The Google Pixel 5 sports a big screen that’s unlike the display of any other Pixel model that came before it. This includes utilizing technology not found in previous Pixel phones, but the same can’t be said when it comes to the competition. Google’s first 5G flagship phone is more reasonably priced than its competitors, but it doesn’t match up in terms of specifications.
The Pixel 5 features a screen that’s a full inch bigger than the original Pixel that came out back in 2016. Its large display is further complemented by a battery capacity that’s the largest Google has ever offered in a Pixel device. Google certainly introduced enough improvements to its memory, connectivity, and build quality to separate it from its predecessors. There’s also a lot more to the Pixel 5’s display than its gap design controversy — and not just to do with its size.
The Google Pixel 5 comes with a 6-inch screen FHD+ OLED display. While Google’s other 5G phone, the Pixel 4a5G, has a slightly bigger 6.2-inch display with about the same resolution, the Pixel 5 still has the advantage of having a higher pixel density count and a smoother 90Hz refresh rate. This translates to better image quality that displays more crisp and fluid motion compared to other phones in its lineup. On top of that, Google’s flagship also utilizes Corning Gorilla Glass 6, which is considerably sturdier than the screen of the Pixel 4a5G, which still utilizes the more dated Gorilla Glass 3.
Google might be putting its best foot forward in terms of the Pixel 5’s display, but it might not sound as appealing when compared to other flagship phones. Samsung’s Galaxy S21 already edges Google’s flagship in other areas and that is the case when it comes to the display too. The Galaxy S21 not only comes with a slightly larger 6.2-inch AMOLED screen capable of an even smoother 120Hz refresh rate, but it’s also constructed with the stronger Gorilla Glass Victus. Despite having a slightly higher resolution than the Pixel 5, the Galaxy S21 does have a lower pixel density, though, but not by much.
This gap in display tech and quality becomes even more apparent when the Pixel 5 is compared to the iPhone 12. Apple’s flagship phone is built using Ceramic Shield, which is just as strong as the Galaxy S21’s display, if not even tougher. The iPhone 12’s 6.1-inch OLED screen also comes with a higher resolution and pixel density than both Samsung and Google’s flagships. While the Pixel 5 is certainly the best that Google has to offer, its display still lags behind when compared to the heavy-hitters of its class. However, being the slightly more compact handset, Google’s flagship might be easier to handle with one hand than the Galaxy S21 or iPhone 12.
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