Google has officially unveiled the Pixel 5A 5G announced in April contradicts rumors that it has been canceled. It comes with a short list of updated features compared to its 4A 5G predecessor, including a slightly larger display, a much larger battery, and an IP67 rating for water resistance.
These are a few important improvements to an already good mid-range phone, and the best part is that the price has dropped: in the U.S., it costs $ 449, which is $ 50 less than the introductory price of the Pixel 4A 5G. The 5A will go on sale in the United States and Japan on August 26th.
The screen on the Pixel 5A grows slightly to 6.34 inches, which is a small addition to the 6.2-inch screen on the 4A 5G. It’s still a 1080p OLED with a standard 60 Hz refresh rate, despite rumors of a faster 90 Hz display. The battery rises to 4,680 mAh, from 3,885 mAh, which Google says lasts all day in normal use or two days in Extreme Battery Saver mode.
The 5A is also the first A-Series Pixel to receive an official water resistance rating. Thanks to IP67 protection, the phone can withstand immersion in up to three meters of water for up to 30 minutes. This is a rare feature in the $ 500 category where IP ratings are scarce.
Pixel 5A operates on all major U.S. carrier networks and continues to provide support for 5G below 6 GHz. Unlike last year, Google does not sell a mmWave-compatible version of the phone. It’s not a big loss – the mmWave 5G is very fast, but the range is very limited and hard to find. Unfortunately, 5A also lacks support for the C-band 5G frequencies that Verizon and AT&T will begin using at the end of this year to support their struggling nationwide 5G networks. Google says it could add the necessary software support later, but doesn’t commit to it at this point.
Other specifications remain unchanged from the previous model. It still uses the Snapdragon 765G chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The 12.2-megapixel main camera and 16-megapixel ultra-wide rear camera and 8-megapixel selfie camera are the same. The package has a fingerprint sensor on the back for biometric locking, an honest God headphone jack, and an 18W charger (Google says this is the last Pixel phone to offer one). The phone comes with Android 11 and is backed by Google’s standard three-year OS updates and security patch.
Unlike the 4A 5G, the Google Pixel 5 is not sold through the largest wireless carriers in the United States. Instead, it is offered directly from the Google Store and through Google Fi. It’s only sold in one finish – “mostly black” – and four colorful case options are available separately to brighten things up.