Google launches Pixel 4a at $349, confirms new phones for fall

Ruben Fields
August 9, 2020

Google recently unveiled its latest affordable phone, the Pixel 4a, and while this doesn't support 5G the company confirmed that a Google Pixel 4a 5G will be landing later this year, and that the upcoming Pixel 5 will also support 5G.

Google Pixel 4a is now available for pre-order in Australia on the Google Store and at JB Hi Fi, Vodafone and Harvey Norman. After so many rumors and leaks, the device is finally official, and the company has even launched First TV Ad for Pixel 4a. That means you can expect the Pixel 4a to be running Android 11 by Christmas and it to get Android 12 next year. Since there's only one variant this time around, the display size has increased to 5.81 inches with a60Hz, FHD+, OLED panel.

Powered by an eight-core Snapdragon 730 processor with a core speed of 2.2 GHz + 1.8 GHz, the device will be available with 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM.

The 3140mAh battery is a bit small, but at least you get the same 12MP camera as the Pixel 4, along with an 8MP selfie camera.

You can buy the Pixel 4a directly from Google.

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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.

A quick scroll through the user reviews for the Google Camera app on the Google Play Store and you're bound to come across sentiments from Pixel 2 XL users complaining about this issue. Furthermore, Google asserts that the new Pixel 4a wields the "same great Pixel camera" as the Pixel 4 delivered last October. It comes in a single storage tier of 128GB and a powerful software-driven camera.

The Google Pixel 4a features dual stereo speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and supports 18W fast-charging via a USB type-C port on the bottom of the device. We remain deeply committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to these countries.

The global smartphone market "plummeted" in the second quarter of this year, with Apple the only top vendor to grow, according to market tracker Canalys.

Pixel 4a, the long-awaited successor to the Pixel 3a, should have been released in May but the coronavirus pandemic hit. While Apple is still the king of long-term support, with the original iPhone SE and iPhone 6S now on their fourth year of iOS updates, Pixels receive major OS releases and security updates for longer periods than most Android phones. The Crystal Palace, for $39.99, is a transparent case that can protect the new Google Pixel 4A from a drop of 13 feet.

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