Google has struggled to compete with flagship smartphones from Samsung and Apple, but the introduction of a budget model last year, the Pixel 3a, gave us some hope for the premium segment. Now, the company has just launched its successor, the Google Pixel 4a, in India at Rs’ suggested price. 31,999($ 420).
For starters, I think Google has done a much better job with the price this time with the Pixel 4a . This new phone will go on sale on October 16, and you can get all the details here. I have been playing with a unit that I just received, and here are my first impressions.
Google Pixel 4A Specifications
Display and layout
The Google Pixel 4a is a significant improvement over the Pixel 3a in almost every way. It’s lighter and more compact but packs a larger 5.8-inch full-HD + OLED display (compared to 5.6-inches on the Pixel 3a). It’s just a 60Hz panel, but I don’t think it should be a deal-breaker. It has a polycarbonate body and is only available in black, but the finish is smooth to the touch. The rounded edges provide a comfortable grip, and overall it fits quite comfortably in my hand. The Pixel 4a still features a contrasting power button, and like the 3a, the 4a retains a 3.5mm headphone jack.
I found the screen to be bright and vibrant so far. It has thin edges all around and a modern-looking punch cutout for the selfie camera. There are also significant improvements in the specifications.
Processor, RAM, and storage
The Pixel 4a features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC and is only available in one configuration: 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. And a three-month subscription to Google One cloud storage, which gets you 100GB.
The Pixel 4a also has a reasonably modest camera setup: a single 12.2-megapixel rear sensor with an aperture of f / 1.7, OIS, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. There are still many tests to do. I feel that I won’t be disappointed with the 4th cameras if 3rd is something to go through.
Battery and other features
Google promises “all-day” battery life for the Pixel 4a, which should be good enough for most people. The battery capacity has only increased slightly from the Pixel 3a to 3,140 mAh, so I hope the optimizations made in Android 11 will be enough to get good battery life. An 18W fast charger is included in the box, which is good to see.
The Pixel 4a also has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers, and a single Nano-SIM slot (with support for an additional eSIM).
You get Android 11 out of the box, which is fast to navigate. Being a Pixel phone, there is also a guarantee of receiving security and operating system updates for at least the next three years.
Overall, the Pixel 4a is a significant improvement over the Pixel 3a on paper, but none of these updates would mean anything if Google had blown the price. The good news is that it is not. If you’re comparing just specs, the Pixel 4a is outclassed by the competition around Rs. 30,000($ 420), like Realme’s X3 series, Asus 6Z, etc., what this phone lacks in hardware, Google generally makes up for in software.