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Google Pixel 4a First Impressions

Should the competition be worried?

Updated 12 October 2020 | 11:18 IST

Google hasn’t been very according to its phone launches in India lately. It didn’t launch its flagship Pixel 4 last year, and even this year, India won’t be getting the Pixel 4a 5G or the Pixel 5, a minimum of not for now anyway. Google has struggled to compete with flagship smartphones from Samsung and Apple, but the introduction of a budget model last year, the Pixel 3a, gave us some hope for the premium segment. Now, the corporate has just launched its successor, the Pixel 4a in India at a suggested price of Rs. 31,999.

For starters, I feel Google has done a way better job with the pricing this point with the Pixel 4a than it did with the Pixel 3a at launch. This new phone goes on sale on October 16 and you’ll get all the small print right here. I have been fooling around with a unit that I just received, and here are my first impressions.

The Pixel 4a may be a big upgrade over the Pixel 3a in just about every way. It’s lighter and more compact, yet packs during a larger 5.8-inch full-HD+ OLED display (compared to five .6-inch on the Pixel 3a). It’s only a 60Hz panel but I do not think that ought to be a dealbreaker. it’s a polycarbonate body and is merely available in black, but the finish is smooth to the touch. The rounded edges bring a cushty grip, and overall, it fits pretty snugly in my hand. The Pixel 4a continues to feature a contrasting power button and a bit like the 3a, the 4a retains a 3.5mm headphone jack.

I’ve found the display to be bright and vibrant thus far. it’s slim borders all around and a modern-looking hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera. There also are big upgrades to the specifications. The Pixel 4a features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC and is merely available in one configuration — 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You get Android 11 out of the box, which is snappy to navigate through. Being a Pixel phone, there’s also the guarantee of receiving OS and security updates for a minimum of subsequent three years, and a 3-month subscription to Google One cloud storage supplying you with 100GB.

The Pixel 4a features a simple and minimalist design

The Pixel 3a had great cameras, not such a lot thanks to the hardware but more due to Google’s expertise in post-processing. The Pixel 4a also features a pretty modest camera setup — one rear 12.2-megapixel sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, OIS, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. While there’s still tons of testing to be done, I even have a hunch that I’m not getting to be disappointed by the 4a’s cameras, if the 3a was anything to travel by.

Google promises “all-day” battery life for the Pixel 4a, which should be ok for many people. The battery capacity has only increased slightly from the Pixel 3a to 3,140mAh, so I’m hoping the optimizations made in Android 11 are enough to urge good battery life. An 18W fast charger is included within the box, which is sweet to ascertain.

The Pixel 4a also features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers, and one Nano-SIM slot (with support for a further eSIM). You get the recognizable contrasting power button on the Pixel 4a

Overall, the Pixel 4a may be a big improvement over the Pixel 3a on paper but none of those upgrades would mean anything had Google tousled the pricing. the great news is that it hasn’t. If you’re comparing just specifications, the Pixel 4a is outranked by the competition at around the Rs. 30,000 mark, like Realme’s X3 series, the Asus 6Z, and so on, but what this phone lacks in hardware, Google usually makes up for in software.

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