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Google reportedly leaks some Pixel 5a camera specs by accident

The supposed Pixel 5a photo sample. (Source: Google via GSMArena)
The supposed Pixel 5a photo sample. (Source: Google via GSMArena)
Google is projected to launch the Pixel 5a soon. A new and slightly dubious leak that may point to some of its camera features has emerged. It suggests that the phone has a possibly new ultra-wide sensor and has enhanced HDR capabilities.

The latest leaks suggest Google is on track to launch a more budget version of its Pixel 5 in 2021. That phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, as is the 4a 5G, and the 5a 5G is not expected to deviate in this respect. Now, however, there is a hint it might launch with a different camera set-up, at least.

GSMArena claims to have dug up some camera samples directly from this phone ahead of its release. Furthermore, the site claims that Google itself is responsible for this slip-up, as it has included these shots in one of its own photography-related blogs. They are allegedly part of a post in which the company outlines the uses and benefits of HDR+ with bracketing on Pixel phones - the 5a included, apparently.

The photos in question are reportedly associated with the 5a through their EXIF data, which has also been said to reveal that the sensor in question is 12MP in resolution, has an f/2.2 aperture and a 16mm focal length. It is, thus, most likely an ultra-wide angle camera, whereas that of the Pixel 5 is 16MP.

Furthermore, this EXIF data reportedly specifies a "Pixel 5a" without the additional "5G" suffix tacked on, possibly hinting Google will not even bother with a 4G/LTE variant this time around. Then again, one of the images allegedly taken with its ultra-wide sensor has reportedly been pulled from the post, rendering this leak less valid.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04-25 (Update: 2021-04-25)