Google Pixel 5a: release date, spec sheet, price, what to expect?

Successor of the Pixel 4, the Pixel 5 was presented last September by Google. And a more accessible variation should land soon. This is the Pixel 5a whose technical sheet is starting to emerge. We take stock of what we know.

Le Google Pixel 5a
Assumed rendering of Pixel 5a (@VoiceHQ)

The release of the Pixel 5 last September had aroused astonishment. And for good reason, Google had not opted for a premium processor, opting instead for a mid-range SoC, namely a Snapdragon 765G. Either the same chip as that of the Pixel 4a. Google had probably made this decision to avoid offering consumers a too expensive smartphone, the Snapdragon 865 being more expensive than usual.

And while the Google Pixel 6 is expected for next September, the Google Pixel 5a should indeed be unveiled soon by the Mountain View giant. Its technical sheet could also be very similar to those of the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5, according to the latest rumors. Everything we know about it is compiled in this file.

Google Pixel 5a: when to release?

The leaker Jon Prosser had notably said that Google simply intended to cancel the release of the Pixel 5a 5G. In question, the shortage of components affecting all the actors of the tech. Information finally denied by Google. Last April, the firm officially confirmed that the Pixel 5a 5G was not canceled and that it will be released later this year in the United States and Japan.

And recognize that component supply issues were preventing smartphone deployment globally. There is still some hope that the Pixel 5a will land in other countries in the future if the component shortage improves. Regardless, Google said in its release that it will be presented around the same time of the year as the Pixel 4a, announced in August 2020. Therefore, we can expect a presentation of the Pixel 5a next August. An exit window confirmed by Bloomberg.

Google Pixel 5a: which technical sheet?

Towards the same processor as the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a?

According to the latest information available, the Pixel 5a will not embed a Snapdragon 888 processor. It should not be expected that it will include a Snapdragon 780G SoC either. It is obviously around a Snapdragon 765G that the future smartphone will be built. Information updated by our colleagues at 9to5Google who analyzed the source code of Android 12 Developer Preview 3.

While digging in, they discovered many references to the code name of the Pixel 5a 5G which is none other than “Barbet”. And this is associated with the model number “sm7250” which corresponds to the part number of the SoC Snapdragon 765G. This confirms (almost) for sure the identity of the processor of the future smartphone which will therefore be the same as that of the Pixel 4a and the Pixel 5. The scarcity of internal components is probably at the origin of this choice.

Even if the Snadraphon 765G is obviously not the best processor on the market, its performance is overall very decent, especially for a 5G mid-range smartphone.

What about the camera?

Some features of the photo part of the future model were inadvertently revealed by Google. Anxious to illustrate how HDR + works on its Pixel smartphones, the company has unveiled several images taken by its phones. And some of them were immortalized with a Pixel 5a, as GSM Arena spotted thanks to Exif data.

We learn that the rear photo module will be equipped with an ultra-wide-angle sensor surmounted by an opening of f / 2.2. It remains to know the complete technical sheet of the camera of the next phone from Google. Note that the Exif information indicates that it will not be necessary to count on several iterations. There would thus only be a 5G Pixel 5a with the Snapdragon 765G SoC. No 4G variation in the program, therefore.

It is possible that the camera of the Pixel 5a is designed in the image of that of the Pixel 5. In this case, it would have a main sensor of 12.2 megapixels as well as an ultra-wide-angle sensor of 16 megapixels. .

And the screen?

According to Steve Hemmerstoffer of OnLeaks, the Pixel 5a will be equipped with a 6.2-inch OLED display with Full HD resolution. The same size as the Pixel 4a 5G.

Towards a bigger battery?

Nothing so far allows to say that the Pixel 5a will be embellished with a more substantial battery. But given the Pixel 4a 5G’s poor battery life, Google might be tempted to improve on this specific point. As a reminder, the little brother of the Pixel 5a painfully reached 18 hours of autonomy with a 3885 mAh battery.

Google Pixel 5a : quel design ?

According to several unofficial renderings unveiled by OnLeaks, the Google Pixel 5a will have a silhouette very close to its predecessor, the Pixel 4a. In addition to a plastic coating and a fingerprint sensor on the back, it would include a 6.2-inch panel surmounted by a punch at the top left. As for the photo module, it would be composed of two sensors and would also take place in the upper left corner of the rear part of the phone.

Ultimately, the Pixel 5a should be a tad bigger than its little brother, notably gaining 2.3mm in height and 0.46mm in thickness.

Google Pixel 5a: what price?

No notable information has been released on the price of the Pixel 5a. However, it is likely that it is close to that of its predecessor, Google wanting to offer good value for money to consumers. What’s more, the Pixel 5a is said to have the same processor as the Pixel 4a. This reinforces the idea that its cost price will be similar or even less.

As a reminder, the Pixel 4a costs 349 euros. Its 5G version is priced at 499 euros. The price of the Pixel 5a 5G should therefore gravitate in these waters. Insider Max Weinbach, however, indicates in a podcast that the Pixel 5a will cost more than the Pixel 4a.

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