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Leak reveals Google Pixel 5a from every angle

Google Pixel 5a GIF face up
(Image credit: Steve Hemmerstoffer/Voice)

Another leak has revealed what the Google Pixel 5a will look like for every angle; get ready for a simple yet attractive Android phone. 

This new look comes courtesy of a 360-degree video from Steve "Onleaks" Hemmerstoffer on Voice. While the Pixel 5a might look a lot like the Google Pixel 4a, that's not a bad thing, as the latter handset was one of our picks for the best cheap phones

This follows on from the first major Pixel 5a leak just a couple of days ago, which revealed some images and specs that we discuss below. 

The new video below shows off a familiar-looking phone that keeps Google's soft-textured plastic back from previous Pixel a-series phones. Interestingly the power button in this video is the same color as the body, a departure from the contrasting colors Google has chosen for the past couple of years.

On the Pixel 5a's front face, we see a flat 6.2-inch FHD OLED display with a punch-hole camera in the top left corner. 

The back reveals a dual-camera array, made up of a main and an ultrawide sensor. The smaller sensor below them is believed to be a phase detection auto-focus system, which continually checks the light coming into the camera sensors to ensure your subject is in focus.

Google Pixel 5a GIF face down

(Image credit: Steve Hemmerstoffer/Voice)

Below is the rear fingerprint sensor that has been common to the Pixel a-series phones since the original Google Pixel 3a. It's not as fancy looking as facial recognition systems or under-display fingerprint sensors, but it's still convenient and reliable.

From what we can see so far, the Pixel 5a seems to be a reheated Google Pixel 4a 5G in terms of the design, cameras and display. The Pixel 4a 5G is an excellent mid-range phone, but we would have liked to see more changes between one generation and the next.

It's possible these changes may appear under the Pixel 5a's skin. Hemmerstoffer's leaks haven't told us anything about the phone's chipset, or the resolution of the camera sensors.

These may end up being downgraded, but with good reason. The Pixel 4a that the 5a will replace is only $349. If Google wants to keep that price, which undercuts rival phones like the iPhone SE, then it will have to cut back on some of the 4a 5G's features.

Google launched the Pixel 4an August, with the Pixel 4a 5G following it in November. The Pixel 3a launched in May the previous year, however, which is likely when the Pixel 5a will appear this year too. 

Whenever it does debut, we have high hopes it'll get a place in our best Android phones rankings. 

Richard Priday

Richard is a Tom's Guide staff writer based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, gaming, audio and whatever else people need advice on. He's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.