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Google Pixel 4a launched: Five features that make it worth buying

Launched at a price of $349 in the United States, the Pixel 4a is not only aggressively priced, but also much more affordable than even the Pixel 3a launched by Google last year.

Sushant Talwar | August 4, 2020 | Updated 12:12 IST
Google Pixel 4a

Highlights

  • Google's Pixel 4a has been made official to the world.
  • The Pixel 4a brings interesting features such as a 5.81-inch display
  • The phone is powered by a Snpadragon 730G chipset.

The Google Pixel 4a is finally here. The massively leaked mid-range smartphone from Google which was originally scheduled to launch in May has finally found itself being unveiled to the world by the Mountview-based tech giant.

Launched at a price of $349 in the United States, the Pixel 4a is not only aggressively priced, but is also much more affordable than the Pixel 3a that was launched by Google last year. For the price, the Pixel 4a offers a lot in terms of the hardware it packs, and the feature set it offers to buyers. From its interesting design to its camera set-up, here are the five most interesting features of the Google Pixel 4a.

Compact form factor

The Pixel 4a keeps things simple in terms of the design it offers. The phone is a far cry from the average big-footprint phone we see in the market these days. Instead, it focuses on maintaining a compact form factor that we had previously seen on the Pixel 3a last year.

To keep the size in check, the Pixel 4a flaunts a rather manageable 5.8-inch bezel-less OLED display. However, unlike last year, the bezels are much thinner and the phone flaunts of a more edge to edge look. This should greatly improve the experience of consuming multimedia on the device, as well as, playing games on it.

Mid-range specs

Make no mistake, the Pixel 4a is a mid-range device that doesn't even attempt to act any other way. The phone uses a competent Snapdragon 730G chipset under the hood for powering long gaming sessions and helping the user switch between multiple apps without any trouble.

Although this chipset does not promise the most powerful performance in the segment, it still does promise smooth performance because of Google pairing it with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Focus on cameras

The Google Pixel 4a doesn't set the world on fire with the sheer number of lenses it offers. Yet, it promises above-par camera experience for this segment. The phone comes with a single 12.2-megapixel dual pixel phase detection rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, and a 77-degree field of view.

This lens has been supplemented by the many features in Google's camera app, which includes favourites such as Live HDR+, dual exposure controls, Night Sight with astrophotography social share, Portrait Mode and Super Res Zoom. The phone also gets a front-facing camera that is embedded within the display. This is an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture and an 84-degree field of view.

Big battery

The Pixel 4a also promises long-lasting battery life. The phone maker claims the device can last up to 24 hours, because of the various battery features that Google has embedded within its software for the device.

For hardware, the phone gets a 3140mAh battery pack with support for 18W fast charging over USB Type-C. The hardware is helped by features such as adaptive battery control which lets the phone prioritise the user's favourite apps, and reduces power to the ones that are rarely used.

Improved security

Google also promises improved security with the Pixel 4a. The tech giant has added support for the Titan M Security chip to enhance the security of on-device data. The phone is also promised to receive guaranteed updates for at least three years, to ensure it runs safely for the foreseeable future. It also has Google's Personal Safety app that helps users get in touch with your emergency contacts.

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