Google is preparing to launch the Pixel 5a 5G later this year. While the company hasn’t announced it with as much pomp and circumstance as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, it confirmed that it would actually hit the market around the same time as the Pixel 4a in response to a rumor of its cancellation.
Here’s everything we know about the Pixel 5a so far.
Google Pixel 5a price and availability
Google has announced that it will launch the Pixel 5a 5G in the US and Japan. A Google spokesman said earlier this year: “The Pixel 5a 5G will not be discontinued. It will be available later this year in the US and Japan and will be announced in line with the launch of last year’s a-series phone we expect the 5a 5G to be announced every day now.
The limited launch appears to be a victim of the chip shortages currently plaguing the smartphone market, although Google’s older Pixel 4a 5G is still available for those who prefer a cheaper Pixel 5G experience.
In terms of pricing, the Pixel 5a 5G is expected to be on par with the $ 349 price of the Pixel 4a based on positioning, although Google has not yet confirmed anything on this.
Google Pixel 5a design and display
Speaking of Pixels 4a 5G, if the renderings are accurate, the Pixel 5a 5G looks amazingly similar to the Pixel 4a 5G. It’s an all-screen display with a hole-punch camera on the top left and a square camera hump with two camera lenses on the back. That’s nothing bad. The 4a 5G was a minimalist, functional phone that felt solid in the hand. With this handset, you may feel like you’ve seen this before.
Google Pixel 5a 5G specs
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The Pixel 5a has had only minor spec leaks so far, but from what we’ve heard it’s also very similar to the Pixel 4a 5G. Buyers can expect a 6.2-inch FHD 60 Hz OLED display, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of non-expandable UFS 3.1 storage. It is not clear whether Google will equip this with a Snapdragon 750G chip or the more powerful 765G. The latter would just turn it into (more of) a renamed Pixel 4a 5G, while the former would allow Google to keep 5G and performance close enough to the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 while also getting a more pocket-friendly price point.
There is also speculation that it might have a tensor processor similar to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but that might be more likely for a future Pixel 6a.
Pixel 5a 5G cameras
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Another thing that the Pixel 5a 5G is supposed to share with the Pixel 4a 5G is the camera system. This is great news as the Pixel 4a 5G uses the same camera system as last year’s flagship Pixel 5. According to reports, buyers should expect a 12-megapixel widescreen camera and a 16-megapixel ultrawide camera on the back and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. Reviewing the Pixel 5, Digital Trends concluded, “It really is a great point and shoot because you can be sure that it will take a great photo regardless of the setting or conditions. That simplicity and ability is addicting and fun to take lots of pictures just to see what you can get. “
What about the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro?
If you want something far more powerful and unique than the 5a, Google will be launching the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro sometime this year. The company has already announced them and they will likely cost a lot more than the Pixel 5a 5G. They’ll offer a lot more too, with distinctive designs, a wide range of cameras, and a Google Tensor chip designed to rival Apple’s A-series chips.