Unsurprisingly, Google’s next phone is a “Pixel 5a,” and versions leaked today suggest that the mid-range model will be nearly identical to the Pixel 4a 5G.
OnLeaks (Steve Hemmerstoffer) on Voice today has versions of what is called “Pixel 5a”. The dimensions (156.2 x 73.2 x 8.8mm) are almost identical to the Pixel 4a 5G, although it is 2.3mm taller, 0.8mm narrower, and 0.6mm thicker. It is said that a “single-body rear panel (probably made of plastic)” is being used, with the Pixel 3a and 4a opting for plastic instead of glass. The only noticeable difference appears to be a knurled power button design.
Despite the adjustments to the physical body, it also has a 6.2-inch FHD + OLED screen with a thicker bottom bezel that breaks the uniformity of the other three sides. There is still a perforated front camera in the upper left corner.
The camera system is a noticeable improvement over the Pixel 4a by moving to a dual lens setup, but, again, it is said to be the “same setup seen on the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5” (12.2MP of double pixel and 16 MP ultrawide). Other specifications shared as an A-series phone include the 3.5mm headphone jack and the rear Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor. There are two cutouts for a speaker and a microphone flanking the USB-C port.
This “Pixel 5a”, if that ends up being the final marketing / launch name, would have an incredibly serious design. This approach, in theory, would help lower Google’s production costs, with the overall goal of the a line of creating an affordable input device.
Today’s leak offers no specs or information on which processor Google will use to power the Pixel 5a, although 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is a safe bet. A big question is whether this device will feature 5G connectivity given the big push in 2020.
In terms of launch, the first half of this year is a safe bet, as last year’s phone, barring the pandemic and production disruptions, would likely have been announced in May, just like the Pixel 3a of 2019.
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