Google Opens Pre-Orders for $349 Pixel 4a, Teases Pixel 5

Joanna Estrada
September 16, 2020

Amazon is also offering the Pixel 4a with a new Google case made from over 70 percent recycled plastic for $389. We'll presumably hear more about that in the near future, given its fall release window. This year, it seems to be doing the same with the upcoming Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, and on the day the Pixel 4a is launching, no less.

The Pixel 4A features a $349 price tag - $50 less than the iPhone SE - and will connect to 4G LTE networks.

It's doubtful the Pixel 4a will reel in as many consumers as the iPhone SE, based on Google's inability to make significant inroads as a device maker so far, despite generally positive reviews for the devices, especially their cameras. In comparison to a notch, the hole-punch on this smartphone is less intrusive.

Looking at the camera side, it uses a single 12.2MP Sony IMX363 rear sensor. It also supports Dual Pixel Phase Detection, OIS, and EIS. If Google can deliver an even better camera experience than it has to date all while significantly cutting the price of the phone (here's hoping it'll be $600 or less), that's going to turn heads. It comes in a single storage tier of 128GB and a powerful software-driven camera. This is nothing spectacular in today's smartphone world.

The Pixel phones primarily serve as a showcase for Google's Android operating system, which includes its search engine and other services, such as digital maps, that help sell the ads that generate most of the company's revenue. It will also get consistent monthly updates for three years. Unfortunately, Google didn't share any other specifics about the Pixel 5 in Monday's announcement.

We've already seen leaks regarding this phone, so you can refresh yourself on what to expect here, but from what's now official, we can expect the phone to offer 5G connectivity and will be available in the following countries: US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia. Consensus around the Google rumor campfire is that this phone will not feature Google's face recognition technology, and switch back to a more cost-conscious fingerprint reader instead. Furthermore, there are reports that this smartphone will not use a flagship processor.

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