Google’s confirmed the Pixel 5 release for later this year. With the release on the horizon, interested buyers should start preparing for its arrival.
In a bit of a surprise, Google confirmed the existence of the Pixel 5 in its Pixel 4a announcement. The Pixel 4a, the company’s new budget phone, arrives later this month while the Pixel 5 lands sometime this fall alongside a 5G version of the Pixel 4a.
Google says the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 will be available in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Australia and that it will provide more information about the devices in the coming months.
We don’t have an official release date for the Pixel 5, but there’s a good chance it launches in the company’s standard October window. Last year, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL launched in mid-October.
Google’s Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 announcement in France briefly confirmed the pre-order date for the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. Assuming the company doesn’t make a change, you can expect the devices to go on sale on October 8th.
Oddly enough, YouTuber Jon Prosser, who has released accurate information in the past, claims the Pixel 5 is coming September 30th.
If one of these dates holds, Google’s new flagship will clash directly with Apple’s new iPhone 12 series. Apple typically releases new iPhones in September, but it looks like the company will ship its flagship models in October.
If you’re planning to buy a new phone this fall, and you’re interested in picking up the Pixel 5, here are a few things you should do before the release date.
- New, unlocked Android phone gives you the flexibility to change carriers and choose your own data plan; works with Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and other major carriers
- Capture great photos using your cell phone on the 12 MP dual pixel rear camera with features like Live HDR+, Night Sight, and Portrait Mode; share photos directly from the viewfinder of your Pixel camera to Google and popular third party apps
- The Adaptive Battery lasts up to 24 hours as it learns your favorite apps and reduces power to the ones you rarely use
- HDR+ makes your photos look better by automatically adjusting for color and lighting; Night Sight lets you capture rich detail and color even in the dark; Portrait Mode helps you take beautiful portraits with a DSLR quality look
- Get things done with just your voice: Send texts, get directions and reminders, and multitask on the go on your mobile phone with help from Google
Track Pixel 5 Rumors
If you’re interested in upgrading to Google’s new flagship you’ll want to get caught up on the latest information and track Pixel 5 rumors as we push toward the official announcement.
The rumor mill will keep you informed about the Pixel 5’s potential hardware and software features. It will also help you set realistic expectations about the device’s pricing, specs, and release date.
Check Your Upgrade Status
Make sure you keep an eye on your upgrade status as we push through the summer and fall.
Carriers will sometimes bump your upgrade status so you’ll want to check in on it to see if anything changes in the buildup to Google’s announcements.
Google hasn’t confirmed the Pixel 5’s carriers, but we imagine that you’ll be able to take an unlocked model to any one of the major carriers.
Get Familiar with Android 11
Unlike the Pixel 4a, the Pixel 5 will run Google’s Android 11 operating system out of the box. We recommend getting familiar with Android 11 ahead of the device’s arrival.
Android 11 is currently in beta testing ahead of a release in Q3. Google hasn’t announced a release date, but current signs point to a release in early September. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until September to familiarize yourself with the software.
If you have an eligible device, you can download the Android 11 beta right now and get acquainted with it.
If you don’t have a phone that works with the beta, or you don’t want to install beta software, dig into feedback from testers.
Doing this will ensure that you aren’t caught off-guard by the look and feel of the Pixel 5’s software.
Lots of people love Google’s pure version of Android, but many others prefer the skins from companies like OnePlus and Samsung. You won’t know what group you fall into unless you do some research.
Use this time to get familiar with the companies that make accessories for the Pixel line. If you do this early enough, you’ll know which accessory makers to avoid and how much to spend if you want to pair a case, screen protector or something else with your Pixel 5.
Get familiar with pricing, styles, the pros and cons of popular manufacturers, and the level of protection these accessories will provide.
Look at Google’s Other Pixel Phones
Before you decide to make the Pixel 5 your next phone, make sure you look into Google’s other Pixel devices.
The Pixel 4a is the company’s new budget model. It doesn’t come with the latest and greatest features, but it’ll be more than enough for a lot of people, especially at its $350 price point.
Research Other Pixel 5 Alternatives
If you aren’t stuck on buying a Pixel device, you’ll also want to check out top Pixel 5 alternatives on shelves right now. Here are a few we recommend:
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone SE 2020
- OnePlus 8
- OnePlus 7
- Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S10
- Galaxy Note 20
- Galaxy Note 10
You’ll also want to look into upcoming devices like Apple’s iPhone 12 series.
Make a Plan for Your Current Phone
Make sure you have a plan for your current phone so you aren’t scrambling when you go to buy your new device.
Make sure you keep the phone in pristine condition. This is how you’ll get the most money back from resellers, your carrier, or Google.
If you’re feeling generous, you might be able to find a friend or relative who could benefit from your current phone. You might also might want to look into donating your phone to charity.
Decide If You Need Preferred Care
Given the Pixel 4a’s status as Google’s budget device, the Pixel 5 won’t be cheap so you’ll probably want to protect your investment. You can buy a case, but you also might want to join Google’s Preferred Care program for added protection.
Google Preferred Care warranty covers accidental damage and device malfunctions. You can learn more about it over on Google’s website.
As we push toward the Pixel 5’s launch, research the program and see if it’s worth it.
If you’re unhappy with your data plan or your provider’s coverage, use this time to dig into competitors and see if you can find a better fit.
You’ll also want to dig into smaller carriers like Spectrum, Xfinity, and others. They might not get the Pixel 5 right away, but they’re typically cheaper.
Wait for Even Better Performance
You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series.
A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down.
That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life.
91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.
Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.
Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.
The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name.
Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved.
The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.
The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology.
The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.
As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size.
The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump.
The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.
This has been confirmed by a certification at the Chinese telecom authority 3C which lists the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery capacity as 4855mAh.
Galaxy Club also reports that the Galaxy S21 might support 65W charging. Samsung is reportedly working on a new charger (model number EP-TA865). While a lot of Samsung phones currently support 25W charging, others support 45W.
So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships.
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