Google is still working the Pixel 5a 5G, a phone that in April denied being canceled. The company hinted that its official launch would take place at about the same time of year as the Pixel 4a’s announcement in 2020, that is, in August. That means we’re probably only a few weeks away from the unveiling, and that’s been confirmed by the Pixel 5a’s presence at the FCC today.
The U.S. regulatory agency has issued two separate identifiers for versions of the Pixel 5a, one of which is likely destined for the North American market and another for the rest of the world. The differences between them are summarized in the image below.
It’s about tape support and the lack of CDMA on a model – that would be the global model, as it makes sense to enable CDMA for the US where Verizon operates. Although there are two FCC identifiers, there can actually be three Pixel 5a model numbers (two covered by the same identifier) – G1F8F, G4S1M, and GR0M2.
The FCC list doesn’t reveal any specs we don’t already know, it just reminds us that the launch is probably closer than you think, as such regulatory certification is usually received just a few weeks before launch.
According to past leaks and rumors, the Pixel 5a will be almost identical to the Pixel 4a 5G, and it will be powered by the same Snapdragon 765G chipset. Unlike the 4a generation, the 5a seems to have only one iteration, with this SoC and 5G support of course. So no more pixel affordable only in 4G.
The phone should also have an ultra-wide camera next to its main camera, but there was a rumor that we should expect a higher price than the Pixel 4a. Perhaps this is simply because the 5a is actually the successor to the 4a 5G, which was more expensive than the 4a. We will keep you informed when we know more.
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