Ahead of a rumored US launch in the fall, Google Pixel 5a mid-range Phone Visit the FCC

Ahead of a rumored US launch in the fall, Google Pixel 5a mid-range Phone Visit the FCC

Tech Highlights:

  • Of the three models displayed, the G1F8F is probably destined for the U.S. market as it supports the most LTE and sub-6GHz 5G bands according to Android Police. According to the FCC, another difference is that only the G1F8F supports CDMA bands — the other two models have CDMA disabled in software/firmware. According to the most recent rumors concerning the Pixel 5a, it might not represent as significant a leap over the Pixel 4a as its name would suggest. According to references in earlier Android 12 Developer Previews, the Pixel 5a will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, the same one used on the Pixel 4a 5G.

  • Google vowed to release a new mid-range smartphone for consumers, even though the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are the most anticipated handsets the firm will release this year. Google unexpectedly decided to affirm months in advance that it was preparing to launch the smartphone later this year for the United States and Japan after a rumour suggested that the Pixel 5a was scrapped for this year. We now know that the Pixel 5a stopped at the Federal Communications Commission on its way to the American market (FCC). In total, three models with sub-6GHz 5G bands—G1F8F, GR0M2, and G4S1M—appeared before the FCC. Google, however, does not support this mid-range tablet.

We hoped that Google would use the newly announced Snapdragon 778G SoC, Qualcomm’s latest mid-range 5G SoC. This 8-core SoC is more performant than the 765G, is built on the 6nm process node, and uses a Snapdragon X53 5G modem. However, if it’s true that performance won’t improve year-over-year, we wonder what Google will do to differentiate the Pixel 5a from its Pixel 4a 5G successor. With that said, if you need more power, the aforementioned Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are expected to bring flagship performance with the Snapdragon 888 SoC along with flagship-worthy features (120Hz QHD+ display, wireless charging, in-display fingerprint reader). If the Snapdragon 888 is a no-go, another rumor claims that Google will use its homegrown Whitechapel SoC. The Pixel 5a and Pixel 6/6 Pro are expected to launch at a Google hardware event this fall.

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