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Pixel 4A will be Google's first 5G camera phone, say latest rumors

Pixel 4A rumors
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The Pixel 4A looks like it could introduce the Google Pixel range of camera phones (opens in new tab) to 5G mobile data speeds, according to recent detective work (opens in new tab) by the folks at XDA Developers. After dissecting a Pixel 4 firmware dump, they were able to discern two chipsets that would be used in the 4A-series – sensational sleuthing. The first, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, which will feature Qualcomm’s 5G modem, and the second a Snapdragon 730, which won’t. 

This comes after leaked renders of the devices (opens in new tab) from OnLeaks and 91 Mobiles that showcase the design of the new Pixels, complete with Honor 20-style punch hole notches and a square camera surround at the back. While the Pixel 3A introduced the concept of bringing Pixel quality cameras to the masses, the Pixel 4A doesn’t look set to mirror the camera of the Pixel 4 (opens in new tab) like-for-like. Instead of the Pixel 4’s dual-camera, based on these leaks, it looks like the 4A has only got the flagship’s primary camera, ditching the telephoto lens.

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A great primary camera isn’t to be sniffed at, and with any luck, Google will also load up its upcoming midrange pixels with bigger batteries than it did the Pixel 4. This would make them great phones across the board rather than just great camera phones. 

We’re expecting both 4G and 5G versions of the Pixel 4A to launch at Google I/O on the 12-14 May, given the fact that this event was the platform during which Google announced the Pixel 3A (opens in new tab) last year.

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Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there he headed up Btekt as a director and then Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 


His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.