These Google Pixel 5 renders don’t seem legit, but we’re keeping an open mind

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  • Some of the first Google Pixel 5 renders we’ve seen just hit the web.
  • The renders come from an unproven source and could very likely be incorrect.
  • If they are correct, though, the Pixel 5 could simply be a souped-up Pixel 4a.

We’re still waiting on the Google Pixel 4a to see a proper launch, but that won’t stop the rumor mill from churning out new leaks related to the Google Pixel 5. Today, phone accessory store Pigtou published what it claims are leaked CAD-based renders of the Pixel 5, which we’ve mirrored below.

Before you dive down and start checking things out for yourself, let us be upfront: we are very skeptical about the authenticity of these leaks. We’ll talk more about why we are skeptical later in this article, but we just wanted to throw that out there right at the start.

Without further ado, here are the Google Pixel 5 renders.

Google Pixel 5 renders: You be the judge

Google Pixel 5 Renders Front and Back Again
Google Pixel 5 Render Back
Google Pixel 5 Renders
Google Pixel 5 Renders Front and Back

The first thing you’ll likely notice with the Pixel 5 renders above is that they make the device look a heck of a lot like the Google Pixel 4a. The dual-lens camera module is a dead-ringer for the one on the Google Pixel 4, sure, but the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner (!!?!?) and the solitary selfie camera housed in a left-aligned display cutout are just like what we’ve seen on Pixel 4a leaks.

Related: Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL: Everything we know so far

If you combine these renders with the prevailing idea that the Pixel 5 could ship with a mid-range chipset, you don’t get anything close to a flagship phone. As far as we’re concerned, this looks like a souped-up Pixel 4a rather than a real follow-up to the Pixel 4.

However, we are skeptical of the validity of these Google Pixel 5 renders. Let us explain why.

These renders might not be legit

Here at Android Authority, we take great care to share leaked information from reliable and trusted sources. However, the Pixel 5 renders above come from an as-yet-unproven source, so we are approaching them with heavy skepticism.

David Kowalski — who goes by the handle “xleaks7� — is the source for the images above. He has only been in the leaking game for a few months now, so he hasn’t had time to build a solid reputation. Also, the last time we shared leaked renders from Kowalski was for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, and his renders don’t look very much like the real renders Samsung accidentally leaked last week.

In other words, it’s very possible the Google Pixel 5 could look like the images shared here, but don’t bet everything on that just yet. Over the next few weeks, we’ll surely see other leaks from more reliable sources that will either corroborate or disprove Kowalski’s info. Stay tuned.

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