Google has released Pixel 4a officially - months after we have been listening to the rumors. The new Pixel 4a smartphone, which is the successor to the Pixel 3a, features a fresh display with a hole-punch design. This device is also a light variant of the Pixel 4 that Google has launched the previous year. That's why it offers a similar camera and user experience as well. The device has a single camera for the front and rear sides. Other features of the device include a Titan M security module and a 3,5mm headphone jack, as well as a fingerprint sensor on the rear side of the device.
Google Pixel 4a roughly started at $349 for the 6GB and 128GB storage version. The phone is available for pre-order in the US for the time being and if you are interested, you can place the order via the Google Store or Google Fi. It will be available in the market starting August 20 offline and online. Google will be launching the device in India by October and you can purchase it via Flipkart. The phone is available in a single, jet black color option. The company hasn't revealed the price for the Indian market yet. Its predecessor Google Pixel 3a was launched at $399 for the 4GBRAM and 128GB storage variant.
The Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 will be available in the US, UK, Canada, and in some countries of Europe as well. The device runs on Android 10 out of the box and comes with a list of features that debuted on Pixel 4 in October last year. The phone also comes with a new Google Assistant that allows users to send text messages and control apps much faster than before. You will also get the recorder app with real-time transcription support in English. Further, the Pixel 4a comes with the live caption support.
The Google Pixel 4a features a Full HD+ 5.8-inch OLED display. The display has always-on feature supports by HDR. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processing chip. The device has a 12-MP camera sensor at the rear side with an f/1.7 lens and an LED flash module.
Recent leaks suggest, the Google Pixel 4a release date might be pushed even further due to the current pandemic situation and the phone could be released to July or even August. This delay might seem bad but it could give a tough competition to iPhone releasing somewhere in September. The entry-level iPhone is going to be priced at $649, whereas Google is putting its Pixel 4a for sale at $349.
The pixel 4a is rumored to feature a 5.8-inch OLED display, which would be bigger than the 5.4-inch panel on the entry-level iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 is going to have higher pixels, but not many people care to pay a bigger amount only for the sake of higher resolution.
Google Pixel 4a will likely have 128GB of storage to start with, which is almost double what iPhone SE would have. For some unknown reasons, Apple refused to adopt USB-C for fast charging, the Pixel 4a would have a USB-C port just like its predecessor and 18W charging. The iPhone 12 will reportedly stick with a lighting port. The iPhone 11 was shipped with a 5-watt charger out of the box and there is no sign that this is going to change for the iPhone 12 series.
The pixel 4a will likely to have a primary 12MP camera, compared to the wide and ultra-wide shooters on the iPhone 12. But Google has integrated highly-efficient AI algorithms that do an excellent job of delivering great results even with limited hardware. As per leaks, there will be a small punch hole camera on the front side of the phone. The iPhone 12's notch is supposed to be smaller than the one in the iPhone 11 but it will likely still be larger than the Pixel 4a's cutout.
The rumors suggest that the Pixel 4a will be powered by a Snapdragon 730 processor. This should be good enough for a mid-range smartphone, but the iPhone 12's rumored to have an A14 Bionic chip that is once again faster than any phone. The Pixel 4a would not support 5G networks which means you can't have fast browsing on the internet even when it is 5G around you.
This makes it undesirable for people who value internet speed more than the camera on the phone. Overall, the Pixel 4a is good and if you are a budget-conscious user, this should be your first preference. But if money isn't an issue or you can't live without 5G internet speed, iPhone 12 is your bet.
Google isn't very keen to keep its devices or specs a secret. Sometimes Google itself leaks the news about the upcoming devices. And that's why we know more than a few things about the latest Google Pixel 4a even before its launch. Early last month, Google Pixel 4a was shown off in a high definition hands-on video. While many of the specs are already known, there are still a few things left to be revealed. A new leak is going to cover what was missed in the earlier leaks.
Google Pixel devices are usually sold in three color options - white, black, and a unique color. We have already seen dark blue, not pink, purple, orange, and many more. The latest leak suggests that the Pixel 4a will also be available in a light shade of blue called Barely Blue other than regular colors- white and Jet black.
The other leak is related to the storage option. We already know that the Pixel 4a will have 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage that is good enough to load apps at a much faster rate. Now, we know that there will also be a 128GB storage option. UFS 2.1 is not mentioned but it is safe to assume that it will be using the same storage technology as for the 64GB model. The device would be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor with Adreno 618GPU.
On the rear side, you can find a 12MP camera lens with an LED flash. The camera is also capable of recording 4K videos. The front camera will be 8MP with video stabilization. The phone uses 4G network support and has a Dual SIM support option. The ports are USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack. The battery is 3,080mAh that is okay if you are not a heavy user. The smartphone comes with the latest version of the Android operation system by default - Android 10. The device is expected to be something around $400 for consumers.
Usually, new Android flagship smartphones prefer not to opt for the latest processing chip which is going to change for Pixel 5. The latest and most powerful processor by Qualcomm this year is Snapdragon 865. Samsung has installed the latest processing chip in its Galaxy S20 range for the U.S version and some Chinese manufacturers choose the do the same. But if rumors are to be believed, Google is going to use an older chip for its mid-range smartphone.
The Snapdragon 865 is certainly the fastest processor right now, but the chip is expensive and it also lacks an onboard modem. Qualcomm insists it is used in concert with the X55 modem to provide 5G connectivity. That means a more complicated internal design, which requires more physical space than an SoC that is integrated.
While sub-6 support comes as standard, the 5G network support is optional. These are the two leading 5G technologies right now. Despite having mmWave support for the plus and ultra models, Samsung decided to go without mmWave in the standard Galaxy S20. Google is using the next fastest chip - the Snapdragon 765G in Pixel 5. It is not fast as the latest chip but it does boast an integrated 5G modem. It's Qualcomm's first Soc with an integrated 5G modem that also supports sub-6 and mmWave. That means it requires far less space inside the device and has built-in support for 5G network connectivity. With the extra space left on the phone, Google may be able to fit a bigger battery in there or might tweak the sensor array to make the motion sensor more useful.
As the chip isn't expensive as the latest processor - you don't have to pay anything extra in the name of the small addition of speed. With the optimized software and UI, there isn't much need for the extra speed. Google has never been a hardware company and relies mostly on software to do its tricks. The pixel 3a is the perfect example of its capabilities that might be a beat or two slower than the flagship smartphones but can do clever things that other phones can't.
Google's Pixel smartphones are loved by the excellent photography results, though the fan base doesn't feel the same about its video recording abilities. Google is making steady improvements to the video and audio recording capabilities of its Pixel smartphones. It seems like the company is listening to the feedback of its users and video creators in general.
Google started to roll out the Camera update for the handful of users earlier this year. Although, there wasn't much noticeable change in the update. The only significant change was a new listing in the settings app called "Do not disturb access needed" when the user hasn't granted the do not disturb permission to the camera app. Once you activate this option, the smartphone pauses any notification while you are recording videos, so you won't be disturbed while making the videos.
Another change is related to a new fps option in the video recording settings. Right now, Pixel 4 can go up to 30fps when recording at 4K resolution, or you can select from auto, 30fps, or 60fps while recording at 1080p resolution. Google may add a third option to the settings app and that will allow recording in 24fps. The average user records at 30fps with the occasional switch to 60fps, which is why Google has defined the auto option by default.
Another leak last week surfaced for Google's mid-range Pixel smartphone. These code-names were sunfish, redfin, and bramble. Sunfish is using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, while the other two are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 that also supports 5G networking. These code names were spotted next to a string-valued "pixel_20_mid_range" which suggests that these are indeed related to the next Google's Pixel 4a series. It is believed that the sunfish and bramble are likely the code-names for the two Pixel 4a smartphones, Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL.