We’ve compared Google’s smaller new flagship with the Pixel 5 quite recently. Some of you are probably considering upgrading to the Pixel 7 Pro from the Pixel 5, though. That’s why, in this article, we’ll compare the Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Google Pixel 5. As most of you know, the Pixel 5 was released back in 2020. It was the company’s most powerful handset that year, even though it was technically a mid-range smartphone. That year was rather odd for Google, in terms of smartphone releases, but the Pixel 5 ended up being quite an interesting device.
Having said that, it may be time to upgrade, for some of you, so we’ll try to help you make a decision. The Pixel 5 and Pixel 7 Pro do differ quite a bit, though, which should make this comparison interesting. We’ll first list their specifications, of course, and will then compare the two phones across a number of categories. We’ll compare their designs, displays, performance, battery life, cameras, and audio performance. So, let’s get started.
|Google Pixel 7 Pro||Google Pixel 5|
|Screen size||6.7-inch QHD+ curved AMOLED LTPO display (120Hz refresh rate)||6-inch fullHD+ OLED display (90Hz)|
|Screen resolution||3120 x 1440||2340×1080|
|SoC||Google Tensor G2||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G|
|RAM||12GB (LPDDR5)||8GB/12GB (LPDDR5)|
|Storage||128GB/256GB/512GB, non-expandable (UFS 3.1)||128GB, non-expandable (UFS 2.1)|
|Rear cameras||50MP (Samsung ISOCELL GN1 sensor, 1.2um pixel size, f/1.85 aperture, 82-degree FoV)
12MP (ultrawide, 1.25um pixel size, f/2.2 aperture, 125.8-degree FoV, lens correction)
48MP (telephoto, 0.7um pixel size, f/3.5 aperture, 20.6-degree FoV, 5x optical zoom, Super Res Zoom up to 30x)
|12.2MP (f/1.7 aperture, 27mm lens, 1.4um pixel size, dual pixel PDAF, OIS)
16MP (ultra-wide, f/2.2 aperture, 1.0um pixel size, 107-degree FoV)
|Front cameras||10.8MP (1.22um pixel size, f/2.2 aperture, 92.8-degree FoV, Fixed Focus)||8MP (f/2.0 aperture, 24mm lens, 1.12um pixel size)|
|Battery||5,000mAh, non-removable, 23W wired charging, 23W wireless charging, reverse wireless charger
Charger not included
|4,080mAh, non-removable, 18W fast battery charging, 18W wireless charging, reverse wireless charging
|Dimensions||162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9mm||144.7 x 70.4 x 8.0 mm|
|Weight||212 grams||151 grams|
|Connectivity||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C|
In-display fingerprint scanner (optical)
|Rear-facing fingerprint scanner|
|OS||Android 13||Android 11 (upgradable to Android 13)|
Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Google Pixel 5: Design
These two phones both look and feel different. The Pixel 7 Pro is made out of metal and glass, while the Pixel 5 uses a metal unibody build, but there’s a catch. You can’t really feel that metal, as it’s covered by resin, which makes the phone a bit less slippery. The Pixel 5 is also a lot smaller than the Pixel 7 Pro, as it has a much smaller display. It is considerably shorter, narrower, and even thinner, on top of being over 60 grams lighter. If you’re looking for a phone for one-handed use, the Pixel 5 is definitely a better choice.
The Pixel 7 Pro has a bit more squarish corners, and it has a centered display camera hole. The Google Pixel 5’s display camera hole sits in the top-left corner. The Pixel 5 also has uniform bezels, while the Pixel 7 Pro’s bottom bezel is a hair thicker than the rest. When we flip the two phones around, even more differences are visible. You’ll notice that the Pixel 5 has a capacitive fingerprint scanner on the back, while the Pixel 7 Pro does not. The Pixel 7 Pro includes an in-display fingerprint scanner instead, which is why it’s not visible.
The Pixel 7 Pro has a camera visor on the back, which is covered by aluminum. The camera visor starts on one side, and ends on the other, as it molds into the phone’s frame. The Pixel 5 has a more regular camera island in the top-left corner, and it’s quite small too. Google branding is present on the back sides of both phones, but it looks a bit different. The Pixel 5 is definitely the less slippery phone, which is easier to use with one hand. The Pixel 7 Pro does feel more premium, and if you like big phones, that one will definitely suit you more.
Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Google Pixel 5: Display
There are some major differences present in the display department as well. The Pixel 7 Pro includes a 6.7-inch QHD+ (3120 x 1440) LTPO AMOLED display. This panel is curved, and it has a centered display camera hole. It offers a 120Hz refresh rate, and it supports HDR10+ content. The Pixel 7 Pro’s display gets quite bright at 1,500 nits of peak brightness. This display is protected by the Gorilla Glass Victus, and has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
The Pixel 5, on the other hand, has a 6-inch fullHD+ (2340 x 1080) OLED panel. This is a 90Hz display, which supports HDR10+ content as well. It is protected by the Gorilla Glass 6, and offers an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. This display doesn’t get nearly as bright as the Pixel 7 Pro’s, and you may have issues using it outdoors, especially under direct sunlight. This panel is flat, unlike the Pixel 7 Pro’s.
The Pixel 7 Pro has a better display out of the two, there’s no doubt about it. It gets considerably brighter, while it’s sharper, and offers a higher refresh rate. Both panels do look really nice, though. They offer vivid colors, good viewing angles, and those deep blacks we’re used to. Still, the Pixel 5’s display is outclassed by the Pixel 7 Pro’s.
Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Google Pixel 5: Performance
Google used its second-gen processor in the Pixel 7 Pro, the Tensor G2. That is a flagship-grade SoC, and it is backed by 8GB/12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage. The Pixel 5 is fueled by the Snapdragon 765G SoC, which was Qualcomm’s mid-range SoC when it was launched. It’s quite dated at this point. The phone also includes 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 flash storage.
Needless to say, the Pixel 7 Pro has more powerful performance-related hardware. Not only does it include a much faster SoC, but faster RAM and storage as well. It is worth noting that the Pixel 5 still offers good performance, though. It’s not nearly as smooth as the Pixel 7 Pro, but it gets the job done without lagging. It does skip frames here and there, but that is to be expected.
If you are a power user, though, the Pixel 7 Pro is definitely the better choice. This phone can handle much more intense use, unless you’re planning on doing a lot of intense gaming. With more intense titles, such as Genshin Impact, the Pixel 7 Pro kind of struggles. It does heat up quite a bit with such titles, and you will be forced to lower the details for better performance. In every other aspect, the phone’s performance shines, though.
Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Google Pixel 5: Battery
The Pixel 7 Pro features a 5,000mAh battery on the inside, while the Pixel 5 has a 4,080mAh unit. Do note that the Pixel 5 has a much smaller, lower-res display, which also has a lower refresh rate. The Pixel 5 actually offered outstanding battery life at launch, but it’s not that good these days. It has been in use for quite some time on our end, and it still does hold up well, but not to the level as before.
Back when it was launched, the Pixel 5 was able to cross the 8-hour screen-on-time mark without a problem. Now we’re able to get well over 6 hours of screen-on-time, and sometimes hit the 7-hour mark. That’s still pretty great. The Pixel 7 Pro is actually on a similar playing field. We were getting between 6 and 7 hours of screen-on-time. Google may improve that via updates, though, especially when it fixes the display battery drain at higher brightness settings.
The Pixel 7 Pro supports 23W wired, and 23W wireless charging, in addition to offering reverse wireless charging. The Pixel 5 supports 18W wired, 12W wireless, and 5W reverse wireless charging. Note that the Pixel 5 comes with a charger in the box, unlike the Pixel 7 Pro. Also, the Pixel 5 will charge faster, as the Pixel 7 Pro slows down considerably after the 50-percent mark, and it also has a larger battery. It takes almost 2 hours to fully charge.
Google Pixel 7 Pro vs Google Pixel 5: Cameras
The camera setups here are quite different. The Pixel 7 Pro has a 50-megapixel main camera, backed by a 12-megapixel ultrawide unit, and a 48-megapixel telephoto camera. The Pixel 5, on the flip side, has a 12.2-megapixel main camera, and a 16-megapixel ultrawide camera on the back. Google used its old 12.2-megapixel sensor in the Pixel 5, while the Pixel 7 Pro uses a more modern 50-megapixel unit, the same one as in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Having said that, the Pixel 5 does keep up quite nicely, mainly due to Google’s image processing. It can still do a great job in both good light and low light. The Pixel 7 Pro does offer sharper images, though, while it also manages to pull out more details from the shadows in low light. Both phones have that blue tint that Pixel users are used to, and they do an amazing job in HDR conditions. That’s where Pixel phones shine.
The Pixel 7 Pro’s ultrawide camera offers a wider FoV, and it’s generally better. It keeps a better balance with the main camera in terms of colors. The telephoto camera on the Pixel 7 Pro is immensely useful, and it offers 5x optical zoom. The Pixel 5 doesn’t really have a telephoto camera, so there’s nothing to compare there, really. The Pixel 7 Pro has a better camera setup, and offers better results, but the Pixel 5 still keeps up, to a degree.
Even in the audio department, these two phones are quite different. They do have one thing in common, though, they don’t include a 3.5mm headphone jack. For a wired connection, you’ll need to use the Type-C port at the bottom. Bluetooth 5.2 is included on the Pixel 7 Pro for wireless connections, while the Pixel 5 offers Bluetooth 5.0.
Now, when it comes to speakers, both of them have two stereo speakers, but they’re quite different. The Pixel 7 Pro has proper stereo speakers, with one being bottom-firing, and the other front-firing (above the display). The Pixel 5 has a bottom-firing speaker as well, but the secondary speaker is located below the display, which makes it a bit muffled. The Google Pixel 7 Pro definitely wins in terms of audio quality.