Keep in mind that the 6.34-inch handset earned glowing reviews at its $449 MSRP, arguably delivering some of the best bang for your buck among the top phones under $500 right now. We’re talking 5G speeds, decent processing power, outstanding camera performance (for that price bracket), stellar battery life, and above all of course, unrivaled software support. Upgraded to Android 12 from day one of commercial availability, the mid-end device is guaranteed to receive another two timely OS promotions in 2022 and 2023, and depending on exactly when Android 15 will be released in 2024, the Pixel 5a 5G could well get that distant goodie pack too alongside the Pixel 7 and 8.
The 5G-enabled Pixel 5a was rumoured to have been cancelled entirely at one point, but it was instead released in a limited number of markets back in August. The Snapdragon 765 mid-ranger was quickly forgotten by many Android purists as the surprisingly affordable Pixel 6 entered the picture in October, but it returned to the spotlight during Google’s extended Black Friday 2021 celebrations. While the year’s busiest shopping days are obviously over, the unlocked Pixel 5a with 5G is once again available at a discounted price from the official US Google Store. The $399 price also happens to be the same as a $50 discount from a few weeks ago, and while that may not seem like much, it is clearly the most you can save.
Coated in a single black hue, the stock Android-running smartphone is definitely not a looker, but the all-aluminum build makes it feel nice and sturdy in the hand while essentially guaranteeing long-time durability as well. Somewhat surprisingly, the revived Pixel 5a 5G Google Store holiday promo is technically scheduled to run all the way through December 26, although depending on demand, the search giant’s presumably limited inventory could be wiped out a lot sooner. In other words, you may want to hurry, especially if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas and timely delivery by then. For now, you can also take advantage of free two-day shipping with promo code “2DAYHOLIDAY”, but something tells us that’s not going to last very long.