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The NS google pixel 5a has finally been formalized as the sequel to the Pixel 4a 5G (not the Pixel 4a, confusingly). And the new phone seems to offer some decent upgrades over last year’s devices, such as an IP67 rating, a larger battery, and a $50 price drop.
Love the idea of this phone, but wonder what other products are on the market? This may not be what Google’s midrangers wanted in the first place. Or do you live outside the two launch markets: US and Japan and want to see what other great low-end phones are out there? Either way, we present the best Google Pixel 5a alternatives.
Our verdict: Google Pixel 5a Review
Best Google Pixel 5A Alternative
1. Google Pixel 4a 5G
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Now that the Pixel 5a is official, one of the more obvious alternatives is its predecessor. Yes, the Pixel 4a 5G is still a great midranger if you can find a good deal. In fact, it has the same Snapdragon 765G chipset as the new Pixel device and a dual rear camera system (12MP native, 16MP ultrawide).
What is the difference? Google Pixel 5A vs Pixel 4A 5G
The Pixel 4a 5G lags behind the Pixel 5a in several areas such as battery size, IP rating and design. Even so, we’re still getting clear Android information, a few Pixel-only software features, and three years of OS updates.
Other notable features include a 3,885mAh battery, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a back-mounted fingerprint scanner. Perhaps the biggest hurdle is that the Pixel 4a 5G has become harder to find.
2. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
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In the past, Samsung’s mid-range phones often lagged far behind their competitors, but the last few generations have been good devices in their own right. In fact, we’d say: the Galaxy A52 5G is one of the better midrange phones in general.
What we thought: Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Review
The A52 5G might not have the most powerful performance, but the Snapdragon 750G barely beats the Pixel 5a’s Snapdragon 765G chipset. It also has a 120Hz OLED screen that matches the Pixel phones’ IP67 rating and should be smoother than the 5a’s 60Hz OLED panel.
Samsung’s phone also features a quad camera system (64MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro, 5MP depth), a 4,500mAh battery with 25W charging, and a 32MP selfie snapper. Throw 3 years OS update we have one of the best Google Pixel 5a alternatives in our list.
3. OnePlus Node 2
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NS OnePlus Node 2 It’s not available in the US, but it’s a great alternative for users who can’t get their hands on the Pixel 5a initially. However, the new Pixel will only be available in two markets. In any case, OnePlus introduced a number of additions and changes to its second mainline Nord phone.
Our verdict: OnePlus Nord 2 Review