Google’s $449 Pixel 5A with 5G is the second major Pixel announcement this year, hot on the heels of the Pixel 6 teaser earlier this month. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor that powers a 6.34-inch OLED display. The phone also has IP67 water- and dust-resistance.
So while Google’s highest-end Pixel 6 and 6 Pro phones will include the new in-house Tensor chip, the 5A (as I’ll call it from now on) will have more in common with last year’s Pixel 4A 5G. For Pixel fans with deeper pockets, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro’s chip and redesign could be exciting, but this Pixel likely will be shooting for a more budget-conscious crowd.
For the value, it’s hard to not like what Google has done with the Pixel 5A. The only real thing holding it back is Google’s inability to commit to supporting upcoming 5G networks that are set to start coming online in a few months.