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Google Pixel 4a: Everything you need to know

Google Pixel 4a: Everything you need to know
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With rumors and reports of the Google Pixel 4a steadily flowing in since the beginning of 2020, it looks like this budget-friendly handset could be hitting shops any week now. 

Update 21 May: We've heard plenty of release dates for the Google Pixel 4a, as it keeps getting steadily pushed back. We first heard that the handset would be released in May, and then we heard various dates in June. However, it unfortunately seems that we're going to be waiting even longer for the Google Pixel 4a to appear, as the latest rumor suggests a July release. 

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According to this tweet by Jon Prosser, who previously predicted the iPhone SE's release date, the Google Pixel 4a in 'Just Black' and 'Barely Blue' is currently slated for 13 July. Prosser also advises that we will definitely not be seeing a 5G release, and that the Google Pixel 4a will be 4G only. 

However, this isn't the only interesting Google Pixel 4a rumor to crop up today. The YouTube channel TechnoLike Plus has a prototype of the Pixel 4a and has been exploring its features in different videos over the past few months. According to TechnoLike Plus, we won't be seeing the Active Edge feature that many Google Pixel phones have.

The Active Edge feature gives you the ability to squeeze the side of the phone to summon Google Assistant. It's been a staple feature of the Google Pixel phones over the past few years, including the Google Pixel 3a. However, the 'a' series of Pixel phones are designed to be more affordable than their counterparts, so it's likely that the Active Edge feature might have been scrapped to make way for more impressive specs in other areas.

However, it is worth noting that TechnoLike Plus is using a prototype phone, so it might be possible that Google has added the Active Edge feature since the channel got its hands on a Pixel 4a unit.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Last year, Google surprised everyone by releasing the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL as affordable versions of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. These versions were meant to bring some of the hardware and software of the premium devices to consumers that weren't prepared to pay the premium prices the Google Pixel 3 demanded.

It seems that Google is looking to follow a similar strategy in 2020 as well, which will be good news for anyone who liked the Google Pixel 4, but wasn't a fan of the price tag attached. However, while Google brought out an XL version of the Google Pixel 3a last year, we've heard rumors that there won't be an XL sibling this time around. 

We've rounded up the specs and features we'll be expecting from the Google Pixel 3a, when this upcoming handset will be released and just how much it will cost below. 

Google Pixel 4a price & release date

Originally, the Google Pixel 4a was due to be announced at the Google IO 2020 event, which was expected to take place between May 12-14. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this event has been completely cancelled. Since then, we've heard a variety of rumors concerning the 4a's release date. According to a rumor out of Germany, the Google Pixel 4a was due to go on sale there on 22 May. However, a subsequent rumor then pushed that date back to 5 June. 

Smartphone enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Pixel 4a will be interested to hear that the phone will reportedly be priced at €399 in European countries. This isn't too far off the price point of the newly released iPhone SE, which currently starts at €479. The Google Pixel 4a is now rumored to be priced from $349 in the US, undercutting the best cost the bast cost of the new  iPhone SE by $50.

Google Pixel 4a specs and features

A follow-up to the Google Pixel 3a, the Google Pixel 4a is rumored to have plastic housing with an OLED panel and a screen size of approximately 5.81 inches. The battery capacity of the Pixel 4a will reportedly be 3080 mAh and the charge should be 18 watts. It will apparently have 6GB of RAM, 128GN of storage and will come in either a 'Just Black or 'Barely Blue' shade.

The main rumors point to the Google Pixel 4a having the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, which is a mid-range SoC with eight cores. However, XDA Developers ran an investigation that discovered prototypes that ran both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 and the Snapdragon 765. If you're wondering why this is significant, the 765 chipset is designed to power 5G hardware. This means that there could be at least one version of the Google Pixel 4a that might be capable of 5G. 

The main camera of the Google Pixel 4a will reportedly be 12MP, while the front camera is likely to be an 8MP camera. It appears that the selfie camera might be housed in a punch-hole design in the top left of the screen, which would be a first for  a Pixel phone. 

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