Google Pixel 5a Price, Release Date, Specs, Rumors, and News

Now that the Pixel 5 is here, the 5a is on its way

Although the Pixel 4a arrived just a month earlier, Google's newest phone followed shortly after. The Pixel 5 works on 5G networks, has a smaller bezel than the Pixel 4, and arrives with Android 11 preinstalled. Now, the Pixel 5a is slated for arrival in 2021.

When Will the Pixel 5a Be Released?

Phone makers are in the habit of confusing us with small iterations to their lineup. This has been true for the Google Pixel and looks to be what will happen with the Pixel 5 lineup as well.

So what is the Pixel 5a? According to Steve H.McFly, it'll look exactly like the Pixel 4a 5G, which is nearly a twin to the Pixel 5. In other words, the Pixel 5 and 5a might be hard to tell apart by just looking from the outside.

It's expected to come with the same 6.2" display, dual-lens camera, and punch-hole selfie camera as the Pixel 4a 5G. If common sense prevails, the 5a won't simply be a replica of a previous phone; there will be something, or more than one thing, that sets it apart. But to be sure, we'll have to wait for more details.

Side note: Google is also releasing the Pixel 6 soonish.

Lifewire's Release Date Estimate

Due to supply chain issues, the phone will have a limited release but will, according to Google, be available this year in the US and Japan along the same timeline as last year's a-series phone. Since the 4a was announced in September, we think the 5a will be confirmed in the same month this year.

Pixel 5a Pre-Orders

Pixel 5a pre-orders will be available once the official announcement about them arrives from Google.

The Pixel 5 and 4a 5G are currently available from Google's online store and a variety of retailers like Verizon and T-Mobile. The phones are available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia.

Pixel 5a Price

The Pixel 5a price is up for conjecture. If pricing for the 4a is any guidance, then the 5a will likely start at the sub $400 level.

The Pixel 5 starts at $699. For comparison, at the launch of the Pixel 5, the Pixel 4 was $799 and the Pixel 4a was $349.

The Latest News About the Pixel 5a

You can get more smartphone news from Lifewire. Here are rumors and other stories about the next Google Pixel:

Pixel 5a Design

Unsurprisingly, the Pixel 5a is rumored to look essentially identical to the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5. With the same punch-hole camera at the top left and a square camera module on the back, it'll likely be hard to tell this phone apart from the last few iterations.

Like other phones with a fingerprint reader, the 5a will probably position it just below and to the center of the camera.

Steve Hemmerstoffer from Voice released speculative photos of the phone back in February:

Pixel 5a renders

OnLeaks / Voice.com

Pixel 5a vs Pixel 4a

It'd be pointless for Google to develop a phone that 100% mimics a previous phone. So, while they might sound similar, we do expect some differences between the Pixel 5a and Pixel 4a. That said, we do expect it to be pretty similar to the Pixel 5.

The Pixel 5 lost Face Unlock and the gesture-sensing technology that the Pixel 4 has, which is due to its edge-to-edge display. Those sensors are housed in the top bezel, which is missing from the Pixel 5. We don't expect this to be any different in the 5a.

The Pixel 4a 5G supports 5G while the Pixel 4 and 4a don’t. The same setup will likely be available with the 5a: one version will be called Pixel 5a (5G) and another will drop support for the next-gen wireless hardware and just work with 4G networks.

Some other improvements we expect include a larger battery for a longer-lasting charge and a little more RAM (bumped up to 8 GB like Pixel 5). Storage capacity will probably remain at 128 GB like the Pixel 4a.

Pixel 5a Specs & Hardware

Below are the anticipated Pixel 5a specs and hardware details. Of course, we'll update this table as leaks surface closer to the release date.

Pixel 5a Specs
Display FHD+ OLED / 6.2 inches
Battery and Charging 4,080mAh / 18W fast charging / Wireless charging
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Memory and Storage 8 GB RAM / 128 GB
Camera 12MP/16MP
Sensors Proximity / Accelerometer / Fingerprint (rear-mounted) / Gyrometer / Compass / Barometer
Buttons and Ports USB Type-C 3.1 / Power button / Volume controls
SIMs Single Nano SIM and/or eSIM
Audio Stereo speakers / Three microphones
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band / Wi-Fi Direct / DLNA / Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD
Network GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
Colors Just Black, Sorta Sage
OS Android 11
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