The Google Pixel 4a 5G
The Google compound is buzzing with excitement as they gear themselves for the launch of Pixel 4a 5G this September. An internal document from the German branch of Vodafone suggests the Google Pixel 4a 5G and Google Pixel 5 may land in Germany on the 25th of September.
Initially, we didn’t know a whole lot about this upcoming phone, but as we get closer to the Google Pixel 4a 5Gs launch date, Google’s plans are coming into focus.
Read on to see what information we have gathered before the launch.
Out with the old and in with the 5G
Embedded in the name of the phone, Google is trying to convey that their new release will support 5G. While having 5G connectivity probably doesn’t matter to most customers right now, it is going to become more and more common over the next couple of years. As a result, future-proofing your purchase will be smart for anyone looking to save money in the long run.
Matte plastic instead of the glass and metal design
Potential design features include a punch-hole display on the front, with a square camera patch and a fingerprint scanner on the back. A colour-contrasting power button on the side will add some extra visual interest. The chassis materials for the Pixel 4a 5G will likely be matte plastic again, rather than the glass and metal design seen on more expensive phones.
A slight hike in price
It is a lot more than the standard Google Pixel 4a, but 5G compatibility seems to be the main reason behind the higher pricing.
We are likely to find another OLED screen on the Pixel 4a 5G. Google has offered OLED panels on the Pixel 4a and the Pixel 3a, so there’s no reason to expect a switch over to LCD. The Pixel 4a uses an FHD 5.81” display, which can achieve a good max brightness, colour vividness and accuracy, even if the Adaptive Brightness system is not as precise as it can be.
Upgraded to Snapdragon to 730
To give the Pixel 4a the ability to use 5G, Google’s going to have to make some big changes to the basic Pixel 4a. The most obvious move is to upgrade the Snapdragon 730 chip out for something like the Snapdragon 765G, the most powerful of Qualcomm’s mid-range SoCs with a built-in 5G modem. They will also have the advantage of giving the phone a performance boost and closing the gap on rival phones, which use the same piece of silicon.
The new chip also means more RAM and storage capacity to go with it since the phone will be more capable of intensive tasks.
Camera modes galore
The Pixel 4a has the same camera unit as the Pixel 4, similar to what the Pixel 3a did with the Pixel 3. After all, that is the point of these phones – to give you access to those camera skills at a lower price point. Therefore, we expect the Pixel 4a 5G to offer the same too.
If right, you can expect a 12.2MP, 1.4µm sensor with f/1.7 lens and optical image stabilisation with all the AI skills of the Pixel 4, like Night Sight with astrophotography mode, Top Shot and Portrait Mode.
Extended battery life
The Pixel 4a contains a 3,140 mAh battery with a disappointing result in your battery life test of just under 9 hours, compared to the 11-hour average for smartphones. If Google is going to change some of the interior components already, it should be a better battery, and that seems to be the case.
Fortunately, that’s what might happen, specs posted along with that Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G photo suggest that the 4a 5G will get a 3,800 mAh battery.
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Although the price boost is unfortunate, the Pixel 4a 5G could be the better of the two Pixel 4a options. That’s not just because of the 5G compatibility but rather the potential upgrades Google could deliver in terms of screen size and performance. While it is hard to get specifics, the Pixel 5G is expected to come in colours like black and green. The Pixel 4a 5G variant will be announced alongside a black edition.
While it is not out yet, you can be rest assured that we will be keeping tabs on this upcoming offering from Google, check back with us when the time comes so you can get your own Google Pixel 4a 5G.