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Google Pixel 4a review

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Quick verdict: Google's cheaper Pixel phone has a serious update under its simple looking frame, and it leads to what is simply one of the best mid-range phones right now.

  • Better night photography than similarly priced phones
  • Decent storage
  • Has a headphone jack
  • Plastic body
  • No wireless charging
  • Average battery life

5.8 inches

Display size

1080 x 2340px

128GB

Internal storage

12.2 MP

Rear camera

3,140 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
5.8 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2340px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
443 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12.2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.7
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
144mm x 69.4mm x 8.2mm

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 12

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 730G4
RAM
6GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
128GB
Battery capacity
3,140mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Launch price (RRP)$0
Google Pixel 4a

When Google launched the Google Pixel 3a in 2019, there wasn't much that was all that exciting in mid-range phones. Budget phones were starting to get really good, while premium models had crazy good cameras and every gimmick that manufacturers could throw at them, leaving the mid-range in a difficult position.

It was hard to recommend a phone that cost more than a budget model without delivering all that much in terms of really useful features, but the best gear was hitting at price points rapidly spiralling above $1,500.

The Pixel 3a redefined expectations in 2019, but as a result, manufacturers very much shifted to producing some truly excellent mid-range options. In 2020, the pressure is more on those premium models because what you can get in a mid-range phone in terms of performance, camera flexibility and battery life are generally enough for anyone.

Into that market, Google's pitching the Google Pixel 4a, a phone that very much looks on the surface like it's just a specification bump on the Pixel 3a, with a dab of Pixel 4 style along for the ride. The end result is still a compelling phone for those who like simple Android experiences and appreciate clean Android OS environments, but it's very far from your only great mid-range choice.


Design

Design

  • 5.8-inch OLED display in a smaller body
  • Simple rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Headphone jack!
Google Pixel 4a

Camera

Camera

  • Single-lens AI assist continues to impress
  • Night sight upgraded with Astrophotography modes
  • Mid-range competitors have stepped up camera expectations
Google Pixel 4a

Performance

Performance

  • Processor and RAM upgrades are long overdue
  • 128GB storage is pleasant
  • No 5G (but that's coming soon)
  • 3 years of Android updates
Google Pixel 4a

Battery life

Battery life

  • 3140mAh battery will last a day, but that's about it
  • No wireless charging
Google Pixel 4a

Should you buy the Google Pixel 4a?

  • Buy it if you want a small and powerful Android device with an easy-to-use camera.
  • Don't buy it if you want more camera flexibility or better battery life.
Finder score: 4
How we score our reviews

Google got a lot right with the Pixel 4a, and it's easy to see where it's learned lessons from the Google Pixel 3a. Yes, it's sporting a more powerful processor, but you'd expect that. Bumping up the inbuilt storage and RAM is more significant, and will give the Pixel 4a plenty of grunt for years to come. Google's ability to deliver that while actually dropping the price from the Pixel 3a makes it even more enticing. The camera remains best suited for folks who don't want to fuss with photo-processing apps – but also quite a bit less enticing for those who want wide-angle shots or telephoto zooms.

That's the biggest challenge for the Google Pixel 4a because there are plenty of handsets from the likes of Oppo, realme, Motorola and Samsung that offer up a lot more photographic flexibility than the Pixel 4a, even if they can't match its superlative low-light performance. What's great about that is that you finally have a lot of really good choice in the mid-range space, and more than enough to really challenge the proposition that you must buy a phone that costs north of $1,500 to get a really "great" handset.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP: $599

Where to buy


Specifications

Display

Display Size
5.8 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2340px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
443 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12.2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.7
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
144mm x 69.4mm x 8.2mm

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 12

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 730G4
RAM
6GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
128GB
Battery capacity
3,140mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A

Images: Alex Kidman

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