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A new Pixel 5s variant surfaces in live photos

The Pixel 5s has made its first public appearance. (Image: @japonton)
The Pixel 5s has made its first public appearance. (Image: @japonton)
A new variant of the Pixel 5 has appeared in live photos for the first time. Dubbed the Pixel 5s, the device is made from polycarbonate and features a very similar design language to the recently released Pixel 4a.

Google looks like it might be prepping at least two versions of the upcoming Pixel 5. While it is not unusual for Google to release two different models of a new series, the Pixel 5s (Model name GD1YQ) leaked by @japtonton looks to be the same size as the previous leaks we’ve seen of the non-’S’ Pixel 5. Interestingly, it looks like it could be a more affordable model as it is made from polycarbonate just like the similarly designed and recently released Pixel 4a.

Like the Pixel 4a, the Pixel 5s features a rear fingerprint sensor but picks up dual cameras on the back. On the front, it also features a camera hole cut out on the top left hand corner. The main difference is that unlike the Pixel 4a, the Pixel 5s pictured appears to have a uniform bezel the entire way around the display. In contrast, the cheaper Pixel 4a has a larger ‘chin.’ This, combined with the rear fingerprint sensor confirms that Google has dropped both the Soli radar and the facial recognition system from the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.

XDA's @MishaalRahman has confirmed the legitimacy of the leak and speculated that the existence of the Pixel 5s could indicate that Google could be offering two 5G versions of the handset -- one with mmWave and one with non-mmWave technology. According to Rahman’s research on the FCC website, the model pictured is one that supports the mmWave 5G standard. Regardless, we will soon learn everything there is to know about the latest Pixel 5 phones from Google as an official announcement is expected soon.

(Image: @japonton)
(Image: @japonton)
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-09- 9 (Update: 2020-09- 9)