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This might be our first look at a real Pixel 5 prototype

Published Mar 2nd, 2020 7:31AM EST
Pixel 5 XL Release Date
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The Pixel 5 rumor season started a few weeks ago, which is just crazy. The next Google flagship won’t hit stores until mid-October, but it already looks like it won’t stay secret for too long. We’ve already seen the first renders of a Pixel 5 prototype, and they delivered both good and bad news about Google’s plans for the next-gen Pixel series. And it didn’t take long for the first real-life photo of a purported Pixel 5 prototype to make its way online.

The recent Pixel 5 leaks claimed the phone will feature a triple-lens camera on the back, a sign that Google can’t keep denying that having more cameras on a phone can be a good thing. The leak also suggested the rear camera module will have an original but controversial design, and I’ve already explained that camera module design shouldn’t even matter.

Image source: YouTube

What does matter, however, is the front design of today’s new phones. And the Pixel 5 won’t be nearly as good-looking as the recently released Galaxy S20, or the iPhone 11. That’s because Google will keep in place both the 3D face recognition front camera and the Soli radar chip that’s placed inside the top bezel.

Recent leaks said the Pixel 5 will have a higher screen-to-body ratio, as the top bezel will be reduced in size. But there will still be a rather sizeable top bezel on this 2020 phone. And the following image, posted over SlashLeaks show how big that top bezel might be. The Pixel 5 is placed on the right in the following image, next to the Pixel 4 XL:

Image source: SlashLeaks

There’s no way to verify this leak at this time, and there’s no source for it either. Also, the information displayed on the screen of the Pixel 5 isn’t enough to identify the phone. We expect the handset to feature Face unlock support, which is the only information we can glean from the photo. The heavily redacted edges of the purported Pixel 5 handset might indicate the phone will have curved edges, which would be a first for the Pixel series. But it’s just as possible that the phone on the right side of the image isn’t a Pixel 5, and someone is trying to cover up a bad photoshop job.

However, we’re talking about Pixel hardware here. If the photo does show a Pixel 5 prototype, then we’ll probably see the device in even more leaks in the not too distant future.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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