Google announces Pixel 4a for 349 euros

The smartphone takes over many details from the Pixel 4. These include RAM, RAM and the 12-megapixel main camera. With the display, users have to do without the refresh rate of 90 Hz. The pre-sale starts here on September 10th.

Google has added a cheaper little brother to the Pixel 4 launched in October 2019. The Pixel 4a takes on many features from the Pixel 4, including the main camera, RAM and internal memory. However, the company sets the price significantly lower at 349 euros.

Pixel 4a (Image: Google)As a result, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 is not used, but the mid-range SoC Snapdragon 730G. The Pixel 4a also offers less when it comes to the display. At 5.81 inches, it is 0.1 inches larger than the 4a and also offers its FullHD resolution, but buyers have to do without the refresh rate of 90 Hz. However, Google also relies on OLED technology for the cheaper model.

The main camera corresponds to the wide-angle camera of the Pixel 4: 12.2 megapixels with a picture angle of 77 degrees, which corresponds to a 28 mm wide-angle lens (calculated on the 35 mm format). The aperture F1.7 and the 1.4 micron pixels of the sensor allow better shots in low light conditions.

The well-known camera function of the Pixel 4 is also available on the Pixel 4a. These include portrait mode, top shot, night mode and astrophotography. The camera records videos with a FullHD resolution at up to 120 frames per second. In 4K mode, however, only 30 frames per second are achieved.

Google specifies the main memory with 6 GB, the internal memory with 128 GB – both also correspond to the features of the Pixel 4. The features of the Pixel 4a also include WLAN 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.1 and LTE. The Titan-M module ensures greater safety. Headphones can be connected via a 3.5 mm jack plug.

With 3140 mAh, the battery has a larger capacity than the Pixel 4, which has to be satisfied with 2800 mAh. A quick charge function with 18 watts is also supported.

Additional features include a USB-C port, stereo speakers and two noise-canceling microphones. The 14.4 x 6.9 cm and 8.2 mm thick housing is made of polycarbonate. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. This brings the Pixel 4a to a weight of 143 grams.

As an operating system comes Android 10 used. Of course, the Pixel 4a will also be one of the devices that Google provides with an update to Android 11 immediately when available. It is not known when the final version will be released. Google may even release the update before the Pixel 4a starts in Germany in October.

Google only offers the Pixel 4a in the color Just Black. The scope of delivery includes a USB-C power supply unit, a USB-C cable and a quick switch adapter. Google will take pre-orders from September 10th – the smartphone will go on sale on October 1st. Due to the 16 percent value added tax that is still valid until December 31, the Pixel 4a currently costs 340.20 instead of 349 euros. Interested parties can already register on a waiting list in the Google Store.

Google does not have an XL version of the Pixel 4a. However, two more pixel smartphones are to follow in autumn. These are the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5, which will also support the new cellular standard. Goolge did not provide any technical details. Only the price of the Pixel 4a 5G is already known: the device will cost 499 euros.

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