Google Pixel 5a 5G release date, features and specs

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(Pocket-lint) - Google announced the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 successful October 2020, adding the Pixel 5a 5G to the premix successful August 2021.

The Google Pixel 5a 5G efficaciously updates and regenerate the Pixel 4a 5G - you tin spot how these devices comparison close here.

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Release day and price

  • $449
  • Available now
  • US and Japan only

The Google Pixel 5a 5G costs $449 and is disposable from the Google Store, oregon done Google Fi. In Japan, it's disposable from Softbank, but won't beryllium getting a afloat planetary merchandise - it's US and Japan only.

It started shipping from 26 August.

Design

  • 154.9 x 73.7 x 7.6mm, 185g
  • Metal unibody
  • Rear fingerprint sensor, punch spread beforehand camera
  • Mostly Black

The Google Pixel 5a 5G follows a precise akin plan to the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 alternatively than offering a redesign similar the Pixel 6 devices. The means you person a acquainted assemblage signifier with a quadrate camera array apical near connected the rear and a rear fingerprint scanner.

The dimensions of this telephone marque it a small larger than the Pixel 4a 5G that it replaces - and if you remember, that instrumentality is larger than the Pixel 5 too, truthful the caller exemplary is the largest of the lot.

An absorbing and premium summation is the IP67 waterproofing, which is little communal connected mid-range devices, truthful that surely adds entreaty to the Pixel 5a 5G offering. There's besides a 3.5mm headphone socket.

It comes successful 1 colour called Mostly Black, which has wood greenish undertones. There's a contrasting olive greenish powerfulness fastener connected the side. What's absorbing is that this telephone acutally has a metallic unibody alternatively than the polycarbonate of the Pixel 4a 5G.

Display

  • 6.34-inch, 2400 x 1080 pixels
  • OLED, 60Hz

The show connected the Pixel 5a 5G doesn't alteration a immense magnitude from the Pixel 4a 5G. It's a small larger, but sticks to 60Hz (unlike the Pixel 5) and keeps the afloat HD+ resolution.

It's inactive an OLED display, however, truthful you tin expect that affluent colouration to marque each your contented look good. There's a punch spread for the beforehand cameras, arsenic connected the different caller Pixel devices.

Cameras

  • Dual rear cameras:
    • Main: 12.2MP, 1.4μm, f/1.7, OIS
    • Ultrawide: 16MP, 1.0μm, f/2.2
  • Front: 8MP, 1.12μm, f/2.0 fixed focus

The camera loadout connected the Pixel 5a 5G is simply a c transcript of that recovered connected the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5, with a 12.2-megapixel main camera and 16-megapixel ultrawide camera. An 8-megapixel beforehand camera is successful spot for each your selfies. 

The Pixel camera is fashionable and the 5a 5G volition beryllium nary different, due to the fact that it offers each those large features you expect from a Pixel, similar Night Sight. The champion happening astir these cameras is you point, sprout and get a decent result. 

Hardware and specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G, 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • 4620mAh battery

The Google Pixel 5a 5G sits connected the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, which is the aforesaid arsenic the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G. There is 6GB of RAM, which again is the aforesaid arsenic the Pixel 4a 5G and 4a offer. There is 128GB of storage, truthful overall, the show is fundamentally going to beryllium the aforesaid arsenic the existing devices - but this exemplary is cheaper than both.

Battery capableness is 4620mAh, which is rather a spot bigger than the Pixel 4a 5G offers with its 3800mAh cell, truthful endurance is going to beryllium 1 of the large features of this phone. There's an 18W charger successful the box.

Google Pixel 5a rumours: What's happened successful the tally up to launch?

Here's everything that happened earlier the Google Pixel 5a became official.

16 August 2021: Google Pixel 5a components leak, motorboat 17 August

Android Police published immoderate images sent to the tract via a root that presented components claimed to beryllium for the Pixel 5a, supporting erstwhile plan rumours. The study besides said the root said the instrumentality would beryllium announced connected 17 August. 

6 August 2021: Google Pixel 5a pricing, merchandise day and specs leak

Jon Prosser claimed the Pixel 5a would motorboat connected 26 August for $450 successful the US. He besides revealed a fig of specifications, including the processor and display.

9 July 2021: Google Pixel 5a lands astatine the FCC, motorboat imminent?

Three variants of the Pixel 5a appeared astatine the FCC, which suggests powerfully that it won't beryllium agelong earlier it's released to market. 

28 June 2021: Google mightiness denote and merchandise its Pixel 5a mid-ranger successful August

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman claimed the Google Pixel 5a would beryllium released sometime successful August 2021 and made disposable the aforesaid month.

25 May 2021: More Google Pixel 6, 6 Pro and 5a 5G details revealed successful leak

Max Weinbach claimed the Pixel 5a 5G volition beryllium much costly than the Pixel 4a successful a podcast.

18 May 2021: Google denote Android 12 

Google revealed Android 12 during its I/O developer conference, showing disconnected a implicit redesign. It besides mentioned "fall" erstwhile talking astir the adjacent Pixels.

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29 April 2021: Pixel 5a could beryllium 1 of the "significant products" announced during I/O

Although grounds points to the contrary, Tomsguide susggests that the Google Pixel 5a 5G could inactive look astatine Google I/O successful May. Google boss, Sundar Pichai, said successful the company's net study that the online lawsuit volition play big to "significant merchandise updates and announcements". That has pb the tract to judge the Pixel 5a volition 1 of them.

26 April 2021: Image illustration from Pixel 5a camera leaked by Google

Google seemingly revealed an image taken by the unannounced Pixel 5a 5G's camera successful a blog post, giving immoderate denotation of its capabilities erstwhile it yet launches.

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22 April 2021: Pixel 5a to diagnostic Snapdragon 765 processor, conscionable similar the Pixel 5

Code successful the latest Android Developer Preview suggests the Pixel 5a volition tally connected the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 chipset, similar the Pixel 5.

9 April 2021: Google: No, the Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled, it's coming aboriginal this year

Google released a statement pursuing reports of the Pixel 5a being cancelled, saying: "Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled. It volition beryllium disposable aboriginal this twelvemonth successful the US and Japan and announced successful enactment with erstwhile past year's a-series telephone was introduced."

9 April 2021: Google Pixel 5a cancelled successful immoderate regions

Android Central reported that the Google Pixel 5a 5G has been affected by the planetary spot shortage. It initially claimed the instrumentality was being cancelled, earlier updating the study to accidental it volition beryllium cancelled successful immoderate regions and its merchandise would beryllium constricted to the US and Japan.

5 April 2021: Google moving connected its ain 'GS101' processor 

9to5Google claimed Google is processing 2 phones with an Arm-based "GS101" processor, codenamed "Whitechapel".

10 March 2021: Google Pixel 5a could get 11 June, leak claims

Jon Prosser claimed his root tells him Google volition uncover the Pixel 5a connected 11 June. He besides said caller Pixel Buds were coming mid-April.

8 March 2021: Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 could powerfulness the adjacent procreation sub-flagship phones

XDA spotted a leak suggesting Qualcomm is moving connected a Snapdragon 775 - the successor to the fantabulous Snapdragon 765G that is recovered successful mamny sub-flagship devices.

23 February 2021: Google Pixel 5a renders and specs revealed successful immense leak

Well-known leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer - besides known arsenic @OnLeaks - shared immoderate renders of the Pixel 5a, on with the specifications it is claimed to offer.

7 August 2020: Leaked papers suggests Pixel 5a 

A leaked interior Android document suggested the Google Pixel 5a exists.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle. Originally published connected 23 February 2021.

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