Google’s Pixel phones have established themselves as the tech world’s worst-kept secrets. The Pixel 4 Duo leaked like a busted pipe last year. And now, Pixel 4a leaks are popping up everywhere. The alleged leaks paint a vivid picture of an excellent budget smartphone.
Google’s Pixel 4a hasn’t been announced. However, there are leaks aplenty. There are several alleged Pixel 4a pictures on Twitter. More interestingly, a recent hands-on video showed what appeared to be a Pixel 4a prototype in all its glory on YouTube channel TecnoLike Plus.
It seems Google can’t keep a secret.
The hands-on video provides a sneak peek at the Pixel 4a’s supposed internal specs.
The images match earlier renders of the Pixel 4a. On the front, there’s a 5.81 inch, 60Hz display with 2340 x 1080 resolution. There will most likely be no high refresh rate option. Those specs are reserved for flagships. Instead of a notch or giant forehead, the Pixel 4a has a hole-punch camera on the front.
Powering the device is a mid-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, running Android 10. The unit on display had 6GB RAM and 64GB of UFS storage. It’s unclear if Google will offer more storage options.
The plastic back houses a square camera module with a flash and a single 12MP camera. Further down, there’s a circular fingerprint sensor. The phone also appears to have a headphone jack on the top. The 3.5mm jack is disappearing on modern smartphones, so I’m glad to see it here.
Also, the phone is said to have a 3080mAh battery.
In a world where flagship smartphones can cost a month’s rent or an entire paycheque, Google’s budget offerings may attract many. The Pixel 3a debuted last year with an affordable US$399 price tag. The device offered Google’s stellar camera technology in a smaller, less expensive package.
Rumour has it that the Pixel 4a will retain the same US$399 price as its predecessor. That move would make the 4a a top choice for Android users on a budget.
Google I/O 2020, and many other tech events were cancelled due to the novel coronavirus. So, an official Pixel 4a launch date is still a mystery. However, when released, the device should provide a perfect balance between a top-tier flagship and a dirt-cheap Android smartphone.
Although these are just rumours and supposed images, Google hasn’t been able to keep a phone secret recently. The internal and external hardware above will likely match the finished product unless Google surprises us in 2020.