Google Pixel 5a 5G release date, features and specs

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(Pocket-lint) - Google announced the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 successful October 2020, and determination are already rumours circulating astir the adjacent Pixel smartphones, 1 of which Google has confirmed to beryllium called the Pixel 5a 5G.

Expected to beryllium a mid-range offering of the Pixel 5, present is everything we person heard truthful far, though we expect determination is inactive a batch much to learn. We person a separate feature connected the Pixel 6 and another diagnostic for the Pixel 6 Pro if you privation to larn astir what has been rumoured and confirmed for those devices.

Release day and price

  • 17 August release?
  • 26 August 2021 connected sale?
  • US and Japan only

Google has said that the Pixel 5a 5G "will beryllium disposable aboriginal this twelvemonth successful the US and Japan and announced successful enactment with erstwhile past year's a-series telephone was introduced."

That suggests August 2020 - which is erstwhile the Pixel 4a was revealed - and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has claimed volition beryllium the case, with availability starting the aforesaid month.

More specifically, it's been said the Pixel 5a 5G volition beryllium announced connected 17 August, with availability starting 26 August 2021, and it is said the instrumentality volition beryllium sold online oregon physically successful Google Stores only, though thing is confirmed arsenic yet.

Google could person meant successful enactment with the Pixel 4a 5G excessively though, which was revealed successful October 2020. On signifier astatine Google I/O, Google mentioned "fall" erstwhile talking astir the Pixels, but it didn't connection immoderate further details.

In presumption of price, the Pixel 4a 5G outgo £499 successful the UK and $499 successful the US erstwhile it launched. We'd expect the Pixel 5a 5G to beryllium astir the aforesaid ballpark, though it looks similar it volition lone beryllium disposable successful the US and Japan and rumours suggest it could beryllium cheaper. There's been claims of $450 successful the US. 

Design

  • Polycarbonate
  • Rear fingerprint sensor, punch spread beforehand camera
  • Just Black

Based connected the archetypal leaks, it looks similar the Google Pixel 5a 5G could travel a precise akin plan to the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 alternatively than offering a redesign similar the Pixel 6 devices.

It's thought it volition connection a polycarbonate body, with a quadrate camera lodging successful the apical near corner, overmuch similar the Pixel 4a 5G. This has been supported with a constituent leak for the Pixel 5a, which besides presented a ribbed coloured powerfulness button.

A carnal fingerprint sensor is expected to beryllium positioned connected the rear - similar the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G - and a punch spread camera is rumoured to beryllium successful the apical near country of the Pixel 5a's display, again similar the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5.

Other plan aspects are said to see a 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers and IPX7 h2o and particulate resistance. Colour options are said to beryllium Just Black only, similar the Pixel 4a and 4a 5G.

Measurements are claimed to beryllium 156.2 x 73.2 x 8.8mm (9.4mm with the rear camera bump). This would enactment the Pixel 5a 5G astatine a akin size to the Pixel 4a 5G, albeit a small taller, narrower and thicker.

Display

  • 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • OLED

Early reports claimed the Google Pixel 5a 5G would diagnostic a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display, which is the aforesaid arsenic the Pixel 4a 5G, though much caller reports person said a 6.4-inch screen. It's apt this volition beryllium a Full HD+ resolution, though this hasn't been elaborate arsenic yet.

An OLED sheet is likely, and rumours accidental the Pixel 5a 5G volition person a 60Hz refresh complaint with forced 90Hz. The Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G some connection a modular 60Hz refresh rate, portion the Pixel 5 has a 90Hz refresh rate

There should beryllium enactment for HDR as this is thing offered connected the Pixel 4a, 4a 5G and Pixel 5.

Cameras

  • Dual rear camera
  • Likely aforesaid arsenic Pixel 5

Based connected the aboriginal rumours, the Google Pixel 5a 5G volition travel with a dual rear camera, coupled with an further sensor and flash wrong the quadrate camera housing. Google typically offers the aforesaid camera successful the "a" device, arsenic the much premium handset, and this is said to beryllium the aforesaid for the Pixel 5a.

The Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G person a main 12.2-megapixel sensor with 1.4µm and an f/1.7 aperture, arsenic good arsenic an ultra-wide 16-megapixel with an f/2.2 aperture. Their beforehand camera is 8-megapixels with an f/2.0 aperture. 

We'd expect to spot this connected the Pixel 5a 5G, on with the aforesaid features including the large video stabilisation features and features similar Night Sight. An representation claimed to person been taken by the Pixel 5a was revealed by Google successful a abstracted blog station astir the HDR+ bracketing feature, but it's since been removed.

Hardware and specs

  • At slightest 6GB RAM likely
  • At slightest 128GB retention likely
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

According to reports, the Google Pixel 5a 5G volition diagnostic the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, which is the aforesaid chipset arsenic the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G. There is said to beryllium 6GB of RAM, which again is the aforesaid arsenic the Pixel 4a 5G and 4a offer. We'd besides expect astatine slightest 128GB of storage.

Battery capableness is said to beryllium 4650mAh, which is rather a spot bigger than the Pixel 4a 5G offers with its 3800mAh cell. Apparently, it won't connection wireless charging.

Given the Pixel 5a is confimed to beryllium called the Pixel 5a 5G, it volition connection 5G connectivity.

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16 August 2021: Google Pixel 5a components leak, motorboat 17 August

Android Police published immoderate images sent to the tract via a root that presented components claimed to beryllium for the Pixel 5a, supporting erstwhile plan rumours. The study besides said the root said the instrumentality would beryllium announced connected 17 August. 

6 August 2021: Google Pixel 5a pricing, merchandise day and specs leak

Jon Prosser claimed the Pixel 5a would motorboat connected 26 August for $450 successful the US. He besides revealed a fig of specifications, including the processor and display.

9 July 2021: Google Pixel 5a lands astatine the FCC, motorboat imminent?

Three variants of the Pixel 5a appeared astatine the FCC, which suggests powerfully that it won't beryllium agelong earlier it's released to market. 

28 June 2021: Google mightiness denote and merchandise its Pixel 5a mid-ranger successful August

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman claimed the Google Pixel 5a would beryllium released sometime successful August 2021 and made disposable the aforesaid month.

25 May 2021: More Google Pixel 6, 6 Pro and 5a 5G details revealed successful leak

Max Weinbach claimed the Pixel 5a 5G volition beryllium much costly than the Pixel 4a successful a podcast.

18 May 2021: Google denote Android 12 

Google revealed Android 12 during its I/O developer conference, showing disconnected a implicit redesign. It besides mentioned "fall" erstwhile talking astir the adjacent Pixels.

29 April 2021: Pixel 5a could beryllium 1 of the "significant products" announced during I/O

Although grounds points to the contrary, Tomsguide susggests that the Google Pixel 5a 5G could inactive look astatine Google I/O successful May. Google boss, Sundar Pichai, said successful the company's net study that the online lawsuit volition play big to "significant merchandise updates and announcements". That has pb the tract to judge the Pixel 5a volition 1 of them.

26 April 2021: Image illustration from Pixel 5a camera leaked by Google

Google seemingly revealed an image taken by the unannounced Pixel 5a 5G's camera successful a blog post, giving immoderate denotation of its capabilities erstwhile it yet launches.

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22 April 2021: Pixel 5a to diagnostic Snapdragon 765 processor, conscionable similar the Pixel 5

Code successful the latest Android Developer Preview suggests the Pixel 5a volition tally connected the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 chipset, similar the Pixel 5.

9 April 2021: Google: No, the Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled, it's coming aboriginal this year

Google released a statement pursuing reports of the Pixel 5a being cancelled, saying: "Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled. It volition beryllium disposable aboriginal this twelvemonth successful the US and Japan and announced successful enactment with erstwhile past year's a-series telephone was introduced."

9 April 2021: Google Pixel 5a cancelled successful immoderate regions

Android Central reported that the Google Pixel 5a 5G has been affected by the planetary spot shortage. It initially claimed the instrumentality was being cancelled, earlier updating the study to accidental it volition beryllium cancelled successful immoderate regions and its merchandise would beryllium constricted to the US and Japan.

5 April 2021: Google moving connected its ain 'GS101' processor 

9to5Google claimed Google is processing 2 phones with an Arm-based "GS101" processor, codenamed "Whitechapel".

10 March 2021: Google Pixel 5a could get 11 June, leak claims

Jon Prosser claimed his root tells him Google volition uncover the Pixel 5a connected 11 June. He besides said caller Pixel Buds were coming mid-April.

8 March 2021: Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 could powerfulness the adjacent procreation sub-flagship phones

XDA spotted a leak suggesting Qualcomm is moving connected a Snapdragon 775 - the successor to the fantabulous Snapdragon 765G that is recovered successful mamny sub-flagship devices.

23 February 2021: Google Pixel 5a renders and specs revealed successful immense leak

Well-known leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer - besides known arsenic @OnLeaks - shared immoderate renders of the Pixel 5a, on with the specifications it is claimed to offer.

7 August 2020: Leaked papers suggests Pixel 5a 

A leaked interior Android document suggested the Google Pixel 5a exists.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle. Originally published connected 23 February 2021.

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