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Google’s Pixel 5a is a faster, stronger mid-range remix

Work it harder, make it better

Daft Punk didn’t write electropop bangers to inspire Google’s development team. But the French duo’s 2001 anthem does aptly describe the Pixel 5a: Google’s refreshed mid-range mobile is harder, better, faster and…goes longer. Far from a total overhaul, the improved Pixel gains IP67 water- and dust-resistance for greater durability. Its OLED display grows by half-an-inch to 6.34in, while the cell expands to a significantly beefier 4680mAh. With Extreme Battery Saver enabled, Google reckons it’ll be good for up to 48 hours on a single charge. There’s also a speedier Snapdragon 765G chip at its core, plus 5G connectivity for streaming full-fat house beats wherever you choose to groove. It’s set to hit shelves in Japan and the US on 26 August, priced at $449 – which is $50 less than its predecessor. Will it come to the UK? Only if we get lucky with supply chains around the world.