For the past two years Google has released god-tier phones that literally redefined the mid-range market. With the Google Pixel 5a set to continue that tradition in 2021, we’re excited. Here’s everything we know about it so far.
In April there were reports that the Pixel 5a had been cancelled due to global chip shortages.
Google came out and refuted these claims… but it’s still not good news for Australian fans. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like the Pixel 5a will actually be released here.
“Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled. It will be available later this year in the U.S. and Japan and announced in line with when last year’s a-series phone was introduced,” Google said in a statement to Gizmodo.
Google Pixel 5a Specs and features
There aren’t a lot of spec details out yet, but there is at least a bit of spec…ulation. I’m so sorry.
On the processor side of things, we’re hoping to see an upgrade from the Snapdragon 730G in the Pixel 4a for this next generation.
It’s still unclear which processor Google will go with. It could stick with the 765G that was found in the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G. If Google really wants to go balls-to-the-wall it could opt for the recently announced Snapdragon 780G, but we doubt that will happen.
There is also talk that we are likely to see 6GN RAM and 128GB storage again.
In terms of display, leaks suggest it will be a larger 62-inch OLED this time around. And our fingers are crossed for a 60Hz refresh rate.
As for the camera, we’re expecting similar to the 4a 5G and the Pixel 5, which had a 12.2MP primary lens and a 16MP ultra-wide.
But while we wait for more spec leaks, here’s what we had last year in the Pixel 4a:
- Display: 5.8-inch OLED display
- Processor: Snapdragon 730
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 128GB
- Rear Camera: 12.2MP
- Front Camera: 8MP
- Battery: 3,140mAh with 18W fast charging
- LTE: 4G
- Colours: Just Black
Voice and @onleaks had the first Pixel 5a renders out last month and they look very similar to the Google Pixel 4a 5G. This includes the a similar OLED FHD+ display (only slightly bigger if the 6.2-inch rumours are true), rear fingerprint sensor, dual camera array, headphone jack and hole-punch selfie cam.
We’re also expecting the usual pop of colour on the power button, as with previous years.
Will there be a 5a XL?
Don’t hold your breath. While anything is possible, there was no Pixel 4a XL in 2020.
What about a 5G version?
Most likely yes. In 2020 Google released 4a and 4a 5G models and my guess is that it will probably simplify things this year.
My prediction is that there will only be a 5G version of the Pixel 5a.
Google Pixel 5a price and release date
Just remember, we won’t be seeing it in Australia. Still, if you’re still interested…
We don’t know what the pricing will be yet, but it’s going to be interesting.
We say that because the Google Pixel 4a debuted at $599, which was $50 cheaper than the original Pixel 3a. Both Google and Apple had a tendency to lower some prices during 2020, but we don’t know if this trend will continue — particularly with 5G thrown into the mix.
But according to Bloomberg, the Pixel 5a will be announced and be released in August, 2021. And this tracks, because the Pixel 4a was released in August last year after COVID-19 delays.
We’ll keep updating this article as more leaks, rumours and cold hard facts come to light