Rumors suggested the launch was right around the corner and it was. With no events or big announcements, the Pixel 5a is already official, although it can only be pre-purchased in the US and Japan at this time.
As we already know, the surname “a” means that we are facing a model with a little more modest performance than what we knew of the Pixel 5. The resemblance between the two is very evident, both in the design and within specs, but it suffers. a few cuts that make the difference. Let’s see what Google offers us with its new Pixel 5a.
Google Pixel 5a datasheet
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
154.9 x 73.7 x 7.6 mm 185 g
6.34-inch OLED, 20: 9 FullHD + 2400 x 1080, 413 ppi HDR, 24-bit color
Snapdragon 765G Adreno 620
6 GB LPDDR4x
Android 11, 3 years of updates
Main: 12.2MP, 1.4um, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS + EIS, f / 1.7 Angular: 16MP, 1.0um, f / 2.2
8 MP, 1.12um, f / 2.0, fixed focus
5G, NanoSIM + eSIM, WiFiac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
Stereo speakers Metal body and Gorilla Glass 3 IP67 waterproof
Bigger, but without 90 Hz
The Pixel 5a has a larger OLED display than the previous model, especially 6.34 inches diagonally with an aspect ratio of 20: 9. It has FullHD + resolution and supports HDR. However, it doesn’t come with one key feature of the top-of-the-line model: the refresh rate is 60Hz, not 90Hz.
The increase in screen diagonal also affects the overall size and weight, but it still has a very tight border design, so we’re not talking about a very exaggerated increase. This generation keeps the front-facing camera in a hole in the upper left corner and the capacitive fingerprint reader on the back, no under-screen reader for Pixels at this time. By the way, the water resistance is IP67.
Speaking of cameras, the rear is dual and has a 12.2-megapixel main sensor, f / 1.7 aperture, and dual-pixel focus. The superangular lens houses a 16 megapixel sensor, smaller than the main one, and is less bright (f / 2.2). For the front camera, Google keeps the 8 megapixel sensor with f / 2.0 lens and fixed focus.
Mid-range processor and a slight clipping in RAM
Google remains loyal to the Qualcomm 700 series and this Pixel 5a comes with the Snapdragon 765G chip, the same we found in the Pixel 5. The difference here comes from the RAM, which remains at 6 GB. On the internal memory, we have only one 128 GB version. One detail to keep in mind is that the Pixel 5a is the first without unlimited storage from Google Photos. Until now, all models had this advantage.
Google didn’t give any details on the battery life, but we do know that the battery is 4,680mAh and that it also comes with the 18W charger included in the box. By the way, this model has a mini headphone jack.
Pixel 5a versions and prices
As we predicted in the entry, the Pixel 5a is on presale only in the US and Japan. More countries are expected to be announced soon, but if Google follows the Pixel 5 strategy, it looks like Spain won’t be among them. The price is $ 449 and comes in a single 128GB version in black.
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