Google Pixel 5 vs Google Pixel 5a: Between the Google Pixel 5 of last year 2020 vs the latest Google Pixel 5a, which one should you buy? What are the key differences and similarities between these two smartphones? Let’s find out below.

Google Pixel 5a 5G Key Specs

  • 6.34″ FHD+ OLED Display
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 128 GB ROM
  • 12 + 16MP
  • 8 MP selfie
  • Snapdragon 765G 5G
  • Android 11
  • 4,680 mAh battery (18W)

Google Pixel 5 5G Key Specs

  • 6.0″ FHD+ OLED Display (90Hz)
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB ROM
  • 12 + 16MP
  • 8 MP selfie
  • Snapdragon 765 5G
  • Android 11
  • 4,080 mAh battery (18W)

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The Google Pixel 5a screen may be bigger but the Pixel 5 gives a better display experience because of the 90Hz refresh rate enabled.

Pixel 5a has a 6.34-inch FHD+ OLED touchscreen, but with no high refresh rate available. Whereas the Pixel 5 brings a 6.0-inch FHD+ OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate enabled.

Both smartphones are water and dust resistant, however the Google Pixel 5 is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 making it more durable.


When it comes to photography and videography, both are equal. The Camera setup and quality of both devices remain unchanged. A 12MP main cam and 16MP ultrawide lens. While upfront is an 8MP selfie camera. The 12 MP main sensor has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and can record video in 4k resolution.

Simply put, these two Pixel devices are camera capable.

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Performance | Storage | RAM | 5G

Sitting at the helm of both devices is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G chipset. However, while the Pixel 5 is paired with 8GB RAM and 128 GB storage. The Pixel 5a being a midrange device is paired with 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage. So, here the Pixel 5 is superior when it comes to multitasking and RAM management.


Software wise, both smartphones run Android 11 out of the box. And many years of major OS upgrade is guaranteed for both devices.


Perhaps one of the key difference between the Google Pixel 5a and the Google Pixel 5 is the battery capacity. The Pixel 5a packs a 4,680 mAh capacity with 18W fast charge support.

While the Pixel 5 had 4,080 mAh battery capacity with 18W wired fast charge, a 12W wireless charging and 5W Reverse charging.

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Pixel 5a is more budget friendly, it is priced $449 because it is a midrange device from Google.
While Google Pixel 5 price is $629. The Pixel 5 is more expensive being a flagship smartphone from Google.


The Pixel 5 is the better smartphone of these two. It is more expensive, yes, but that’s because it brings flagship features (90Hz, HDR10+ and wireless charging) that you won’t see on the Pixel 5a midrange.

So if I’m to score both these two devices by percentage. I’ll score the Pixel 5a 5G (44%) while the Google Pixel 5 5G gets (56%)

Where to buy Google Pixel 5
Buy Google Pixel 5Price
Buy From Amazon UK£739
Buy From Amazon US$999
Buy From Amazon Germany€800
Where to buy Google Pixel 5

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