The Pixel devices are usually flagship phones from Google but that may not be the case with this year's Pixel 5. Which is supposed to be launching sometime in the Fall of the year.
It's being suggested that the Pixel 5 is going to be more of mid-range phone. Rather than a flagship like what people are used to. This is according to wording found within the Google Camera app that points to the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL being Bramble and Redfin. The codenames of two upcoming devices in the Pixel lineup.
The Pixel 5 won't use a flagship SoC
According to 9To5Google, Bramble and Redfin will be powered by an SoC that isn't a top-tier model. Which would suggest that the Pixel 5 won't be a flagship phone.
The report states that the Pixel 5 will be using the Snapdragon 765G. This is as opposed to the Snapdragon 865 SoC that other flagship smartphones are going to be using. Or are already using, such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 family of devices.
Google has always used whatever the current flagship SoCs were in its latest phone. The Pixel 4 from last year for example is using the Snapdragon 855. 2019's version of the flagship SoC from Qualcomm.
If the Pixel 5 uses the Snapdragon 765G instead of the Snapdragon 865, then Google may have a slightly different vision for how it propositions its next mainline Pixel phones.
It's also an interesting detail considering the 'a' series has been Google's mid-range offering and looks to continue with the Pixel 4a.
Does this mean the Pixel 5 series will be cheaper?
If the Pixel 5 is using a lower-end SoC than the Snapdragon 865, then it would stand to reason that there is a possibility that it could be less expensive.
There's no real evidence to suggest this. Since Google hasn't really said anything about the phone. Lower-end components do cost less though, so in the end the phone should cost less to make.
This could, lead to Google charging less for its mainline devices this Fall. It would make sense. Which would be a welcomed change considering the costs of the Pixel 4 XL with the most amount of storage that was offered.
Google of course could still charge around the same amount that it's charged for the mainline phones in the Pixel series for the last few years. It could still do this if some of the other components are fairly high-end. Say by adding in higher amounts of storage.