Last year’s Pixel 5 was somewhat of a disappointment to most of Google’s phone fans, as it went for a budget SoC and kept the flagship-level price, and the launch of the Galaxy S20 FE didn’t help. We are now seeing for the first time an inexpensive version that is expected to launch in a few months and … it looks familiar.
Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known as OnLeaks, has posted an alleged rendered image of the Pixel 5a. No other models were mentioned in the leak, so it’s unclear if Google will use a single ‘A’ device this year (like last year’s Pixel 5), or if this is one of the two phones. Google sold the Pixel 3a in regular and XL sizes, and while there were also two models in 2020, the larger phone had slightly better hardware and was sold as the Pixel 4a 5G.
The measurements of the leaked phone 156.2 x 73.2 x 8.8mm, making it nearly identical in size to the Pixel 4a 5G, 9.1mm taller than the regular Pixel 4 and 4.2mm shorter than the Pixel 4 XL. It also looks almost identical to the Pixel 4a 5G, right down to the left-aligned camera cutout, the 6.2-inch screen, and dual cameras. There is also a headphone jack.
Right now, it’s hard to know how it differs from the Pixel 4a 5G, but we don’t know anything about the internal hardware or pricing yet. If this is the only A-series Pixel we get this year, fans of smaller Pixel phones will definitely be complaining.