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France does not have the right to Pixel 5a

Google has just announced its Pixel 5a, a mid-range mobile that will make you wait before the arrival of the Pixel 6. Unfortunately, Google’s brand new smartphone will not be available in France.

As the release of Google’s Pixel 6 gets closer and closer, the web giant has just announced the Pixel 5a. Google’s all-new mobile aims to be a more affordable version of its mobile star from last year.

Technical sheet

On paper, Google’s phone looks like a good mid-range phone. We find :

  • A 6.3-inch Oled screen
  • A Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip
  • 5G compatibility
  • 128 GB of storage and 6 GB of RAM
  • A 4680 mAh battery
  • IP67 certification
  • A jack
  • Two 12 & 16 MP photo modules on the back (wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle respectively)
  • An 8 Mpx photo sensor on the front
The Pixel 5a // Source: Google

In reality, the only thing the Pixel 5a lacks compared to the 5 is fast charging and 90Hz cooling. Otherwise this new model does just as well as its big brother. It must be said that the Pixel 5 was already not among the most expensive phones on the market with its price of 629 euros.

No availability in France

Unfortunately, this Pixel 5a will not be marketed in France. Google indeed specifies in its blog post that this mobile will be reserved for the United States and Japan. Across the Atlantic, the mobile will be available at 449 dollars, or about 383 euros in gross conversion.

This is not the first time that the Pixels have not found their way to our country since the first models had never been released in our regions either. It’s a safe bet that the technical similarities between the Pixel 5 and the 5A as well as the upcoming arrival of the Pixel 6 has not encouraged Google to make this phone available in France. European legal constraints (obligation to have headphones in particular) did not really have to encourage Google to get rid of it either.

We hope that the Pixel 6 will not suffer the same fate. In the meantime, we don’t recommend importing a Pixel 5a from the US if you’re tempted, it could cause 4G / 5G compatibility issues.

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