More than ever, phone-makers are targeting people on tighter budgets, who might otherwise have just held onto their old phone for another year. In May of last year, Google launched the Pixel 3A and . It was the Pixel phones’ first foray — and perhaps Google’s return to . The strategic move worked and the by that summer.
Since then, Google’s rivals released a number of its own midtier handsets, including Apple’s rumors about the devices. And until the launch happens, check back often as we update the roundup., the and the sub-$300 and . Google’s Pixel “A” line offers a viable alternative for Android users looking for a Pixel phone experience at a lower cost, but still needs to remain competitive. In anticipation of Google’s expected announcement of the Pixel 4A and 4A XL, we gathered the most compelling and interesting
Pixel 4A price: $399 looks probable
Last year’s Pixel 3A cost $399, £399 and AU$649; the 3A XL cost $479, £469 and AU$799. It wouldn’t be surprising if Google kept the same pricing model this year for its Pixel 4A phones. The reasons are twofold: Raising the price of a device specifically geared towards more budget-minded users would be an odd move. Second, premium phone makers seem to consider $399 a good price mark. Apple’s iPhone SE, for example, is $399 as is Samsung’s Galaxy A51. A Evan Blass also noted the same price.price posted by tech leaker
In addition, Stephen Hall of 9to5Google tweeted that the Pixel 4A could be even cheaper, starting at $349 instead. This would make it even more competitive against the iPhone SE and would attract more budget-minded users.
Pixel 4A running Android 10, maybe Android 11?
Google usually unveils its latest mobile OS in May, during its annual developers conference known as Google I/O
. Due to COVID-19 concerns, however, the in-person . Now . Optimistically, the Pixel 4A could run the finalized version of Android 11 right out of the box. However, the timeline may be too short. What may happen instead is that the Pixel 4A runs Android 10 by the time it gets into users hand, but will be updated to Android 11 later on. This would make sense since last year, the Pixel 3A ran Android 9, which was publicly released in 2018, despite the third beta version of Android 10 being announced the same day as the Pixel 3A at I/O.
Pixel 4A release date: Could be July or later
With the launch of the Pixel 3A being the only reference to go on, it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact launch date for the Pixel 4A. Last year the phone debuted in May, but that month has since came and gone. (One report from German site Caschys Blog predicted the phone in Europe, which obviously ended up being untrue.)
Later it was suspected that Google would announce it on June 3, which was the same date the company said it was going to unveil Android 11. Google later tweeted that the phone would be delayed until July, but at this rate it can be later than that.and June also passed with no Pixel announcement. Now it’s July and David Ruddock of Android Police
Pixel 4A and 5G?
On July 10, code in the latest beta version of Google’s Search app was spotted that included several device codenames. 9to5Google. Google has remained mum about its 5G plans, and it’d be surprising if the company decided that the midlevel Pixel 4A will be its first 5G phone. One would expect it to save a marquee feature for the upcoming Pixel 5 flagship (expected in October). But thanks to Qualcomm’s more affordable , cheaper phones can have 5G connectivity and inexpensive 5G phones are already available (including the and the ), so it’s not out of the realm of possibility., according to
Pixel 4A design: Maybe hole-punch camera, headphone jack
There’s no way of knowing what the Pixel 4A officially looks like at this point, but 91Mobiles show the phone with a hole-punch camera and a headphone jack. The hole-punch camera would be consistent with the billboard mockups mentioned earlier, and is a trendy design that is featured on recent Galaxy S20 and OnePlus 8 phones. Supposed leaked images of Google’s Pixel 4A’s wallpaper, reported by XDA Developers and the YouTube channel TecnoLike Plus, also suggest a hole-punch camera. Keeping the headphone jack wouldn’t be too unexpected since the Pixel 3A also has one. But because more and more phones don’t have the audio port, including the Pixel 4, Google could go either way with keeping it or leaving it off on the Pixel 4A.from Indian tech website
Pixel 4A camera: May have same dual cameras as Pixel 4
One of the most compelling things about the Pixel 3A was that it had the same excellent camera as the Pixel 3, and it would make sense for Google to pack the Pixel 4A with the same camera hardware as the Pixel 4. That may include two rear cameras (a 12.2-megapixel standard camera and a 16-megapixel telephoto lens) as well as an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. But don’t be too surprised if Google decides to mix it up by not copying itself exactly. Last year, it didn’t carry over the second wide-angle front-facing camera that was on the Pixel 3 to the Pixel 3A, and it debuted a time-lapse video mode on the Pixel 3A that was new to Pixel phones.