Google Launches Pixel 4a, a $349 iPhone SE Competitor

Google Launches Pixel 4a, a $349 iPhone SE Competitor

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. There's a fingerprint sensor on the back as well as the same 12.2MP camera sensor the company used on the Pixel 3 and 3a.

The Google Pixel 4a is now official and it's priced at $349, making it $50 cheaper than when the Pixel 3a launched past year. By focusing on one version of the Pixel in one color and figuring out how to build it more efficiently, Google found a way to sell this high-profile, mid-range device for less.

A 5.81-inch fullHD+ display with a 60Hz refresh rate will be placed on the front. Leaks have shown up just this weekend that point to the outlying possibility of not just one phone being announced in the Pixel 4a today, but perhaps a second or third device as well. Amazon is also offering the Pixel 4a with a new Google case made from over 70 percent recycled plastic for $389. Google has not released pricing for the Pixel 5 yet.

Other features include a headphone jack, USB-C charging (wireless charging is not available) and support for 4G connectivity.

You can see a comparison of the two phones' key specs below.

Thankfully we are getting a boost from previous year: we have a improved chipset (730 vs 670), an extra 2GB of RAM, double the storage space, 140 mAh of extra battery, and a slightly larger screen (0.2 inches).

Despite the branding choice, reports suggest the Google Pixel 4a (5G) will share some of its components with the flagship Google Pixel 5.

In terms of software, the Pixel 4a has some new tricks, albeit they are improvements to niche features, such as the Recorder audio recording app and the Live Caption feature that adds captions to audio or video. The 4a does not appear to have the Soli sensor for Motion Sense gestures or face unlock.

But this is a Pixel device, after all, and since it runs Google's stock brand of Android it means it'll be first on the list to receive Android 11 as soon as it starts rolling out to the general Android population.

Oh, and you can get the 5G version of the Pixel 4a sometime this fall for $500.

And that is your lot. But I bet you probably won't miss majority. But I am disappointed that the phone is available only in black as I really liked the orange option introduced with the Pixel 4.

Or will be, come October.

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