Google Pixel 5A: Spot the Difference!

Published on Aug 17, 2021
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Pixel 5A vs Pixel 4A 5G. A budget smartphone refresh for the history books.
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Phone provided by Google for review.


Marques Brownlee
  • SB N

    SB N

    3 hours ago

    Only real competition is iPhone SE

  • Alessio


    Day ago

    Good Lord google pls europe ahhhhhhhhhh

  • Chandula samarasinghe

    Chandula samarasinghe

    2 days ago

    That's will be a good idea to continue A series with tensor chip.

  • Lala Land

    Lala Land

    2 days ago

    I like your colorful rug

  • PC Master Race

    PC Master Race

    3 days ago

    Recently bought a pixel 3 brand new, performs similarly as a pixel 5

  • JaySaur


    3 days ago

    The 5a 5g release was perfectly timed for me. I wanted (well needed honestly, I've been running off a gifted obsolete s7 for two years now, ugh) a phone with a great camera that does the essentials and will have support as long as possible as up till now I'd largely used hand-me-downs with limited future update support. I'm not interested in paying extra for the pixel 6 due to my own budget and even a pixel 6a I imagine is going to be around a 600-700 dollar device at a low estimate. I'm very excited for their success though and I hope the pixel 6 manages to compete with the devices it's trying to compete with so that google can keep putting out better and better budget and mid-ranged models for us normies and people who don't want to rely on financing and credit for phones. I see the pixel 5a 5g lasting me 4-5 years with how I treat devices and with the proposed EOL and the care program, but I'd love for them to be successful enough with the Pixel 6 and their own cpu architecture to have tempting budget friendly upgrades to offer me before then.

  • ujwal shetty

    ujwal shetty

    3 days ago

    Hope pixel series will make a re-entey into indian market..

  • Douglas Chan

    Douglas Chan

    3 days ago

    I'm on a 4a and my photos beat all my iPhone Samsung friends consistently. I think Google has just done phones too well. Everything works.

  • goodfella


    4 days ago

    So excited for the 6! Must be a huge release.

  • Afterlife Voices

    Afterlife Voices

    5 days ago

    I am 68 years old, and this is my first phone. I live in California and tested it by calling my sister in Ohio. I spoke with my sister for an hour ( yeah, I know ), the call was loud and clear the entire time. Great phone

  • NotNormal29


    5 days ago

    Was looking forward for a Pixel 5a review, got an ad for the Pixel 6 instead. Thanks.

  • Santosh Sethi

    Santosh Sethi

    5 days ago

    5G mmWave that 4a 5G have but not including in 5a 5G

  • Loretta _

    Loretta _

    6 days ago

    I guess they'd already signed contracts that would cost too much to get around 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • ZXC Muzix

    ZXC Muzix

    7 days ago

    dont forget apple iphone, they are making us play the same game, spot the difference xD

  • Daniel Martin

    Daniel Martin

    7 days ago

    Well, I just ordered one. The second I saw it was available, I ordered it. I have an old 3a XL that is starting to get tired. One thing I have to say is that even though the specs are just like the 4A that's partly because the 4A was packed with features. For that cost, the RAM and everything is just incredible.

  • Andrea Victoria Vela

    Andrea Victoria Vela

    7 days ago

    what about google Fi?

  • JCS


    7 days ago

    Looks very very cheap

  • Fernando L. R.

    Fernando L. R.

    8 days ago

    I need those wallpapers 🥲

  • Marco C. Duran

    Marco C. Duran

    8 days ago

    450 is budget now? I bought my OnePlus 6T for 499 5-6 months after it released and it was considered a high-end phone 😮 Gonna have to make it last another year I need to save up lol

  • Rishi M

    Rishi M

    8 days ago

    Better strategy should have been to release more vibrant colours for the 4a itself, skipping the new 'a' launch completely

  • Louis Franco Jr.

    Louis Franco Jr.

    9 days ago

    I'm currently using the Pixel 4a 5G and there are things that are frustrating about it. Especially the overheating issue when livestreaming or just living in California during the summer. So the Pixel 6 sounds really tempting. Even this 5a sounds tempting cuz of the bigger battery and waterproofing. But I'm wondering if I should just wait until the Pixel 6a that will hopefully be running on the Tensor chip as well. Thanks for the informative video once again!!!

  • Little Lego Side

    Little Lego Side

    10 days ago

    Apple : drops charger from next launch
    Google: I'm gonna end Tim's whole career,..... Guys.... Make this available in only US and Japan cuz their data is valuable

  • Little Lego Side

    Little Lego Side

    10 days ago

    Should I wait for it to launch in india or rather find something else?

  • David Westwood

    David Westwood

    10 days ago

    Just ordered a Pixel 5A through Google Fi for $9/month subscription. The phone costs $216 over 2 years... not bad!

  • rattnak 21

    rattnak 21

    10 days ago

    Let's see if he will play "spot the difference" with iphone 13.

  • Artur Santos

    Artur Santos

    10 days ago

    So yeah, after seeing the new iPhone lineup, sure, Google is a lazy company when it comes to their Pixel's design...... C'mon.....

  • Ron


    11 days ago

    Google became more Apple than Apple

  • Kishan kotecha

    Kishan kotecha

    11 days ago

    After watching all your videos specifically about smartphone now i am able to understand much more about new smartphone lineup and price justifications for certain models , btw i am very big fan of pixel lineup from india and stuck bcz pixel 5a is not launched india and i m just curious about how can i get pixel 5a in india maybe you could guide me about this

  • NIT


    11 days ago

    I'm kinda mad I got the 4a 5g about 6 months ago. Idk how the 4a 5g is cheaper than the 5a. Doest make sense

  • Brody Brown

    Brody Brown

    11 days ago

    Getting tired of my iPhone XR and I’d rather had this than an SE… and if I buy a new phone I’m paying in cash..

  • Dalton Brennan

    Dalton Brennan

    11 days ago

    Stop acting like a headphone jack is a bonus it makes it less water-resistant haven't even used a headphone jack since I don't even know when and I'm not even rich I always buy mid-tier phones at most like more often than not whenever I need to get a new phone I need to get a new phone so I get a cheap one like $100 or so. They put in a slightly bigger haptic sensor or anyting anything whatsoever other than a headphone jack which is another hole that makes it less water resistant

  • Ward Cleaver

    Ward Cleaver

    11 days ago

    I'm getting this phone

  • Dave OnGrave

    Dave OnGrave

    11 days ago

    Google should release their "a" series along with their new phones, i.e. the 5a should come out with the Pixel 6, the 6a should be released simultaneously with the Pixel 7, etc .

  • Sebastain Smith

    Sebastain Smith

    11 days ago

    I’m glad you got the phone. I ordered mine on the 9th supposed to get it today and they didn’t even give it to the shipper

  • Mic Perez

    Mic Perez

    12 days ago

    The only thing I don't like about it is the 3.5mm connector is on the top

  • sandro tsagareishvili

    sandro tsagareishvili

    13 days ago

    Do you think samsung galalxsy s20 fe is a good phone ???

  • PhantomMatrix


    13 days ago

    No laser focus? Guess last year will be better! 3:49

  • J Ng

    J Ng

    14 days ago

    Slow reaction to the shutter button.

  • John Wharton

    John Wharton

    14 days ago

    Google started doing a 2yr phone subscription thing through Fi. I think part of the reason for the 5a was to let users know "hey look, there will be a new phone for you when it's time to upgrade"

  • HadesWTF


    14 days ago

    I think I'll just keep my 4XL it's the only phone I've ever had that has had 0 slowdown after 3 to 4 years of use.

  • T Wall

    T Wall

    14 days ago

    So if I caught him correctly at around 4:00 the 5A is $50 cheaper than the 4A 5G. I do know they're discontinuing the 4A 4g. Well they're not going to be making them anymore. I've wanted to try a Pixel for months now, I've always only had Samsung. But I'm being a little crazy about it. I've probably watched 200 videos, always talking to people.. most likely it will be the 5A I purchase. I just wish it was a tad smaller. That's one of the best things about Google phones as well, your pocket doesn't look like you're carrying around an encyclopedia. They make tablets and smart TV'S for a reason.

  • Raven


    14 days ago

    14kk subs....says nothing about horrible PWM....noicee

  • Deep Ghosh

    Deep Ghosh

    15 days ago

    Sir,Can u tell me does 5A support in India if i import from usa

  • Gerard Lukkson

    Gerard Lukkson

    16 days ago

    Never closed a tech video this fast :(

    • Marques brownlee Channel pinned

      Marques brownlee Channel pinned

      15 days ago

      Congrat message plus one ...two six two ..four ...nine four.. four eight ..six whatapp

  • Matthew Thomas

    Matthew Thomas

    16 days ago

    To have a new phone with the same exact processor as the previous model is kind of a fail. And no ram upgrade. Didn't give me a reason to upgrade from my OnePlus 7T..still a better phone nearly 2 years later in everything but the camera. You can also score them for much cheaper than this.

  • Stratilex


    16 days ago

    looks like my 4a

  • Macho Bandz Savage

    Macho Bandz Savage

    16 days ago

    I'm getting the Pixel 5a since it will be the last Pixel to offer unlimited photo storage.

    • Cubano2031


      9 days ago

      The Pixel 5a doesn't offer unlimited photo storage.....the last was the the regular 5 that's it

  • JF


    16 days ago

    Have had my new 5a for less than a week, and so far so very good. It seems plenty snappy in real use vs the chip spec, it feels extremely solid, screen performance is very nice but 90Hz would have been great... Maybe a bit pricey, but I love getting software updates the day they drop and the huge battery is nice too. Seems a sweet spot at the price/performance ratio. I imagine the new 6 series will be bonkers good.

  • Vineet Kumar Bharti

    Vineet Kumar Bharti

    17 days ago

    This should have Snapdragon 780g atleast for 2021 competition.

  • Cornell Douglas

    Cornell Douglas

    18 days ago

    Might as well get a iPhone se (2nd generation). Most power, lest cost

  • bocoy noiu

    bocoy noiu

    18 days ago

    I love watching him 😍

  • Mafimisebi Adewale

    Mafimisebi Adewale

    18 days ago

    Does it support a physical sim.

  • Sam Piano man

    Sam Piano man

    18 days ago

    Maybe thinking of switching back to android lol what do you guys think?

    • JF


      16 days ago

      It's pretty impressive... I think you will like it.

  • dev_stancey


    18 days ago

    The nice thing about googles phones is how simple and clean looking it is, because modern phones have become bulky again.

  • Captain America

    Captain America

    18 days ago

    Good video

  • portedbikes


    18 days ago

    If they add SD card support, a headphone jack, wireless charging, do not remove the charger from the box, top it with great battery life they will save soo much money on useless marketing and sell way more phones, but no dumb google is copying stupid Apple like every other dumb lemming company.... Time for someone to take over and makes phones great again. I want a Note 4 with 6GB Ram and the latest SD SoC... I am willing to pay like it was the Note 22 Ultra plus pro ultimate super special.

  • Thaddeus Cosse

    Thaddeus Cosse

    18 days ago

    I just wish they made a smaller Pixel

    • bocoy noiu

      bocoy noiu

      18 days ago

      Marques can even make a functional refresh with little to no change between versions seem interesting.

  • Stylish Men

    Stylish Men

    18 days ago

    Brother I am from Bangladesh, I watch almost all your videos.

  • Troy Taylor

    Troy Taylor

    19 days ago

    Headphone Jack!? Sign me up

  • Yea I Went There

    Yea I Went There

    19 days ago

    I have a Moto G fast atm. This seems like the perfect mid tier upgrade for me from what I've seen. Anything cheaper is not enough of an upgrade yet anything higher in specs is too expensive of an upgrade for an upgrade I don't need.

  • jdm06types


    19 days ago

    Is the 5A 5G?

  • Navaneethakrishnan Pavithra

    Navaneethakrishnan Pavithra

    19 days ago

    will it launch in India?

  • Dashingchan TM

    Dashingchan TM

    20 days ago

    @mkbhd Can you donate this to me?

  • Mitch McCallum

    Mitch McCallum

    20 days ago

    is it impossible to get one in canada?

  • Johanna Denny

    Johanna Denny

    20 days ago

    Is that Usain Bolt?

  • [Pz] chiu

    [Pz] chiu

    20 days ago

    One big advantage of pixel 4a5g is having unlimited high quality Google photos storage. 5a is the pixel without this feature

  • aLilBabyOtter


    20 days ago

    I actually think the 5A is a good idea simply because the 4A was already a good phone and they improved on it while lowering the price a bit and not downgrading anything. It may not be a game-changer, but no mid-range phone is.
    Metal > Plastic
    GG6 (more crack resistant) > GG3 (more scratch resistant, but less crack-resistant). I'd rather have a more crack-resistant screen and put a tempered screen protector to prevent scratches.
    Significantly larger battery.
    Processor is still good for mid-range. We're kinda getting diminishing returns with a lot of the new hardware that's coming out. It's good that they're still improving, but was anybody really complaining about the 765G to begin with? I feel like Android's weakness is still software optimization.
    Also for the Pixel 6 I'm really curious to see how it does because while Tensor may help with overall optimization, it also may just be hype. Also that camera bump is HUGE. If you're getting a case for it that thing is going to be THICK. It can have the best smartphone camera on the market, but if nobody wants that in their pocket it won't sell.

  • SilverHorizon


    20 days ago

    Marques can even make a functional refresh with little to no change between versions seem interesting.

  • Rama Kanta Baro

    Rama Kanta Baro

    21 day ago

    Waiting 👈 India

  • Reet


    21 day ago

    How can I get this in canada

  • Hoorad Moadabi

    Hoorad Moadabi

    21 day ago

    i basically thought about this channel:
    i thought it was mrwhosetheboss
    first i was watching this channel and was amazing

  • Blacky


    21 day ago

    Please guys tell me how to buy google pixle 5a !!! I’ve tried to buy it online 3 times they keep canceling my order & i cant reach the customer service its so complicated, is the phone even available in google store in US ??if yes which states

  • RBProductions815


    21 day ago

    I had bad luck with pixel 3 and 4a. 3 the camera just completely stopped working one day and 4a the whole phone just stopped working. But I might have to give this one a try

  • Mohamad Ikhmal

    Mohamad Ikhmal

    21 day ago

    16 august? That my birthday bruh

  • Beed Se

    Beed Se

    21 day ago

    Heidari KB HD hey my name is bead and I think the Google should also launch pixel 6in pixel 680 with the new tensor chips instead of Qualcomm chips is a great chip company with that being said I think these new tensor chips are going to be the rivals to Apple's chips and one ways it's definitely going to be something completely different that we never experienced before let me know down in the comments

  • Fanatic 6

    Fanatic 6

    21 day ago

    Currently watching on a 4a

  • Nelson Franco

    Nelson Franco

    21 day ago

    The big difference its not having unlimited high-res google photos backup 🤮

    • Nelson Franco

      Nelson Franco

      21 day ago

      spot it as a difference, because It means a lot

  • Matrix Gamer

    Matrix Gamer

    21 day ago

    The design on the Pixel 4a and 5a looks great. The price is amazing. I'm excited to see the review on the Pixel 6.

  • Odelindo Delgado Monteiro

    Odelindo Delgado Monteiro

    21 day ago

    Does anyone here knows what kind of speakers he uses/has on 6:05?

  • Lil Dude

    Lil Dude

    22 days ago

    Good move by Google. They prereleased the 6, then brought the attention back to the pixel 6. If they released the 5a, then prereleased the 6, then all the attention would have shifted gears to only the 6. Smart move.

  • viiont eooiy

    viiont eooiy

    22 days ago

    After a 2XL and a 3XL, the 5A is exactly what I want/need. :)

  • Boro Star

    Boro Star

    22 days ago

    Does this phone have a FM radio built in?

  • Azim Hazmi

    Azim Hazmi

    22 days ago

    I'm hoping that can be tech reviewer like you

  • Brandon Day

    Brandon Day

    22 days ago

    I'm now having a battery issue with my pixel 4 XL. My battery is only staying charged about 3 hours now. It drops rapidly idk how to fix it. I'm debating getting the 5a bc I like the design. The price is great. I think I'm done spending $1000 plus on a cell phone. I'm holding off only bc the pixel 6 pro. I wish I knew the price of it. If it's around $799 I'll get the 6 pro pixel. If it's over that then I'm pretty sure I'll go with the 5a. Out of all the people on here what do y'all think the pixel 6 and 6 pro will run? I appreciate it nice review as always. I do some gaming on my phone but not as much as I used too. Idk how the 5a handles gaming either. My 4XL does great to me just dies to quick now. I work 12 hour days so I need a phone that last that long. I'm tired of charging my 4XL twice a day. So I will welcome the all day battery life. I seen some saying with moderate use they was getting 1 1/2 to 2 days on a single 5a charge. 👍👌

  • Jon Keener

    Jon Keener

    22 days ago

    Watching on my Samsung Galaxy Z FOLD 3

    • viiont eooiy

      viiont eooiy

      22 days ago

      Its havent release in india....i need dis phone....but 35 k is enoughfor me

  • techienate


    22 days ago

    So they spent the money on new moulding for the case, but didn't bother to update the design at all...

  • J L A

    J L A

    22 days ago

    Xpensive cheap phone



    22 days ago

    Big regrets on this purchase. Low quality hardware that constantly overheats and has gitchy inputs. Don't get me started on Google support. Just the worst.

  • A A

    A A

    22 days ago

    Hey Marques! Good videos! Thanks!
    But Express VPN is not safe.

  • Pedantic PaTroll

    Pedantic PaTroll

    23 days ago

    As a techtuber, you are absolutely allowed to speculate on Google’s future moves, even if you’re not betting Marques! ;))

  • nieooj gotoy

    nieooj gotoy

    23 days ago

    I am considering buying this phone, however I heard that it was having some issues while recording videos has it been fixed?

  • Rahulkumar Kanani

    Rahulkumar Kanani

    23 days ago

    I would like to purchase printed keyboard t shirt. Please share link

  • Josh Rabinowitz

    Josh Rabinowitz

    23 days ago

    IP rating is everything here

  • yuri abaev

    yuri abaev

    23 days ago

    Does lack of laser focus in 5A affect the quality of the pics some how?

    • JaHead


      23 days ago

      Probably just slower autofocus. Shouldn’t make much difference with or without for everyday use

  • Marc Taylor

    Marc Taylor

    23 days ago

    Erm, I chose my ISP because of cashback amount plus reviews.
    I have 22 different ISPs in my area. How the hell does the USA actually put up with crap like this?

    • nieooj gotoy

      nieooj gotoy

      23 days ago

      pixel 6a hype!!!! lol

  • Songoku 6446

    Songoku 6446

    24 days ago

    I daily drive a 4a 5g and I love it, if I wasn't stuck on a 2 year plan I'd get the 6 when it comes out but oh well Ill live with it

  • Ajeet


    24 days ago

    With this efficient tracker device google is gonna target with highly personalized ad. Another revolutionary product to track user activities

  • sehhi vooty

    sehhi vooty

    24 days ago

    This is obviously an improvement over the the 4a5g, with an easier name and it's a cheaper, but couldn't they given it an at least slightly better chip?

    • Takin Names

      Takin Names

      22 days ago

      Call me baby

  • Pappu Kumar

    Pappu Kumar

    24 days ago

    Its havent release in india....i need dis phone....but 35 k is enoughfor me

  • Nick Iltsios

    Nick Iltsios

    24 days ago

    the 5a doesn't have the unlimited free google photos storage that makes the 4a and 4a 5g even more enticing