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Underwhelming specifications for the Google Pixel 5 leak: A miniature battery with a high-resolution and high-refresh-rate QHD+ display?

The Google Pixel 5 may have terrible battery life. (Image source: XDA Developers)
The Google Pixel 5 may have terrible battery life. (Image source: XDA Developers)
Additional specifications about the Pixel 5 have leaked online. Apparently, Google will equip the Pixel 5 with a QHD+ display, which reportedly supports a 120 Hz refresh rate. The Snapdragon 765G-powered device will be underpinned by a lowly 3,080 mAh battery, too.

The rumours about the Pixel 5 are mounting up. So far, it has been said that Google plans to unveil its next flagship in October alongside the release of the Pixel 4a (5G). The Pixel 5 is believed to be running a Snapdragon 765G, which is reflected in its rumoured starting price of US$699. Multiple sources have stated that the Pixel 5 will feature a 6.67-inch and 120 Hz display too, which is an upgrade from the Pixel 4 XL.

According to @ImjustSayingJC, a source for many of the rumours about the Pixel 5, the 6.67-inch display will have a pixel density of 540 PPI. This corresponds to a resolution of 1,440 x 3,330 pixels and would give the Pixel 5 a 3 PPI denser screen than the one in the Pixel 4 XL. Additionally, the screen would have an aspect ratio of 20.6:9.

@DSCCRoss has also chimed in with the panel suppliers for the Pixel 5. According to Young, who is the founder and lead analyst of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), Google will source screens from BOE and Samsung Display.

While a large and high-resolution display would make the Pixel 5 competitive, its rumoured battery capacity would not. @ImjustSayingJC insists that Google will equip the device with a 3,080 mAh cell, which would be an iPhone-sized battery. The Pixel 4 XL, which was not lauded for having great battery life, has a 3,700 mAh battery capacity, by contrast. 

Overall, a Snapdragon 765G combined with a 3,080 mAh battery would make the Pixel 5 somewhat of a downgrade from the Pixel 4 XL, as would the omission of the latter's face unlock technology. The lack of the latter would allow Google to produce a device with smaller display bezels as it has with the Pixel 4a though, which may appeal to a broader audience.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-08-17 (Update: 2020-08-18)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.