Well, they say good things come to those who wait and the Pixel 4a comes with a new design and various upgrades, yet a cheaper price than its predecessor.
You can read our full Google Pixel 4a review now.
What is Pixel 4a release date
Now the Pixel 4a is finally official (as of 3 August) we can reveal that it will go on sale in the US on 20 August. You can pre-order now.
Sadly, those in the UK will have to wait a lot longer with pre-orders opening up on 10 September, with the phone shipping on 1 October.
Google says this is largely down to supply chain issues caused by Covid-19.
How much is the Pixel 4a?
Despite some strong rumours of a US$399 price tag and some saying it could be as cheap as $299, the Pixel 4a actually comes in at $349.
In the UK it's £349 making it £50/$50 cheaper than the Pixel 3a when it first launched.
Is there a Pixel 4a 5G?
Yes, although there were various rumours of the regular 4a having 5G support, Google has confirmed that a separate model will arrive later this year.
It's called the Pixel 4a (5G) and will be launched 'this fall' - or autumn for anyone outside the US - along with the Pixel 5.
The only other detail we know is that the 5G model will cost US$499.
Is there a Pixel 4a XL?
No, this year Google has opted not to make an XL model with a larger screen.
In a statement questioning this choice, along with the October launch for the UK Google said: "Like many companies our supply chain was impacted by COVID-19 and we had to adjust our launch plans accordingly to ensure the safety of our employees, partners and customers."
Although there was talk of the 4a arriving alongside the flagship Pixel 4 last October, that didn’t happen.
What are the Pixel 4a specs?
The most obvious upgrade on the Pixel 4a is the new screen as its the first Pixel smartphone to use a completely bezel-free design with a punch-hole notch. That's where there front-facing camera sits surrounded by the display.
The more nerdy reader out there might be disappointed by its 60Hz refresh rate when lots of rivals offer 90- or even 120Hz.
While the Pixel 3a looked a little dated, the 4a has a much more modern style. It's also different at the back with no glossy section at the top and a square camera module to match its flagship counterpart.
That's despite only having one 12Mp rear camera, so the 4a misses out on the telephoto lens found on its big brother. It features Google's impressive Night Sight software complete with astrophotography mode.
At the front, the selfie camera is 8Mp.
Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. For the latter two, that's a 50% boost and then double the amount compared to the Pixel 3a.
However, many rivals such as the OnePlus Nord use the more powerful Snapdragon 765G chipset.
As noted above, the regular Pixel 4a does not support 5G mobile networks so you'll have to wait for the 5G model if that's important.
A headphone jack is present for the wired headphone purists out there - or, you know, anyone who can't afford wireless cans. However, it's worth noting the Pixel 4a doesn't come with things like waterproofing or wireless charging.
Android 10 comes pre-loaded and as with other Pixel phones, Google promises at least three years of software updates. You'll also get future versions of Android ahead of rivals.
Due to supply chain issues, there's only one colour of the Pixel 4a to start with and it's aptly called Just Black. Others may arrive in the future.
Here's a full spec list for the Pixel 4a:
- Android 10
- 5.8in screen, Full HD+ 1080x2340, OLED 60Hz
- Snapdragon 730G processor
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB storage (non-expandable)
- 12Mp rear camera
- 8Mp punch-hole front camera
- Pixel Imprint rear fingerprint scanner
- Wi-Fi 6
- Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX HD
- 3140mAh battery
- 18W fast charging
- Stereo speakers
- Headphone jack
- 144 x 69.4 x 8.2mm
- Just Black
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