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Google Pixel 5a 5G Review: the best midranger we can’t get?

Google has introduced the Pixel 5a 5G – again. New compared to the 4a generation are a more powerful battery and IP67 certification. Unfortunately, the smartphone will (initially) not make it onto the German market. The Google Pixel 5a 5G Review is explained below.

  • Google Pixel 5a 5G officially presented
  • significantly stronger battery and IP67 certification
  • unfortunately no launch in Europe yet

Google had at least confirmed the Pixel 5a 5G in April to counter rumors that the smartphone had been canceled. Now the mid-range pixel is really official.

Google Pixel 5a 5G price

After the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a, 5G have blossomed into price tips, we would have been happy about a launch in Germany. For now, however, the Pixel 5a 5G will only be sold in the US and Japan. The market launch in the US will take place on August 26 – cost point: 449 US dollars.

Google Pixel 5a 5G Specs

So what are we missing out on? The display has grown slightly diagonally compared to the Pixel 4a 5G – from 6.2 to 6.34 inches. Google still relies on an OLED panel that is only 60 Hz fast (Hello, 2019) with stretched Full HD resolution. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with 6 GB of RAM works under the hood. There is also 128 GB of memory.


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On the back, there are again two cameras – the main camera with 12.2 megapixels and an ultra-wide-angle camera with 16 megapixels. There is also a very classic fingerprint sensor on the back. And speaking of “very classic”: The Pixel 5a 5G has a 3.5-millimeter jack socket. Finally, on the front, there is a single selfie camera with 8-megapixel resolution. The smartphone will be powered by Android 12.

The Pixel 5a 5G has made a big leap in terms of battery. The power storage now holds 4680 mAh – that is around 800 mAh more than its predecessor. One or two days should definitely be there – with the “Extreme Battery Saver” mode, Google promises 48 hours. According to Google, the Pixel 5a 5G will be the last Pixel to bring a charger – there is an 18-watt power adapter in the box.

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The Google Pixel 5a 5G comes with IP certification. / © Google


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The important thing in Pixel 5a 5G review is you definitely don’t have to worry too much about the right color. There is only the color “Mostly Black” – a black with a green undertone. For this, Google offers a case in four different colors. Now it just has to come to Germany, even if the competition from Xiaomi & Co. is almost overwhelming here. But with the powerful camera and the straightforward concept, the Pixel-a-Smartphones have always been a hot tip in the middle class.

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