Google announces the Pixel 5a 5G, a new mid-range smartphone

Google has introduced its new upcoming smartphone – the Pixel 5a, a mid-range device set for release in a little over a week from now in the US and Japan. The Pixel 5a is a mid-range follow-up to last year’s Pixel 5, and the next model in Google’s cheaper Pixel series (characterised by the ‘a’ after the model number).

Google’s mid-range phones often receive high praise in terms of price and performance, so it’ll be interesting to see how well-received the Pixel 5a will be. Notable features of the Pixel 5a include its IP67 rating (indicating water and dust resistance), its 2400×1080 OLED display, and its price tag ($499 USD, so about $614 in Australia). The Pixel 5a will likely be announced for sale in Australia sometime in the near future.

Let’s jump into the full specs of the Google Pixel 5a.

The Google Pixel 5a smartphone

Google Pixel 5a: Specs and features

Google’s Pixel 5a smartphone is coming soon, and will likely be widely available in Australia sometime down the track (like the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a before it). The Pixel 5a is a budget-oriented smartphone, including some impressive specs internally, and sitting at a firm mid-range price point.

Keep in mind though that the Pixel 5a certainly is a mid-range smartphone, and that if you’re used to the screen quality and features of high-end smartphones like the iPhone 12 or the Galaxy S21, you might be disappointed by what the 5a lacks; in particular, processing capability, a faster refresh rate and fast charging.

That being said, the Pixel 5a will likely be a more than capable smartphone, and despite its price tag, is also carrying an IP67 rating, meaning it is somewhat water and dust resistant – a feature commonly avoided by budget and mid-range smartphones.

Compared to the Pixel 5, the Pixel 5a includes a larger battery and a slightly bigger screen (by 0.34 inches), although it lacks the Pixel 5’s Smooth Display technology and has less RAM (only 6GB compared to the Pixel 5’s 8GB).

Google Pixel 5a: quick specs

  • 6.43-inch OLED display, 60hz refresh rate
  • 8-megapixel selfie camera
  • 12.2-megapixel wide, 16-megapixel ultrawide cameras
  • Fingerprint sensor on the back
  • Android 11 operating system
  • 4,680mAh battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G processor
  • Adreno 620 GPU
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 5G connectivity

Prices and availability

Unfortunately, we don’t know right now when the Google Pixel 5a will be making its way to Australia, so it’s only available in the US and Japan as of August 26. The Pixel 5a will start at $499 USD ($614 AUD) and will likely be available from a wide variety of online and physical retailers. The phone is only available in a Black finish.

Should I get the Google Pixel 5a?

Although the Google Pixel 5a is officially releasing on August 26, we don’t know when it’ll be coming to Australia. It’s difficult to say if it’s worth waiting for or not, so instead of putting all your hopes on the Pixel 5a, why not consider another cheap smartphone for now instead?

Plenty of smartphones around the Pixel 5a price point exist that are definitely worth your consideration – in particular, the Samsung Galaxy A42 5G ($599), the Nokia X20 5G ($599) and the Realme 7 Pro ($599). There are already so many different cheap phones out there from manufacturers like OPPO, Vivo and TCL, so don’t feel like you have to get the next Pixel 5a.

While you’re shopping around for a new smartphone, consider picking up a new postpaid or prepaid plan too. If saving money is your priority, it’s worth having a browse through phone plans from time to time to make sure you’re saving as much money as possible. Data inclusions and extras are always changing, so you could end up with a bargain. You can find plans in the table below.

Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use Canstar Blue’s phone plan comparison tool to see a wide range of plans on offer from mobile providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

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