Google insists Pixel 5’s ‘display gap’ is totally normal, don’t worry Google Pixel 5

After consumers reported a gap between the screen and the phone’s metal body on their Google Pixel 5 handsets, the company has clarified that, yes, this is an intentional part of the design and that it will not impact its IP68 water or dust resistance.

The issue first appeared on XDA forums in mid-October, when user Sylabo first brought the issue to light, showing images of their new Pixel 5 and the visible gap between screen and phone body:

Google Pixel 5

(Image credit: XDA Developers / Sylabo)

A Google support thread sprang up a day later, which recently got a response from an official Google specialist who confirmed that, after investigation, the ‘clearance between the body and the display is a normal part of the design of your Pixel 5.’ But if customers are concerned, Google will work with them on an individual basis.