Bose QuietComfort 45: What that you must know in regards to the leaked noise-cancellers

Headphone brands tend to work in two year cycles, so we were starting to wonder whether Bose were would launch a noise cancelling headphone in 2021. Turns out the Bose QC 45 might be here imminently.

Our initial presumption would have been a replacement for the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, which arrived in 2019.

However, a brand new leak from WinFuture featuring images and specs, along with FCC filings have shown that Bose’s next headphone is not a follow-up the premium Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, but a successor to 2017’s long-standing QuietComfort 35 II in the QuietComfort 45.

So here’s what we know, and what we’re anticipating from the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones.

How much will Bose’s new QuietComfort headphones cost?

Great question. We’re not sure. A recent WinFuture report suggested the US price will be $329. Given the current penchant for swapping the dollar sign for a pound sign (remember we used to get a more direct conversion?), it could be £329 too.

However, the whole thing is complicated by the presence of the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.

The Bose NCH 700 were £350 at the time of their release but have dropped below £300. Given the QC35 II can be had for around £200 at this moment in time (original RRP of £330), would the new QuietComfort headphones undercut the 700s or replace them as the premium option?

At this moment in time we’d assume they’d replace the NCH 700 as the premium option and take the price of £330. Bose could perhaps alternate between releasing the QuietComfort family and Noise Cancelling Headphone range in the years to come.

When will the Bose QuietComfort 45 be released?

A WinFuture report on August 18 said the QuietComfort 45 headphones are likely to go on sale “soon”. Along with that, FCC ‘leaks’ are a fairly accurate indicator that a product release is on the way. In those FCC filings it was found the confidentiality agreement expires on December 1st, which suggests either an announcement or an on sale date before that ends.

There aren’t many major industry events left in 2021 to announce the headphones at – only IFA 2021 and that’s now an all-digital event.

If the new QuietComfort 45 follow the path of the QuietComfort Earbuds/Sports Earbuds, it wouldn’t surprise us if Bose announced the headphones on their terms and released them in September, not long after IFA takes place.

What do the QuietComfort 45 look like?

A new leak from the typically on-the-money WinFuture website gives us a much clearer look at what we can expect from the QuietComfort 45 over-ear headphones whenever they land.

It appears as if the device will retain largely the same design language as the four-year-old predecessor, with larger ear cups and fast access to the power switch via a switch on the right ear cup. The wide headband returns and the headphones will be foldable to fit nearly inside a case.

Image credit WinFuture

The report says marketing materials seen by the site say the headphones will be “shockingly light” thanks to a synthetic leather and glass-filled nylon construction.

The images we’ve seen from the FCC filings also indicate the new QuietComfort headphones won’t be as radical in look as the NCH 700 were.

They have pretty much the same shape and style, though we do hope they’ll have a more modern appearance than previous pairs did, which now look rather outdated.

The pictures show a creamy/ivory finish for the headphones, which differs from the QC 35 II’s current choice of rose gold, silver and black. It does give them a more striking look than before.

They’ll be foldable, something the NCH 700’s design didn’t allow for, and they look to have a generous amount of padding to provide comfort over longer periods.

Otherwise they look similar to previous incarnations, though German website Winfuture did mention the old USB port looks to have been replaced by USB-C, bringing the headphones up to date in terms of charging.

What features will the Bose QuietComfort 45 have?

Considering they’re a successor to the QC 35 II, we can make the assumption they’ll have everything their predecessors did, as well as factor in some upgrades. And then there’s also some stuff we’d like them to have, too.

The report on August 18 from WinFuture says there’ll be 24-hours of battery life from a single charge, which is up four hours on the predecessor. That’s something we’d just love to see Bose deliver on. Arguably you could say that it’s quality over quantity, but Sony has been hitting 30 hours rather comfortably and price-wise that works in Sony’s favour.

The report also claims they’ll be fully recharged by USB-C in 2.5 hours. 15 minutes on charge will give the listener 2.5 hours of playtime, the report says. Of course, run time is highly dependent on whether ANC is switched on.

We are hoping for Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity. It appeared in 2020 and is now appearing in headphones that have recently hit the market. However, WinFuture sources say the headphones will only have Bluetooth 5.1 for wireless connectivity. A 3.5mm jack will remain available, the report said.

In terms of Bluetooth codecs we expect AAC and SBC, unless Bose has a change of heart and adopts aptX. Given other headphones are pushing the likes of aptX-HD and LDAC for higher quality Bluetooth streaming, it’ll be interesting to see if Bose follows suit.

Bose’ noise cancelling prowess has arguably been usurped by Sony, and the likes of Apple’s AirPods Max also put in a robust performance and even Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2 are strong contenders.

What gives us hope about Bose’s next ANC headphone is the performance of their premium true wireless, which in our minds offers the strongest noise cancellation for earbuds – even better than the WF-1000XM4. If Bose can shift that level of performance to the QC45, we could be in for quite a fight.

Google and Alexa voice assistants will surely be integrated, and there ought to be customisable noise cancelling presets available in the Bose Music app, too. From an audio perspective the previous QC35 II weren’t as good as others, so an improvement in this regard would be useful considering Apple, B&W and Sony have pushed audio quality further.

That’s everything we know and would like to see from the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones. We’re expecting another high quality headphone.

iPhone 13: All the pieces it’s worthwhile to find out about Apple's subsequent flagship

It’s August now, meaning we’re just a month away from the time Apple typically unveils its flagship smartphone. Read on to discover everything we know about the iPhone 13 so far.

Traditionally, Apple has held its iPhone launch event in September of each year, making 2020 an anomaly. Last year, the iPhone release was delayed until October but that doesn’t mean there was a shortage of devices at the event.

Last years line up consisted of four models: the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro, the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the very first iPhone Mini, offering a pocket-sized option for those looking for a smaller option.

All four handsets earned four and a half stars from us, with the iPhone 12 in particular offering substantial, Pro-like improvements over Apple’s previous base models.

Nearly a year on, and we’re steadily approaching the launch of the iPhone 12’s successor, the iPhone 13. The latest rumours include a much-improved battery life, new always-on display tech, a portrait mode for video capturing and possibly even the return of Touch ID.

Here’s everything we think we know about the iPhone 13 so far, including when it’s coming out, how much it’ll cost, what specs it has and what the camera looks like. Make sure to bookmark this guide too as we update it in the lead up to the launch event.

Release date – when will the phone launch?

The iPhone 13 is expected to launch toward the end of 2021, in either September or October.

Traditionally, we’d expect Apple to unveil its flagship in September. However, after the pandemic delayed last year’s iPhone 12 to October 13, it’s unclear whether Apple will return to its usual schedule for 2021.

Wedbush analyst Dan Ives (via Barrons) predicts we’ll see an announcement take place on the third week of September. While Ives didn’t give an exact date, Tech Radar did the maths and calculated that, based on Apple’s trend of holding launch events on Tuesdays, we could see the launch take place on September 14, followed by pre-orders opening on September 17 and the device officially shipping out on September 24.

However, during Apple’s Q3 earnings call, chief financial officer Luca Maestri warned investors that the iPhone 13 and the iPad could be impacted by supply constraints in September.

To further complicate things, Apple’s human resources and retail chief Deirdre O’Brien recently announced that the company would push back its deadline for staff to return to the office from early September until at least October (via Bloomberg). The delay, which has been implemented due to the new strains of Covid-19 across the world, might force Apple to delay any in-person events (such as the iPhone launch) until October.

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Specs and features – a 120Hz display, the return of TouchID and an always-on display

120Hz could be on the cardsTouchID to make a comeback Up to 1TB of storage

As far as the display goes, Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech believes the iPhone 13 will be getting an LTPO display, allowing Apple to include a 120Hz refresh rate on its ProMotion screen.

Apple currently uses LTPO tech to allow its Apple Watch 6 to show an always-on display and we’ve seen it used on some newer best Android phones, like the OnePlus 9 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

This rumour has been backed up by the influential analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who asserts both technologies will be coming to some versions of the iPhone 13.

Further evidence for the switch to LTPO comes from a DigiTimes report, which reports both Samsung and LG Display are converting parts of their production into making LTPO displays for Apple. The report (via MacRumors) also states these displays are more efficient, with 15-20% less power required.

Leaker Max Weinbach (via YouTube channel EverythingApplePro) also believes we could see an always-on display this year. Weinbach says the clock and battery icons will be visible on the display even when it’s off. You could also see your incoming notifications this way, with the whole display no longer needing to light up.

Apple could also be revamping its sign in features, with rumours of a return to TouchID alongside the iPhone’s existing Face ID capabilities. On March 12 Barclays analyst Andrew Gardiner added his voice to the choir expecting this to arrive on the iPhone 13.

In a note to investors (via MacRumors), he wrote: “We also view the adoption of fingerprint-under-glass, that likely is added in the 2H21 iPhones, as a structural headwind for additional 3D sensing content at Apple and could be the security feature of the future.”

The under-display fingerprint tech, which has also been reported by the Wall Street Journal, would be especially handy right now as it would give users wearing masks an alternative fast option to sign into their phones and use features like Apple Pay in shops.

Apple is already testing a feature to combat this common issue – and you can try it out right now – but you’ll also need an Apple Watch to use it, so we’re looking forward to the company possibly providing an option that doesn’t require an extra piece of tech.

Don’t get your hopes too high, though. Ming-Chi Kuo has since suggested we may not see under-display Touch ID make an appearance on the iPhone until 2022 (via MacRumors). Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu (via Forbes) have also since reported that Apple has gone back on plans to add an in-display fingerprint reader to the iPhone 13.

Kuo (via Apple Insider) has also suggested that Apple is “aggressively” testing a vapor chamber thermal system to be used in the iPhone, allowing Apple to handle higher thermal loads caused by the adoption of 5G and increased CPU performance. However, as of March 1 2021, Kuo somewhat backed away from those predictions.

Meanwhile, analysts at Wedbush (via 9to5Mac) think that the iPhone 13 line-up could feature a model with 1TB of storage – that’s nearly double the 512GB found in the highest-specced Pro model right now.

However, Trendforce has previously reported that Apple will be sticking with a max capacity of 512GB, going against Wedush’s prediction.

Design – we might finally get a smaller notch

The notch could finally be getting smaller

Both Digitimes (via Forbes) and MacOtakara have suggested that the next iPhone will work to reduce the size of its somewhat dated notch, with the latter also reporting that the phone will be 0.26mm thicker.

iPhone 13there´s a prototype with no notch at all,but -a bit- bigger bezels,meaning the 4 sides are equally biggeror maybe iPhone 14? 🤷‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/xGROzS6BME— Mauri QHD (@MauriQHD) January 28, 2021

More recently, Twitter tipster @MauriGHD shared the above tweet seemingly confirming that Apple has created an entirely notch-less prototype at the expense of larger bezels. However, the leaker also indicated that Apple may not make the leap to fully notch-less until the iPhone 14 in 2022, so we won’t get our hopes up just yet.

The chances we may get a smaller notch seemed to rise in early March thanks to a research note from Ming-Chi Kuo. That would be welcomed, especially if Apple launches an iPhone 13 mini, as the notch on the smaller iPhone 12 handset is particularly abundant.

Research firm TrendForce has also reported that the next iPhone will see a smaller notch. However, the firm also suggested that this will be one of the biggest changes we’ll see, with the four new models operating as more of an “extension” to the iPhone 12 series. TrendForce even reported that the phone may be named the “iPhone 12s” series rather than the iPhone 13, implying a smaller update than we’ve seen in recent years.

Battery – help is on the way!

Larger batteries on the wayFaster wireless chargingApple could ditch the Lightning port

Apple plans to fit the iPhone 13 with much larger batteries, according to many recent rumours and now the reliable Ming-Chi Kuo has chimed in. In a note to investors, Kuo says this year’s models will have physically larger batteries than the iPhone 12.

As we’ve heard from previous leaks, the iPhone 13 range will find room for bigger cells by trimming components in other areas. However, there’ll be no avoiding the iPhone 13 gaining a little weight as a result, Kuo says.

He wrote (via MacRumors): “The new 2H21 ‌iPhone‌ models feature a larger battery capacity than the iPhone 12 series, thanks to the space-saving design of many components. Hence, the new 2H21 ‌iPhone‌ models are also slightly heavier than the ‌iPhone 12‌. The space-saving design includes integrating the SIM card slot with the mainboard, reducing the front optical modules’ thickness, etc.”

It’s not clear how much heavier the iPhone 13 range will be, if larger batteries are deployed, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max already comes in at a girthy 228 grams. It’s also possible the larger batteries won’t have that great an effect on runtime, but with rumours of a 120Hz display, a larger cell might be needed to retain the current pace.

Twitter tipster L0vetodream (via Creative Bloq) claims the iPhone 13 Mini will pack a 2406mAh battery, while the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro will feature 3095mAh batteries and the Pro Max will see the biggest increase with an 18% larger 4352mAh battery.

ZDNet published these numbers and pointed out that the A15 processor is rumoured to reduce power consumption between 15% and 20%, which could also boost the iPhone’s battery life.

Leaker Max Weinbach via EverythingApplePro has suggested that the iPhone 13 will pack larger wireless charging coils on the back, possibly for better heat management or to allow faster wireless charging. While MagSafe can charge at 15w, many of the best Android phones wirelessly charge at far greating speeds than this.

MyDrivers (via MacRumors) has reported that Apple plans to introduce 25W fast charging across the iPhone 13 range, though this would only be a 5W improvement on the iPhone 12’s charging speed. 25W also pales next to the 30W and 65W fast charging offered by some Android competitors.

A larger coil could also allows for additional features, like the wireless reverse charge feature used on many Android phones. This could allow a pair of AirPods to be juiced up on the rear of the iPhone 13. This is a feature rumoured for an upcoming iPad.

No Lightning port?

☝️ yep.One portless iPhone coming next year. Never USB-C. Eventually, they’ll all be portless.— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) May 13, 2020

As with previous models, there are rumours Apple will finally ditch the Lightning port and go completely wireless. Prosser tweeted about a port-less iPhone 2021 last May, suggesting the phones will never adopt USB-C despite pressure from the EU to make the port a universal standard.

In a new note to investors (via MacRumors) Kuo wrote: “If the iPhone abandons Lightning in the future, it may directly adopt the portless design with MagSafe support instead of using a USB-C port. At present, the MagSafe ecosystem is not mature enough, so the iPhone will continue to use the Lightning port in the foreseeable future.”

Camera – an upgraded ultra-wide lens

Better low-light performanceA periscope lensPortrait mode in videos

So, what about the camera?

So far, Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Thomas O’Malley (via MacRumors) have predicted a f/1.8 aperture for the ultra-wide lens in all four iPhone 13 models. This is wider than the f/2.4 aperture found on the iPhone 12 and would offer better low-light performance.

However, Ming-Chi Kuo believes the upgraded ultra-wide lens will only be available on the Pro model.

Kuo (via 9to5Mac) has suggested Apple will introduce a periscope-style lens that’ll offer up to 10x optical zoom without bulking out the body of the phone, following the trend seen in other flagships right now, but this isn’t expected to debut until the iPhone 14 in 2022. The sensor-shift image stabilisation will be carried over from the iPhone 12 Pro Max too, he says.

iPhone 13 and 13 Pro dummies. All 4 sizes still in the running. Camera module placement changed on the regular 13s. Pro Max looks slightly larger pic.twitter.com/RqxNiOfBnb— Sonny Dickson (@SonnyDickson) June 23, 2021

Tipster Sonny Dickson has also tweeted images of supposed iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro dummies that shows off a larger and more diagonal camera module than that found on the iPhone 12.

Bloomburg’s Mark Gurman recently revealed that the iPhone will get three major camera and video-recording features, including a video version of portrait mode, the ability to record higher-quality ProRes videos and a new “filters-like” feature to boost the looks and colours of photos. This is all reportedly according to those familiar with the matter.

According to a report by The Elec (via 9to5Mac), Apple also plans to start procuring camera modules individually this year and assembling them itself to reduce costs.

Nothing ear (1) true wi-fi now on normal sale

After months of hype, Nothing – Carl Pei’s new tech venture – finally unveiled the Nothing ear (1), a pair of affordable true wireless earbuds with a transparent design and claims of offering a premium audio experience.

Reviews have been mixed but we fell on the positive side, calling them “a good set of true wireless headphones, which deliver a strong overall performance and a distinctive design on a relatively modest budget.”

Who are Nothing?

Nothing is a new venture from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, and their first product are the the Ear (1) wireless earbuds. Based in London, Nothing is a company that focuses on merging technology and design with the aim of creating smart tech that ‘removes the barriers between people and technology’.

You can head to their website to find out more about them.

How much does the Nothing ear (1) cost?

From a cost perspective the Nothing ear (1) are relatively inexpensive in the grand scheme of things – $99 / €99 / £99. That’s significantly less than the likes of Apple, Bose and Sony and would mark Nothing’s competition as among those in the budget market.

After a series of limited sales and auctions, the Nothing ear (1) are now available on general sale in 45 countries and regions. You can purchase them at nothing.tech and select retailers, with UK availability in Selfridges, online and in-store.

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What do the Nothing ear (1) look like?

Nothing encouraged much pre-release speculation about what the earbuds would eventually look like. Our first proper view reveals they are distinctive transparent in look – not quite as transparent as some promotional material indicated, but they do feature a stem that’s completely transparent, with the microphones, magnets and circuit board in full view.

The model name is engraved into the earbud’s stem with the colours used a minimalist mixture of red, black and white.

Each earbud weighs 4.7g, features pressure-relieving vents for added comfort and comes with three customisable liquid silicone tips for finding the best fit.

What features do the Nothing ear (1) have?

The Nothing ear (1) boasts up to 34 hours playtime with the case, dropping to 24 hours with noise cancellation on. That’s similar to the Sony WF-1000XM4 and better than the likes of the AirPods Pro and QuietComfort Earbuds.

There’s support for active noise cancellation, which puts them among the likes of the Urbanista London, Amazon Echo Buds 2 and Beats Studio Buds.

The ear (1) use three high definition mics for ANC, with ‘Light mode for moderate noise cancellation and Maximum mode employed for noisier environments. The earbuds’ Transparency mode filters in more of your surroundings, while attention has been paid to calls with the specially developed Clear Voice Technology that aims to reduce background noise.

The case has a 570mAh battery, and fast-charging is supported with a ten-minute charge providing 6 (with ANC on) and 8 (with ANC off) hours of battery. The case also supports wireless charging for those with a compatible Qi wireless mat.

Other features include the ear (1) app, which has Find My Earbud, EQ settings, Gesture Control customisation and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity. In-Ear Detection pauses/plays music when the earbuds are removed from the ear, while there’s fast pairing with Android devices and sweat and water splash resistance of IPX4.

From an audio perspective the earbuds have big 11.6mm driver, with Nothing collaborating with Teenage Engineering to achieve a performance with balanced bass, mid, and treble performance. We found there were not the most bassy of earbuds but did offer precise and detailed reproduction of voices and instruments. There are earbuds with better audio quality, but the Nothing ear (1) are solid performers for their price.

Fitbit Cost 5: All the pieces we learn about Fitbit’s subsequent health tracker

Last year, Fitbit released the Charge 4, a fitness tracker that proved itself a great option for casual joggers and gym-goers alike. Now, we’re seeing early signs of what Fitbit might have in store for the Fitbit Charge 5.

The Charge 4 was a great all-round entry level fitness tracker, offering a long battery life, an SpO2 sensor and built-in GPS tracking. The fitness tracker earned four and a half stars in our review and sits proudly on our list of the best fitness trackers, meaning Fitbit will have a lot to live up to with the Charge 5.

One thing the Charge 4 did lack was local music playback, so we’d love to see this feature available on the Charge 5 so runners can head out the door without having to take their smartphones with them.

Usually, we only see a new Charge launch every two years, which might explain why leaks and speculation about the Charge 5 had been a little light on the ground. However, July and August 2021 have brought along our first glimpses at the rumoured device, suggesting the Charge 5 could come along sooner than expected.

Read on to discover everything there is to know so far about the Fitbit Charge 5, including when we might see it, what it could look like, and what specs we expect it to pack.

Release date – when will the Fitbit Charge 5 launch?

In the past, Fitbit’s Charge devices have been released on a bi-annual basis, starting in 2014 with the original. The Charge 2 arrived in 2016, with the Charge 3 and 4 following in 2018 and 2020 respectively.

It doesn’t take a genius to spot the pattern here, with a 2022 release date seemingly likely. Though the leaked Morgan device in July 2021, if legitimate, does suggest that we may see a device sooner than anticipated – possibly August or October 2021 if past Fitbit release schedules are anything to go by. 

The October date only seems more likely thanks to renders shared by leaker Evan Blass. The images show the supposed fitness tracker with the date “23 Oct” displayed on the screen, making October 23rd a possible contender for the release date. However, this could also be a completely random date used in the renders.

That is all assuming the pictured wearable is A) real, B) ever released, and C) a member of the Charge family.So let’s take a closer look…

Design

This is, according to 9to5Google, the Fitbit Morgan. The site doesn’t guarantee that it’s the Fitbit Charge 5, merely noting that as it’s wider than the recently released Fitbit Luxe, it’s likely “a device in the ‘Charge’ category of trackers, if not the Charge 5 itself.”The device looks less angular than the Fitbit Charge 4, and seems to mimic the smooth, rounded style of more recent devices like the Sense, Versa 3, and Luxe. The bezels look somewhat out of place, however.

Tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks) also shared images of what he claims is the Charge 5 on Twitter in August.

The black model, in particular, looks very similar to the Morgan when shown face on. Like the Morgan, the “Charge 5” shown in the Twitter leak features a rounded rectangular colour display with similar-looking bezels and a width that matches its accompanying band.

However, the more recent images show two long buttons along either side (longer than those on the Charge 4), whereas the Morgan appears to include two smaller buttons at the top on either side. The Twitter leak also showcases the fitness tracker in two more colours aside from the black shade we’ve already seen – pastel blue and pastel pink. The colours appear a lot lighter than the dark Rosewood and Storm Blue models available with the Charge 4.

Generally speaking, Blass’ images share more similarities with the Morgan than they do the Charge 4.

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Specs and features

The biggest change visible from the Fitbit Morgan image and the Twitter leak, once again assuming they’re legitimate, is the upgrade to a colour screen. The previous generations have all been black and white, though a switch to colour certainly seems likely given it’s a change adopted by the Versa series to great acclaim.

9to5Google also says that Morgan supports NFC payments, which is hardly surprising given this was already a feature of the Charge 4. Oxygen saturation (SpO2) and built-in GPS would also be expected, as features already available in the current model.

It seems likely that the Charge 5 will lift some of the wellness features from the Fitbit Sense, too. This is speculation on our part, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see some form of stress monitoring or the ECG sensor making the jump from smartwatch to fitness band with the Charge 5.

Trusted Take

Fitbit’s Versa and Sense lines of smartwatches have been a great success for the company, but not everyone wants the smartwatch form factor. Introducing some of the features from the flagship smartwatches – most notably the colour screen – would be a great way for Fitbit to stake its claim on that section of the market.

Cheap fitness trackers are dime a dozen, but none offer the superb sense of community that the Fitbit app provides. The Fitbit Inspire 2 offers an entry-level experience, so hopefully the Fitbit Charge 5 can provide something more substantial for those who want more functionality without a fully featured smartwatch on their wrist. 

Google Pixel 5a is official, however Brits miss out on mid-range 5G cellphone

The Pixel 4a was one of our favourite cheap phones in 2020, and now the Pixel 5a has arrived to take on the mantle. The mid-range phone has 5G, longer battery life, a larger screen, but remains similar to the 4a.

You don’t often get one of the best cheap phones that also compares to some of the best camera phones on the market, but the Pixel 4a achieved that during our in-depth testing. Now the Pixel 5a is here to build upon that reputation for smartphone fanciers in the US and Japan.

Unfortunately, Brits will have to wait until the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro for new Google-made smartphones, but that doesn’t mean we’re not intrigued by what Google is promising with the Pixel 5a. Let’s delve into the details…

Google Pixel 5a Release Date and Price – Pixel 5a to see limited release

Pixel 5a availability limited to Japan and USACosts from $449 (around £325) on August 26

The  Pixel 5a is coming to the USA and Japan on August 26. So, unless things change it won’t be something you’ll be able to buy in the UK or Europe.

After confirming the 5a’s existence earlier this year, Google has moved quickly in getting it on sale in the selected regions. Why Google has overlooked the UK remains to be seen, but one can only assume sales of the mid-range devices haven’t been good. 

The price is $449 (around £325) is cheaper than last year’s Google Pixel 4a 5G, which was $499/£499. That’s despite a larger display and a better battery. There’s only one option, which offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage, as was the case with the Pixel 4a 5G.

Google Pixel 5a Specs – big battery, same processor

Same Snapdragon 765G processor as Pixel 4a 5GLarger 4,680mAh battery life5G on board

One of the reasons for the slight price drop is the presence of the Snapdragon 765G processor, which also sat within the predecessor. While no-one expected the new Google Tensor CPU, many expected a new Snapdragon chipset to power the phone.

As we mentioned above, the Snapdragon 765 is backed by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The battery life has been boosted significantly though. It’s now 4,680mAh compared with the Pixel 4a 5G’s 3,885mAh. Google says that’ll provide up to two-days of battery life in Extreme Battery Saver mode. That’ll be replenished by the 18W charger.

5G is naturally available with sub-6GHz and mmWave technology both supported, according to Google’s website.

Lastly, this is the first Pixel A phone to offer an IP rating against water and dust resistance. It’s IP67 rated, which means it can survive 30 minutes submerged in shallow water.

Google Pixel 5a Camera 

Same camera set-up as Pixel 4a 5G4K video at 60fps supported

Another reason for the lower price point may be the lack of improvements to the camera system. As we mentioned above, the cameras on the Pixel 4a were excellent, and Google is staying true to that set-up.

The main 12-megapixel and 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle dual cameras on the rear of the device remain the the same, while there’s an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Again, Google is taking an ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ attitude here.

The rear camera can capture 4K video at up to 60fps, while the selfie camera can handle 1080p at 30fps. 

We also know the Pixel 5a won’t have unlimited free uploads to Google Photos, as this is being restricted from Pixel 2 to Pixel 5 and won’t be available on future Pixel devices. Instead, you’ll have to use your own Google Drive storage if you want to keep on storing your snaps in the cloud.

Google Pixel 5a Screen and design

Slightly larger 1080p displayRemains at 60Hz, despite 90Hz rumours

Google has increased the display size slightly. It’s now 6.34-inches, up from the 6.2-inch panel featured within the Pixel 4a 5G. The 2400 x 1080 OLED display remains at 1080p and also provides HDR support. Google is excited about the ability to watch full HD videos using the display, which has a 20:9 aspect ratio. 

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The overall design is largely unchanged, aside from the slightly larger display. The camera arrays remain in the same spots and the build style remains the same. The phone is only available in black right now, but it’s possible Google will add more colours. Google only released one full-time colour for the Pixel 4a and we would like to see a little more variety with this follow-up. However, there are some cute cases, which you can see below.