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Google Announces Mid-Range Pixel 5a with IP67 Rating

by Duey Guison  August 18, 2021

While everyone is eagerly waiting for the all-new Pixel 6 series, Google went on to announce their latest mid-range offering with the Pixel 5a. As the name implies, it is a scaled-down version of the Pixel 5 but offers a few upgrades in certain aspects when compared to the previous-generation Pixel 4a 5G.

Google Pixel 5a 5G Specs:

  • Snapdragon 765G processor
  • 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage
  • 6.34-inch Full HD+ OLED display
  • 12-megapixel f/1.7 main camera with PDAF and OIS, 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera
  • 8-megapixel selfie camera
  • 4G, 5G
  • WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1, in-display fingerprint scanner
  • IP67 rating
  • 4680mAh battery
  • 18w fast charging
  • Android 11

Unlike previous -a models, the Pixel 5a rocks a unibody aluminum body that gives it an IP67 rating, which makes it essentially a pared-down version of the Pixel 5. Design-wise, it looks very identical to the previous-generation Pixel 4a 5G. The internals and cameras remain the same: Snapdragon 765G, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, dual rear cameras (12-megapixel main camera and 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera), and 8-megapixel selfie snapper.

The Pixel 5a, however, has a slightly bigger 6.34-inch OLED display and a 4680mAh battery with 18w charging. There will only be one color, which is Mostly Black. If you want to make the Pixel 5a unique, Google will be offering different silicone cases for it.

The Pixel 5a is available for pre-order in the US and Japan for $449(~Php 22.7k). Currently, you cannot buy it in the Philippines, so those who want the Pixel 5a will need to order abroad.

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    Same cpu as last year. Same camera model as the past few revisions. Gorilla glass 3. And, since no one is pointing out that it has changed, it’s one nano and one esim vs two nano available in most other phones in the midrange. It has sub6 5g, but that is not really widely deployed enough to matter. I really hope they do something much more interesting with the Pixel 6–whose whitechapel cpu is being manufactured by Samsung. They seem content to produce basic models for everyone else to copy and then improve upon. The whitechapel chip is supposed to have all of this great AI capability, but it’s uncertain whether that will do anything truly interesting. Meanwhile, Samsung is iterating on folding devices knocking out issues with each revision. zzz

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