So Google made the Pixel 5 official yesterday which is their flagship offering for this year. The phone comes with improvements over the last year’s Pixel 4 such as a higher refresh rate display, a bigger battery, wireless, and reverse wireless charging. The phone is also made up of aluminum which is a welcome change.
It’s been a while we haven’t seen a metal phone. People have been complaining about the glass especially how fragile it is. It seems Google listened to the feedback and made their phones stronger with a metal back.
Now we know what you are thinking!
This phone has a metal back and at the same time has wireless charging too. How is this even possible?
We mean for years smartphone companies were forced to use glass or plastic back for wireless charging to work. The metal cannot pass the wireless charging signals and that’s the reason companies stopped using it years ago. But Google has found a workaround.
What they are doing on the Pixel 5 is, they are 100% using the Aluminum back but they have created a hole in the middle where the wireless charging coil is placed. Now on top of this aluminum chassis and wireless charging coil, they have applied another layer of a material that Google likes to call bio-resin which by the way is a fancy name for plastic. So basically there’s aluminum chassis with a big hole in the middle with the wireless charging coil and on top of all of this, there’s a very thin plastic layer applied.
So when holding the device in your hand you will feel the plastic, not the metal. This technique allowed them to use metal and wireless charging at the same time which is smart as it gives the handset a sturdy and rigid structure. Android Authority asked Google why exactly they went with this approach. The answer they got it a weird one because Google said they did it to maintain the thinness of the phone.
Since Pixel 5 has a bigger battery, so to maintain the same thickness as last year, they had to do this aluminum-superthin plastic design. Anyway, when you look at the front of the Pixel 5 you can see the bezels all around is thin. Look at the chin, it has to be one of the thinness out there comparable to iPhones which surprises me because Google isn’t known for their designs but we gotta admit the Pixel 5 looks good at least from the front.
Also, Google has confirmed to the Verge that the soli radar and motion sensors will come back in the future. They didn’t specify when but said that the reason they didn’t the radar chip on the Pixel is due to the price. We mean the chip is very expensive and they wanted to keep the price of the Pixel 5 competitive and decided to skip the feature this year. The way motion sense worked on Pixel 4 we don’t think anyone would ever miss that feature.
Unless Google can make it work as they’ve shown, we think it’s best for them to not use the chip as it not only increases the component costs but will provide gimmicky features that most Pixel users will stop using a day after getting the phone.
In any case, let us know what do you think? Is $699 a bit too much for what the Pixel 5 offers? Let us know down in the comments and as always stay connected for more updates.