Google officially announces Pixel 4a and (surprise!) Pixel 5 with 5G

Yolanda Curtis
August 4, 2020

After some delay, the Google Pixel 4a is official, and it's exactly what you would expect the successor to the Pixel 3a to be - simple, affordable, and packed with Google smarts.

Remember, the Pixel 4a would have been official back in mid-May if not for the pandemic and the Google I/O cancellation that followed. Battery capacity comes in at a much slighter 1,821mAh, but Apple is good with power management; we got 6 hours of video streaming on the iPhone SE at full brightness, though you'll get a lot more screen time with more casual usage. The oily stock Android with 3-year upgrade guarantees, free media backup, durable matte body that you don't have to baby, or easy and cheap repairability only add to the already formidable appeal of Google's computational photography. But I bet you probably won't miss majority. We even have photos of retail packaging from April that show Google was ready to deliver the Pixel 3a successor on time and has clearly pushed back the release on objective.

The biggest difference between the Pixel 4a's camera and that of the $US800 Pixel 4 is the latter's dual camera setup. But it is reliable and works when you are wearing a face mask. There's no wireless charging here, but the 4a retains the same 18W wired charging as the 4. It boasts a 5.81-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2,340 by 1,080 at 443 ppi. There's also a small hole-punch in the display for the front-facing camera. This means the 5G version of the Pixel 4a will likely use a Snapdragon 765G which is slightly more powerful.

The Pixel 4a is available in one configuration for $349. High dynamic range (HDR) is supported on this screen.

The Pixel 4a easily has the best camera in any mid-range phone today. It's a nice step up from the 3a, making the 4a a surprisingly competitive phone even for people who care about specs. In the realm of phones, it hasn't been very successful aside from the Pixel 3a, so perhaps these new mid-range phones are exactly what the public want from them.

The latter now adds captions to phone calls and video calls (with Google Duo or Facebook Messenger, for instance), which is useful for hard-of-hearing users - despite the captions not being entirely accurate in my test.

Android offers a terrific live recording feature, live captions, and more customization features than iOS.

The Pixel 4a has a midrange Snapdragon 730G processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.

From what little we can tell in the image, this is a photo of the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, presumably.

Google today announced the launch of its latest smartphone, the Pixel 4a, which has a $349 price tag and is created to compete with lower-cost devices like Apple's $399 iPhone SE.

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