Thursday, 28 October 2021

Pixel 5a launches with 5g Support

Pixel 5a launches with 5g Support

Last year’s Pixel 4a 5G, you might realize that the Pixel 5a (5G) isn’t too different from Pixel 5a launches with 5g Support.

These aren’t necessarily bad since the Pixel 4a 5G was a phone that fared well in most aspects. You get the same familiar build and design that we’ve been seeing on Pixel phones over the years, which is, of course, set to change thanks to a radical shift in strategy with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro expected to launch later this year.

On the inside, too, the Pixel 5a (5G) remains mainly identical to the Pixel 4a 5G. The mid-range Snapdragon 765G SoC should be just fine for day-to-day activities and some casual gaming. Since the software comes directly from Google, it’s lighter than most custom skins on top of Android, resulting in a smoother overall experience. The display is a 6.2-inch OLED panel with a hole-punch cutout for the 8MP selfie shooter. The refresh rate is still limiting to 60Hz, which is slightly disappointing given that most Android phones nowadays, even at this price, offer high refresh rate displays.

A slight change in design comes in a ridged power button on the Google Pixel 5a 5G, making it easier to differentiate between the power button and the volume keys. While this particular change is subtle, the battery has gotten a significant upgrade, quite literally. The 3,885mAh battery from last year has been replacing by a 4,680mAh cell, making the Pixel 5a (5G) the Pixel phone with a giant battery ever. If endurance is high on your priority list, the Pixel 5a (5G) surely won’t disappoint.

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Given that it’s a Pixel device, you will get extended software support with the Pixel 5a (5G). Google promises three years of Android version upgrades and security patches, something that you don’t see very often with phones from other OEMs at this price point. Apart from software, cameras have been a significant selling point of Pixel phones over the years, and the Pixel 5a (5G) retains the same set of reliable cameras from the Pixel 4a 5G. There’s a 12MP primary shooter that Google has been using for ages, but thanks to their computational prowess, the sensor still holds up in 2021. A 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens accompanies it.

Google Pixel 5a launches with 5g Support(5G): Pricing and Availability

Unlike the Pixel 4a from last year, the Pixel 5a is only launching in two countries — the U.S. and Japan. These can probably be attributed to the global chip shortage but are undoubtedly disappointing for consumers outside of these two nations. The Pixel 4a was well-received even in countries like India, where the market is highly spec-driven, thanks to its clean software and a no-frills experience. However, the Pixel 5a will not make its way to the country or other parts of the world, at least through official channels.

In the U.S market., the Pixel 5a (5G) can be brought in a “Mostly Black” color for $449 unlocked via the Google Store, which is $100 more than the vanilla Pixel 4a from last year, but $50 lower than the launch price of the Pixel 4a 5G. Given that there’s just one Pixel ‘a’ series device this year and the Pixel 5a is a better version of the Pixel 4a 5G, the price seems justified.

Pre-orders start today, and the phone is expecting to arrive on August 26th. You can also pick up the Pixel 5a through a Google Fi subscription and save a few extra bucks with device protection and upgrade plans starting at $15 per month.