Google unveils first 5G phones, cuts price on base Pixel model

Yolanda Curtis
August 7, 2020

There's also the new recorder app and a slew of Google'y enhancements to the base Android OS. AvailabilityThe Pixel 4a is now available for pre-order in the USA on the Google Store and on Google Fi. New with the Pixel 4a launch, and also rolling out for Pixel 2, 3, 3a and 4 phones, Live Caption will now automatically caption your voice and video calls. And though the Pixel 4a works on nearly every network in the world, there is no 5G support right now - that comes later in the year with the Pixel 4a 5G. Included in the list are the highly anticipated Google Pixel 4A, the 5G-capable version dubbed the Pixel 4A 5G, and the Pixel 5.

The Pixel 4a only has a single 12.2MP rear camera and another 8MP lens on the front. The Pixel 4a is also the second Pixel device to feature the new Google Assistant, although you won't be able to squeeze the phone to trigger it (unlike the Google Pixel 4).

The smartphone houses a 3140mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. Although both phones are tipped to feature a dual-camera setup, the Pixel 4a (5G) will likely inherit Pixel 4's sensors, and the Pixel 5 will supposedly get new cameras and software features.

As usual, Live Caption is a feature that works locally on the device, and Google reiterates that audio and captions never leave your phone and aren't saved in any way.

Other notable specs include stereo speakers (one of which appears to double up as the earpiece), and an honest-to-goodness 3.5mm headphone jack.

According to the sources, there were three smartphones by Google, which were said to release this year. But this time around, the Pixel 4a is launching at a time when consumers are hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Google and Apple are different here because the former treats the Pixel line as a hobby and a blueprint of how to do things while the latter is known for their customer first approach of doing things. Engadget talked to Brian Rakowski, VP of product management for the Pixel, who confirmed that there is no Pixel 4a XL being released for this very reason.

The Pixel 4a unveiled Monday will be offered August 20 just after months of delay caused by provide difficulties brought on by the pandemic.

The Pixel 4a will come in a single model, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.

The $349 / Rs. 26,200 price tag of the Pixel 4A is one of the major highlights of this device. Secondly, Google Pixel phones are more of a corollary to its Android operating system, a kind of showcase for it.

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