Google Pixel 5 will be disappointing for fans looking forward to a brand new premium Pixel phone. It’s something we continue to hear from people who know Google’s plans. Even at $ 699, the Pixel 5 may be too expensive, considering that it won’t rock the best mobile chip that Android phones can get this year. This means that the overall performance of the Google Pixel 5 is not at par with the Galaxy S20 or OnePlus 8, and any other phone with the Snapdragon 865 processor.
It will be slower than the iPhone 11 (and iPhone SE) and the upcoming iPhone 12. But do you know what’s even worse? Pixel 5 will be slower than Pixel 4.
Apple was criticized for years for using the same iPhone design over and over again. The 2014 iPhone 6 received slight adjustments to the iPhone 6s to prevent it from bending. The iPhone 7 came without a headphone jack and the iPhone 8 had a rear glass panel to support wireless charging. But each one of them was more powerful than their predecessor. And this design strategy, combined with Apple’s huge economies of scale, allowed Apple to come up with a $ 399 iPhone that is a nightmare for Android and Google. But imagine how much flak Apple would have gotten if any of these devices turned out to be less powerful than their predecessor?
On the Android side, Android fans have been mocking the iPhone for years because they don’t have specifications like the latest Android. The iPhone had less RAM, less storage, no expandable storage support, and fewer megapixels. Some people will even compare the number of CPU cores on the iPhone compared to Android. Still, the iPhone was always faster than its rivals. thanks to the superior of A-series chips over Qualcomm combined with Apple’s iOS optimizations. It was something that Android fans were unable to change.
The Snapdragon 765G is not Qualcomm’s biggest and best platform – and that includes 5G connectivity as well. Chances are most people would have no idea they were using a “cheaper” processor, and Google has never been one to pursue specs or benchmarks with its phones in the first place. There’s a lot more to a phone than the individual spec sheet line items. And as long as it performs well, there is nothing to worry about.
That’s also true, specifications aren’t everything for Google. But they must be ready to face Android buyers who criticize the iPhone for not packing the best specifications possible.
The Snapdragon 765 is actually not bad, but what we know so far, it will be slower than last year’s Snapdragon 855 which powers Google Pixel 4.
The Motorola Edge, announced a few weeks ago, is clipping a Snapdragon 765G chip with a 5G modem onboard. This is a 7nm octa-core chip with a 2.4GHz Kryo 475 Prime core, a 2.2GHz Kryo Gold core. And six 1.8GHz Kryo 475 silver cores as well as an Adreno 620 GPU.
The Pixel 4 with Snapdragon 855 also comes to a 7nm chip that contains eight cores: a 2.84GHz Kryo 485 core, three 2.42GHz Kryo 485 cores, and four 1.78 GHz Kryo 485 cores. An Adreno 640 GPU is also included.
The advantage of SD765 chips compare to SD865 is the cheaper Snapdragon comes with a built-in 5G modem, while the SD865 requires a separate 5G modem.
In various benchmark tests by reviewers on the internet, Pixel 4 can score higher due to various optimizations by Google. And Google might choose to use the newer Snapdragon 768 version for Pixel 5. But if all of these benchmark numbers persist, the phone will be slower than Pixel 4. At best, this matches the performance of Pixel 4.
Most people who want a cheaper Google flagship and aren’t interested in the specifications will not be interested in this benchmark. But this decline in performance is something that will be noticed by many Android users, including buyers of Pixel devices.