Under normal circumstances, we would expect to get information from Google regarding their latest Pixel device during their Google I/O event, which is an annual conference that is held to announce their latest products. However, this year, it has been cancelled for obvious reasons. Given that this event is no longer on the Google organisation’s calendar, there has been a lot of speculation as to when the new Pixel devices will be released, and what features they will have. We’ve looked at the rumours that are currently circulating, and we’ve identified the believable from the outlandish, so we can give you a good idea of what to expect.
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Release Date and Price
The release date of the Google Pixel 4a has not been made official yet, but we expect that it will come out some time in the next few weeks, so stay tuned. The COVID-19 situation has meant that it is unclear whether Google are going to be doing an online event instead. This seems likely, but it has yet to be announced. The Google Pixel 4a is likely to be a cheaper version of the Google Pixel 4, and the exact rumoured cost is believed to be around £399. In terms of colour, don’t expect anything exciting. The only two colours that are rumoured are Blue and Black.
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Small But Sweet?
The Google Pixel 4a is believed to be a smaller device, as specs leaks have claimed that the device will measure at 5.81 inches and will have a 1080 x 2340 screen, which is more on the compact side. This will suit anyone that prefers a smaller handset. If you want a larger handset from Google though, unfortunately this is unlikely to be happening this year. One of the rumours states that there won’t be an XL version of the latest Pixel this year, so you might be better off with one of the device's predecessors. The display is also likely to be a 60Hz OLED screen, which will make colours brighter and details crisper.
The Google Pixel 4a is rumoured to have a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the device, and a possibly a plastic or polycarbonate body which is in line with the materials that were used on their previous devices. This is a shame as this means that Google have not decided to offer a premium design as we are accustomed to seeing on other flagships. Many of us simply don’t like the cheap looking appearance of plastic, even if it’s more durable. For the processor, this is likely to be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, with either 64GB or 128GB storage options.
Unfortunately, the Google Pixel 4a is likely to have a noticeable camera bump again. There’s been a lot of criticism of the unsightliness of the rear camera setup of the Google Pixel, even if the camera setup is one of the best on the market. The Google Pixel devices do not lie flat on a horizontal surface due to their pronounced camera bumps, and the Google Pixel 4a will be no exception to this. The camera setup itself is rumoured to be a 12.2MP lens and a front-facing 8MP lens. Interestingly, the front camera is said to be a punch hole lens, which is a new feature for Google Pixel phones. From an aesthetic perspective this is a good thing, as it means that the whole display is opened up and is not ruined by a notch in the top-centre of the screen. You can also expect Google's quintessential optical image stabilisation and AI for Night Sight. In any case, it's safe to expect that Google might impress us again with their camera setup.
If the prospect of getting a Google Pixel 4a has tempted you, now is the time to recycle your current handset, so that you can get some money towards a new one.