Google Pixel 5a launch soon: Specs, features, India price, launch date, and everything we know so far
Ayush Chourasia March 11, 2021
Google Pixel 5a, the company's latest entry for the Pixel smartphone lineup, may launch on June 11, as per a new report. Pixel 5a will be the successor to the Pixel 4a. Google's Pixel lineup might have never made it to charts of best-selling smartphones. However, Pixel devices always make it to the list of best smartphone cameras and mostly end up topping the list.
Google began its smartphone voyage back in 2016 with the Pixel and Pixel XL. These devices were powered with flagship hardware and featured one of the best camera setups the industry had seen. That being said, these were reasonably expensive devices hence, were not accessible to all.
To attract consumers on a tight budget, Google brought its midrange offering called Pixel 3a in 2019. It did not feature a beefy processor, however, the camera system on this device was almost as capable as the Pixel flagships. This attracted a lot of consumers towards Google's smartphone offerings.
Google updated its mid-range offering with the Pixel 4a last year, which was received pretty well by consumers worldwide. Now leaks around the upcoming Pixel 5a are popping up at a great pace. Recently we saw the first renders of the Pixel 5a. In addition to that, a credible leaker hinted that a new Pixel device would launch on June 11. We suppose this upcoming device is the Pixel 5a.
Now that we are inching closer to the launch date, we decided to round up everything we know so far about the upcoming Pixel 5a.
Pixel 5a specs and features
--The Pixel 4a was brought to the consumers in August last year. However, the upcoming iteration, i.e. Pixel 5a, is expected to see an early launch. Through a fresh leak, we know that a new Pixel is coming on June 11. The same tipster in another tweet confirmed that the upcoming device is the midrange Pixel 5a.
--Apart from this, we have also seen a few renders of the Pixel 5a, which are akin to the Pixel 4a. So easy to assume that the Pixel 5a could ship in the same textured plastic finish. The renders suggest a change on the rear camera setup though, the Pixel 5a, unlike the 4a, is expected to get a dual-camera setup.
--Also, 9to5Google has found out some interesting insights about the Pixel 5a and Pixel 6. Their report says that the Pixel 5a will come with a smaller punch hole. The punch-hole on the Pixel 5a is expected to be a 55-pixel radius instead of the usual 65-pixel radius as seen on previous Pixels.
--Moving further with the design, the Pixel 5a is expected to retain the capacitive fingerprint scanner and the distinct looking power button.
--As far as the specs of the Pixel 5a are concerned, the smartphone is expected to feature a 6.2 inch OLED FHD+ OLED display. Also, the smartphone may come with dimensions similar to the Pixel 4a 5G measuring 156.2 x 73.2 x 8.8mm.
--The smartphone might also ship with a 90Hz display as the same segment's competitors do come with high refresh rate displays.
--The Pixel 4a shipped with a Snapdragon 730G SoC, whereas the Pixel 4a 5G shipped with the faster Snapdragon 765G chipset. Now the standard Pixel 4a wasn't a 5G device, hence if Google is looking to bring 5G to the upcoming Pixel 5a. It will either have to ship it with the Snapdragon 765G, 750G or the lower midrange Snapdragon 690, all of which are 5G capable chipsets. However, it's unlikely that the Pixel 5a will ship with the Snapdragon 690 chipset considering the Pixel 4a came with Snapdragon 700 series chipset.
--Moving forward to the cameras, which is the biggest highlight of any Pixel smartphone. Google has been adamant about shipping cameras with single sensors in the budget segment. However, this is expected to change soon with the Pixel 5a as the device is expected to get a dual rear camera setup. This should include the 12.2-megapixel primary sensor from the Pixel 5 and an additional 16-megapixel ultrawide shooter.
--We might also see a small upgrade in terms of battery life with Pixel 5a shipping with a 3840 mAh battery with 20W fast charging support.
--Finally, we can expect the Pixel 5a to ship with Android 12 out of the box.
Pixel 5a India launch
There's very little information about the launch of the Pixel 5a. The only hint about the launch date comes from Jon Prosser (a credible tipster), who says that the device will launch on June 11. We can expect the smartphone to be made available in India soon after the global launch.
Pixel 5a India price
The Pixel 4a turned out to be a successful smartphone due to its affordable pricing. It began at a starting price of Rs 30,000 in India. Now keeping the competition in mind, Google should price the Pixel 5a around the same or less than Rs 30,000.