Google Pixel 4a, Google’s long-awaited budget smartphone, could be hitting the market sooner than we think. Yesterday, Google updated its Canadian store with renders of its products. Under Nest Wifi, we didn’t see any Nest Wifi. We saw a render of the Pixel 4a, showing a clear look at the front-facing camera, speaker grill, power button, and fingerprint sensor. This isn’t the first time we get a glimpse of the Pixel 4a, though. The smartphone has been leaked several times so far, but since these renders are coming right from Google, the final design probably won’t be too changed, and we might see the 4a soon.
The date on the smartphone says May 12, which was the initial launch date before Google had to cancel the annual developers conference because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we can’t be 100% sure that this will be the final design, it’s unlikely that Google will make dramatic changes, and the 4a will probably launch in the next few months.
Google Pixel 4a: what we know so far
Google Pixel 4a will be a successor to the Pixel 3a, so a mid-range version of Google’s flagship, retailing at about $400. It was initially scheduled to launch on May 12, exactly one year after the 3a, but the conference where the announcement was supposed to take place was canceled because of the pandemic, and the launch was delayed indefinitely. However, there were plenty of leaks, and in the meantime, we learned plenty of details about the upcoming budget smartphone.
Here’s what we know so far:
- The Pixel 4a will have a 5.81 inches screen and an OLED FHD+ panel, just like its predecessor. However, the resolution is slightly better, at 2340 x 1080. Like the render on Google’s site confirmed, there will be a hole punch for the front-facing camera, but we don’t know anything about a Face Unlock feature.
- The Pixel 4a will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 with 8 cores, with the Adreno 618 integrated GPU. Like last year’s 3a, the 4a will have Google’s Titan M security chip, but not the Pixel Neural Core.
- The mid-range smartphone will have a single-lens camera on the back and a single selfie camera at the front.
- Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
- The 3,080mAh battery delivered better performance than the 3a in performance tests.
- 3080 mAh battery, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB storage.
- Single-plastic, full matte black body with a light blue side power button. Overall, the Pixel 4a looks like a slimmer, pared-down version of the Pixel 4.
- 18w fast charging via USB-C, but no wireless charging.
- The Google Pixel 4a will still have a headphone jack at the top.
XDA-Developers spotted an FCC filing suggesting that the Pixel 4a was already approved last month, so the release could be coming soon.