Google Pixel 4a 5G Review


Google has already announced that it is working on a 4a 5 G smartphone, although we initially didn't know much about this upcoming phone beyond its price, general release date, and what its LTE sibling the Smartphone 4a offers. But as we get closer to the launch date of the Pixel 4a 5 G, Google's plans are coming to the fore.

For months now we have been tracking three codenames linked to Google's 2020 Pixel phones Rendered lineup. Now all three codenames with corresponding product names like "Pixel 5" and "Pixel 4a 5 G" have appeared in the Google app.

We've been alert since we started hearing about these codenames that the Pixel 5 that will be announced — probably this fall — does not have the "flagship" specs that Pixel fans are used to. We had already discovered two codenames of Google's system — "redfin" and "bramble" — based on the upper mid-tier, 5G-enabled Snapdragon 765 G SoC. We had no reason to believe at the time that the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL would be anything but this.

Although having 5 G coverage is possibly meaningless to most customers right now, 5 G will become more and more popular in the next few years. As a result, it'll be wise to purchase a future-proof phone for those looking to save money. It will also mean that the Pixel 4a fits well with rivals like the OnePlus Nord, which already provides 5 G support even though it is not shipped in the U.S.

Basically we will expect all good about the Pixel 4a to return in the phone's 5 G version, along with perhaps a few changes if we are lucky. This is what we know about the 4a 5 G pixel up to now.



Google Pixel 4a 5G: Pricing And Availability



Google revealed in a blog post after the August launch of the Pixel 4a that the 4a 5 G would cost $499 when it shows up. That's $150 more than the standard $349 Pixel 4a, but we'll have to see if Google added an additional benefit to the 5 G edition that makes it worth the price increase or not.

The same announcement from Google told us to expect the Pixel 4a 5 G to show up next to the Pixel 5 this fall. We would usually assume that to mean October, as that's when Google is showing off its new Pixels.

But leaker Jon Prosser pointed Sept. 30 as the date for the launch of the Pixel 5 / Pixel 4a 5G. Another leak, this one from a Google blog in french tipped October 8 as the pre-order release date. Whenever the date is, we 're pretty sure it's inevitable, since both the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5 G have appeared in FCC regulatory filings.


What is uncertain is whether it is the date of launch or the date of availability. Google hasn't spoken about a new launch date, but we suspect that Google would want to take the opportunity to say more about the new smartphone, rather than doing it all through the press release

As for availability, we can presume that the Pixel 4a 5 G would follow the direction of the Pixel 4a, with availability from wireless providers like Verizon, Google Fi and US Cellular, or from retailers like Amazon and the Google Store itself.



Google Pixel 4a 5G: Design



We have to start off with one official phone picture, but luckily we know what the regular Pixel 4a looks like, and can presume the 5 G version will look very similar to the original. That would mean it's Google's phone on the right hand side of the above picture, rather than the sparklier one on the left.

Perhaps there will be slight changes in the weight of the handset, or the arrangement of its antenna lines around the sides, or even its overall size, but the key information will be the same as the Pixel 4a. A front punch-hole display with a square camera patch and a rear fingerprint scanner are possible design features. A side power button that contrasts with colour will bring some extra visual appeal. The casing materials for the Pixel 4a 5 G are likely to once again be matte plastic, rather than the glass and metal we see on more costly phones.

The Pixel 4a 5 G may also be a Pixel 4a XL, renamed to highlight its main feature. The Pigtou renders of the allegedly scrapped 4a XL give us an idea of how Google's model would look like on a larger screen.

If Google chooses to offer a specific colour choice on the 5 G model, the only other possible change would be to help distinguish it from the regular 4 G model. For the regular Pixel 4a, there's only one Only Black option, and Google usually provides two more options, one of which will be white. However, because Google has said it is seeking to streamline manufacturing due to delays associated with coronavirus, maybe the rumoured "Barely Blue" colour scheme we learned about months before the launch of the Pixel 4a is sadly no more.

A poster on Reddit put up a picture of two Google phones — supposedly the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G. The 4a 5 G is the taller of both devices, and a white model is shown on the image.



Google Pixel 4a 5G: Display



On Pixel 4a 5 G we are likely to find another OLED panel. On the Pixel 4a and Pixel 3a, Google has provided OLED panels, so there's no need to expect a move to LCD.

The Pixel 4a uses a 5.81-inch FHD display that is capable of achieving reasonable peak brightness and colour vividness and accuracy, even though the Adaptive Brightness feature can sometimes be indecisive. Hopefully that's something that Google will only fix in the near future in an OTA update.

Google can either use the same exact 4a 5 G panel or anything bigger it might sell. Rumors of a Pixel 5 XL variant tend to have more in common with Pixel 4a than with Pixel 5, so it's likely that bigger phones would probably belong to the Pixel 4a family.

A study from Android Central on Pixel 5 specs suggested that the Pixel 4a 5 G would have a 6.2-inch screen, for what it's worth. That is marginally larger than the expected 6-inch display for the Pixel 5.

Google's Pixel 4 phones implemented a refresh rate of 90Hz and the Pixel 5 is expected to maintain that. However, the Pixel 4a 5 G won't get that feature — we are expecting a refresh rate of 60Hz, just like the Pixel 4a.



Google Pixel 4a 5G: Hardware



To critical acclaim, Google has just released a Pixel 4a. It is a great handset, with an excellent camera, inexpensive and strong. The Pixel 5's positioning has been challenged for a long time, with rumours that it won't be a flagship-level computer with the most strong hardware, but instead it will sit on Snapdragon 765 hardware to deliver the latest services at a more reasonable price point.

The Pixel 4a 5 G edition is then scheduled for October. We believe this will only be the availability for this smartphone, but if this too moves to Snapdragon 765, it will be an even more powerful phone than the version which has already been released.



Google Pixel 4a 5G: Cameras



Don't expect cameras to grace the Pixel 4a 5 G version any more. You will probably get the same 12.2MP rear camera and 8MP front camera as on the 4a pixel but that's not a bad thing. Google's photo software is brilliant when it comes to getting the best out of an image, whether in portrait mode, low-light photography with Night Sight or just a simple snapshot. Even though its phones are lacking in terms of hardware compared to competitors like the Nord, the Pixel 4a rightly holds a spot on our list of best camera phones.

There are some reports on the back of the 4a 5 G that if rumoured photos of what people believed was the 4a 5 G pixel 5 are actually there would be an extra rear camera. That would be a way out of what Google did with the 5 G edition of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, but that would help justify the additional $150 that you're paying.



Google Pixel 4a 5 G: Specifications



Google's going to have to make some major improvements to the standard Pixel 4a to give the Pixel 4a the opportunity to use 5G. The most obvious change it would have to make is to swap the Snapdragon 730 chip out for something like the Snapdragon 765 G, the most powerful mid-range SoCs from Qualcomm, which has an integrated 5 G modem. This would also have the benefit of improving the phone 's output and closing the gap on rival phones like the OnePlus Nord, which uses the same silicon component.Google's going to have to make some major improvements to the standard Pixel 4a to give the Pixel 4a the opportunity to use 5G. The most obvious change it would have to make is to swap the Snapdragon 730 chip out for something like the Snapdragon 765 G, the most powerful mid-range SoCs from Qualcomm, which has an integrated 5 G modem. This would also have the benefit of improving the phone 's output and closing the gap on rival phones like the OnePlus Nord, which uses the same silicon component.

As the phone would be more capable of intensive tasks, the new chip can also mean more RAM and storage space to go along with it. Google appears to use a limited amount of RAM compared to other vendors, so maybe an improvement to 8 GB from 6 GB of the Pixel 4a would be a beneficial change. Likewise a 256 GB storage option will be nice instead of or as much as the 128 GB you currently get.

However, instead of announcing the forthcoming Pixel 4a and the two planned Pixel 5 versions, the Google app does not mention a "Pixel 5 XL" but lists bramble as the “Pixel 4a (5G).”

Look out for yourself!






Google Pixel 4a 5 G: Charging And Battery



The Pixel 4a contains a 3,140 mAh battery which can be charged through a wired USB-C link at up to 18W. This isn't a big cell, and our battery life test of just under 9 hours had a properly disappointing result, compared to the 11-hour average for smartphones. If Google is already modifying some of the interior parts, it would be fantastic if the phone manufacturer could fit into a slightly larger battery.

And obviously that's what could happen. Specs posted on Reddit along with the pixel 5 and pixel 4a 5 G picture say the 4a 5 G will get a battery of 3,800 mAh.



Google Pixel 4a 5G: Software



Depending on the timing of the release of the Pixel 4a 5 G, the new phone could ship pre-installed with Android 11. Google recently released the last beta of Android 11, with a launch expected in early September. The Pixel 4a debuted with Android 10, but the latest version will be updated as easily as other Google-built phones.




Google Pixel 4a 5G: Outlook



Despite the unfortunate price increase, the Pixel 4a 5 G could be the better of the two Pixel 4a choices. Not only because of the 5 G connectivity but also because of the potential upgrades that Google could offer in terms of screen size and performance.

The Pixel 4a 5 G won't make the 4 G edition obsolete — the price of $500 on the 5 G model would be a little too expensive for consumers looking for an Android phone budget. But for users wanting Google's great software and photography at a price between the overall cost of mid-range and flagship phones, and the convenience of knowing their phone is ready for tomorrow 's 5 G world, the Pixel 4a 5 G might be strangely perfect.



Google Pixel 4a 5G: New Updates So Far



Google released what I still consider to be one of my favourite Android phones ever made on October 29th, 2012, the Nexus 4.

Yeah, it had its issues. The camera, to put it kindly, was inconsistent and the base storage amount of 8 GB was half of what Samsung's then specification powerhouse-the Galaxy S3-offered. It appears the Pixel 4a is a customer victim. Android Police find the new phone has sold out on Amazon and is now Fastest Buy's best-selling unlocked phone.

The Pixel 4a 5 G has appeared in FCC regulatory filings, indicating an imminent launch. According to leaked specs the Pixel 4a 5 G should have a much larger battery than the Pixel 4a.

This isn't that surprising given how well the Pixel 3a sold and the repeated questions I got from readers about the Pixel 4a release date. Of course, there are no official sales figures but selling out bodes well at third party stores. You can still register your interest in the Google store if you wish to buy the phone.

The release date of the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5 G may have been slipped unintentionally by Google elsewhere. A blog on Google France, which has since been removed, posted on October 8th that the two new Pixel phones will be available for pre-order. Google has only said so far that the latest devices would be available "this fall," which I thought was intentionally ambiguous due to Covid-19-related development problems.


For Pixel fans, exciting times lie ahead-the question would be whether Google will compete with devices like the OnePlus Nord on price if it pushes its devices into the more affordable market.







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