Pixel 4a phone is here and costs just $349!

Pixel 4a
(Image credit: Google)

Following months of speculation, Google has finally launced the Pixel 4a later today. Google itself has been teasing the arrival of its latest budget camera phone and and now we have the specification and pricing of the stripped down version of the Pixel 4

The key feature is the price... at $349 / £349 / AU$599 it is at the bottom end of estimates for the latest in the Pixel phone line-up. There will not be a 4a XL model, for the moment at least – but a 5G version of the Pixel 4a will be launched later this year, priced at $499 in the US.

Here are the key details about the Pixel 4a:

• It will cost $349 / £349 / AU$599 - so will undercut the cost of the iPhone SE 2020, and the recently announced OnePlus Nord. It goes on sale 20 August in the US, 10 September in Australia and 1 October in the UK, but can be pre-ordered now (see below).

• The rear camera will have a modest 12 megapixel resolution, with a 77-degree wide lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.7

• The rear camera will feature dual-pixel phase detection autofocus with optical image stabilization

Night Sight is one of the main photographic features of the Pixel 4a (Image credit: Google)

• It will shoot 4K video at 30fps, with the ability to shoot at 120fps in 1080P. It can shoot at 240fps in 720P.

• 8 megapixel front camera with 84° wide f/2 lens with fixed focus

• 6GB of RAM, and 128GB storage

• Snapdragon 730G processor

• 5.81-inch screen

• Weighs 143g, and measures 144x69.4x8.2mm

• 3140mAh battery, which reputedly offers 24 hour running time thanks to a new intelligent app management system

• Only available in black

• A range of cases for the phone will be sold by Google that are made out of recycled materials

• A 5G version of the Pixel 4a will be launched - but not until later in the year, and will  arrive with the 5G Pixel 5.  It will cost $499 in the  US.

• US: Pre-order the Google Pixel 4a at Amazon

• US: Pre-order the Google Pixel 4a with custom fabric case

AU: Pre-order the Google Pixel 4a at JB Hi-Fi

The Pixel 4a is only available in Just Black - but Google is producing a neat looking range of optional cases made out of recycled materials (Image credit: Google)

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.