Google has formally revealed the Pixel 5A 5G, a cellphone it kind of announced in April to contradict rumors that it had been canceled. It comes with a brief checklist of up to date options in comparison with its 4A 5G predecessor, together with a barely greater display, a a lot greater battery, and an IP67 score for water resistance.
Few although they could be, these are some necessary tweaks to an already good midrange cellphone, and the very best half is that the value has shrunk: within the US it’s going to value $449, which is $50 lower than the Pixel 4A 5G’s introductory worth. The 5A goes on sale within the US and Japan on August twenty sixth.
The Pixel 5A’s display will get a slight increase to six.34 inches, a small enhance over the 4A 5G’s 6.2-inch show. It’s nonetheless a 1080p OLED with a normal 60Hz refresh fee, regardless of rumors of a sooner 90Hz show. The battery will get a rise to 4,680mAh, up from 3,885mAh, which Google says will final via a full day of typical use or two days utilizing Excessive Battery Saver mode.
The 5A can also be the primary A-series Pixel to get an official water resistance score. With IP67 safety, the cellphone is ready to face up to immersion in as much as three toes of water for as much as half-hour. That’s an unusual function within the under-$500 class the place IP scores are scarce.
The Pixel 5A works on all main US service networks and continues to supply help for sub-6GHz 5G. Not like final yr, Google won’t promote a mmWave-compatible model of the cellphone. That’s no nice loss — mmWave 5G could be very quick, however vary is extremely restricted and exhausting to search out. Sadly, the 5A can also be lacking help for C-band 5G frequencies, which Verizon and AT&T will begin utilizing on the finish of this yr to bolster their struggling nationwide 5G networks. Google says it may add the mandatory software program help later, however received’t decide to doing so at this level.
Different specs stay unchanged from the earlier mannequin. It nonetheless makes use of a Snapdragon 765G chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The 12.2-megapixel primary and 16-megapixel ultrawide rear cameras and 8-megapixel selfie digital camera are the identical. There’s a rear fingerprint scanner for biometric unlock, an honest-to-god headphone jack, and an 18W charger included within the field (Google says this would be the final Pixel cellphone to supply one). The cellphone will ship with Android 11 and is assured Google’s customary three years of OS platform updates and safety patch help.
Not like the 4A 5G, the Google Pixel 5 received’t be offered via any of the key wi-fi carriers within the US. As an alternative, it’ll be supplied immediately from the Google Retailer and thru Google Fi. Will probably be offered in only one end — “principally black” — with 4 colourful case choices obtainable individually to spice issues up.