The Google Pixel 5 was released to become the next generation of the series and here is all you need to know about it from price in Nigeria to specs and features.
But the truth is “the phone is only a next-generation phone by name”. The device is absolutely not a next-generation phone by specs and features.
What’s even worse is that the device sells at a very expensive price Google can’t justify. In short, if you’re looking for a good value for money phone, you shouldn’t waste your time on a product like this.
However, if you’re a big fan of the Pixel brand and you’re willing to spend extra just for your love for the brand, then feel free to look into the Pixel 5.
You can then rather choose to go for a cheaper Pixel 4a or the OnePlus Nord which happens to be at the same price range and seems to offer better value than the Pixel 5 for their price.
While this article is meant to give details about the Pixel 5, I’ll like to quickly inform you about the price of the phone.
Google Pixel 5 Price in Nigeria
The retail price (RRP) of Pixel 5 from Google is $699 which is 273,000 Naira in Nigeria.
But most people will be ordering for this phone and import it to the country which means shipping fee should be added to the above amount.
The total price of Pixel 5 in Nigeria with shipping fee is 290,000 – 300,000 Naira.
- Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G [Octa-core processor; 1.80 – 2.40 GHz; 7 nm process]
- 1 x 2.40 GHz Kryo 475 Prime cores & 1 x 2.20 GHz Kryo 475 Gold cores & 6 x 1.80 GHz Kryo
475 Silver cores
- Adreno 620 GPU
- 8 GB RAM
- Organic LED [OLED] capacitive touchscreen [Over 16M colours support]
- 6.00 inches [Approximately 85.9-percent screen-to-body ratio]
- 1,080 x 2,340 pixels [~ 432 ppi density]; 19.5:9 aspect ratio
Operating system [OS]
- Android 11 OS
- 128 GB internal storage space [UFS 2.1]
- No storage expansion support
- 12.2 MP + 16 MP rear cameras
- 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS
- HDR and panorama
- LED flash
- 8 MP front camera
- HDR and panorama
- Fingerprint [Rear-mounted]
- Proximity sensor
- Gravity sensor
- Light sensor
- Non-removable Li-Po 4,080 mAh
One of the reasons why people love Google Pixel phones is their designs. Google Pixel phones are very appealing and have premium looks.
No one will see a Pixel device without automatically knowing it’s an expensive phone. And when it comes to the Pixel 5, you won’t be disappointed either.
The design of the phone can be likened to that of the Pixel 4a [4G]. Or better still, if you’ve seen the Pixel 4a [5G] also from Google, the design of the Pixel 5 is almost exactly like that. They were actually both launched at the same event.
The major differences between the P4a 5G design and the P5 design are form factor and colours.
While the P4a 5G measures “153.9 x 74 x 8.2 mm”, the P5a measures “144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm”.
As for their colours, the P4a 5G is available in colour black, while the P5 is available in black and sorta sage.
Earlier on, I stated that the Pixel 5 is not a next-generation phone, in terms of specs and features.
And my major reason for saying so is because of the P5’s chip. When you look at the top phones of brands like Samsung, you see them featuring very nice chips.
For instance, the OnePlus 7T Pro which sells for about N280,000 is powered by the impressive Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855+.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 which sells for about N330,000 is powered by the Samsung Exynos 990.
But when it comes to the Pixel 5 which sells for about N300,000, what we see inside is the significantly inferior Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G.
However, don’t get me wrong, the Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G is actually a nice chip, it’s just that when it comes to a device like the Pixel 5, we expect a more powerful chip.
As for those who’ll like more information about the Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G, the processor of the chip is made up of two clusters of four cores.
But unlike some other ARM chips using the big.LITTLE technology, the Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G’s processor makes use of ARM’s DynamIQ technology.
Using the DynamIQ technology means the first cluster of the chip’s processor is made up of four Kryo 475 Silver cores, while the second cluster is made up of — one Kryo 475 Prime cores, one Kryo 475 Gold core, and two Kryo 475 Silver cores.
The Kryo 475 Prime core and the Kryo 475 Gold core of the chip’s processor are based on the ARM’s Cortex A76 core. As for the Kryo 475 Silver cores of the chip’s processor, they’re based on the ARM’s Cortex A55 core.
However, while the Pixel 5’s processor is not what we expected, the GPU of the phone is even a bit more disappointing.
The Adreno 620 GPU of the phone is not a bad GPU, but there are currently many more impressive GPUs out there.
Even if Google didn’t want to use top GPUs like the Adreno 640 and the Adreno 650, they should have at least considered a graphics processor like the Adreno 630.
As for the aspect of RAM, there is nothing to complain about. The type of RAM featured by the Pixel 5 is the type used for top phones.
The RAM capacity is also up to the expected capacity, 8 GB. However, one thing I think will have been nice is “Google making some builds of the phone come with 12 GB of RAM”.
Having some 12 GB builds, will help ensure that the phone is still as impressive as it currently is, after 3 years or more.
The display featured by Pixel 5 is a 6.00-inch OLED display. A display of this kind is what I expect from the phone, so Google has not disappointed in this aspect.
As for the size of the display, I don’t think there’s any problem with that either. However, it will have made more sense if Google used a large display for the phone; most people tend to find it more comfortable using larger displays.
But while there’s nothing to complain about in terms of display type and display size, there’s something to complain about in terms of resolution.
The resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels which is used for the P5’s display is just too poor for a phone like the Pixel 5.
Even the OnePlus 7T Pro which sells for about N280,000, comes with a much better resolution of 1,440 x 3,120 pixels, so what possible excuse does Google have?
Majority of the nice smart devices out there run either the Android 9 or the Android 10 OS.
But when it comes to the Pixel 5, the device is powered by the Android 11 OS. In other words, in terms of OS, this device will easily beat a huge number of other products we have out there.
The Android 11 is not just better by name, it is much better than the Android 10 in terms of features. The Android 11 OS is significantly more secure and comes with a tonne of new features.
The improvements made to existing features are also things you’ll like. And among the new features I’m so excited about is “the screen recording feature of the Android 11”; with this feature iPhone users will no longer have to belittle Android users in this aspect.
When you buy a Pixel 5 phone, 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage is what you get as your internal storage device. 128 GB of storage is not bad for a user of this phone.
With 128 GB, you’ll install several apps and games on your phone, without having to check how much storage you have left.
In fact, you’ll even download (or send) many seasons of TV series to your device without having to worry about storage space. In short, Google did okay in this aspect.
However, when it comes to storage type, I’m far from pleased. For a device like the Pixel 5, a UFS 3.0 or a UFS 3.1 storage is what we expect.
Truly, the benefit of using a UFS 3.0 storage isn’t so huge, but trust me in 2 or 3 year’s time, the benefits will have multiplied; and since most users of the Pixel 5 will use the phone for over 3 years, why didn’t Google use a UFS 3.0 / 3.1 device?
Another disappointment in this aspect is that there aren’t builds coming with 256 GB storage.
While 128 GB will be okay for some people, there are many people who won’t be okay with 128 GB; so releasing 256 GB build (and maybe even 512 GB build) is something Google should have also done.
The rear side of the Pixel 5 features two lenses. The first lens is a 12.2 MP lens and the second lens is a 16 MP lens.
With the few pictures I took with the Pixel 5 rear lenses, I can say the lenses won’t disappoint. However, I still feel Google could have done a better job.
The Pixel 5 is supposed to be a next-generation phone, so when we look at its rear cameras, our remark shouldn’t be just “They’re okay.”. Our remark should rather be something like “Wow! I’m very impressed!”.
You should also note that the rear lenses of the phone are also the same lenses featured on the rear side of the Pixel 4a [5G].
The front camera of the Pixel 5 is an 8 MP camera. The lens takes pretty cool selfies. However, Google could have also done a better job in this aspect as well. But at the same time, the front camera is more manageable, compared to the rear lenses.
Wireless charging is a nice technology, but not many Android phones currently support it (including many of the latest phones out there). However, in three of four years time, this technology should become very popular.
And the fact that the Pixel 5 supports this technology is great, even though the phone is disappointing in some major aspects.
If you’re not a fan of the Google Pixel series, you should probably avoid buying this product. However, if you’re a big fan of the series, then feel free to consider it.
I also understand that “the people who will still want to consider the Pixel 5”, may also be considering other Pixel devices like — the Pixel 4, the Pixel 4a [5G], and the Pixel 4 XL. So for the sake of this type of people, let me quickly provide some information on which will be best.
Starting with the Pixel 4 (P4) and the Pixel 5 (P5), the P4 comes with a more powerful chip. The P4 is powered by the Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855, compared to the P5 which is powered by the Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G.
However, the more powerful chip of the P4 may not be desirable, as the chip consumes a lot more power. And with the P4 coming with a battery of just 2,800 mAh, the battery life of the P4 is very terrible, when under heavy-duty.
So, with the difference between the two phones being their chips, simply ask your yourself if you can cope with the poor battery life of the P4. In fact, with the P5 being way more expensive, I may ask you to simply go for the P5.
As for the Pixel 4a [5G] (the P4a 5G) and the Pixel 5 (P5), the two phones have a lot of things in common. But the major aspects where they differ is the aspect of RAM and the aspect of display.
While the P4a 5G comes with 6 GB of RAM, the Pixel 5 comes with 8 GB of RAM. And while the display of the P4a 5G measures 6.20 inches in terms display, the P5 measures 6.00 inches in terms of display.
But, with the two phones having the same resolution and the same display type, it’s safe to say the difference between the two displays doesn’t matter.
So with the aspect of RAM now being the only aspect that matters (in terms of the differences between the two phones), to choose between the two phones, just have to ask yourself “How much RAM do I need?”.
If you can manage 6 GB of RAM, then the P4a 5G is what I’ll ask you to consider. However, if 6 GB of RAM won’t be enough, feel free to consider the Pixel 5.
The Pixel 4 XL is powered by the Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855. And with the Pixel 5 being powered by the Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G, it’s safe to say that the P4 XL is more powerful in terms of computing power.
In every other major aspects, aside from the aspect of display, the phones are similar.
Giving details about the P4 XL’s display and the P5’s display, the P4 XL has a 6.30-inch display having a resolution of 1,440 x 3,040; this means the display has a pixel density of 537 PPI.
As for the P5, its display which measures 6.00 inches has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, meaning the phone’s display has a pixel density of about 432 PPI. In other words, when it comes to display, the P4 XL is also better.
So with the P4 XL being better in the two major aspects where it differs from the P5, the P4 XL is the more impressive phone.
And with the Google Pixel 5 being price in Nigeria a little less expensive than the P4 XL, I’ll believe buying the P5 isn’t even worth it. In short, the P4 XL will make a better-value-for-money.