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Pixel 4a with 5G revealed: Google’s budget phone gets a 5G upgrade

Pixel 4a 5G has been revealed and there’s been some time to mull over the intriguing device. If you’re not fully caught up on the new 5G version of the popular Pixel 4a, read on for everything you need to know.

Google’s Launch Night In was a swift one, with some rather short pre-recorded segments to reveal the exciting new phones, as well as the new Chromecast with Google TV and Google Nest Audio. Short or long, the event was a pretty exciting one (even if the preordained leaks almost fully came to fruition), introducing a pair of devices to shake up the mid-range.

Google revealed way back at the start of August that we’d be getting this 5G version of Pixel 4 and we’ve finally had the full details confirmed. We’ve gotten a Pixel 4a 5G that offers impressive specs across the board, even if it may struggle against some strong cheaper competition. Here’s the lowdown on the release date, price, specs, camera and more.

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Pixel 4a 5G release date

You can join the waiting list for Pixel 4a 5G right now, with devices shipping from November 19.

If Pixel 4a 5G doesn’t quite match up to your spec needs, Pixel 5 is also available to pre-order now (for October 15) and starts at £599.

Pixel 4a 5G price

Google Pixel 4a 5G pricing begins at £499 in the UK, pricing it well above the likes of OnePlus Nord (£379) and Moto G 5G Plus (£299).

There’s a little nugget of goodness waiting for UK consumers who purchase the device between November 5 and November 18 in the form of a free pair of Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones. We gave these impressive headphones a 4.5-star in our full review so it’s a cracking bonus. This offer is available from Google Store and more outlets, make sure to check the individual outlet terms beforehand to ensure the headphones are included.

If you are looking to get Pixel 4a 5G on contract, you’ll have to wait a bit due to the later launch date. While Pixel 5 is available to pre-order from the likes of EE, Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse right now.

Pixel 4a 5G specs

Pixel 4a 5G is a step up from 4a almost across the board, here are the key specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch 2340×1080 60Hz OLED
  • Processor: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 12-megapixel main sensor and a 16-megapixel wide-angle
  • Battery: 3885mAh
  • I/O: USB-C and headphone jack

While simply whacking 5G into Pixel 4a would’ve seemed like an obvious choice, the specs show Google has gone for something a tad more premium – giving the 5G version the same processor as the new Pixel 5

Pixel 4a 5G camera

Pixel 4a 5G gets the same camera setup as Pixel 5, which is a tweak from last year’s flagship Pixel 4. Google has ditched the telephoto lens for a wide-angle sensor this time.

The extra wide-angle sensor provides enhanced zoom capabilities, improved low light capabilities and, of course, a wider wide-angle option. For those who like those pristine extra features Pixel offers, you’ll be getting its strong software chops in the form of HDR+ and Portrait modes.

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Pixel 4a 5G design

The new Pixel 4a 5G is only available in Black for now, going against rumours pointing towards a White model. 

Pixel 4a 5G has the same “soft-touch polycarbonate unibody” as its 4G predecessor, alongside Gorilla Glass 3 on the front. So, unlike Pixel 5, you don’t get waterproofing, wireless charging capabilities or that snazzy textured look back (with the Sorta Sage option).

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