Google has announced the Pixel 5a with 5G, an A-series Pixel smartphone designed for users who seek the vanilla Android experience but are on a tighter budget than those who can afford to splash out on its upcoming premium Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro models. Arriving on August 26 and available to pre-order beginning today, Google’s Pixel 5a costs only $449—$50 cheaper than its Pixel 4a with 5G predecessor.
As revealed by Google in its announcement post today, the Pixel 5a with 5G is the first A-series Pixel device to feature IP67 water and dust resistance. This means that the Pixel 5a shouldn’t have a problem against harsher environments, as it’s totally protected against dust and can withstand being immersed in water to some extent.
Google’s Pixel 5a with 5G also features a high-performing dual-camera system with a rear-facing ultrawide lens that captures “a huge field of view.” The camera system is complemented by a Portrait Light that lets users get a better exposure, as well as Cinematic Pan and Night Sight features that keep video steady and allow users to capture low-light images more easily.
As for battery life, Google says that the Pixel 5a with 5G uses a battery that can provide up to 48 hours of use on a single charge when functions such as Extreme Battery Saver are engaged. Other hardware specifications include Snapdragon 765G 5G SoC, Titan M security module for on-device security, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, and a 6.34-inch OLED bezel-less screen.
Pixel 5a with 5G is available for pre-order today in the U.S. and Japan on the Google Store. In the U.S., Google Fi offers the Pixel 5a with 5G for pre-order at full price or through its phone subscription program, which includes the phone and device protection for just $15/mo. The unlocked phone works on all major carrier networks in the U.S. and Japan.
On August 26, the Pixel 5a with 5G will start shipping from the Google Store, as well as via Google Fi in the U.S. and SoftBank in Japan.