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Google Pixel 5 Ex UK/USA


  • RAM: 8GB
  • Internal Storage: 128GB
  • Battery: 4080 mAh
  • Main Camera: 12MP+16MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Display: 6.0 inches
  • Processor: Qualcomm SM7250 Snapdragon 765G 5G (7 nm)
  • OS: Android 11, upgradable to Android 13
  • Connectivity: Nano sim and e-sim, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, WI-FI
  • Colors: Just Black, Sorta Sage
  • Warranty: 6 Months

KSh34,500 KSh36,000

NB: Prices are subject to change without notice.

The Google Pixel 5 represents a strategy change for the tech giant: the phone doesn’t quite have the specs and features to compete with top-tier flagship devices, but instead is a more measured handset that costs less in turn. Compared to the Galaxy s21s of the world, the Pixel 5 focuses on what Pixel phones do best: offering users a great, simplified camera experience and a very clean Android interface, as we’ll detail in this Google Pixel 5 review. It’s a tack that the Pixel 5a continues, and given the similarities between the phones, the only thing the Pixel 5 has over its cheaper sibling is a smaller size and more refined metal back – though that’s still enough for it to rank among the best Google Pixel phones.

The 6-inch Full HD Plus (2340 x 1080) display is a sharp and bright screen, with minimal bezels and a punch-hole to house the front-facing camera. That means a far better screen-to-body ratio than the Pixel 4, which had a solid black bar at the top of its display – but since that bar held the various sensors, including the Soli depth sensor that enabled features like in-air gesture control, it’s a bittersweet advantage to have more screen real estate here. The display retains the 90Hz refresh rate that Google rolled out with the Pixel 4, and it’s similarly smooth here. While it drains battery at a faster rate to keep it on (you can switch back to 60Hz in the settings), the effect is worth it when you’re browsing the internet or your app library without the stuttering you’ll experience on 60Hz and lower screens.

The Google Pixel 5 packs a pair of rear cameras, and you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re the same as the cameras on the Pixel 4, as the new phone inherits the old handset’s glass-covered camera block. It does have the same 12.2MP main shooter, but the Pixel 5 swaps out its predecessor’s 2x optical telephoto lens for a 16MP ultra-wide lens.

The Pixel 5’s specs are one of several areas where Google has compromised, likely to save on cost. The Snapdragon 765G chipset is not as top-tier as the Snapdragon 865, powering 2020’s leading Android phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S20 line or Snapdragon 865 Plus in the new Oneplus 8T, for instance, but it serves well enough.

 

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