Google’s Pixel 5 is an atypical flagship, though for 2020 that might be all the better. Starting at $699, it’s considerably cheaper than the headliner phones from Google’s rivals. It also steps away from the usual strategy of throwing the latest-and-greatest into a device.
Instead, Google opts for the Snapdragon 765G chipset and a comparatively small 6-inch OLED screen. You still get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, mind, along with two cameras on the back: a regular and an ultra-wide, clocking in at 12.2-megapixels and 16-megapixels, respectively. As always there’s plenty of computational photography for features like Night Sight.
Rectifying some of the sins of the Pixel 4, there’s a 4,080 mAh battery and a refreshing absence of gimmicks. No Soli motion-tracking chip, just a straightforward rear fingerprint sensor, wireless charging support, and a sturdy – if not exactly striking – design. To make Android 11 shine, though, that’s just what the Pixel 5 needed to be.