Getting to Know Google Pixel 4a

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On 3 August 2020, Google has officially declared the arrival of its low-cost smartphone, the Pixel 4a.

It has no bragging rights compared to the iPhone SE, the OnePlus Nord, the Samsung Galaxy A51, and a hatful of other inexpensive phones from brands like Xiaomi and Realme.

In fact, you should avoid Google Pixel 4a if you are looking for:

 

  • Superior performance, this is not for gamers
  • Attractive additional features or trimmings
  • A charged battery that lasts for days

 

But, if you are in search of an affordable phone that costs $350, this phone is an excellent choice for someone who prefers:

  • Pocket-friendly phone from a reliable manufacturer
  • An excellent camera
  • Compactness
  • Quality programming with the latest updates.

About the Pixel 4a

Its older sibling, the Pixel 3a, needed lots of improvement, and Pixel 4a pulled it off with remarkable achievement.

For a cheap price of $350, it has set a new standard for camera performance that stands out from the competition. Outfitted with a primary camera along with Google’s mystical image processing, the Pixel 4a will give you fantastic shots. Choose your subject, set your phone, press the shutter button, and you’ll capture the moment with stunning, high-quality photos.

And that’s not all, the AMOLED display looks very chic, the Snapdragon 730 processor is pretty fast for virtually any task, and battery life is wonderfully reliable.

It’s a cutesy, curvy polycarbonate handset that sits comfortably in the palm, and its lightweight frame makes it easy to hold and use. There’s a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, there’s almost no screen bezel, and there’s even a headphone jack.

 

What’s Not Nice About the Pixel 4a

Pull out the spec sheet and compare it to similarly priced rivals and the Google Pixel 4a doesn’t seem like such a great deal, with less power, less RAM, fewer cameras, a smaller screen, and no 5G connectivity.

Battery life is mediocre, with the phone just about lasting a day on a single charge – and if you really push it, you’ll be reaching for a charger come late afternoon.

All of that said, we don’t blame phone lovers if they will turn away from the lack of features galore.

But if none of these things is an issue, the Pixel 4a is a darn good choice that will give you more bang your buck. Its compact size, clean interface, and the great point-and-shoot camera will appeal to those looking for an affordable, reasonably sized handset with enough grunt for social media, web browsing, and emails, plus the ability to capture some excellent pictures.

Here’s What You’ll Get

A smartphone with a 5.81 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution. It is powered by the Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 Octa-core processor.

The device is built with a Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), plastic back, and plastic frame. The rear camera consists of a single 12.2 MP (wide) with LED flash, Auto-HDR, and panorama.

The front camera has an 8 MP (wide). The smartphone comes with a Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, and barometer. The smartphone is fueled by a Non-removable Li-Po 3140 mAh + Fast charging 18W + USB Power Delivery 2.0.

The Google Pixel 4a comes in a single color Black. It features a 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, and Bluetooth 5.1. The device runs on Android 10.

The dimension of the smartphone is 144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm and weighs 143 grams.

Google Pixel 4a Specifications

 

BODY Dimensions

Weight

Build

SIM

144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm (5.67 x 2.73 x 0.32 in)

143 g (5.04 oz.)

Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), plastic back, plastic frame

Nano-SIM and/or eSIM

DISPLAY Type

Size

Resolution

Protection

OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

5.81 inches, 83.2 cm2 (~83.3% screen-to-body ratio)

1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~443 ppi density)

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Always-on display

HDR

PLATFORM OS

Chipset

CPU

 

GPU

Android 10, upgradable to Android 11

Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G (8 nm)

Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)

Adreno 618

MEMORY Card Slot

Internal

No

128GB 6GB RAM

UFS 2.1

MAIN CAMERA Single

 

Features

Video

12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS

LED flash, Auto-HDR, panorama

4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps; gyro-EIS

SELFIE CAMERA Single

Features

Video

8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1.12µm

Auto-HDR

1080p@30fps

SOUND Loudspeaker

3.5mm jack

Yes, with stereo speakers

Yes

COMMS WLAN

 

Bluetooth

GPS

NFC

Radio

USB

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot

5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS

Yes

Unspecified

3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity,

compass, barometer

BATTERY Type

Charging

Li-Po 3140 mAh, non-removable

Fast charging 18W

USB Power Delivery 2.0

TESTS Performance

 

 

Display

Battery life

AnTuTu: 268714 (v8)

GeekBench: 6426 (v4.4), 1626 (v5.1)

GFXBench: 17fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)

Endurance rating 76h

MISC Colors

Model

Price

Just Black

G025J

$ 349.99

 

Should I Buy the Pixel 4a?

You should buy it if you want a phone you can use one-handed, only a few are in the market. Its compact form factor, rounded edges, and soft-touch polycarbonate body make it easy to hold and use.

You’ll get a great photo nearly every time with the Pixel 4a, not to mention the killer Night Sight and astrophotography modes if you like shooting at night.

 

 

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