Google is currently preparing the international market launch of the Pixel 4a and is already setting the course for the release of the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5. So far, no specific details have been given about the alleged flagship, but a leak is now changing the perception of being a flagship phone.
Google’s Pixel 5 is already listed in the AI benchmark database. The tool evaluates the performance of smartphones with regard to AI calculation. The tested device listed achieved an overall result of 39.5 in the test run and is thus on the same level as the Google flagship Pixel 4 and 4XL from last year. Google no longer produces both devices, which is why they are being sold worldwide.
No high-end SoC in the Pixel 5
The benchmark result is particularly interesting with regard to the hardware with which it is achieved. Pixel 5 does not use the same System on a Chip (SoC) for the calculations as the previous models – i.e. the Snapdragon 855. Instead, the upcoming device contains the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, which will have to be rated as a mid-range SoC in 2020. The processor cannot hold a candle to the Qualcomm top models Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus in some high-end smartphones.
In addition to the Snapdragon 765G, according to the leak, Google is packing more than 6GB of RAM into a Pixel smartphone for the first time. 8GB of RAM is listed in the database. In view of the fact that the performance of the Snapdragon 765G has already proven to be more than adequate in devices such as the OnePlus Nord, Google’s decision in favor of this hardware is quite understandable. Perhaps it will even go down in history as a major move for the Pixel franchise. Should the Internet giant bring the Android 11 device onto the market at an attractive price and with convincing camera functions, this could lead to a much-needed great success for Google’s hardware division.
Google’s future plans uncertain
However, it is unclear what exactly it means for the future of the Pixel series that Google will apparently only bring mid-range devices onto the market this year. It will, therefore, be exciting to see how the group intends to use the experience of this year for its strategy in 2021. Google may even be able to launch a smartphone with its own ARM processor next year. It remains to be seen whether this will be enough to achieve top values in benchmarks.
At least one thing is certain that in 2020 no investments beyond the 950 dollars are necessary to get a smartphone with appealing user experience and to have a very good camera quality. In a sense, Google is therefore fully in line with the trend with its current strategy. The Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G are expected to be officially launched in early October.