Google Pixel 4a: Rumours, Features, Specifications

Can Google score a hit with its second "affordable" Pixel phone?

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When Google first got into the phone hardware game, it did so with its Nexus line of phones, which were pitched as premium devices without the price tag. That was a position it largely moved away from when it launched its Pixel line of phones, which were both premium in features and price tags, until 2019's Google Pixel 3a.

The Google Pixel 3a distilled everything that was great about the Google Pixel line into a smaller and easier-to-use phone, and one that wouldn't dent your wallet anywhere near as much. It was easily the best mid-range phone of 2019, and in 2020 it appears that Google may be planning to repeat that success with the Google Pixel 4a.

Design

  • Hole punch camera rather than a notch
  • Headphone jack still present
  • Novelty colour likely
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Camera

  • Single rear sensor likely
  • Single front sensor almost certain
  • Can Google's AI-led photography still lead the pack in 2020?

Performance

  • Expect a mid-range Snapdragon
  • 5G is possible but doesn't feel likely
  • Don't look for storage expansion

Battery life

  • Little known about battery performance
  • Wireless charging could happen, but don't bet the house on it

Early outlook

  • Google should challenge the mid-range nicely again in 2020

Pricing and availability

  • Probably around $600-$700 outright
  • Expect a mid-May launch period

The Google Pixel 3a sells in Australia for $649, and that's roughly the price frame we'd expect to see the Google Pixel 4a arrive in Australia at. Google might opt to juice up the internal specifications and push more towards $700, or it could more aggressively target the mid-range and drop the price just a touch.

With the big carriers now opting for distinct handset and contract systems, it's entirely unclear which carriers if any might offer the Google Pixel 4a. Only Vodafone offered the Pixel 3a on contract in Australia, but with such a big brand behind it, it seems unlikely that we'd only have outright options for Google's next mid-range phone.

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