Google’s next Pixel phone is a near-certainty and gadget fans may have just been given a sneak peek at it ahead of time.Here’s a first look at the upcoming Google Pixel 4a which is expected to launch sometime in May.
Leaked images, allegedly showing the Pixel 4a, have been circulated online ahead of a rumoured official revealing in May. The original Pixel 4 was launched back in October last year and the Pixel 4a is believed to be a stripped-down, budget version released as a mid-year refresh. Google adopted this approach with the Pixel 3a last May. The 3a was unveiled at the Google I/O developer conference and Google has already stated this year’s I/O won’t be going ahead because of the coronavirus outbreak. So if the 4a does become a reality, it will likely be announced some other way.
There’s not much to go on from these pictures. If accurate, it means the 4a will feature slimmer bezels with a hole-punch camera and a fingerprint sensor on the back. It looks like Google has kept the square camera bump but dropped down to just a single lens from the Pixel 4’s dual-lens. Other rumours suggest this phone will have a 5.7-inch or 5.8-inch display and may even bring back the 3.5mm headphone jack to sit alongside the USB Type-C port at the base. Annoyingly, we can’t see if that’s the case with these snaps.
The Google Pixel 3a was a hit with tech fans last year (Google)
Google itself hasn’t commented on these pictures so we need to take them with a hefty pinch of salt. Still, if the Pixel 4a is on the way it’s unlikely we’ll have to wait too long to see it in the flesh. Are you a Pixel fan? Let us know which features you’d like to see in the comments box below.
As per previous leaks, the Pixel 4a is expected to launch with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 or possibly the new Snapdragon 765 series SoC, with 4GB RAM and a 12.2-megapixel main rear camera. In case the handset launches with the Snapdragon 765, then we could even see the handset launch with 5G support. The regular Pixel 4a might come with a 5.7-inch flat display and the Pixel 4a XL could come with a larger 6.4-inch display.
As of now, we had seen a so-called render of the upcoming handset which seemed quite underwhelming. Now some alleged live images of the Pixel 4a have leaked and it looks very similar to the leaked renders from before. There’s a single-punch hole at the top left corner for the selfie camera along with narrow bezels and a slight chin at the bottom. At the back, there is a square module housing a single camera and an LED flash. There is also a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Google disappointed quite a few fans of the Pixel series by launching the Pixel 4 in limited markets. This was due to the fact that the company couldn’t get approvals for using its Soli radar, including India where a similar radar technology is used by the military. Now the only hope that we have is the Pixel 4a, which was expected to launch at the upcoming Google I/O 2020 conference in May. However, Google recently canceled the event due to the coronavirus outbreak, but it is highly possible that it might make announcements online.