Google has launched its affordable offering for this year, the Google Pixel 5a. The Google Pixel 5a 5G comes as a successor to last year’s Google Pixel 4a 5G and comes with a bigger display, bigger battery, dual cameras, and more improvements over its predecessor. The Pixel 5a 5G will go on sale starting August 26 in the United States and has been priced at $449 (roughly Rs 33,400). The Google Pixel 5a 5G is the fist A-series Pixel smartphone that comes with IP67 water and dust resistance. The Pixel 5a 5G, as rumoured earlier, will also have the biggest battery ever seen on a Pixel device and comes with several features like Adaptive Battery that further improve battery life.

There’s no change to the processing or memory specs from the 4A 5G: the Pixel 5A uses the same Snapdragon 765G chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Apps open quickly, and I didn’t notice any significant delays or hiccups going about my daily tasks and social media scrolling.

Complex image processing tasks are also carried out in a second or two, and that happens in the background so you can keep taking portrait mode photos without having to wait for every frame to finish processing. As someone who takes too many portrait mode photos of her cat in hopes of getting just the right shot, I truly appreciate that.


The jump in battery life compared to its predecessor is a bigger story for the Pixel 5A. It gets a 4,680mAh cell compared to the 4A 5G’s 3,885mAh. That’s much closer to the 5,000mAh batteries that are common among the competition. Google calls it “all day” performance, with up to 48 hours of stamina if you turn on extreme battery saver.

I got better results in my real-world testing — a day of moderate use including around three hours of screentime typically drained it down to only 70 percent. Heavy users should comfortably get a day out of the battery, and if you’re a lighter user who spends more time on Wi-Fi, you can expect to get 48 hours even without battery saver enabled.

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