar. They both have a square camera block in the upper left corner and a Google logo near the bottom, and are otherwise almost featureless monochrome slabs.
However, there are two key differences. First, the Pixel 5 has a fingerprint scanner on the back, while the Pixel 4 doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner at all. The other big difference is that while the back of the Pixel 4 is glass, Google opted for the unusual choice of using aluminum for the Pixel 5.
The back colors also differ: the Pixel 4 is available in black, white, and orange tones, while the Pixel 5 is available in a choice of green or black.
From the front, these phones look very different, because while the Google Pixel 4 has a large bezel above the screen, which houses its front camera, the Google Pixel 5 has a more modern (and similar to the Pixel 4a). hole camera and minimal scope. However, one thing you get with both phones is water and dust resistance.
When it comes to dimensions and weight, the Google Pixel 5 is 144.7 x 70.4 x 8mm and 151g, while the Pixel 4 is 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm and 162 g, so they’re very similar in size, but the Pixel 5 is a bit shorter, wider, thinner, and lighter.
The Pixel 5 has a larger screen than the Pixel 4: it’s a 6-inch 1080 x 2340 OLED display, with 432 pixels per inch and a 90Hz refresh rate.
The Google Pixel 4, meanwhile, has a 5.7-inch with a slightly lower resolution of 1080 x 2280 and 444 pixels per inch. However, it’s still OLED and also has a 90Hz refresh rate, so interactions should be just as smooth.
Really on paper, there’s a minimal difference between these two displays – the Pixel 5 is a bit bigger, but that’s about it. Of course, it may work better in practice, but we won’t know until we put the phone through our testing process.
For what it’s worth, we were reasonably impressed with the Pixel 4’s display, calling it “bright and colorful” in our review.
As with the display, there isn’t a huge difference between the cameras on these two phones, at least on paper.
They both have a dual-lens camera with a 12.2MP f / 1.7 main snapper, although while the Pixel 4 has a 16MP f / 2.4 telephoto lens (with 2x optical zoom), the Pixel 5 replaces it with a 16MP f / 2.2 ultra-wide one. Both phones have an 8MP camera on the front.
The fact that the Pixel 5 has the same main camera isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the Google Pixel 4’s snapper is excellent – in our review, we called it ‘awesome’ and found that it worked well even in low light.
But we also liked the telephoto lens, so it remains to be seen if the switch to ultra-wide on the Pixel 5 will prove the right decision.
A big upgrade from the Google Pixel 5 is its battery, as the phone has a 4080mAh cell, while the Pixel 4 is only 2800mAh.
Whether this will lead to much better Pixel 5 life remains to be seen – while Google claims both phones offer ‘all day’ life, in our review of the Pixel 4 we found the phone to have battery life. “Extremely short”, with the phone often fails to get through a full day.
So we certainly hope that the higher capacity will translate into a significantly longer lifespan. It probably is, but we’ll let you know for sure once we’ve fully reviewed the Pixel 5.
Both phones support 18W fast charging and both support wireless charging.
Specifications and Features
The Google Pixel 5 has an upper midrange Snapdragon 765G chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. While those specs are reasonable, the processor does not match the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865 Plus, which are found in phones like the OnePlus 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
In fact, it’s debatable if the Pixel 5’s chipset is even an upgrade to the Pixel 4, which is the Snapdragon 855. It’s an older chipset, but it was top of the line at launch. However, it’s paired with just 6GB of RAM in the Pixel 4, as well as 64GB or 128GB of storage. It’s also worth noting that while the Google Pixel 5 supports 5G, the Pixel 4 doesn’t.
In terms of software, both phones are running Android 11 – although as long as the Pixel 5 runs it out of the box, the Pixel 4 launched with Android 10 and will likely stop receiving updates before the Pixel 5. .
When it comes to features, one of the biggest features of the Pixel 4 was Motion Sense. This allows the phone to detect when you are nearby and automatically turn on the screen. It also allows you to perform aerial gestures over the screen, so that you can interact with your handset without touching it.
However, we found that its usefulness was limited and the battery was depleted, so it’s perhaps not surprising that Google ditched the feature for the Pixel 5.
One thing you do get on the Google Pixel 5, however, is a fingerprint scanner. This is located on the back of the phone, and it’s something the Pixel 4 doesn’t have at all – it relies on facial recognition instead.
Price and availability
The Google Pixel 5 costs $ 699 / £ 599 / AU $ 1079. It is not yet available for purchase at the time of writing, but you can preorder it now and it will land on October 15th.
The Google Pixel 4 has of course been on sale for a while and starts at $ 799 / £ 669 / AU $ 1,049 for 64GB of storage, rising to $ 899 / £ 769 / AU $ 1,199 for 128GB.
So the Pixel 5 is actually cheaper than its predecessor, probably thanks to its lesser chipset – although the Pixel 4 is likely to start to shrink sharply now that the Pixel 5 has landed, so you might be able to find the old phone. for less than the new one.
To take away
From first impressions, the Google Pixel 5 is a little weird – it’s a clear upgrade to the Pixel 4 in some ways, offering a bigger battery, 5G, more RAM, and a bigger screen.
But the chipset is arguably a downgrade, and some other aspects are either much the same or different without necessarily being better, like the switch from telephoto to ultra-wide.
The phone’s price is accordingly, but as the successor to the Pixel 4, it might disappoint people hoping for a 2020 Google flagship. We’ll have to give it a full review to be sure – and the lower price may end. by giving the phone more appeal than its predecessor.