Pixel 5 vs Pixel 5a 5G

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The Pixel 5 was released in September 2020, and the Pixel 5a 5G was released in August 2021. Typically, upgrading to a newer smartphone results in improvement, but in this case, you would be going from a flagship model to a mid-range model, so there will be some similarities. For example, each of these smartphones is powered by a Snapdragon 765G processor with the Titan M security module, Pixel Imprint, and 128GB of storage space. They also each have Adreno 620 graphics, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a dual rear camera array with a 12.2MP dual-pixel lens and a 16MP ultra-wide lens. Choosing this upgrade path would result in a larger display (6.0” to 6.3”), an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance, and a larger 4680 mAh battery with Extreme Battery Share.

Price Comparison

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 5a 5G Pricing

Pixel 5 prices start at $185, which is cheaper than the Pixel 5a 5G low price of $293.

Specs Comparison

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Size

Size Pixel 5 Pixel 5a 5G
Width 70 mm 2.8 inches 73 mm 2.9 inches
Height 145 mm 5.7 inches 156 mm 6.2 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches 9 mm 0.4 inches
Weight 151 g 5.3 ounces 183 g 6.5 ounces

Camera

Camera Pixel 5 Pixel 5a 5G
Primary 12.2 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024 4032x3024

Screen

Display Pixel 5 Pixel 5a 5G
Resolution 1080x2340 1080x2400
Screen Size 151 mm 5.9 in 161 mm 6.3 in
Pixels Per Inch 437 ppi 418 ppi

Battery

Battery Pixel 5 Pixel 5a 5G
Capacity 4000 mAh 4680 mAh
Longevity 48 hours hours
USB USB-C USB-C

Processing

Processor Pixel 5 Pixel 5a 5G
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G SM7250-AA (Nairo) Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G SM7250-AA (Nairo)

Color Choices

Pixel 5

Available in 2 colors:

  • Black
  • Sage

Which Pixel 5 color should you buy?

Pixel 5a 5G

Available in 1 color:

  • Black

Which color Pixel 5a 5G is the most popular?

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 5a 5G Colors

Both the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5a 5G share one color: Black. However, the Pixel 5 does away with Sage, previously seen on the Pixel 5a 5G.

Storage Options

Pixel 5

Choose from 1 storage option:

  • 128GB

Which Pixel 5 storage should I buy?

Pixel 5a 5G

Choose from 1 storage option:

  • 128GB

Which storage Pixel 5a 5G is the most popular?

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 5a 5G Storage

Both the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5a 5G share one storage option: 128GB.

Reviews

Pixel 5

38 reviews 4.8 stars

Pixel 5a 5G

No reviews at this time

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 5a 5G Reviews

The Pixel 5 is rated by users at 4.8 of 5.0 stars. Review data for Pixel 5a 5G is not available at this time.

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