Continuing Pixel’s “a” series trend of delivering value for money smartphones with pure Android experience, Google has announced the Pixel 5a. It has some minor improvements over last year’s Pixel 4a 5G. What makes this announcement more interesting is that it has come after Google announced their 2021 flagship series, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro featuring an all new Tensor chipset. Let’s talk about the Pixel 5a now.
Pixel 5a vs Pixel 4a 5G: What’s the difference?
Starting with the design, the overall design is mostly the same as compared to last year’s Pixel 4a 5G. Instead, this year the budget Pixel smartphone features a unibody aluminum design. What makes it even better is that the new Pixel 5a is IP67 dust and water resistant.
Moving on to the display, the Pixel 5a has a flat 6.43-inch 60hz OLED display with a 2400×1080 resolution. The display on the Pixel 5a is slightly larger than the one on Pixel 4a 5G.
Other major changes include a slight color change. The Pixel 5a comes in Mostly Black color while the Pixel 4a 5G came in Just Black & Clearly White colors.
Moving to the biggest upgrade in the Pixel 5a, the battery. The Pixel 5a sports a larger 4680mAh battery as compared to the 3885mAh battery from Pixel 4a 5G.
There hasn’t been much changes under the hood. The Pixel 5a sports the Snapdragon 765G processor, just like the Pixel 4a 5G.
It comes with 5G support, 6GB of LPDDR4X memory and 128GB storage capacity.
Even the camera setup is the same as last year. It features a 12MP f1.7 primary camera and a 16MP f2.2 ultrawide shooter with an 8MP f2.0 selfie snapper. Please note that the spectral & flicker sensor have been dropped from the Pixel 5a.
Rest of the following features including the speakers, audio jack, fingerprint sensor and the 18W fast charger are the same as last year’s Pixel 4a 5G.
Google Pixel 5a Pricing and Release Date
The new Pixel 5a has a price tag of $449 USD. It is up for pre-orders in the United States and Japan on Google Store. It will start shipping on August 26. Google did not reveal any details about the international availability of the Pixel 5a including India.
This could be the last Pixel smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Since, Google has been pushing their custom Tensor chip with the upcoming Pixel 6 series smartphones.