Do you think the Pixel 5 is a true flagship?

Google Pixel 5
Google Pixel 5 (Image credit: Hayato Huseman / Android Central)

I think it's safe to say that the Pixel 5 is one of the most interesting Android phones of 2020. The device itself might seem boring at first glance, but from a business perspective, it's fascinating.

Rather than competing toe-to-toe with Samsung and Apple in the traditional flagship race, Google decided to do something different with the Pixel 5. It opted for a lesser processor, didn't go overboard with the camera sensors, and the end result is a phone that delivers a high-end experience for a lot less money than the competition.

However, this move has gotten some people debating whether or not the Pixel 5 is a legit flagship — so much so that we're seeing rumors about Google having plans to release a more premium version of the Pixel 5 in March.

Some of our AC forum members have commented on this news, saying:

According to Tom's Guide, the Pixel 5 Pro model could be released as early as March to take on the iPhone 12 and Galaxy S21. I think I'll wait and see.


Google has never released a "Pro" model before, right? I wonder if they are mistaking the possible Pixel 5a in the Spring for some Pro model?


Huh. Interesting. Let's see if this gets substantiated before black Friday. Although I wouldn't want a phone too much bigger than the 5, and want fingerprint over face unlock


Wow, really? How exciting! Can't wait to see if that becomes a thing!


Whether or not that actually happens, it got us to wondering — Do you think the Pixel 5 is a true flagship?

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  • Not with the mid-range 765processer. It's mid-range at best and can't hold a candle to the 865processer?
  • No....not only isnt a flagship, but a piece of scrap sundar should be fired over for letting out the door
  • Yes, but I'm in the minority that understands the meaning of the word.
  • It's Google's flagship, whether people like that or not.
  • Not when compared to other manufacturers no...
  • Who cares, it's a great phone
  • It's the top of their line, so yea, it's their flagship.
  • I have one, no I don't think it's a "true" flagship, but it suits my needs.
  • I've had my Pixel 5 for a little over a week. It performs wonderfully and has great battery life ta boot, better than the OnePlus 7 Pro it replaced. It's proof that optimization should be included in a conversation of specs.
  • I've had my Pixel 5 for a week and to be honest am absolutely loving this thing. The smaller for factor is easy to fall in love with. Navigating the display with all the touch swipes is just so fun. Battery life is superb and it's got a great camera. I don't see how some people would call this a non-flagship because of the processor, it performs well for me in my day to day. Music, emails, videos, calls, insta, and some light gaming. 🤷‍♂️
  • It's a flagship by objective definition, despite people's subjective opinions.
    Complaining about the 765G in this phone is silly. This isn't 2016 where using Qualcomm's 2nd tier chipset came with noticeable compromises. The 765G will hack anything 99.9% of consumers will throw at it.
    Google does deserve some blame, however, because they still can't settle on a consistent narrative for what the "Pixel" name is supposed to mean.
  • Flagship could only apply if you put the Pixel in a corner by itself. A two year old actual flagship can match the Pixel camera and beat it in everything else. I get that the 5 is Google's "flagship", but in that context, the Yugo was a flagship.
  • Pixel? Flagship? LOL
  • No a flagship would have the 865 and 3 cameras as well as the photo processing chip. The rest is fine. I've said this elsewhere, but the P5 is not worth 700. It's ironic as I think other than the processor it hits all the right notes. This phone should cost 600 or 650.