Ahead of the high-end Pixel 6 and 6 Pro launching this fall, Google today launched its latest entry-level smartphone with the Pixel 5a with 5G. The new iPhone SE competitor brings an all-metal body, high-capacity battery, headphone jack, and more alongside the next-gen cellular connectivity.
At the beginning of August, Google showed off the upcoming flagship Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Those devices will compete head-on with the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro and come with Google’s first custom SoC.
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And ahead of those new premium devices, Google has launched its latest budget smartphone with the addition of 5G connectivity and more. It’s priced $50 above the $399 that Apple’s iPhone SE goes for, however, the Pixel 5a with 5G includes things like a larger 6.3-inch display (4.7-inch on iPhone SE) and headphone jack.
Another selling point is the biggest battery ever put in a Pixel smartphone – 4680mAh. That’s over 2.5 times bigger than the 1821mAh capacity of the iPhone SE battery. And an upgrade coming from previous Pixel devices is a full-metal body with the 5a. All of that means a compelling package at just $449.
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As for the next-gen iPhone SE, it is expected to come with 5G and an upgraded processor in the first half of 2022.
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the 2022 iPhone SE with 5G would retain the same 4.7-inch screen and overall design as the current model. But we could see the iPhone SE shift to a hole-punch design display in 2023.
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