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The Google Pixel 5 was released in October 2020 and launched with Android 11. The Google Pixel 6 was released a year later, in October 2021, and launched with Android 12. Google has promised the Pixel 5 will receive Android version updates and security updates through at least October 2023. The Pixel 6 is slated to receive Android version updates through October 2024, and security updates through at least October 2026.

Price Comparison

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 6 Pricing

Pixel 5 prices start at $122, which is cheaper than the Pixel 6 low price of $143.

Specs Comparison

The Pixel 5 features include an always-on 6.0-inch FHD+ OLED display with Smooth Display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with Octa-Core processor, Adreno 620, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, the Titan M security module, and Pixel Imprint. In comparison, the Pixel 6 features include an always-on 6.4-inch FHD+ OLED display with Smooth Display, a Google Tensor processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, the Titan M security coprocessor, Security Core, and Fingerprint Unlock.

Additional features found on the Pixel 5 include a 4080 mAh battery, an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, stereo speakers, and USB-C. The additional features found on the Pixel 6 include a fingerprint-resistant coating, a 4614 mAh battery, an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, stereo speakers, noise suppression, three microphones, support for Spatial Audio, and USB-C.

Size

Size Pixel 5 Pixel 6
Width 70 mm 2.8 inches 75 mm 2.9 inches
Height 145 mm 5.7 inches 159 mm 6.2 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 9 mm 0.4 inches
Weight 151 g 5.3 ounces 207 g 7.3 ounces

The Pixel 5 measurements are as follows: 5.7” (H) x 2.8” (W) x 0.31” (D), with a weight of 5.3 ounces and a 6.0” display size. To compare, the Pixel 6 measurements are as follows: 6.2” (H) x 2.9” (W) x 0.4” (D), with a weight of 7.3 ounces and a 6.4” display size.

Camera

Camera Pixel 5 Pixel 6
Primary 12.2 MP 50.3 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 8192x6144

The Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 feature a similar front camera setup, with some key differences in the rear camera setups. The Pixel 5 and the Pixel 6 feature an 8MP fixed-focus front camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 83-degree field of view.

On the back of the Pixel 5, you’ll find a 12.2MP dual-pixel camera with autofocus, optical and electronic image stabilization, an f/1.7 aperture, and a 77-degree field of view, along with a 16MP ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 aperture, a 117-degree field of view, and a spectral and flicker sensor.

On the back of the Pixel 6, you’ll find a 50MP Octa PD Quad Bayer wide camera with optical image stabilization, an f/1.85 aperture, an 82-degree field of view, and LDAF (laser detect autofocus), along with a 12MP ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 aperture, a 114-degree field of view, and lens correction.

Some of the key cameras features for the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 6 include Night Sight, Top Shot, Portrait Mode, Portrait Light, Frequent Faces, Super Res Zoom, and dual exposure controls. The Pixel 6 camera features also include Magic Eraser, Motion Mode, Real Tone, Face Unblur, and more.

Screen

Display Pixel 5 Pixel 6
Resolution 1080x2340 1080x2400
Screen Size 151 mm 5.9 in 163 mm 6.4 in
Pixels Per Inch 437 ppi 411 ppi

The Pixel 5 features a 6.0-inch FHD+ OLED display that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 cover glass, and the Pixel 6 features a 6.4-inch FHD+ OLED display that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus cover glass. Shared display features include refresh rates up to 90Hz with Smooth Display, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, HDR, and an always-on display mode.

Unique display features include a resolution of 2340 x 1080 on the Pixel 5. The unique display features of the Pixel 6 include a resolution of 2400 x 1080, a high brightness mode, a now-playing mode, and an at-a-glance mode.

Battery

Battery Pixel 5 Pixel 6
Capacity 4000 mAh 4614 mAh
Longevity 48 hours 48 hours
USB USB-C USB-C

The Pixel 5 is powered by a 4080 mAh battery and the Pixel 6 is powered by a 4614 mAh battery. Google promises all-day battery life on the Pixel 5 and a battery that can last beyond 24 hours on the Pixel 6. Aside from the difference in battery life, the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 6 both support fast wired charging and fast wireless charging. They both also feature Battery Share, which allows them to wirelessly charge other devices such as a Pixel Watch or Pixel Buds.

Processing

Processor Pixel 5 Pixel 6
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G SM7250-AA (Nairo) Samsung Google Tensor S5P9845 (GS101)

Color Choices

Pixel 5

Available in 2 colors:

  • Black
  • Sage

Which Pixel 5 color should you buy?

Pixel 6

Available in 3 colors:

  • Black
  • Coral
  • Seafoam

Which color Pixel 6 is the most popular?

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 6 Colors

The Pixel 5 introduces two new colors not found in the Pixel 6 color palette: Seafoam and Coral. Both the Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 share one color: Black. However, the Pixel 5 does away with Sage, previously seen on the Pixel 6.
Swappasaurus

The Pixel 5 is available in two colors, including Black and Sorta Sage. The Pixel 6 is available in three colors, including Stormy Black, Sorta Seafoam, and Kinda Coral.

Storage Options

Pixel 5

Choose from 1 storage option:

  • 128GB

Which Pixel 5 storage should I buy?

Pixel 6

Choose from 2 storage options:

  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which storage Pixel 6 is the most popular?

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 6 Storage

The Pixel 6 introduces one new storage option not found on the Pixel 5: 256GB. Both the Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 share one storage option: 128GB.
Swappasaurus

The Pixel 5 is available with 128GB of storage, and the Pixel 6 is available with 128GB or 256GB of storage.

Reviews

Pixel 5

38 reviews 4.8 stars

Pixel 6

No reviews at this time

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 6 Reviews

The Pixel 5 is rated by users at 4.8 of 5.0 stars. Review data for Pixel 6 is not available at this time.

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