The dinky Pixel 4a was one of our favourite cheap phones in 2020, and it looks like there could be a follow-up on the way from Google this year. Here’s what we know about the Pixel 5a including a possible release date.
You don’t often get a best cheap phone that also compares to some of the best camera phones on the market, but the Pixel 4a achieved that during our in-depth testing.
Google Pixel 5a Release Date and Price – Pixel 5a to see limited release
After a leak suggested the Pixel 5a might be cancelled, Google has in fact revealed (via 9to5Google) the phone is real and is coming to the USA and Japan later this year. So, unless things change it won’t be something you’ll be able to buy in Singapore.
In terms of cost, nothing is known at this stage. We can gauge a general pricing strategy by looking at the Pixel 4a, though.
This phone launched in a single colour/storage combo at US $349(~SGD $468), which was US $50 cheaper than the Pixel 3a. Launching the Pixel 5a at a similar price would make sense but the addition of 5G might push it up slightly.
Google Pixel 5a Specs and Features – There’s little to go on so far
The Pixel 4a isn’t the most feature-rich device around, however it does have a few high-end components. We’d hope the 5a sticks with the FHD+ OLED panel with HDR support, possibly upping the 60Hz refresh rate to a smoother 90Hz. Phones like the Moto G30 have already offered 90Hz on a budget, so hopefully Google won’t keep this feature restricted to the Pixel 6.
The camera is the other shining star of the Pixel 4a and, again, it will surely be the standout feature of the 5a.
We haven’t seen any leaks surrounding the camera yet, but the renders below show a dual camera array on the back. If Google follows the blueprint of the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5, expect one of these to a typical wide sensor and the other an ultra wide. This will hopefully radically improve things like landscape photography.
In terms of chipset, we’d expect Google to once again pluck a mid-range option from Qualcomm. One possibility could be the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to the Snapdragon 765G, a chip found in many of the best mid-range phones around. The addition of 5G would seem like an obvious upgrade, as the Pixel 4a remains stuck on 4G networks.
We’d expect the Pixel 5a to match the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage offered by the 4a, hopefully with a heftier storage option available at a premium.
Google Pixel 5a Design – Looking familiar
The renders, which come from @onleaks, show a black device with a small cutout for the front camera and a duo of cameras (along with a flash) on the back. At least the power button seems to be keeping its trademark pop of contrasting colour.
Google also looks to be keeping the polycarbonate body, which isn’t much of a surprise as we expect this device to hit a low price-point.
Google only released one full-time colour for the Pixel 4a and we would like to see a little more variety with this followup. There was no XL (a version with a larger screen) option for the Pixel 4a either, something we had with the 3a. Whether or not Google would bring this back this year remains to be seen.