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Google Pixel 5 price just leaked — and it’s very bad news for the Galaxy S20

Google Pixel 5 design render
(Image credit: Sarang Sheth)

Despite offering the best cameras you can find on a smartphone, Google's Pixel lineup hasn't been able to break the stranglehold Apple and Samsung enjoy on the smartphone market. But a Google survey hints that the phone maker may be looking to compete on price with this year's Google Pixel 5 release.

As spotted by Android Authority, a Reddit user posted a screenshot of a phone price survey Google's apparently been circulating around. If the survey's legitimate — and it does seem like the sort of thing a company to gauge expectations and interest in upcoming releases — then the Pixel 5 might be one of the lowest-priced flagships around this fall.

The survey mentions two Pixel releases — one that's labeled as a "Google Pixel Phone" with a plastic body and 3.5mm headphone jack. That phone is listed at $349, while a second model described as a "Premium Google Pixel Phone" with "best in class camera, wireless charging and water resistance" would cost $699.

The first phone is clearly describing a Pixel 4a. And that $349 price isn't pulled out of thin air. Last week, 9to5Google's Stephen Hall said Google's upcoming budget phone would cost $349 — $50 less than Apple's newly released iPhone SE 2020. Selling the Pixel 4a at that kind of discount would suggest that Google wants to undercut its main competition on price.

Assuming the "Premium Google Pixel Phone" mentioned in the survey is the Pixel 5, Google's cost-cutting impulse would continue with its fall flagship release. Last year's Pixel 4 debuted at $799, so Google would be shaving $100 off the price tag of its new flagship device. More importantly, the Pixel 5 would cost as much as the iPhone 11 while also selling for $300 less than the Galaxy S20. This price will also likely make the Pixel 5 competitive with this fall's iPhone 12, which is expected to start at around $649 but could cost as much as $1,099 for the Pro Max model. 

Google would need to make some sacrifices on features to bring down the cost of its Pixel 5 phone. That might mean getting rid of the Soli sensor introduced in the Pixel 4 that powers gesture-based Motion Sense features. Even more likely, it could be a sign that Google's skipping the Snapdragon 865 chipset powering this year's top Android phones for a less expensive mobile processor.

Rumors point to the Pixel 5 using either a Snapdragon 765 or the newly unveiled Snapdragon 768G. Those chipsets don't have the power of the Snapdragon 865, but they have enough processing and graphics muscle for most smartphone shoppers. Those two chipsets also feature built-in 5G modems so Google's Pixel 5 could still connect to the next-generation cellular network while saving on some costs.

We're in for a little wait before we can see if this Google survey on phone prices is a sign of things to come. The Pixel 4a isn't expected to arrive until June, while the Pixel 5's launch is likely to be later in the fall.

  • Jparker21417
    That's because the pixel is a garbage phone just like it's predecessor. The media and its writers tried so hard to make them relevant despite their lack of innovation.
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  • thegamper
    I like the idea of a mid tier phone for my kids, but I for one am firmly in the camp that would happily pay an extra $100 for the top tier processor. I am, after all, going to be using this as a daily driver for at least a year. May look into OnePlus next time.

    PS, don't feed the trolls.
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  • parasitius
    This article has to be some sort of sick joke, seriously. I have 0 experience with Samsung, but I have to assume, like 90% of other manufacturers they're not as much of imbeciles to actually REMOVE THE HEADPHONE JACK while providing a phone on which Bluetooth is simply 100% non-functional. I gave Google the benefit of the doubt blaming every other company as I spent several hundred to keep buying different earpieces and headphones for both my Pixel 2 and Pixel 3. Guess what? Finally I realized Google is 100% at fault when I got airpods and even those skipped 100s of times per minute. Bluetooth works probably IN CALIFORNIA if you sit in your bedroom and never go anywhere else. As soon as you step outside - city - park - public cafe - it goes to hell. I would never trust google again unless reviews literally said "they made a phone with the best Bluetooth the world has ever seen". But GOOGLE REALLY BURNED ME, I'LL TELL YA.
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  • FAdamsXII
    parasitius said:
    This article has to be some sort of sick joke, seriously. I have 0 experience with Samsung, but I have to assume, like 90% of other manufacturers they're not as much of imbeciles to actually REMOVE THE HEADPHONE JACK while providing a phone on which Bluetooth is simply 100% non-functional. I gave Google the benefit of the doubt blaming every other company as I spent several hundred to keep buying different earpieces and headphones for both my Pixel 2 and Pixel 3. Guess what? Finally I realized Google is 100% at fault when I got airpods and even those skipped 100s of times per minute. Bluetooth works probably IN CALIFORNIA if you sit in your bedroom and never go anywhere else. As soon as you step outside - city - park - public cafe - it goes to hell. I would never trust google again unless reviews literally said "they made a phone with the best Bluetooth the world has ever seen". But GOOGLE REALLY BURNED ME, I'LL TELL YA.

    You have to be kidding me. On both my Pixel and Pixel 2 my Bluetooth always worked, even in areas with a lot of RF interference and horrible propagation conditions. It's the only radio technology that I've never had a problem with on both phones where I've had WiFi and Cellular crap out on me and be completely unusable at different times.
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  • parasitius
    FAdamsXII said:
    You have to be kidding me. On both my Pixel and Pixel 2 my Bluetooth always worked, even in areas with a lot of RF interference and horrible propagation conditions. It's the only radio technology that I've never had a problem with on both phones where I've had WiFi and Cellular crap out on me and be completely unusable at different times.

    Were you using FULL SIZE overhead earphones(maybe a larger antenna surface area)? Or actual earpieces and buds?

    You might not understand just how badly I wanted to keep these pixels, since the phones I had before were total nightmare experiences (Asus - lies for years about updating the OS, Blu - just too slow low end model, Bloatware phones)>

    I owned the Pixel 2 and 3 at the same time, fully updated, and actually thought I was getting defective earpieces from top vendors. Sony, Plantronics, and I was sending them back as broken! I feel so embarrassed now. When the Airpods wouldn't work i finally knew something was wrong. Since I was going to travel in a 3rd world country, I bought a $99 motorola phone to use on my trip. I tried the airpods & one cheap set I hadn't returned and with the $99 phone they worked 100% PERFECTLY WITHOUT FLAW, while totally unusable on either Pixel. That's when I got REALLY angry and immediately listed both Pixels on eBay with a warning to the buyer about how defective Bluetooth is.

    I feel like there can be 1 bad phone or 1 bad headset and someone could argue against me then. . . but I tried so many permutations to see abject failure, I have 0 doubts. It's not 99% it's settled science that Pixel doesn't work.
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  • NicoBolas
    What a dumb ass article. It's gonna be slapped with underwhelming storage, underwhelming processor and ultimately underwhelming features. Press and reviewers always try to act like the camera is the be all and end all. It's not, I could give <Mod Edit> about pixels camera, 95% of flagship have a decent enough camera for average consumers and enthusiasts to be just fine with. Their price is also gross, their <Mod Edit> has always been a terrible value and shaving $100 doesn't mean<Mod Edit>. Pixel 4 was a 400$ device tops, xl 500$ and that's being generous. Pixel 5 is gonna be another doa device and I hope Google continues to lose money from being tone death to its community. It saddens me to see what was once a great Pic and phone community suck Google dick over its mediocre camera processing.
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  • boojay
    Hopefully this starts bringing down the ridiculous prices for smartphones. No phone is worth $1000, especially not a POS like an iPhone.
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