Google Pixel 5 UK price confirmed as new design leaks online

Google will hold its Launch Night In – a new hardware showcase designed to reveal “all about our new Chromecast, our smart speakers and our new Pixel phones” – tonight from 6pm BST (2pm ET / 7pm CEST). As well as teasing exactly what we’re set to see announced during the keynote presentation, Google has already revealed one of the most anticipated details about the new kit – the price.

Google published a listing on its online Google Store to promote two of its latest smartphones – the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5. These were confirmed to be in the works earlier this summer, so it’s obvious that Google didn’t want anyone adding last year’s flagship handset, the Pixel 4, to their digital shopping basket to feel like they’d been hoodwinked.

That’s almost impossible since scrolling through the list of available Pixel smartphones, Google highlights Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 with an eye-catching NEW label. Google has also confirmed that prices will start from £499. It states: “Google phones are going 5G. Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) supercharge the helpfulness of Google with an extra boost of speed. Starting at £499.” On the same webpage in the United States, the price is listed as $499.

Putting on our deerstalker, Dear Watson, we’d assume that starting price refers to the Pixel 4a 5G. The standard 4G-only Pixel 4a, which launched this month, costs £349. Given the extra cost of 5G-ready components, the £150 premium for the next-generation mobile speeds makes sense. However, if the Pixel 4a 5G is otherwise identical, it will be interesting to see whether people are happy to pay that much extra for the feature.

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And what about the Pixel 5? Well, thankfully the official Google Japan Twitter account has shared some information about the Pixel 5 ahead of the Launch Night In event. While the social media post was hastily deleted, the team at 9To5Google managed to take screenshots of the tweet, which was seemingly designed to accompany the announcements coming tonight’s event – but was posted a few days early.

According to the now-deleted post, Google Pixel 5 will cost ¥74,800 in Japan. That’s roughly £555 ($710) when converted, although, these direct currency conversions don’t always reveal the RRP planned for each individual market.

However, what the Japanese price tag does seem to confirm is that Pixel 5 will be substantially cheaper than the ¥89,980 price (£665 / $855) found on the Pixel 4 in Japan last year.

This seems to prove that Google will not pitch its new Pixel smartphone against the likes of the iPhone 11 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 20, both of which start from £999 and top-out somewhere around the £1,500 mark. Analysts have predicted that Google will launch its Pixel 5 at a lower price point to its predecessor, which started from £669 and rose to £929, in a bid to replicate the success with its more affordable Pixel 3a and Pixel 4a models.

As well as the pricing details, the Google Japan tweet also offers a glimpse at the design of the Pixel 5. According to the image that accompanied the tweet, Pixel 5 will use a small in-display selfie camera – found in a hole-punch in the top left-hand corner of the touchscreen – exactly like the Pixel 4a. That means the gesture-recognition system from the Pixel 4 will be ditched.

And the final detail about the Pixel 5 design that’s surfaced ahead of the event tonight is the arrival of a tasty Mint Green colour option. WinFuture contributor Roland Quandt has tweeted an image purporting to show all of the new gadgets set to be released during the Launch Night In event arranged on a table. It shows a Pixel 5 lying face down to show-off the pastel mint finish.

And that’s about it. For everything else – exclusive Android 11 features, latest camera tricks, and more – you’ll have to wait a few hours until you Launch Night In event. As you’d expect, will have all of the announcements, so stay tuned.

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