OUR TAKE
If you are looking for a smartphone with so many features and yet very budget friendly and best value? Then this is your best phone bet. It features up to three times (3x) android updates, portable, Snapdragon 730 chipset, Gorilla glass, clear camera, e-sim though it lacks IP water and dust resistance rating and 5G network (there is the newer 5G version).

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PROS
• Alluring single camera
• Good battery life
• 3.5mm jack
• Great value for money

CONS
• It lacks the IP water resistance rating
• No 5G network
• No wireless charging

Google Pixel 4a


REVIEW

Introduction

On August 20 2020, the Google Pixel 4a was released in the US, then followed by Australia on September 10 and then UK on October. It is lighter in weight and more portable than the Google pixel 5.

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Performance

The Google Pixel 4a features the powerful Snapdragon 730 chipset though we aren’t so impressed because even the preceding Google Pixel 4 has the Snapdragon 855 processor. It has a RAM size of 6GB and internal storage of 128GB which is satisfactory for a midrange smart phone and ensures adequate multitasking by giving no room for hanging and runs apps & games so smoothly.

Display

The Google Pixel 4a is a bit larger than the Google pixel 4 but smaller than the Google pixel 5 and has a display size of 5.81 inches but if you are looking for a larger display from Google, then go for the pixel 4X model. It has an OLED full HD+ display, display resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixel, pixel density of 443ppi and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The screen features the Gorilla glass 3 for optimum protection against scratches and cracks.

Operating System

Google maintained the stock Android 10 operating system which was featured in the Google pixel 4 for easier navigation and smooth running. Google also guarantees up to android 11, android 12 and android 13 updates.

Camera

Google removed the telephoto camera lens which was featured in the Google pixel 4 but introduced an ultra wide camera in the Google pixel 5. The Google Pixel 4a comes with just two cameras. One selfie camera having an 8MP lens with an aperture of f/2.0 and an 84° field view and can shoot a video of 1080 pixel at 30fps and one rear camera featuring a 12.2MP with an aperture of f/1.7 and an 84° field view. It can shoot a video of 4K at 30fps; 1080 pixel at 30fps, 60fps and 120fps; and 720pixel at 30fps, 60fps & 240fps. In spite of featuring just two cameras, these cameras features the impressive image processing which presents high quality imaging and Night Sight with the built-in astrophotography for producing decent low-light shots and shoots the scene at different exposure levels but works best when outside.

Body

It has a dimensions of 5.67 x 2.73 x 0.32 inches which is slightly similar than the iPhone 12 mini and a weight of 5.04 oz which means it weighs lighter than the iphone SE (5.22 oz). Its front is made of Gorilla glass, then the back is made of plastic coupled with its plastic frame. You can choose between the black and slightly blue color variant.

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Battery and Charging

There is a great battery improvement in the Google Pixel 4a unlike the Google pixel 4 which featured a 2800 mAh, this comes with a mediocre 3140 mAh battery capacity but if you are after battery power, I would recommend the newer Google pixel 5 since it has a 4080mAh. It has an endurance rating of 76 hours, features the fast charging feature but doesn’t have the wireless charging feature.

Other Features

Other fascinating features include the embedded-Sim (e-sim) which means you won’t be needing a physical sim and for improved security, finger print scanner for more security, slick Google Assistant integration. Though it lacks the IP water resistance rating and 5G network but the Google pixel 4a 5G is 5G enabled.

Connectivity

It features the Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac & hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0 version, USB Type-C and 3.5 mm jack to make sure you are always connected.

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SPECIFICATIONS AND PROPERTIES

GENERAL

ManufacturerGoogle
ModelPixel 4a
Launch DateAugust 03, 2020
Release DateAugust 20, 2020
WarrantyOne (1) year

OPERATING SYSTEM

OS typeAndroid
Version10
User InterfaceYes

PERFORMANCE

ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
SDM730
ProcessorOcta-core (dual-core 2200 mHz kryo 470 Gold plus hexa-core 1800 mHz kryo 470 silver)
Architecture64 bit
Visual/Graphics processorAdreno 618
RAM size6GB

STORAGE

Internal128GB storage
ExpansibleYes

DISPLAY

Screen Size5.81 inches (14.76 cm)
Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
TypeOLED
Colors16M Colors
Aspect Ratio19.5:9
Pixel Density444 ppi
Screen To Body Ratio82.74%
Refresh Rate60Hz
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
Touch Screen Type
Capacitive touchscreen

CAMERA

Rear Camera

Number of camerasThree (3)
Video4K @ 30fps & 1080p @ 30/60/120fps
Image2160p
FeaturesLED flash, EIS, Auto-HDR, Touch to focus, panorama, Face detection, Digital Zoom,
Wide
Pixel12.2 MP
Aperturef/1.7
Sensor sixe1/2.55"
Unit cell size1.4µm

Selfie Camera

Pixel8 MP
Aperturef/2.0
Field Of View24mm
Unit Cell Size1.12µm
FeaturesAuto-HDR
Video1080p @ 30fps

BATTERY

Battery TypeLi-Polymer ,
Charging
Battery Capacity3140 mAh
Battery Placementnon-removable
Charging RateUp to 44% in 30minutes
Charging FeaturesFast charging 18W, USB Power Delivery 2.0,

SPECIAL FEATURES

Features and sensorsFingerprint, Accelerometer, Compass, Barometer, Gyroscope, Light sensor, proximity

SIM

TypeNano SIM & eSIM
QuantityDual

DIMENSION

Length5.67 inches (144mm)
Width2.73 inches (69.4mm)
Thickness0.32 inches (8.2 mm)
Weight5.04 oz (143 g)

DESIGN

TypeBar
ColorBlack, Slightly Blue
IP RatingNot water resistant
KeysRight side: Volume adjustment buttons, Lock/Unlock button

BODY MATERIAL

FrontGorilla Glass
BackPlastic
FramePlastic

NETWORK

Technology2G, 3G and 4G
Browsing SpeedLTE-A Cat 12 with 600/75 Mbps, HSDPA+ with 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA with 5.76 Mbps

CONNECTIVITY

WiFiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot, DLNA
USBType-C
BluetoothVersion 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
3.5mm Headphone JackYes
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, GALILEO
NFCYes

MEDIA

MediaWireless Screen Share, Video Playback, Video Out, Loudspeaker,
FM Radio, Handsfree, Additional Noise Cancellation Microphone

Google Pixel 4a


POSSIBLE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q: What country is the Google pixel 4a manufactured in?
A: It is manufactured in Vietnam.


Q: When buying the phone, should we go for the carrier or unlocked version?
A: Go for the unlocked version because it gives you the liberty to do whatever you want with it.


Q: Does the Google pixel 4a feature the 3.5mm jack?
A:Yes, it features the 3.5mm jack.

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Q: Does it have the IP water and dust resistance rating?
A: No, it doesn’t have the IP water and dust resistance rating.


Q: Does it have the 5G network?
A: No, this version isn’t 5G enabled but there is a 5G enabled version.


Q: How about its performance, hope it is top notch?
A: Google pixel 4a is a midrange smartphone so its performance is topnotch when compared to other smartphones within its class.


Q: Does it feature wireless charging?
A: No, it doesn’t support wireless charging.


Q: Does it have a lasting battery life?
A: Google pixel 4a has a mediocre battery capacity (3140 mAh) and could last for up to 24 hours depending on battery usage.


Q: Does it support NFC?
A: Yes, it supports NFC.


Q: Does this device support USB Type-C HDMI Alt mode?
A: No, it doesn’t support the USB Type-C HDMI Alt mode.


Q: What type of sim does it feature?
A: It features both the Nano sim and e-sim


Q: Does Google pixel 4a have true tone or any other easy-on-the-eyes feature?
A: No, it doesn’t have any

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Q: What’s the warranty of this device?
A: It has a one year warranty


Q: How about WiFi calling, will it work?
A: If your carrier supports Wifi calling, then Google pixel 4a will support it too.


Q: Does it have a finger print sensor?
A: Yes, it has a finger print sensor located at the back.


Q: How about regular Android updates?
A: Yes, the Google pixel 4a will get the Android 11, Android 12 and Android 13 updates.

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