19 March 2020
Google's Pixel lineup of smartphones has always been about flagship specifications except for the Pixel 3a series. It is the reason Pixel 5 series was also expected to follow the trend but as per a new 9to5Google report that will not be the case. The report suggests that Pixel 5 will be a mid-range release that will help Google keep prices under control.
The folks behind the report were able to get their hands on a pre-release build of Google Camera application. The team spotted a code reference “photo_pixel_2020_midrange_config" confirming that the device will be a mid-range device. There is one more code string “photo_pixel_2020_config” which is believed to be a Pixel 5 reference.
One good reason for the belief is that Google has used similar code references for previously released mid-range devices Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The reference was “photo_pixel_2019_midrange_config” along with another reference “photo_pixel_2019_config” for the Pixel 4 series. The two combinations have resulted in the belief that Pixel 5 is a mid-range device.
Lastly, there are code references connecting "photo_pixel_2020_config" to "bramble/redfin". The latter are device codenames that were initially spotted earlier this year. The devices were said to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor which is a mid-range 5G chipset. If Google is actually planning to release Pixel 5 as a mid-range device, this is undoubtedly the best 5G mid-range processor choice.
Since we have seen 5G flagship devices costing upwards of $1,000 and even reaching the $1,400 mark, Google seems to have decided not to follow the path. This is where choosing a mid-range processor will allow it to offer 5G connectivity while also keeping the pricing in check.