The Google Pixel 4a was one of the most leaked smartphone ever. However, not the same can be said about the upcoming Pixel 5. The next-gen smartphone from Google is still a mystery. On the other hand, the internet has blessed us with some photos of Pixel 5. But, are these images legit? We don’t think so.
The source of the photos
A user that goes by the name Udagawa Ako shared the first photos on Slashleaks. However, the images come from retailer AliBaba. The site seems to be selling a Google Pixel 5 case, but the design of the phone case looks doggy. We definitely did not picture Pixel 5 like that, so it is fair to be skeptical in this situation.
For example, one design for the upcoming Google smartphone looks a bit funny with its U-shaped camera bump in its back and no fingerprint scanner. Plus, it features a headphone jack. What? Now you understand why we are skeptics about it. Flagship phones no longer feature a headphone jack. Only the original Google Pixel, Pixel XL from 2016, and the low-cost Pixel 3a/Pixel 3a XL comes with a phone jack.
Another weird detail about this Pixel 5 case is the placeholder design due to the presence of a notch. We can see the same notch on the Pixel 3 XL model. However, Google uses bezels for the Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4 XL models. For example, in the Pixel 4 lineup’s case, the placeholder design housed Google’s Motion Sense radar sensor.
The Motion Sense was not a very successful feature. Plus, all high-end phone models move away from notches and towards punch-hole cameras. Therefore, Pixel 5 featuring a notch means a step back for Google. Something that seems very unlikely.
Pixel 4a XL case?
Let’s leave Pixel 5 aside for a sec. There is one smartphone that matches the above description: the Pixel 4a. According to the leaks, the upcoming affordable model from Google might feature a square camera patch, a rear fingerprint sensor, and a headphone jack. Google is now focusing on the standard model as the Pixel 4a XL was supposedly canceled. Therefore, it would not be surprising if Laudtec has received schematics for the canceled model. If we think about the design this way, it makes sense.
Last year, the Pixel 3a launched in May. However, the release date of the upcoming Pixel 4a model is keep being postponed. We expected the smartphone to come out a few times already. Maybe Google wants to release the budget-friendly model together with the Pixel 5 flagship. That means we should look forward to October 2020.
Based on the phone’s case description, it looks like the case maker got the wrong details. Maybe the case was done in a rush. The specs definitely seem off. Plus, if the specs are indeed for Pixel 5 than the speculations on the internet are very wrong. Some smartphone leakers and rumormongers might just dig a hole to hide from shame.
However, as we mentioned above, the recent images don’t seem legit. We are still waiting for more convincing details regarding the upcoming Google flagship. One thing that we can speculate more conclusively is the hardware of the next Pixel smartphone.
Pixel 5 might come with a Snapdragon 765 SoC; it wouldn’t be a surprise. Plus, it makes sense if Google will want to price down. In terms of the camera setup, we will more than likely see a third camera on the back for ultra-wide shots. Pixel 5 is also expected to sport a 90Hz display. In terms of the operating system, the next-gen pixel will more than likely run on Android 11.