Pixel 3 vs Pixel 5

Swappasaurus says...

Moving from a Pixel 3 to a Pixel 5 means skipping a generation (the Pixel 4), and it also means going from one flagship model to another. Essentially, this means you’ll see a nice overall boost in terms of performance. Not to mention, a better-looking phone and improved connectivity due to the 5G support. Highlights of the Pixel 5 include a Snapdragon 765G with Octa-Core process, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. You will also find a 4,080 mAh battery with fast charging, fast wireless charging, and Battery Share, which means you can use your Pixel 5 to charge other devices. The Pixel 5 display measures in at 6-inches and has a resolution of 2340 x 1080 with a Gorilla Glass 6 glass cover, HDR support, and Smooth Display for an up to 90Hz refresh rate. In terms of the camera, that includes an 8MP hole-punch style camera in the front, along with a 12.2MP dual-pixel and 16MP ultrawide camera setup on the back. Otherwise, the Pixel 5 has an IP68 rating for water-resistance and a 100% recycled aluminum encasing design.

Price Comparison

Pixel 3 vs Pixel 5 Pricing

Pixel 3 prices start at $61, which is cheaper than the Pixel 5 low price of $118.

Specs Comparison



Size Pixel 3 Pixel 5
Width 68 mm 2.7 inches 70 mm 2.8 inches
Height 146 mm 5.7 inches 145 mm 5.7 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 8 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 148 g 5.2 ounces 151 g 5.3 ounces


Camera Pixel 3 Pixel 5
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024


Display Pixel 3 Pixel 5
Resolution 1080x2160 1080x2340
Screen Size 139 mm 5.5 in 151 mm 5.9 in
Pixels Per Inch 439 ppi 437 ppi


Battery Pixel 3 Pixel 5
Capacity 2915 mAh 4000 mAh
Longevity hours 48 hours


Processor Pixel 3 Pixel 5
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 (Napali) Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G SM7250-AA (Nairo)

Color Choices

Pixel 3

Available in 3 colors:

  • Black
  • Pink
  • White

Which Pixel 3 color should you buy?

Pixel 5

Available in 2 colors:

  • Black
  • Sage

Which color Pixel 5 is the most popular?

Pixel 3 vs Pixel 5 Colors

The Pixel 3 introduces one new color not found in the Pixel 5 color palette: Sage. Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 5 share one color: Black. However, the Pixel 3 does away with White and Pink, previously seen on the Pixel 5.

Storage Options

Pixel 3

Choose from 2 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 128GB

Which Pixel 3 storage should I buy?

Pixel 5

Choose from 1 storage option:

  • 128GB

Which storage Pixel 5 is the most popular?

Pixel 3 vs Pixel 5 Storage

Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 5 share one storage option: 128GB. However, the Pixel 5 does not have options for 64GB, as seen on the Pixel 3.


Pixel 3

81 reviews 4.8 stars

Pixel 5

38 reviews 4.8 stars

Pixel 3 vs Pixel 5 Reviews

Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 5 earn 4.8 of 5.0 stars from Swappa user reviews.

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