Google rolls out new Pixel 5a smartphone with 5G: Details here

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 Google rolls out new Pixel 5a smartphone with 5G: Details here
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Highlights

  • Google has launched its new member in the Pixel family, Pixel 5a 5G at US$449 in the US and Japan.
  • The phone uses the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset as in Pixel 5, paired with 128GB of internal storage and 6 GB RAM.
  • The phone houses a decent 4,680 mAh battery which is a significant upgrade compared to Pixel 4a 5G’s 3,885 mAh battery.

Google has finally unveiled its much-anticipated Pixel 5a 5G, the newest member in the Pixel lineup. The Pixel 5a 5G carries the same design language as that of Pixel 4a 5G, with quite a few specifications that have remained unchanged. The most notable changes are a larger display and battery life as compared to Pixel 4a 5G, apart from a dust- and water-resistant rating.

The new smartphone weighs 183 grams with dimensions of 154.9x73.7x7.6mm. It runs on the latest Android 11, featuring a full HD (1080p) display with 60Hz refresh rate. The 6.34-inch display is slightly larger than Pixel 4a 5G’s 6.2-inch screen, giving it a pixel density of 413ppi (pixels per inch).

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The phone uses the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset as in Pixel 5, paired with 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM. At the back, Pixel 5a 5G has almost the same dual rear camera as Pixel 4a 5G with a 12.2-megapixel primary sensor having an f/1.7 aperture and 16-megapixel ultrawide lens. However, laser autofocus has been removed from Pixel 5a 5G. On the front, there is the same 8-megapixel shooter at the top left corner of the screen.

                       

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The phone comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a good thing, considering all flagship phones are omitting this option. Pixel 5a 5G also has other connectivity options such as NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS and USB Type-C charging ports. The phone houses a decent 4,680 mAh battery, which is a significant upgrade compared to Pixel 4a 5G’s 3,885 mAh battery.

What is the price of Pixel 5a 5G?

Google Pixel 5a 5G has been launched at a retail price of US$449 for the only variant of 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, which comes in only one color, called “Mostly Black”. Right now, the phone is only available for  pre-order in the US and Japan. It is expected to go on sale from 26 August 2021.

Bottom line

Currently, Google’s Pixel lineup consist of Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5a 5G and Pixel 5. Apart from these, Google has already announced its upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. If you are about to pick a new smartphone, what makes the process easier is the fact that Pixel 4a 5G would soon become obsolete, especially after the launch of Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

Priced at US$699, Pixel 5 is considered as one of the best smartphones under US$700. However, it seems to be overpriced when pitted against Pixel 5a 5G, which has a lower price tag of US$449. Also, when it comes to features, Pixel 5a 5G does not lag much behind, as both phones have the same OS, identical cameras and Pixel 5a 5G has a bigger screen.

However, anyone residing outside the US and Japan might have to wait (although there is no official statement from Google to launch it outside US and Japan as of now) as Pixel 5a 5G is only available in these two countries, as of now.                     

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