Google Pixel 5 owners complain about the poor build quality

Google Pixel smartphones have been problematic since their inception, owners of devices of different generations faced a number of unpleasant moments and, surprisingly, some of them were software. It would seem that after several problems with its predecessors in the case of the Google Pixel 5, the company should have done everything so that the new product did not have significant flaws. But the first problems began to appear, the company screwed up again.

So, the owners of the brand new Pixel 5 found that in various places, the display moves away from the body around the perimeter. The defect in the assembly made much doubt on the reliability of the new product and its compliance with the declared IP68 protection class. Initially, complaints about the presence of gaps between the screen and the body of the smartphone were rare, but every day their number is growing.

According to user reviews, they get the gaps in the smartphone “out of the box” and this means that they are faced with a defect in the assembly. It appears that the display fixation process was out of order or not enough adhesive was used. At this stage, Google does not comment on user complaints in any way and there is no information on whether it will replace the defective devices or not.

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Google Pixel 5 specifications

  • 6-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) FHD+ OLED 90Hz HDR display, 432 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection
  • Octa Core (1 x 2.4GHz + 1 x 2.2GHz + 6 x 1.8GHz Kryo 475 CPUs) Snapdragon 765G 7nm EUV Mobile Platform with Adreno 620 GPU
  • 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB (UFS 2.1) storage
  • Android 11
  • Dual SIM (nano + eSIM)
  • 12.2MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, LED flash, OIS, 16MP 107° Ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • 8MP front camera with 84° ultra-wide lens, f/2.0 aperture
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Water and dust Resistant (IP68)
  • USB Type-C audio, Stereo speakers, 3 microphones
  • Dimensions: 144.7 x 70.4 x 8.0mm; Weight: 151g
  • 5G SA/NA 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS, USB Type C 3.1 (1st Gen), NFC
  • 4000mAh battery with 18W fast charging, Qi wireless charging, reverse charging

It is worth to mention that all the promotional images for the new Pixel 5 feature very narrow bezels. Well, it seems that this time the images are true – most likely, the manufacturer puts the speaker under the display.

This interesting design aspect was noticed by Reddit users after checking out the official Pixel 5 hardware diagram. It shows that the earpiece is clearly not touching the top bezel and exists under the screen. Slightly above it are the proximity and light sensors – the location, by the way, is similar to that implemented in the Pixel 4a, where the last component is located under the display to the right of the speaker.


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