Update, September 4, 2020 (05:00 PM): Rubbish
Original article: After a three-month delay, the Google Pixel 4a finally landed in early August. In a very non-Google move, the company also confirmed that a new version of Pixel 4a is coming soon. That phone will be called Google Pixel 4a 5G.
Naturally, any future smartphone would be a 5G-powered Pixel 4a (that’s right in name). However, rumors suggest that there may be considerable differences between Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G.
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Below, we have summarized all the various rumors and leaks so far related to Google Pixel 4a 5G. We also have portions of confirmed information directly from Google. Overall, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect when the Pixel 4a 5G lands later this year.
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When is the Google Pixel 4a 5G release date?
On 3 August, the same day Pixel 4a launched, Google pushed the above image and confirmed that Google Pixel 4a 5G will come with Google Pixel 5 in 2020.
Unfortunately, Google has also not confirmed precisely when we will see the new device launch. The next day, however, a sensible 9to5Google The reader noticed that the French version of Google’s Pixel 4a announcement included pre-order dates for Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. That date was listed as October 8, 2020.
Google has confirmed that the Pixel 4a 5G will launch sometime in 2020, so you can take it to the bank … unless there are further delays.
However, we can see the device even sooner. Another recent rumor suggests that we may see both Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 before the end of September, possibly until 25 September. This rumor has not come from a well-known source, however, it is quite possible the October 8 date is more accurate.
Regardless, we should see the Google Pixel 4a 5G very soon!
In the image header of the previous section, you can see the side profiles of two phones. On the left side we expect the Pixel 5 to be, while the right side (with the white button) is likely to be the Google Pixel 4a 5G. This is similar to what we’ve seen on either device from official sources.
However, the stuff maker Pigtoo – with the help of a relatively new leaker “xleaks7“- Posted some images in July claiming that Google were the initial renders of the Pixel 5. However, we are now under the impression that the renders are actually for the Pixel 4a 5G. The leaked render selections below Refer to:
These leaked design images show that Google Pixel 4a 5G will look similar to Pixel 4a. However, it can be physically larger than the Pixel 4a and may also have a dual-lens rear camera system – a nice upgrade over the stunning single-lens shooter on the Pixel 4a.
Recently, we saw what are the first real-life images of Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G. See them here (Pixel 5 is on the left and Pixel 4a 5G is on the right):
The leaked image and render above give us the impression that the Pixel 4a 5G will be very similar to the Pixel 4a as far as design goes. The only other notable thing is that these renders do not show the headphone jack. If both Pixel 4a and Pixel 3a are considered to be a headphone jack, it would be awkward to drop it. Hopefully, there is only one inaccuracy with these renders and the Pixel 4a 5G has a headphone jack. We will have to wait and see.
Specs and Features
The most obvious upgrade required for the Google Pixel 4a 5G is the processor. The Pixel 4a’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 is a terrible chipset, no doubt, but it cannot connect to the 5G network. As such, we expect the Pixel 4a 5G to sport a Snapdragon 765 (or possibly 765G), which is a 5G-capable processor.
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With this, the phone will perform slightly better than its name. You can see what the differences in our speed test G bout between OnePlus Nord (SD765G) and Pixel 4a can be. We will spoil it for you ahead of time: Nord wins, but not much.
Pixel 4a 5G will have an upgraded processor. It will also likely have more cameras and a larger battery.
Outside the processor, we expect the Google Pixel 4a 5G to also have a larger battery, given that the phone will probably be physically larger than the Pixel 4a. We don’t expect to see many other spec upgrades though – you can probably expect the same display resolution, 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, and many other specs we can see on the Pixel 4a.
As far as features go, the Pixel 4a 5G is a Pixel, so it will see rapid updates to the latest versions of Android as well as many popular Pixel-exclusive features such as call screens and astrophotography. It will miss out on some features, however, simply because of hardware limitations. For example, there would be no possibility of motion sense or wireless charging.
Google Pixel 4a 5G: Price and Availability
In yet another very non-Google move, the company has already confirmed the price of Google Pixel 4a 5G. The price of the phone will start at $ 499, when compared to the $ 349 Pixel 4A, there will be a $ 150 jump in price.
That’s about half the price of the extra $ 150 Pixel 4A, so Google has plenty of justifications for that jump plus just “it connects to 5G.” Since 5G is still relatively uncommon worldwide, this feature alone is not enough to entice people to spend $ 500 on a phone when they could have spent $ 350 on a similar par.
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This is why we expect the Google Pixel 4a 5G to have additional cameras, a larger display, a larger battery and other spec and feature upgrades.
Google has also been ahead with that information as far as availability. The company confirmed that Pixel 4a 5G (and Pixel 5) will launch this year in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.
Unfortunately, the company also confirmed that both Singapore and India will not see the Pixel 4A5G or the Pixel 5 at all. Both countries will see vanilla Pixel 4A sometime in October.