Google’s latest Pixel iteration, the Pixel 5a 5G, has been the subject of many leaks in the previous months as the brand’s a-Series has emerged as an affordable, pared-down version of a typical flagship with a great camera.

In terms of hardware, the Pixel 5a 5G is a few hits above last year’s Pixel 4a 5G, with a larger battery and IP67 dust and water resistance. Overall, the phone is nothing more than a simple makeover of the Google Pixel 4a 5G.

Design and Display

Google Pixel 5a 5G Launched With Visible Improvements Over Pixel 4a

The body of the phone is IP67 dust-resistant and water-resistant, and the display on the Google Pixel 5a 5G is a 6.34-inch OLED with the standard 60Hz refresh rate. There is also a single punch-hole camera cutout in the top-left corner of the screen that houses an 8MP selfie shooter.

Google Pixel 5a 5G Launched With Visible Improvements Over Pixel 4a

Additionally, there is a squircle camera bump on the aluminum back, which is of a ‘Mostly Black’ color and projects a subtle green tone. Otherwise, the phone looks pretty much the same as the Pixel 4a.

Internals and Storage

The Pixel 5a 5G runs the same old Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 7nm chipset with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

Its other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C 3.1, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and 5G. On the software front, the device runs Android 11 out of the box.

Cameras

The unchanged camera setup at the back comes with a 12MP f/1.7 main and 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide sensor in support. Besides the standard Pixel Shift, Auto-HDR, and Panorama features, Google has dropped the spectral and flicker sensor from the Pixel 5a 5G.

The punch-hole cutout in the front holds an 8MP selfie shooter that is capable of recording 1080p videos at 30fps and offers Auto-HDR support.

Battery and Pricing

Google Pixel 5a 5G packs a tremendous 4,680mAh power cell that supports 18W fast charging. According to Google, the Pixel 5a has no support for wireless charging.

It comes in a Mostly Black color and retails at $449 for the standard 6GB/128GB offering. Other variants with expandable memory options are not available.

It can be pre-ordered on Google Store, and shipping starts from 26 August onwards.

Google Pixel 5a 5G Specifications

  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 620
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM7250 Snapdragon 765G 5G (7 nm)
  • OS: Android 11
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Display:
    • 6.34 inches, 97.0 cm2 (~85.0% screen-to-body ratio), OLED, 1B color, HDR, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Always-On Display
  • Memory
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Internal: 128GB
  • Card slot: No
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm, 77˚ (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
      16 MP, f/2.2, 119˚ (ultrawide), 1.0µm
    • Secondary: 8MP, f/2.0, (wide)
  • Fingerprint scanner: rear-mounted
  • Headphone jack: yes
  • Colors: Mostly Black
  • Battery: Li-Po 4,680mAh, non-removable, 18W fast charging
  • Price: $449