Pixel 5a

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Pixel 5a
SloganAll the goods. At a great value.
Compatible networksGSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+, CDMA EVDO Rev A, WCDMA, LTE, LTE Advanced, 5G
First releasedAugust 26, 2021; 2 years ago (2021-08-26)
Availability by region
August 26, 2021
  • United States
  • Japan
DiscontinuedJuly 21, 2022; 21 months ago (2022-07-21)
PredecessorPixel 4a
SuccessorPixel 6a
RelatedPixel 5
Form factorSlate
DimensionsH: 154.9 mm (6.10 in)
W: 73.7 mm (2.90 in)
D: 7.6 mm (0.30 in)
Mass183 g (6.5 oz)
Operating systemOriginal: Android 11
Current: Android 14
System-on-chipQualcomm Snapdragon 765G
CPUOcta-core, (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
GPUAdreno 620
Memory6 GB LPDDR4X
Storage128 GB UFS 2.1
Removable storageNone
SIMNano-SIM and eSIM
Battery4680 mAh
Charging18 W fast charging
DisplayFHD+ 1080p OLED, 2400 × 1080 resolution (20:9 aspect ratio)
Gorilla Glass 3, HDR
6.34 in (161 mm), 415 ppi
Rear cameraSony Exmor IMX363 12.2 MP, 1.4 μm with f/1.7 lens (wide), Dual Pixel Phase autofocus and optical image stabilization + 16 MP (ultrawide), 1.0 μm with f/2.2 lens, 107°, Electronic image stabilization
4K at 30/60 fps, 1080p at 30/60/120/240 fps, 720p at 30/60/240 fps
Front camera8 MP with f/2.0 lens and 84° lens, fixed focus, 1080p at 30 fps, 720p at 30 fps, 480p at 30 fps
ConnectivityWi-Fi 5 (ac/n/g/b/a) 2.4 + 5.0 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, NFC, GPS (GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS)
Data inputsUSB Type-C
Water resistanceIP67, up to 1 m (3.3 ft) for 30 minutes
OtherTitan M security module
WebsiteGoogle Pixel 5a with 5G

The Pixel 5a, also known as the Pixel 5a with 5G, is an Android smartphone designed, developed, and marketed by Google as part of the Google Pixel product line. It serves as a mid-range variant of the Pixel 5. It was officially announced on August 17, 2021 via a press release and released on August 26.[4][5]


Design and hardware[edit]

The Pixel 5a is built with an aluminum body and Gorilla Glass 3 for the screen. The device is available in a single color, Mostly Black. The housing has a thick coating of plastic, while the power button is textured. The back houses a capacitive fingerprint sensor centered below the camera lens. It has stereo loudspeakers, one located on the bottom edge and the other doubling as the earpiece, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. A USB-C port is used for charging and connecting other accessories.[6]

The Pixel 5a uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G system-on-chip (consisting of eight Kryo 475 cores, an Adreno 620 GPU and a Hexagon 696 DSP), with 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of non-expandable UFS 2.1 internal storage. The Snapdragon 765G allows for standard 5G connectivity, however only "sub-6" networks are supported.[1]

The Pixel 5a has a 4680 mAh battery, and is capable of fast charging at up to 18 W. It has an IP67 water protection rating, an upgrade over its predecessor which lacked water protection.[1]

The Pixel 5a features a 6.34-inch (161mm) 1080p OLED display with HDR support. The display has a 20:9 aspect ratio, and a circular cutout in the upper left hand corner for the front-facing camera.[1]

The Pixel 5a includes dual rear-facing cameras located within a raised square module. The wide 28 mm 77 °F/1.7 lens has the Sony Exmor IMX363 12.2-megapixel sensor, while the ultrawide 107 °F/2.2 lens has a 16-megapixel sensor; the front-facing camera uses an 8-megapixel sensor. It is capable of recording 4K video at 30 or 60 fps.[1]


The Pixel 5a shipped with Android 11 and Google Camera 8.2 at launch, with features such as Call Screen and a Personal Safety app. It is expected to receive 3 years of major OS upgrades with support extending until August 2024.[7] It is the first Pixel phone not to ship with unlimited storage in high definition on Google Photos.[8] In October 2021, the Pixel 5a was updated to Android 12, in August 2022, the Pixel 5a was updated to Android 13,[3] and in October 2023, the Pixel 5a was updated to Android 14.

Known issues[edit]

  • The Pixel 5a overheats when recording 4K 60 fps videos.[9] It can only record 4 minutes of 4K video (or 30 minutes of 1080p video) before it shuts down. Google continues[when?] to investigate the overheating issue.[10]
  • There are touchscreen issues with the bottom half of the display. Google is[when?] investigating them.[10]
  • The Pixel 5a is acknowledged to have a high incidence rate of motherboard failures, causing power issues resulting in a blank or black screen. As a response, Google Pixel implemented an extended 1 year repair warranty for this problem in the 5a beyond the standard 1 year Google Hardware Warranty.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Pixel 5a with 5G Tech Specs - Google Store". Google Store. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  2. ^ GSMArena. "Pixel 5a 5G".
  3. ^ a b "Driver Binaries for Nexus and Pixel Devices". Google Developers. November 8, 2022. Archived from the original on November 29, 2022. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  4. ^ Johnson, Allison (August 17, 2021). "Google Pixel 5A comes with a bigger battery and screen, smaller price tag". The Verge. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  5. ^ Amadeo, Ron (August 17, 2021). "The Google Pixel 5a is $449, adds a bigger screen and water resistance". Ars Technica. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  6. ^ Amadeo, Ron (September 1, 2021). "Google Pixel 5a review: "Which Android phone should I buy?" This one". Ars Technica. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  7. ^ "Learn when you'll get Android updates on Google Pixel phones & Nexus devices - Pixel Phone Help".
  8. ^ Hager, Ryne (August 17, 2021). "The Pixel 5a won't have unlimited high-quality Google Photos backups". Android Police. Archived from the original on August 17, 2021. Retrieved April 4, 2022.
  9. ^ Blumenthal, Eli (August 19, 2021). "Google's new Pixel 5A phone has an overheating problem". CNET. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Schoon, Ben (August 30, 2021). "Google is looking into Pixel 5a video overheating issues and touchscreen problems". 9TO5GOOGLE. Retrieved May 14, 2024.
  11. ^ "1-year extended repair program for Pixel 5a (5G)". support.google.com. May 14, 2024. Retrieved May 14, 2024.

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