The Google Pixel 4a is official! After months of delays caused by the pandemic, today Google has finally introduced the very highly anticipated Pixel 4a to the world ahead of its release later this month. The Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G were also sort of announced, but they will be coming much later this year. So, for now, let's concentrate on the latest gem in Google's arsenal - the Pixel 4a!
Google Pixel 4a specs at a glance:
A 5.8" FHD+ OLED display with punch hole
Octa-core Snapdragon 730 processor
12MP main and 8MP front cameras
Pixel 4a design
The Pixel 3A was known for its compact design and Google has stayed true to that philosophy with the Pixel 4a. It has fitted the device with a small 5.8-inch OLED display that’s coupled with several features including Now Playing and Always-On Display.
Google has opted for slim bezels around the Full-HD+ panel and a small punch hole in the corner as well. The latter houses an 8-megapixel selfie shooter borrowed from the flagship Google Pixel 4 series.
Keeping things running smoothly at all times is the mid-range yet powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset. It represents a pretty big upgrade over the Snapdragon 670 that was used inside the Pixel 3A last year.
Pixel 4a hardware
The internal package is completed by an impressive 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage as standard. Google has added the Titan M security chip and a 3,140mAh battery backed up by 18W fast charging support.
Most midrange smartphones these days feature good cameras at best. The Google Pixel 4a switches things up by borrowing the amazing f/1.7 12.2-megapixel sensor used on the flagship Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL lineup.
The results won’t be quite as impressive due to the different chipset and image signal processor. But Google has some brilliant software and the results shouldn’t be too different, which means the Pixel 4a may well have one of the best cameras in the midrange segments.
It even supports Google’s Portrait Mode and Night Sight function, which is coupled with optical image stabilization for stunning photos in low-light situations. Those of you interested in video will be pleased to hear the Pixel 4a supports 4K recording at 30fps and 1080p video at up to 120fps.
Pixel 4a software and functionalities
The camera in question sits near an LED flash inside a square camera bump on the plastic rear panel. Google has positioned a capacitive fingerprint scanner and its ‘G’ logo on the back of the phone too. Of course, good performance isn’t possible unless the software is optimized. Google has that under control with stock Android 10 straight out of the box, although updates to Android 11, Android 12, and Android 13 are guaranteed.
Pixel 4a release date
The Google Pixel 4a will be available for pre-order online in the Just Black variant at S$499 through the Google Store, and retail partners Courts and Challenger starting Tuesday (Aug 4). Amazon Singapore will also be doing online sales from Sep 10, while in-store purchases at Courts and Challenger will be available from mid-October.
For one of the most competitive prices (S$499) on the smartphone market, you get a phone that is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Mobile Platform, offers storage space of 128GB, 6GB of RAM, new re-designed hole punch front-camera that is embedded within the display and a 5.8-inch bezel-less OLED display screen. At S$499, Pixel 4a has the same camera as the pixel 4 at $1119 and has the great software optimisation of all Google pixel phone.
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