While Google has long produced some impressive cutting-edge gadgets, the tech giant’s smartphone market share has always paled in comparison to that of Apple. Google now looks to be changing this, however, with the debut of an incredibly capable 5G smartphone that comes in at under the $500 mark.
Christened the Google Pixel 5a (with 5G), this new surprisingly rugged smartphone boasts a number of important upgrades over its 4a predecessor. On top of an impressive IP67-rating, the 5a packs a larger 6.34” 1080p OLED display, and a bigger 4,680mAh battery pack — a 795mAh bump over the 4a that affords genuine all-day battery life, regardless of how much time you spend on your phone. Elements such as a Snapdragon 765G chipset, 128GB of storage, fingerprint scanner, and camera setup — which consists of a 12.2MP main camera supplemented via a 16MP ultra-wide rear-facing unit and an 8MP selfie cam — all go unchanged from the 4a. Straight out of the box, this Google-made iPhone alternative runs Android 11, and unlike the last several generations of iPhone, this new smartphone features a 1/8” headphone jack. Starting from $449, the Google Pixel 5a will be available for purchase starting on August 26, and unlike most smartphones releases, which are sold through wireless carriers, Google will be offering the Pixel 5a exclusively through its online store.