Google recently unveiled its latest affordable phone, the Pixel 4a, and while this doesn’t support 5G the company confirmed that a Google Pixel 4a 5G will be landing later this year, and that the upcoming Pixel 5 will also support 5G.
It was light on details about either 5G phone, but it said to expect them “this fall”, which basically means between late September and late December. More specifically though they will probably land in October, because Google tends to launch its main Pixel phones in October.
The company also confirmed that both 5G handsets will be coming to the UK, and that the starting price will be £499. That’s low for a 5G phone, and presumably only applies to the Google Pixel 4a 5G, with the Google Pixel 5 likely to start higher.
Still, it’s a price that would make the Pixel 4a 5G one of the cheaper 5G phones, but not the cheapest. The OnePlus Nord for example starts at just £379, and the TCL 10 5G is just £399.
Similar specs with some changes
That’s all we know for sure about these handsets, but we’d expect the Pixel 4a 5G to have similar specs to the standard Pixel 4a. That phone has a 5.81-inch 1080 x 2340 OLED screen, a 12.2MP single-lens rear camera, an 8MP front-facing camera, 128GB of storage, 6GB of RAM, and a 3,140mAh battery.
However, there will definitely be some differences beyond the addition of 5G, as the Pixel 4a’s Snapdragon 730 chipset doesn’t actually support 5G. So maybe the Pixel 4a 5G will use the slightly more powerful Snapdragon 765G or something.
The Google Pixel 5 meanwhile is sure to be a higher-end handset, though nothing much is known for certain about it. What we can say for sure is that both of these phones will run stock Android, since they’re made by Google, and they’ll likely be among the first handsets to come with Android 11.