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Google Pixel 4a: What we know so far

Although there is no official word on it yet, leaks and rumors over the past few weeks have revealed a lot about the device. Here's what we know so far.

Sushant Talwar | June 3, 2020 | Updated 14:47 IST
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Highlights

  • Google Pixel 4a is expected to be launched on July 13
  • The Pixel 4a could be powered by a Snapdragon 730 chipset
  • The phone is expected to be more affordable than the Pixel 3a

We're still likely weeks away from the launch of Google's upcoming Pixel 4a, but that doesn't mean we don't know what the phone's going to be like. Ahead of its rumoured July 13 launch, there has been a lot of chatter about the specifications, features and design of Google's upcoming phone for budget-friendly buyers.

The device will be the successor to Google's best selling smartphone, the Pixel 3a and could be modeled on the Pixel 4 in terms of design and much of the specs. However, there will be key differences that will help set the budget offering apart from the flagship Pixel 4.

Although there is no official word on it yet, leaks and rumors over the past few weeks have revealed a lot about the device. Let's take a look at the available information to find out what the Pixel 4a could be like upon its launch.

Design

As we mentioned above, there have been quite a few leaks already which have revealed a lot about the device. While hardware has obviously been the focus, many of these leaks, including a hands on video of the phone and leaked live images have also revealed in detail the Pixel 4a's design.

They show that the Pixel 4a could come with curved edges with thin bezels on it. It is tipped to get a punch-hole design on the display with a single front-facing camera. The back has a squarish camera bump with a single camera and an LED flash, positioned diagonally inside the module. At the center of the smartphone is a circular fingerprint sensor, leading us to believe that Google might skip face unlock on the Pixel 4a.

Specifications

As far as specifications go, most leaks point towards one thing: The Pixel 4a will be a mid-range device at best. All of the recent leaks claim the Pixel 4a could be powered by a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The phone is likely to feature a 5.81-inch OLED display with an FHD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixel and a refresh rate of 60Hz.

To keep the phone running, Google is tipped to equip the Pixel 4a with a 3,080mAh battery with support for 18W USB Type-C fast charging. However, the phone will miss out on wireless charging.

Features

The Pixel 4a is tipped to be a feature-rich phone. The phone could get a capacitive fingerprint scanner at the back instead of Face Unlock. Apart from this, the Pixel 4a should get the Now Playing feature and the new Google Assistant. And considering it's a Pixel smartphone, Google should also bring some of its most loved camera features to the device.

Expected price

The Google Pixel 4a has long been rumoured to come bearing a price tag that's similar to last year's Pixel 3a. However, new information has emerged which claims the device could start retail for much less, with a $299 price tag now being tipped for the Pixel 4a.

The information comes courtesy of 9to5Google, which citing its sources claims that the Pixel 4a could cost less than the cheapest iPhone. The report claims that the Pixel 4a will be available at $349 for the 128GB variant, with a 64GB variant also possible for just $299. This is sure to make the Pixel 4a quite popular with buyers as the price would make it one of the most affordable mid-segment smartphones in the market.

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