After delaying it for months, Google Pixel 4a is finally seeing its limelight today. Pixel 4a was initially scheduled to launch at Google I/O in May 2020, but due to the pandemic, the launch was postponed multiple times. The smartphone is set to launch later today, but even before the official announcement, the smartphone's full specifications have leaked online. Pixel 4a will be Google's answer to the affordable iPhone SE 2020 and the latest OnePlus Nord smartphones.
Pixel 4a specifications
Pixel 4a will boast a 5.81" FHD+ OLED display with support for the always-on display functionality. In the market filled with larger screen displays and bigger footprints, Pixel 4a is a sigh of relief and go-to device for compact phone lovers in the Android set of things. Like Pixel 3a, Pixel 4a will still sport a polycarbonate body with an accented power button. The polycarbonate back might not be as premium as glass finish, but it helps the device to weigh at just 143 grams, which have become a rarity these days. To make the device lighter, Google has to chip on the battery capacity, the smartphone is fueled with a 3140 mAh battery, and it is pretty low considering today's standards. Google will also bundle an 18W charger in the box to top up the device at a faster rate. A smaller capacity battery may seem like a bummer for many, but Pixel 4a is not a flagship device like its elder brother. Pixel 4a is a mid-range device, and it will be powered by Qualcomm's popular Snapdragon 730G processor. Snapdragon 730G is seen on the likes of Poco X2 and Moto One Fusion, and the chip is capable of handling all the daily tasks without any issues. The Adreno 618 GPU inside 730G can run intense games at medium to high settings without any trouble. Google could have easily gone with Snapdragon 765G, but the brand has reserved the much powerful chip for their upcoming Pixel 4a 5G, which is expected to launch alongside the Pixel 5 series.
Google's USP lies in its camera department, and we can expect a near-flagship experience with Pixel 4a too. Pixel 4a will be equipped with a single 12 MP rear sensor with f/1.7 aperture, and the sensor could be the same one as seen in Pixel 4. Google, with its computational photography and software tuning, will give other devices a run for its money, at least in the camera department. Google Pixel 4a might not have a fancy quad-camera setup like other smartphones in this price category, but the single rear-facing shooter coupled with OIS can easily pull-off some killer shots. To the front, the smartphone comes with 8 MP front-facing snapper tucked inside a punch hole to the top left corner. Yep! Finally, a Google smartphone without any bezels or huge notch. Since the smartphone comes with the punch-hole display, Google has to get rid of its infamous soli radar sensor, and advanced face unlock functionality, and users need to settle with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Pixel 4a will come with stock android without any pre-installed bloatware and will get regular updates for at least 3 years. The smartphone will ship with Android 10 and will be one of the first few devices to receive Android 11. The smartphone will also retain its dual speakers and will come with a headphone jack. Pixel 4a will be priced at $349 for the 6GB+128GB variant and will arrive in the Just Black color option. The Indian pricing and availability of the device are yet to be shared by the company, and I will update this post once we get any official information from the brand.
Disclaimer: As of writing this post, Pixel 4a was not officially launched. So, please take all the above information with a pinch of salt. This post will be updated once the smartphone is officially unveiled by Google.
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