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Pixel 5 is real, Google just confirmed it

While it will be a surprise to precisely no-one, we now know for sure there will be a Google Pixel 5 smartphone.

The unannounced next-generation handset has been referenced by a Google employee within the Android open source project (AOSP). It’s believed to be the first time a Google employee has mentioned the phone, for what it’s worth.

The commit within the Android code won’t make much sense to the average user, but it does mention the Pixel 5 by name. The text refers to a change to the Android’s Linux kernel, which was tested on the Pixel 4 but not yet on the Pixel 5.

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A section of it reads (via Droid-Life): “Bounds sanitizer in arch/arm64/kernel/cpufeature.c makes image unbootable for Pixel 4 at 4.14 kernel. I didn’t have a chance to test it on Pixel 5 with 4.19, and preemptively disabling UBSan there now to ensure bootability.”

We’ve seen a reference to the 4.19 kernel before in references to the Pixel 4a, thought to be arriving later this year. It would make sense the Pixel 5 would offer this too, perhaps.

This isn’t the first prospective Pixel 5 leak we’ve seen today. A purported render posted by a YouTube personality emerged over the weekend rocking what appears to be a large, ugly-looking camera module.

The leaker Jon Prosser, who is the personality behind Front Page Tech, also said the camera will have a wide-angle lens, making it the first in the range to offer this sensor.


The Pixel 5 range is expected to land in October this range. An ultra-wide camera is one of the items on our wishlist. We’re also hoping the device finally loses that pronounced forehead, offers better battery life, 5G connectivity and a more premium design.

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