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The Google Pixel 5 has a hole for wireless charging, but bio-resin saves the day

The Pixel 5 may have a hole for wireless charging, but it is still more structurally stable than its predecessor. (Image source: JerryRigEverything)
The Pixel 5 may have a hole for wireless charging, but it is still more structurally stable than its predecessor. (Image source: JerryRigEverything)
The Pixel 5 has a sizeable hole in its back panel, but JerryRigEverything has demonstrated that it is nothing to worry about. Instead, it turns out that the Pixel 5 is more resistant to being twisted and abused, despite its cut out for wireless charging. The bio-resin coating is much thicker than the coating on the Pixel 4 series, too.
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So the Pixel 5 has a 100% recycled aluminium chassis, according to Google. Typically, an aluminium smartphone would mean no wireless charging, but the Pixel 5 combines both features. We have already seen that the Pixel 5 is repairable too, but the likes of PBK did not reveal the construction of the aluminium chassis on the Pixel 5.

JerryRigEverything has now taken a utility knife to the Pixel 5 though, as the embedded video below shows. It turns out that the Pixel 5 is much sturdier than the Pixel 4 series, despite having a huge cut-out in its aluminium frame for its wireless charging coil. The Pixel 4 XL failed catastrophically in a stress test by the same YouTuber, primarily because of the placement of its plastic antenna lines. There is no such problem with the Pixel 5, on the other hand.

The bio-resin on coating the aluminium chassis is rather thick, too. JerryRigEverything managed to cut through it, but only by chipping away to it. It is possible to puncture the battery of the Pixel 5 without removing its back panel, which may alarm some people. However, the bio-resin should be thick enough to prevent this from happening.

Overall, it seems that Google has made great strides from the Pixel 4 to the Pixel 5. Not only is the new device less fragile than its predecessor thanks to the removal of its glass back, but it also retains wireless charging. The Pixel 5 can withstand being bent and twisted too, unlike the Pixel 4 series.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-12- 3 (Update: 2020-12- 4)