06 August 2021
Even though all the attention this week has been on the Pixel 6 series and custom chip Tensor, we should not forget that Google also has a mid-range smartphone named Pixel 5a in the pipeline. We already know a lot about the phone, thanks to numerous leaks and rumors, but a fresh report has emerged revealing launch date and pricing information.
The report is coming from Jon Prosser of FrontPageTech, a well-known and usually reliable tipster. He reveals that Google is all set to announce Pixel 5a on August 26th i.e. later this month. It will most likely be a stand-alone launch as Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are already confirmed to arrive during the fall. The new mid-range Pixel phone is reported to cost $450 but will be sold only in the United States and Japan. The availability is said to be only through Google's online and offline stores.
As for Pixel 5a specifications and features, it will sport a 6.4-inch display with a 60Hz refresh rate by default but can be increased up to 90Hz. The choice of processor will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with 6GB of RAM. The battery capacity is tipped to be 4,650mAh but there is no wireless charging support. Mostly Black is the only color option that has been reported.
The phone will have a 3.5mm headphone jack and an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. Prosser did not mention exact camera specifications but said that it will be the same as the Pixel 5 from last year. If true, we will get to see a dual-camera setup featuring a 12.2-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The front camera on the phone should be an 8-megapixel sensor.