Google Pixel 5 photos leaked right before launch — here it is

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The Pixel 5 will be shown off today by Google for the first time, but you can see it in the flesh right now thanks to a new last-minute leak. 

Two photos showing the new Pixel's front and back were posted on Twitter by Jon Prosser. While these can't show us what new software tricks Google is about to introduce, it does give us a good look at the phone's final design.

The first thing your eye is likely drawn to is the punch-hole front camera notch in the top left corner of the display. This design first appeared on the Pixel 4a, and is probably the best solution to keeping the screen large while also keeping the camera in a useful position.

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On the screen itself, it looks the phone is in a demonstration mode, with the headings "Hardware," "5G," and "Battery" at the bottom of the screen. 5G is simple enough to understand; this is believed to be Google's first 5G phone, with expectations that it will work with both sub-6GHz and mmWave networks.

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Hardware and battery as focus points are more interesting. Google has, according to the leaks and rumors, toned down the power of the Pixel line this year, offering a less powerful Snapdragon 765G chip in the Pixel 5 instead of the 8-series chip that most flagship Android phones use. 

Measuring a rumored six inches across with a decent 90Hz refresh rate, the display is a similar story. While other phones may offer more sophisticated 120Hz panels, Google seems to be aiming to undercut rivals on price instead.

We've heard that the Pixel 5 will use a 4,000 mAh battery, or potentially a 3,080 mAh battery depending on the rumor. Given the poor battery life of the Pixel 4's 2,800 mAh battery, this was an area that definitely needs work.

In the second image of the back of the phone, there are a pair of cameras visible in the square bump in the top left corner. These dual cameras are thought to be a 12MP main sensor and a 16MP ultrawide sensor, a departure from the main/telephoto combination in the Pixel 4.

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(Image credit: Jon Prosser)

Below that we see the raised outline of a circle in the very center of the phone, which is the rear fingerprint sensor. 

In a way, this is a step back from the more complex Face Unlock system on the Pixel 4, powered by Google's Motion Sense and Soli technology. However, this system meant the phone needed to have an ugly chunky bezel at the top to fit in the additional sensors. A simple rear fingerprint reader is a tried and tested unlocking method, and one that leaves the display to take up more space on the phone's front

The back as a whole is colored with Google's traditional Just Black hue. We're expecting a Subtle Sage option as well, and possibly a white version, in line with previous Pixels.

Today's launch event for the Pixel 5 will see another phone make its debut, too. The Pixel 4a 5G, a 5G-ready version of Google's existing Pixel 4a is also on the way. While the Pixel 5 is thought to be fairly reasonably priced compared to some competitors' flagships, the Pixel 4a 5G will give users access to the latest and fastest mobile data standard for just $499. 

Rumors also tell us to look out for some new smart home products at the launch event, specifically a new Chromecast with Google TV and a new Google Nest Audio speaker.

Richard Priday
Assistant Phones Editor

Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.