Google Pixel 4a: The Idea Of Google’s Midrange Smartphone
Back in 2016, Google announced the closing production of its premium ‘Nexus’ series. This resulted in many tech enthusiasts in disgrace. It was because these phones were not only power-packed beasts but also one of the most loved ones in the industry. It was replaced by ‘newer’ series aka “Pixel“. As a result, this series was an overnight success. The main highlights of the first two, i.e., Google Pixel 1 and 2, were its performance and camera.
But after the release of Pixel 3 and 4, all its reputation was coming to downfall. This was because of the new series 3 and 4, they were relatively overpriced, and other manufacturers were providing similar or even more features at a relatively lower price like One Plus 6 & 7. This is the reason that Google is going to come up with the company’s first mid-ranger “Pixel 4a”.
Google Pixel 4a: Specs And Details Known Till Now
The Snapdragon 730 SoC will power the Pixel 4a. It’ll have at least two storage options – 64GB and 128GB. Both models will have 6GB RAM onboard.
Pixel 4a will run Android 10 out of the box and have Now Playing and also packing new Google Assistant. The mid-ranger will also get Android updates for three years, which most of the previous device gets.
The Pixel 4a will come in a plastic body and pack a 5.81″ OLED screen of 2340×1080 pixel resolution, with a punch hole in the top-left corner for the 8MP selfie camera having a FOV of 84-degree. It boasts a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner keeping along with the single 12.2MP primary camera, housed in a rectangular cutout with an LED flash. The main sensor will come with auto-focus and OIS/EIS. For video recording, the rear camera will offer five options – 720p at 240FPS, 1080p at 30FPS, 1080p at 60FPS, 1080p at 120FPS, and 4K at 30FPS. The front-facing camera will only allow recording in 1080p resolution at 30FPS, which is quite good. Under the hood, it packs 3080 mAh battery packed with a USB-C port at up to 18W. But there will be no wireless charging.
Will It Stand Out?
Rumoured to cost around 399$, the features it will provide are not acceptable. Some would argue about its camera. I know that its camera will be one of the best in the segment. But what about other pieces? SoC 730 at a price of about 400$ is a real joke as Redmi K20 pro, and Asus Zenfone 6z houses a far better chipset in a similar price range. And a plastic body that too at this price. Just remember how Poco F1 was trolled for having a polycarbonate body at its price range. Even Redmi Note 8 series comes with a glass body that too at about half the price. So Google yet again is going to lose.