The budget smartphone everyone is waiting for.
After being teased for months including the regular leaks that have been widely circulated online, Google has officially announced the Pixel 4a, the less expensive version of its flagship Pixel 4 that was released last year.
The mid-range Pixel 4a offers a polycarbonate body and brings back the fingerprint sensor at the back, which was absent from the more expensive Pixel 4. There’s a single 12.2-megapixel ‘dual-pixel’ camera with a flash and inherits much of the Pixel 4 camera’s bells and whistles that include optical and electronic image stabilization, an f/1.7 aperture for great low light images, and a 77-degree field of view.
The Pixel 4a also has the same modes that make it another great camera smartphone (Night Sight and Portrait). Early reviews have also been positive, citing that images taken on the Pixel 4a are just as good as previous Pixel smartphones.
On the front of the Pixel 4a is a 5.81-inch OLED display with a 1080-by-2340 pixel resolution. The screen comes at a 19 5:9 aspect ratio and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. With a 443 PPI, the screen feels just like other Pixel smartphones – though we may have to wait and see if the smartphone will suffer various hardware faults and problems post-launch just like what happened to previous iterations.
Wireless charging is not supported, but Google has bumped up the battery capacity to 3,140 mAh, which should last you for a whole day. Other specifications include the Titan M security module along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
The Pixel 4a is powered by a Snapdragon 730G processor and will run Android 10 out of the box. Google said that you’re guaranteed to receive three years of major OS and security updates with the Pixel 4a. The upgraded Google Assistant that made its debut on the Pixel 4 will also arrive with the Pixel 4a.
The Pixel 4a would only come in 4G, but as Google teased earlier this week a 5G version called the Pixel 4a 5G will be arriving with the Pixel 5, which will also have 5G support. At $349, the Pixel 4a is poised to take on the Apple SE and the OnePlus Nord, both of which were also well-received.
Unfortunately, just like previous Pixel releases, the UAE is left out of Google’s target market. If you want to get the Pixel 4a, you may have to go through third-party sellers to purchase it.