Undoubtedly Google is the top search enginer in the world. But in the realm of phone industry, Google has many tough competitors. Though claining exorbitant prices, Google phones got reputations for their stunning performances. Google's Pixel 5a 5G was released on August 26, 2021. It was first marketed in Japan and the US. Since its release, Pixel 5a 5G has been in the middle of gossip among phone lovers all around the world. In design and performance, the phone shares some similarities to its ancestor Pixel 4a 5G. Let's see what does it offer.
Google Pixel 5a 5G Full Review
The Google Pixel 5 is the only phone in a span of a long time to implement a metal back. The industry has become more glass-oriented in recent years to allow for improved signal transmission. The metal cover all around the sides creates an all-in-one style that is also uncommon today. The metal can endure much more resistance to harm, whether from everyday wear, hit and tear, or severe drops.
The metal has a matte surface, giving it a more polycarbonate-like feel than conventional aluminum frames. Its material is intriguing yet unappealing. Not to mention, it provided us with a more secure hold on the phone.
Not every element of the tiny format is flawlessly designed. For instance, the metal-lock button and volume adjuster on the right of the phone protrudes slightly from the body. It requires a little more effort to press these buttons.
The front of the phone is dominated by a 6.34-inch OLED display with a hole punch. The resolution is 2,400 by 1,080 pixels, with a density of 413ppi. Color fidelity is superb, with a high contrast ratio and dark, inky blacks. The viewing aspects are good, and the display is bright enough to use outside. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Pixel 5a 5G will dishearten the users with its poor refresh rate. While surfing the internet or app library the users might experience stuttering associated with its 60Hz display.
The Pixel 5a has the same excellent camera module as the costlier Pixel 5. There are two cameras on the phone's rear side. Its main sensor features a 12.2MP (f/1.7)lens. It has useful features like autofocus with dual-phase detection, optical and electronic image stabilization. The 16 MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide lens offers a field of view of 107 degrees but lacks OIS and EIS.
As expected, the Pixel 5a's pictures are similar to its predecessor Pixel 5. While the Pixel 5a lacks high-resolution sensors, it comfortably outperforms its midrange rivals and gives flagships a run for their money.
The 12.2MP main sensor works well in all lighting situations. The Pixel 5a produces clear pictures with great depth of field in the daytime. The texture is lush, and the color accuracy is flawless.
The rear lens's video recording rate is limited to 240 frames per second in 1080p and 60 frames per second in 4K.
The 8MP front lens has an aperture of f/2.0. The front camera works well in almost all lighting conditions. Selfies are clear and accurate in terms of color and exposure. In portrait mode, depth mapping work is appreciable.
Performance, Software, UI
The Pixel 5A 5G operates through a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 7nm SoC. This device is supported by 6GB of RAM. The storage capacity is 128GB, with about 111GB of storage accessibility out of the box. This phone has no microSD card slot.
The performance of the Pixel 5a is quite impressive. It is capable of handling whatever job is thrown at it. When multitasking with hundreds of Chrome windows open, apps launch instantly, and there is no latency. Even Night Mode pictures that took a bit of time to process on the Pixel 4a 5G run easily on the 5a.
The Pixel 5a excels in gaming. During testing, this phone showed no problems while playing Genshin Impact and Alto's Odyssey for a few hours. Both games loaded fast, with no latency or missed frames.
The Pixel 5A does share the same Snapdragon mobile platform, storage and RAM as the Pixel 5.
Battery and Charger
The 5A battery is the biggest Pixel battery yet at 4,685mAh. It lasted almost 12 hours before shutting down in our battery drain test, streaming HD movies over Wi-Fi at maximum brightness. The battery would probably survive for a day without charging if the phone is used more sparingly.
A rapid charging 18W charger is included in the package. Wireless charging isn't included, which is a bummer.
Price in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, the phone is available unofficially. The powerful 4GB, 64GB model is unofficially priced at BDT 55,000 in the local market. 1 INR = 1 BDT is the exchange rate used here.
The Google Pixel 5a 5G phone can be a fantastic upper-midrange option that is well worthy of a good name. It boasts a standard processor, sharp OLED display, long battery life, and good camera features.
In fact, it's difficult to find significant flaws in the Pixel 5a. Though this Google phone lacks wireless charging and a high refresh rate display, it runs well and has the same sturdy build quality as the more costly Google Pixel 5. Users who are looking for a 5G phone with exceptional performance for the price, can consider Google Pixel 5A.