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Google Pixel 5a Launched With Water Resistance & Lower Price

Google’s latest mid-range smartphone is here, and it’s better than ever. Not only is it the first A-series Pixel device to be water-resistant, it is also quite a bit more affordable than its predecessor.

Retailing at $449 (about RM1,900) in the US, the Pixel 5a is exactly $50 (around RM210) more affordable than the Pixel 4a. It also has an IP67 dust and water resistance, allowing it to be submerged underwater up to 1m for 30 minutes.

Another neat upgrade the Pixel 5a got is a slightly larger display and much bigger battery capacity. It’s now sporting a 6.34-inch 1080p OLED screen with a hole-punch cutout on the top left of the panel for the 8MP selfie camera, and packed with a much bigger 4,680mAh battery, it should offer above average battery life now.

Other specifications of the Pixel 5a include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset – giving it 5G connectivity – a dual camera system (12.2MP primary + 16MP ultra-wide angle), 128GB of internal storage, 6GB of RAM, as well as a rear fingerprint sensor.

It’s also worth noting that this is the last Pixel phone to ship with a charger in the box, so expect the upcoming Pixel 6 to not come with any charger, unfortunately enough.

At the moment, the Pixel 5a is only confirmed to go on sale in the US and Japan on 26 August. As usual, it’s unlikely to be officially available here in Malaysia, though we’re sure parallel importers will bring in the device here eventually.