Google Announces The $449 Pixel 5a With 5G, 6.34-Inch Display, And More

Google today announced the hot new Pixel 5a with 5G, a device that isn’t the even more exciting Pixel 6 but is perhaps more important. Priced at just $449, this is probably the Pixel most people should be buying. And it looks like they’ll get a very good phone if they do.

The new Pixel obviously has 5G connectivity and is almost identical to the Pixel 4a in terms of looks. Its screen is slightly larger, coming in at 6.34 inches. It’s still a 60Hz 1080p panel, though.

The device now comes in a fetching green color that’s black in some light. Google calls it Mostly Black, and it’s probably accurate there. The body is no longer polycarbonate and is instead a metal unibody construction. That means there’s no wireless charging, unfortunately.

The device comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and IP67 water resistance, while a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage round out the main features.

In terms of cameras, we have the same 12.2-megapixel main camera alongside a 16-megapixel ultrawide shooter. The square camera bump remains, but the laser autofocus is gone. Costs have to go somewhere!

One improvement comes in the shape of the 4,680 mAh battery compared to the much smaller 3,885 mAh of the 4a 5G. Pixels tend to be good on batteries already, so this should be a stellar road warrior device.

Google is selling the Pixel 5a with 5G in the US for $449 right now, with the device shipping on August 26.

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