Google has announced the Pixel 4a. The phone follows the Pixel 3a of the first series of Pixel devices from the middle segment with yet another handsome camera and long software support for 340 euros.
Google Pixel 4a
Google’s a-series represents a series with more accessible mid-range Pixel phones. Last year at the Google I / O event, Google launched the first phones in this series, the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL. Due to the corona pandemic, this event had to be canceled this year and today, more than two months later, Google announces the Pixel 4a.
No XL version of the Google Pixel 4a has been announced. This variant is expected to be released later this year under the name Pixel 4a 5G.
Specifications Google Pixel 4a
Dimensions: 144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm (143 grams)
Screen: 5.81-inch Full HD-OLED (2.340 x 1.080), 443 ppi, 60 Hz
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
RAM: 6 GB RAM
Storage: 128 GB internal (UFS 2.1)
Selfie camera: 8 MP with f / 2.0
Main camera: 12.2 MP with f / 1.7 with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus
Battery: 3,140 mAh
Software version: Android 10
Extra: Titan M, stereo speakers, 3.5mm headphone jack, 18-watt fast charging, fingerprint scanner on the back
Screen and housing
The Google Pixel 4a gets a 5.81-inch screen with a Full HD + resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. For the first time, the entire front of a Pixel phone consists almost entirely of the screen.
That means that the selfie camera is incorporated in a hole in the screen. The middle class, unfortunately, does not have a screen with a high refresh rate like the OnePlus Nord and has to make do with the standard 60 Hz speed. For protection, Google added Gorilla Glass 3 to the panel.
The screen has got the always-on and Now Playing functions. The always-on screen is the screen that, among other things, shows the time and additional functions when your phone is locked. The ‘ Now Playing ‘ feature shows the artist name and song currently playing on the lock screen. Apps that recognize music tracks for you are unnecessary with this function.
No Active Edge
The case is made of polycarbonate unlike the glass finish of the Pixel 3. For the first time since the Pixel 2 series, there is no Active Edge in this housing. Google has dropped this special squeeze feature for no reason this year. With Active Edge you automatically activate the Google Assistant when you squeeze the frame of the phone.
The fingerprint scanner is again placed on the back and therefore has no place on the screen. The phone, like its predecessor, has to make do without wireless charging or an IP68 certification.
Official cases (Blue Confetti, Static Gray, Basically Black)
Performance and battery
The Pixel 4a is equipped with a Snapdragon 730G. That’s a 2019 chipset based on 8nm technology that’s also in the Samsung Galaxy A71, OPPO Reno 2 and Xiaomi Mi 9T. The working and storage memory has been upgraded to 6 GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128 GB storage compared to the Pixel 3a.
The battery capacity has also been increased. The Google Pixel 3a received a 3,000 mAh battery and the successor is equipped with a 3,140 mAh battery. Using Adaptive Battery or Adaptable Battery Management, the battery should last for about 24 hours.
Adaptive Battery is a feature that learns to predict your app usage. The feature helps your phone prioritize the battery for your most important apps, ultimately helping your battery last longer.
In terms of fast charging, the Pixel 4a can count on the same 18-watt fast charging technology as the Pixel 3a, Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 series. There is also support for the USB PD standard.
The camera from Google
The Google Pixel series is best known for its excellent camera qualities. The Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL received the same excellent 12.2 MP camera from the high-end Pixel 3 series.
The Pixel 4 series also came with a 12.2 MP main camera and a 16 MP telephoto lens. Less is more, because even with the new Pixel 4a series, Google does not opt for a camera set-up with four or five lenses, but a single camera.
This 12.2 MP camera has an f / 1.73 aperture opening and a large pixel size of 1.4 µm. This Sony IMX363 sensor (the same as that of the Pixel 3a) once again gets optical image stabilization (OIS) along with electronic image stabilization (EIS) and autofocus.
Filming is possible in 4K resolution with up to 30 frames per second (fps) or in Full HD with up to 120 fps. On the front is an 8 MP Sony IMX355 sensor with an f / 2.0 aperture and the same pixel size as that of the main camera. This camera has electronic image stabilization.
Google is again on the Pixel 4a with artificial intelligence and software image processing for the camera. There is the Astro mode and night vision function for the camera. The star photography mode takes pictures of the clear starry sky under certain conditions. The Night Vision option is Google’s interpretation of the night mode found on many phones today.
Security and software
Google has also added its Titan M security chip to the Pixel 4a. That is a homemade dedicated security chip that serves as confirmation for important money transactions or to access, for example, medical equipment.
The Pixel 4a, like other Pixel smartphones, will receive security updates for at least three years from when the device was first available on the Google Store in the United States. The same three-year period applies to version updates. The Google Pixel 4a comes with Android 10.
Furthermore, there is the Google Recorder app, the Personal safety app, Live Caption or Live subtitles, and the new Google Assistant on the Pixel 4a.
Google Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5
Would you rather have 5G support? The Pixel 4a 5G ($ 499) and Pixel 5 will launch in the fall. Both presumably come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G chipset – which does support 5G.
Buy Google Pixel 4a
The Pixel 4a is available in the color Just Black for a suggested retail price of 340.20 euros from the German Google Store. On August 20, the phone will be available at Saturn and MediaMarkt in Germany, among others.
Unfortunately, Google’s Pixel phones are not available in the Netherlands and Belgium and we will have to move to other countries or to the gray channel. We have listed all providers in this article.