While Google Pixel 4a leaks are coming in ahead of the official announcement, the company’s next flagship rumours have already started trickling in. The latest leak claims that Google Pixel 5 may not be a flagship smartphone after all. The folks at 9to5Google got access to a pre-release version of the Google Camera app from a prototype Pixel 4a. The app indirectly revealed some specs for the Pixel 5, which point to it not being a “flagship” phone.
The Pixel 4a is referred to as “photo_pixel_2020_midrange_config” inside the Camera app. There is also a mention of “photo_pixel_2020_config,” which is claimed to be the Pixel 5. For reference, “photo_pixel_2019_midrange_config” refers to the Pixel 3a while “photo_pixel_2019_config” refers to 2019’s flagship Pixel 4. Further, CStark27, a modder of the Google Camera app and an expert in the app’s inner workings confirmed the presence of codenames that refer to the Pixel 5. Hence, according to the report, the Pixel 5 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 chipset
To recall, the Snapdragon 765 is Qualcomm’s high-end 7-series chipset with built-in 5G support. If the Pixel 5 uses a 7-series Snapdragon chipset, it wouldn’t be a flagship smartphone. While it would disappoint some fans, it could help Google to keep the costs down.
However, it could just end up being a rumour and we might see the final product being different.
As of now, Google is planning to release the Pixel 4a. Previously, Pixel 4a was seen sporting a punch-hole screen with a thin outline of bezels on all sides of the display. The White Google Pixel 4a features an orange coloured power button in the renders. On the other hand, the Black model comes with a white power button. Pixel 4a shares the same design stylings as the Pixel 4 but lacks a glass shade. There's also a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.