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Google Pixel 5a leak

Google’s working on yet another mid-range smartphone for 2021, and it’s likely going to be called Google Pixel 5a 5G. The very first evidence of the Google Pixel 5a 5G appeared in AOSP and later a leaked Android document in 2020, but at the time, its existence was all we could confirm. After some slightly off-the-mark rumors that proposed the device was outright canceled, Google offiically confirmed that the Pixel 5a will be released. Leaks have not yet kicked into full gear but we are beginning to learn more every day as we approach the Pixel 5a 5G release date.

Features: What features and specs will Google Pixel 5a have?

Pixel 5a design and dimensions

The Pixel 5a’s design is a very simple look — and one you might be familiar with already. There’s an edge-to-edge display on the front, a likely plastic unibody, and a hole-punch camera on the top of the display. There’s the usual squircle camera housing seen on other Pixel devices, rounded off edges around the sides.

It’s not known for certain but we could even see a ridged or textured power button to help differentiate. Let’s also hope that Google adds a bit of color here as it’s always a nice little “playful” design touch.

Early leaks suggest the dimensions of the Google Pixel 5a (156.2 x 73.2 x 8.8mm) will mean a device that is more or less identical to the Pixel 4a 5G, which is a trend you’ll notice throughout this roundup of Pixel 5a details. However, this latest affordable Made by Google device will be 2.3mm taller, around 0.8mm narrower, and 9to5Google 0.6mm thicker.

Pixel 5a display

The Pixel 5a 5G will have a 6.2-inch OLED FHD+ display, according to leaks. There’s a slightly thicker bottom bezel on this model than its lookalike Pixel 4a, renders suggest. It’s very likely the display’s finer specs and performance will be very much in line with its sibling Pixel 5 or 4a models.

These early renders suggest that the upper-left display cutout will be retained, too. There’s no word on the display refresh rate, though but we do hope that it will be of the high refresh rate variety.

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Pixel 5a cameras

Pixel 5a 5G will have the “same configuration as seen on the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5,” OnLeaks writes. It’s unclear at this point what the exact details of these cameras are, but if the phone is otherwise comparable to the Pixel 4a, its addition of a dual-lens setup will be a notable improvement.

The camera system is a notable improvement over the Pixel 4a by jumping to a dual-lens setup, but, again, as its is said to be the same configuration as seen on the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, that means it will come with a 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel main sensor and 16-megapixel ultrawide.

Other potential specs

Leaks have shown that the Google Pixel 5a will indeed feature many things you’d expect from a mid-range phone. It’s going to have a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB-C port, and a rear Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor.

Let’s start with the potential chipset, there are a number of options here and we can probably get a fairly good idea of minimum performance levels on this upcoming mid-ranger. This is all heavily dependent on the usage of a Qualcomm chipset. If the Pixel 5a 5G does stick with Qualcomm, there are exactly 4 Snapdragon chipsets that this smartphone could utilize:

  • Snapdragon 480
  • Snapdragon 690
  • Snapdragon 765G
  • Snapdragon 768G

It’s highly, highly unlikely that the Google Pixel 5a 5G will use the entry-level Snapdragon 480, so it’s probably safe to disregard this chip. Expect to see it come in real entry-level devices from the likes of Nokia. However, it’s less clear if this mid-ranger may utilize the Snapdragon 690 or the 768G. Some will undoubtedly suggest the 765G found in the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G will be used, confusing things further. Google has proven that the 765G is more than powerful enough to run their flagship devices, so it would be a welcome choice for the 5a.

Note: It’s very unlikely that the recently announced Snapdragon 780G will be utilized simply due to the release timeframes mentioned by Google officially. However, it would be a very nice surprise.

At this stage, we’re simply not sure. No evidence has been forthcoming from Google either — naturally. Now logically, if the Google Pixel 5a 5G does come with a Qualcomm chipset it will be the last Pixel device to include one. With the Pixel 6 set to pack Google co-developed silicon, then it could be worthwhile holding out, although the Pixel 5a will be targeted toward a completely different market to the flagship Pixel 6.

Other details about the Pixel 5a are as yet unclear. We don’t yet have solid information on the RAM or storage capacities that will be offered, but it’s likely the phone will have 6GB of RAM and start at 128GB of storage. We’ll update this post when we have more clarity on that front. We also don’t know about battery capacity or 5G connectivity yet, although the latter is definitely a likely inclusion.

Android 12 Preview hints about future Google phones

The Android 12 Preview released in March 2021, and with it came some interesting tidbits about Google’s forthcoming smartphone launches. Google Camera modder and Android community member cstark27 found that the Pixel 5a name will indeed be the name of the future phone and that GR0M2 would be its model number.

Further, while we exclusively told you about the Pixel 5a codename being “barbette” last year, our Dylan Roussel discovered in Android 12 that the name has been changed to “barbet.”

Price: How much will the Google Pixel 5a cost?

We don’t yet know pricing on the Pixel 5a.

Release date: When will Pixel 5a come out?

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 4a both launched in the middle part of the year. The Google Pixel 3a launched at Google I/O 2019, but the Pixel 4a was delay until August because of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Because of global chip shortages, it looked very much like we might not even see a follow-up this year. But after the initial claims to the contrary, Google has confirmed that the Pixel 5a 5G is set to hit shelves around the same time as the Pixel 4a. That would put the official launch sometime in August 2021. Let’s break that down, though, as on the one hand, this is good for spacing but also it’s fairly close to any late-2021 launch for the Pixel 6 series.

The only upside to this nearby launch is that Google has only confirmed the US and Japan as markets for the Pixel 5a. Global chip shortages are playing havoc with almost all areas of the technology sector, so until hardware availability increases, it’s unlikely other regions will get the latest affordable Pixel smartphones. This might not be too big a deal with the proposed Pixel 6 set to launch in late 2021.

Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories January 25

It’s not often we see Android hardware mods attempted these days, but one adventurous Pixel 4a 5G owner has managed to mod their device to take the larger Pixel 5a battery into their handset.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories January 12

The January 2023 security update for Google Pixel phones was released on schedule during the first week of this month, but as of January 12, it still hasn’t arrived for Pixel 7 owners on T-Mobile, and it’s not the only Pixel update that’s been delayed on the carrier as of late.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories August 15, 2022

How to install Android 13 on Google Pixel

Android 13 is now available for select Google Pixel devices ahead of rolling out to the wider Android ecosystem. While it’s not a major upgrade, there’s a fair bit to get excited about – here’s how to install Android 13 on Google Pixel devices.

Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories June 30, 2022

Google today announced a one-year extended repair program for the Pixel 5a 5G and “certain display-related issues” in the US and Japan.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories April 12, 2022

After discounting their existing plans last week, the Fi MVNO is doing the same for the entire Made by Google phone lineup, including a $399 Pixel 6. 

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories April 7, 2022

How to get the latest Android 12L Beta (June Feature Drop) on Google Pixel

Google’s Android 12L update finally went official with the March 2022 Feature Drop for Google Pixel devices, and will head to foldables and tablets from Samsung and others in the coming months. Just days after that launch, though, Google has released a new Android 12L beta for the June Feature Drop; here’s how to install the latest Android 12L beta on Pixel devices now.

Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories April 1, 2022

How to get Android 12L’s taskbar on Pixel 6 and other Google smartphones

Android 12L is by no means a major update, but it does deliver one big new feature in its app taskbar. Here’s how to try the Android 12L taskbar on Google Pixel devices including the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories March 22, 2022

How to install Android 12L on your Google Pixel [Updated]

After a brief beta period, Google’s big-screen focused Android 12L update has arrived, and you can install it first on Pixel smartphones. Here’s how.

Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories March 21, 2022

Besides announcing that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are now certified for C-Band on Verizon with the March security patch, Google also revealed that its older devices will not be getting the same stateside support.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories March 17, 2022

How to install the Android 13 developer preview on Google Pixel

Android 13 is several months away from its formal debut, but Google has opened up the first previews for its latest mobile operating system today with new features and more. If you’re on a Google Pixel smartphone, you can install Android 13 now. Here’s how, and why you should probably wait.

Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories December 17, 2021

Camera quality is, technically, subjective when it comes to the final product, which always makes it interesting to see who wins when you don’t know where the shot is coming from. In his latest blind camera test, MKBHD saw the Google Pixel 5a topple the competition, including its much more capable big brother.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories December 9, 2021

In the last four months, Google has released two surprisingly affordable phones. In its latest ad, Made by Google offers an official comparison of the Pixel 5a versus the Pixel 6.

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With holiday buying in full swing, the Google Store is following its Black Friday offerings with a handful of new deals. The most notable provides boosted trade-in values for older iPhones when purchasing the Pixel 5a.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories November 23, 2021

These are the best Android smartphones [Late 2021]

The end of the year is often a great time to buy a new smartphone as holiday discounts abound. If you’re looking to get a new device, here are some of the best Android phones we’d recommend in late 2021.

Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories November 21, 2021

The Google Store kicked off its Black Friday sales uncharacteristically early this year, and Fi is now following with a $349 Pixel 5a deal. 

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories October 26, 2021

LG shut down its mobile business in January of this year, leaving its customers without a clear path forward. Now several months have gone by, and many are surely looking to upgrade their devices, LG is offering some customers a discount on the Google Pixel 5a over email.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories October 25, 2021

While the Pixel 6 series is getting all of the attention this week, Google just released a fun new Pixel 5a ad that lists over 100 reasons to get the company’s latest mid-range phone, and it’s pretty clear that former LG users are the target.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories September 21, 2021

With the phone not even a month into its life span, the Google Pixel 5a is now supported by the ever-popular Android ROM LineageOS.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories September 20, 2021

Last week and ahead of the Pixel 6 series set to come (hopefully) very soon, we asked you just what you think the “best” Google Pixel device has been so far. Well, the results were not too unsurprising overall but interesting nonetheless.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories September 8, 2021

Just a day after its first security update became available, Google’s latest affordable phone, the Pixel 5a, is now eligible to join the Android 12 Beta.

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Already running the cleanest version of Android 11 and with Android 12 on the horizon, the first custom ROM is now available for the Pixel 5a if you like to tinker with your device.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories September 7, 2021

We wondered if there would be any changes on Pixel 5a with 5G over the Pixel 4a 5G, when both devices share such tightly knit DNA? We’re here to examine the nuances, differences, and help decipher what has changed — and what hasn’t.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories September 6, 2021

How do you choose between the Pixel 5a with 5G and the Pixel 5? Well, with the latter discontinued, the decision has sort of been made for you. Even so, we’re here to examine the nuances, differences, and whether the more affordable option might actually be a better buy.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories August 30, 2021

The Pixel 5a with 5G launched just this month with stellar battery life and a solid price point, but it does seem to have one flaw. As many have pointed out, heat seems to cause trouble for the Pixel 5a, but Google is looking into overheating problems on the device.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories August 27, 2021

Google ads for Pixel phones have been all over the place as of late, and the latest one about the 5a with 5G’s headphone jack parodies old Jony Ive product videos, but seemingly without realizing its own product history.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories August 26, 2021

Our review of the Pixel 5a found that Google’s latest phone was closer to the Pixel 5 than the Pixel 4a 5G, as was widely expected during the rumor cycle. Those similarities unsurprisingly extend to the build, according to a Pixel 5a teardown today.

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With the Pixel 5a officially launching in the US and Japan today, Google has published the Android 11 factory images for customers that have already received the phone.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories August 23, 2021

Late last week we asked you, our readers, just whether you’re going to buy the new Pixel 5a with 5G, and we had a fairly common reply.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories August 19, 2021

After a fairly quiet launch, the Pixel 5a with 5G is now available in a very limited capacity, and so we want to know if you are considering one, or if it’s a definite buy for you.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories August 18, 2021

If you want to get a feel of the newly released Pixel 5a with 5G, did you know that you can view the device in AR?

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The Pixel 4a was announced just over a year ago and curiously remains on sale following yesterday’s Pixel 5a with 5G unveil. In fact, it’s the only phone from the Made by Google 2020 lineup to remain in stock in the official US store.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories August 17, 2021

Here are the official Pixel 5a wallpapers [Download]

Today, Google officially unveiled the Pixel 5a with 5G, its best affordable phone to date. To whet your appetite before you get your hands on it, you can download the official wallpapers for the Pixel 5a.

Google Fi’s Phone subscription gets you a Pixel 5a, device protection for $15/month

Besides the Google Store, the only other stateside retailer selling the Pixel 5a with 5G is Google Fi. You can buy the Pixel 5a directly through the MVNO, or take advantage of Google Fi Phone subscription.

While the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro could provide the biggest leap for the Made by Google smartphone series in years, the Pixel 5a with 5G is the newest affordable phone, and the first device as part of the wider 2021 lineup. Here’s everything you need to know.

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New phones mean new cases, and the Google Pixel 5a with 5G is no exception today. However, this year’s mid-range phone from Google is not getting one made of fabric. 

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Ahead of its launch, many believed the Pixel 5a would simply be a rehash of the Pixel 4a 5G. However, having used it, I now believe the Google Pixel 5a with 5G carries the torch of the Pixel 5 to counteract costly flagship phones.

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Before the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro this fall, the Pixel 5a with 5G is launching as Google’s next affordable phone. There are, of course, similarities to the Pixel 4a line, but this 2021 device ends up being much closer to the Pixel 5.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories August 16, 2021

The Google Fi app this evening featured an inadvertent reference to the “Pixel 5a (5G).” This leak indirectly revealed how much Google’s upcoming phone will cost, and that it will be available for purchase as part of the MVNO’s “Phone subscription” program.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories August 2, 2021

Qualcomm stock dips following Pixel 6 ‘Tensor’ reveal, teases future collaboration w/ Google

The Android smartphone market, especially in the US, has long been dominated by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. As Google confirmed that its next flagship Pixel would use its own “Tensor” chipsets, Qualcomm was quick to confirm it wasn’t done working on Pixels.

Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories July 27, 2021

The Pixel 5a 5G is on the horizon and as the hardest late-2021 Pixel to justify, it’s no doubt going to be a very tough sell with the Pixel 6 series looming. In-depth rumors are thin on the ground, but we’ve been digesting and discussing all things Pixel 5a 5G to better understand what to expect.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories July 8, 2021

Three variants of Google’s next mid-range phone, the Pixel 5a, have appeared at the FCC for certification, one of many tasks to be completed before its launch later this year.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories June 28, 2021

According to the latest rumor, Google’s next mid-range phone, the Pixel 5a, is set to release sometime in August.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories April 26, 2021

As we steadily approach the midway point of the year, rumors have begun to swirl about the next Google Pixel phone, presumed to be the “Pixel 5a.” Here’s what we’ve learned about Google’s next phone from the Android 12 Preview builds.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories April 24, 2021

After Google confirmed the Pixel 5a 5G exists earlier this month, we revealed that the phone will be shipping with the same Snapdragon chipset that powers the Pixel 5a and the Pixel 4a 5G — the phone this device replaces. So, what might the Pixel 5a 5G bring to the table that’s new? Let’s discuss.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories April 23, 2021

Google detailed the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G’s HDR+ with bracketing advancements in a research blog post today. As part of that, the company linked to a gallery demonstrating the camera technology and one of those shots includes a photo taken by the Pixel 5a 5G.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories April 21, 2021

Earlier this month, Google confirmed that their next budget smartphone, the Pixel 5a 5G, would be releasing later this year. Thanks to the latest Android 12 Developer Preview, we can report that the Pixel 5a 5G will run on the same chip as the Google Pixel 5.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories April 13, 2021

The confusing pre-birth of the Pixel 5a 5G has started, with twists and turns that you simply wouldn’t have expected.

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Google Pixel 5a 5G Stories April 9, 2021

Despite rumors this morning to the contrary, Google has just issued an on-the-record statement that the “Pixel 5a 5G” does indeed exist and will not be canceled.

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