Early last month, Google launched the Pixel 4a. And immediately after, the company released a teaser for its upcoming Pixel 4a 5G variant and the Pixel 5.
During the launch of the Pixel 4a, Google revealed that both Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 are set to launch this coming fall. There’s no doubt that these smartphones will see the light of day sooner rather than later.
Now, a new leak of the Pixel 5 surfaces online –– and it has something to do with the device’s name.
Google’s upcoming Pixel phone will be named Pixel 5s
Right after Google teased the public with the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 devices, leaks of the latter gave us the first glimpse of what the device will look like.
The following day, specifications of the Pixel 5 also were leaked online. Just days after that, live images of both devices were shared on Reddit.
And now, another leaked image of Google’s Pixel 5 has surfaced online. But this time it is all about its name –– Pixel 5s.
The said image was shared by Jose Antonio Ponton (@japanton) on Twitter, a prototype of the upcoming Pixel device. The device looks like the one we have seen in past leaks, but take a closer look on the About phone section. Under the ‘Device name’, the smartphone is named Pixel 5s.
A confirming factor that the device is actually the Pixel 5 is the model name (GD1YQ) using the barcode at the back panel. The model name GD1YQ has been previously spotted in an FCC listing for the Pixel 5.
The FCC listing also revealed that model names GD1YQ and G6QU3 will support mmWave and sub-6 (on bands n260 and n261). Additionally, FCC listing also reveals that there are two other Pixel 5 variants, with model names GTT9Q and G5NZ6, however, these models don’t support mmWave.
This just suggests that Google may launch two variants of the Pixel 5 this fall –– a model that will support mmWave (Pixel 5s) and one that does not (Pixel 5).
You may be wondering why the Google logo on the leaked Pixel 5s images looks odd, but it is because the device is just a prototype and not the official retail product. This can be confirmed by the “R3 EVT” text on the sticker.
The R3 likely means “redfin,” and EVT refers to Engineering Validation Test. This is the step where engineers in the hardware manufacturing cycle are given prototype devices to test and validate the hardware.
Interestingly enough, the Pixel 5s moniker was first spotted last month as the name for Google’s upcoming device codenamed “redfin”.
Pixel 5’s availability and price
Google has not divulged an exact date as to the launch of the device. But as per an internal document spotted by GSMArena, telecommunications carrier Vodafone is preparing for Google’s Pixel 5 for Germany this coming September 25th.
There is no confirmation on this; however, it does hint that the Pixel 5’s launch is just around the corner.
Curiously, there is no official word as to the pricing of the device yet. But, the previous leak of the device has pegged it to be priced at $629. If this turns out to be true, the Pixel 5 will end up being $100 cheaper than the Pixel 4 at launch.