There is no doubt that Google’s next phone is “Pixel 5a”, and the renderings leaked today show that the mid-range phone is almost the same as the Pixel 4a 5G.
Today, OnLeaks (Steve Hemmerstoffer) on “Sound” presents the so-called “Pixel 5a”. The dimensions (156.2 x 73.2 x 8.8 mm) are almost the same as the Pixel 4a 5G, although it is 2.3 mm taller, 0.8 mm narrower, and 0.6 mm thick. It is said that the “one-piece (may be made of plastic) rear panel” is being used, and Pixel 3a and 4a have chosen plastic instead of glass. The only obvious difference seems to be the ridged power button design.
Despite some adjustments to the body, it also has a 6.2-inch OLED FHD+ display with a thicker bottom bezel, destroying the uniformity of the other three sides. There is still a punch-hole front camera in the upper left corner.
The camera system is a significant improvement over the Pixel 4a by jumping to the dual-lens setup, but-again-it is called “the same configuration as seen on the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5”
If “Pixel 5a” eventually becomes the ultimate marketing/release name, it will have an incredibly solid design. In theory, this approach will help reduce Google’s production costs, and the primary goal of a-line is to create affordable entry-level devices.
Although 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage are a good choice, today’s leak does not provide specifications or insights, nor can it say which processor Google will use for the Pixel 5a. A big question is whether the device will have 5G connectivity in view of the strong push in 2020.
In terms of release, the first half of this year is a good choice, because last year’s phones (unless pandemic and production interruption) are likely to be announced in May, just like the Pixel 3a in 2019.
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