Pixel 4a has finally arrived and Google has another mid-range hit on its hands, from the delightfully slick version of Android to an stunning camera for a super cheap device, but it lacked one key connectivity. Let’s dive into the upcoming Google Pixel 4a 5G.
The new 4a did a bang up job of simply refreshing what people loved about its predecessor. However, when pitted up against competitors like OnePlus Nord and the Moto G 5G Plus, Pixel 4a looks behind the curve with its lack of 5G connectivity tech.
Google clearly anticipated this and Pixel 4a 5G is now set for a launch later this month. The big question will be whether the price remains competitive after the 5G hike is implemented.
While we know the handset will be graced with the latest 5G technology, any other upgrades coming to the 4a remain a mystery with plenty of speculations floating around online. Read on for all the latest leaks and rumours regarding the Pixel 4a 5G, including the price, release date, specs and more.
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Google Pixel 4a 5G – Release Date
Google has finally revealed when we will see the upcoming 5G version of Pixel 4a (as well as Pixel 5). Google’s “Launch Night In” is set to launch the phones on September 30.
The event is set to see the reveal of the two new phones as well as a new Chromecast with Android TV and a new taller Nest speaker.
Google Pixel 4a 5G – Price
Google VP of Product Management Brian Rakowski revealed Pixel 4a 5G pricing would begin at $499.
We don’t yet know how this will translate to UK pricing. However, the Pixel 4a was priced at $349 in the US and £349 in the UK. £150/$150 is quite a hike just for 5G and would put the device pricing above other budget 5G phones like the OnePlus Nord.
Related: Pixel 4a vs OnePlus Nord
Google Pixel 4a 5G – Design
The design of Google’s next phone is an interesting one, and it seems this may be where Google could look to justify the added cost over the standard Pixel 4a.
As expected, the 5G phone looks set to be very similar to its 4G equivalent. However, leaks and rumours – particularly the above image from xleaks7 – suggest the 5G version will also act as a Pixel 4a XL of sorts. Some speculated the aforementioned leak was the upcoming Pixel 5 XL, however. It seems far more likely that it is indeed the 5G version of the Pixel 4a, offering customers a larger screen than its 5.8-inch sibling.
Twitter tipster @OnLeaks released his own renders in collaboration with 91Mobiles this week – and the handset looks encouragingly similar to xleaks7’s rendition.
According to 91Mobiles, the Pixel 4a 5G will feature a 6.1 or 6.2-inch display, a punch-hole camera in the upper left corner, a rear fingerprint sensor, and a dual camera setup.
A side-by-side comparison of the Pixel 4a 5G next to the smaller Pixel 5, shared by Reddit user u/theyankun (via TechDroider), shows off the camera module and fingerprint scanner and could give us a good idea of the size of the 4a 5G.
Google Pixel 4a 5G – Specs
There has been little confirmed in the way of specs for Pixel 4a 5G, beyond the addition of the latest connectivity tech, as indicated by the name of the phone.
For the most part, we’d expect the same specifications as the Pixel 4a, with the added expectation that it will feature a larger display. Whether the larger display and, consequently, larger phone, mean we might see an increased battery size remains to be seen.
We don’t yet know what processor will feature and it’s actually quite a conundrum. The 4G model sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, a chip that doesn’t support 5G or a clear 5G variant.
The obvious choice would be the Snapdragon 765G that’s included in phones like the OnePlus Nord. However, said processor seems a prime candidate for the upcoming Pixel 5.
Reddit leakster u/theyankun has shared a rumoured spec list for the phone, which includes a larger 3,800mAh battery than we saw on the Pixel 4a, 6GB RAM, a 60Hz display and the aforementioned Snapdragon 765G.
This is one we’ll have to wait for more news on and we’ll be updating this page as soon as we get word, so be sure to check back.