Google’s Pixel 5a could arrive just in time for the Android 12 launch


Just last week, I posed a question to Google asking where the Pixel 5a was. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have been shown off (by Google no-less), but the Big G already confirmed the Pixel 5a’s existence earlier this year. Thanks to Jon Prosser, my question has been answered. According to a confidential source speaking to Prosser, the Pixel 5a is coming on August 26th.

For the most part, the Pixel 5a seems to be just a slightly-modified version of the Pixel 5. It will feature a 6.4-inch display with the option to choose between a 60Hz and a 90Hz refresh rate. Powering the handset is the Snapdragon 765G coupled with 6GB of RAM, which comes as no surprise given that Google’s upcoming Tensor chip will make its debut with the Pixel 6 series.

Other specs revealed by Prosser include a 4,650mAh battery, but unlike the Pixel 5, there will be no wireless charging capabilities. The phone is also said to include a 3.5mm headphone jack, another differentiating feature from the Pixel 5, along with an IP67 water and dust resistance rating. Finally, Prosser shared that the 5a will sport the same camera system as the Pixel 5 from late last year.

This equates to a primary 12.2MP wide-angle lens, paired with a 16MP ultra-wide camera. The Pixel 5 was no slouch in the camera department so this is a welcome inclusion, but its image processing still pales in comparison to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

Rounding out today’s surprise leak, the Pixel 5a will be priced at $449 with availability limited to just the US and Japan. This falls in line with what Google had to say earlier this year, after leaks claimed the Pixel 5a had been outright cancelled. Interestingly enough, Prosser claims that the 5a won’t make it to the likes of Best Buy, and will only be available for purchase online or in Google’s own brick-and-mortar store.

I don’t know about you, but this seems like a pretty good deal given that we’re getting a larger display, the same 765G SoC, and the same camera system. If anything, it looks as though Google combined the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, and the Pixel 5a is the resulting product.


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