The Google Pixel 4a is starting to look like the Pixel 4 device you could want, and it could even be one of the best affordable phones coming out in 2020.
Google surprised everyone in 2019 with the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, affordable versions of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL that brought some of the hardware and software from premium devices at a much more attractive mid-range price.
Other phones we plan to see in 2020:
It looks like Google will follow a similar strategy in 2020 with the Pixel 4a and 4a XL, which should preserve some of the best benefits of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL in a more affordable setting.
Leaks have started pouring in since the start of 2020, so it looks like the Google Pixel 4a budget could arrive at some point – though maybe it will come alone, without its brother XL.
The Pixel 4 and 4 XL were popular devices, but did not land with the fanfare of Pixel 3 handsets so that the next phones could be the opportunity for Google to win back buyers.
Below we have collected everything we know so far about upcoming phones, including details on when to expect it and the first images of upcoming handsets.
Latest story: While initial rumors have set the release date of the Pixel 4a for May 22, it may be pushed back to June 5 to coincide with the Android 11 developer beta launch event – which is the only mid-year event now that Google IO 2020 has been canceled.
Cut to the chase
- What is that? An affordable variant of the Pixel 4 smartphone
- When did it come out? Maybe May 22, if the leaks are true
- How much will it cost? About $ 399 / £ 399 / AU $ 649
Google Pixel 4a release date and price
Originally, we expected to see Google showcase its next affordable devices at Google IO 2020, which was scheduled to take place between May 12 and 14, but this event has now been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL were announced at last year's Google IO, but in his absence, we heard a rumor that the Google Pixel 4a could be released on May 22. This release date leak was however for Germany, and it is possible that it would be different in different parts of the world.
But a subsequent rumor has postponed this expected date to June 5. Why? To likely coincide with the launch of the developer Android 11 beta – which will receive its own slightly publicized event on June 3, which will likely introduce several features to come in the next operating system update. To introduce a new phone, it's the next best thing to a Google IO step.
The Pixel 3a cost $ 399 / £ 399 / AU $ 649 at launch, while the Pixel 3a XL cost $ 479 / £ 469 / AU $ 799. As far as the amount you pay, the price of Google Pixel 4a might actually be lower than the price of Pixel 3a.
We say this because the Pixel 4 costs less than the Pixel 3 (by comparing output prices directly), and we could see this pattern repeating itself here. That said, current price rumors indicate $ 399, which is exactly the same as the Pixel 3a, so prices in other markets could also be similar.
News and leaks on Google Pixel 4a
We're going to start with a rumor that may disappoint some of you: Google may not be releasing a Pixel 4a XL, focusing only on the smallest device.
Apparently, this is for people looking for a larger phone stick with the Pixel 4 XL, as the Pixel 3a XL would have stolen sales of the Pixel 3 XL.
While this rumor is apparently bolstered by the relative lack of Pixel 4a XL rumors, we have heard that there may be three Pixel 4a devices, including a 5G model. This comes from the Android code which refers to three different devices, probably a main device as well as an XL and 5G phone, although they are not named as such.
These devices appeared again in the following Google code, and this time two of them were next to the phrase “ pixel_20_mid_range ”, while confirming that they are unannounced mid-range Pixel phones, although the source speculates that the third code name could refer to a printed circuit board rather than a device.
As such, we would say there may well be a Pixel 4a XL, but in any case, there is almost certainly at least one Pixel 4a. What will the basic Pixel 4a look like? We think it will be as below, which we believe are not practical photos of the phone and are rather a doctored image of the original Pixel.
We left these images here because they show what other sources think the device may look like. There may be a perforated selfie camera at the top left of the screen, which would be a first for a Pixel phone.
Some unofficial renderings of the device as well as a leaked case rendering also show a design similar to the fake photos above, and it is likely that this is where the design was taken.
Elsewhere, we've also seen leaked images apparently showing retail phone boxes, which match the design above.
Google Pixel 4a is on its way … pic.twitter.com/rJclXg1YqoApril 9, 2020
We also saw a leak of full specs for the Pixel 4a, claiming that it will have a 5.81-inch 1080 x 2340 OLED screen, a mid-range Snapdragon 730 chipset, 6 GB of RAM, a 3,080 battery. mAh, 128 GB of storage, a 12.2 megapixel main camera, an 8 megapixel front camera (in a punch hole), a 3.5 mm headphone port, and that it will come in Just Black shades “And” Barely Blue “.
There would also be no Soli chip, which allowed you to navigate in Pixel 4 hands-free mode (well, in theory). It is unlikely to be available on the Pixel 4a in order to keep the price as low as possible.
What powers the Google Pixel 4a? This is currently somewhat uncertain as while the above leaks point to a Snapdragon 730, an investigation by XDA developers has unearthed prototypes of the phone that run both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 and the Snapdragon 765.
The Snapdragon 765 prototype can be a 5G version of the phone, as this chipset is designed to power 5G hardware. We have heard conflicting rumors about the existence of a next-generation Internet version of the Pixel 4a, but consistent rumors suggest that it could be a reality.
A leaked benchmark score also suggests that the phone will be more powerful than the Google Pixel 3a, but won't be as capable on the Pixel 4 series. It scored 6,366 in Geekbench 4 tests, which is quite impressive.
Based on a leaked image published on the web, we envision 6 GB of RAM (as disclosed above) and faster UFS 2.1 flash storage when the Pixel 4a finally appears, with 64 GB as one of the options. of storage. When we say faster, it's an upgrade from the flash storage used in the Pixel 3a.
Then we have the camera to speak. We expect it to be similar to the Google Pixel 4 shooter – one of the best smartphone cameras in the world – but it's unlikely to have all of the technology's bells and whistles. this device.
Someone with initial hardware provided the camera examples below with the Google Pixel 4a. It looks like the shooter works well for color reproduction, but there is no guarantee that this type of technology will make it to the end device.
Photos: # Pixel4a vs # RedmiNote7 12MP vs 48MPCual te gusta mas? pic.twitter.com/ULsU8pOlRoApril 30, 2020
The tweet adds more evidence to the suggestion that we'll see a 12 MP primary shooter on the Google Pixel 4a.
What we want to see in the Google Pixel 4a
The Google Pixel 4 was an innovative flagship feature, but when it comes to adapting this feature to an affordable price, there are some things we would like it to take into consideration. Here is what we want to see:
1. Bring back the fingerprint scanner
The Google Pixel 4 doesn't have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner like the Pixel 3, it doesn't have one on the screen like many high-end smartphones. Instead, it relies on unlocking by facial recognition so that you can access your phone.
For some, this is a useful feature to help them quickly and easily access their phone; others find the experience unsafe and frustrating. For the Pixel 4a, we would like Google to remove this feature and instead have a physical or screen-mounted fingerprint sensor.
It is likely that Google will make this change, as the technology involved in effective face unlocking adds a little price to the phone, so if the company wants to lower the price of the new device, it would make sense to remove recognition first. facial.
2. Improved battery life
A recurring problem with Google Pixel smartphones is that their battery life still leaves a lot to be desired and plummets faster than competing devices. That said, the Pixel 3a solved this problem with a larger battery capacity and a weaker processor, which meant that it drained the battery less.
Since most normal people need smartphone batteries that will last them for a day, even in a pinch, the more affordable and accessible Pixel 4a needs a battery that will last as long, which means greater capacity than the 4 as well as tools in place to continue longer, like clever optimizations.
3. Remove the 90Hz screen
This is obviously a fairly controversial suggestion, but if Google is looking for features to be cut to keep the price of the Pixel 4a low, we would say that the 90 Hz screen is an unnecessary luxury that could be lost without making the device worse.
While some people really like 90 Hz screens in phones like the Pixel 4 because it makes the viewing experience a little smoother, many more people find it hard to notice the difference, especially people who don't are not big fans of technology who don't know the functionality. in place.
This means that it is not a vital feature, and when there are aspects of the Pixel 4 that we would have as to see in 4a, we would say that the 90Hz screens are consumable.
4. Keep the telephoto
Google Pixel 4 smartphones have increased the number of cameras on Google devices from one to two, adding a telephoto snapper for optical zoom.
Pixel 3a devices saw slightly downgraded cameras in the Pixel 3 family, but it was only in terms of software post-processing, and the hardware was exactly the same.
A telephoto lens in a camera is really useful, so you can take better pictures of a subject without significantly reducing the quality, and we'd like to see it kept in the Pixel 4a. We would be surprised if it were not, because the telephoto lens really connects the rear design. And speaking of Pixel 4a design …
5. Stay true to the strange design
Google Pixel 4 smartphones are strange devices, there is no way around this. They are naked on the back, with the exception of a fairly large camera bump (no fingerprint sensor, as in previous pixels), with a glass back but a rubber frame on the edges. Yes, you read that right, rubber in a smartphone!
On the front, there is a notch like the one you barely see in modern smartphones, with a fairly large chin at the bottom of the screen. Overall, Pixel 4 devices are far from “conventional” Android phones, for better or worse.
Well, we like the design a bit. It is unique and the Pixel 4 feels distinct in the hand when you use it. We would like to see the Pixel 4a keep the “ weird ” design, especially the rubber frame, as we found it ideal for protecting the phone.