Google Pixel 4a First Impressions

Google hasn’t been very in step with its telephone launches in India of late. It did not launch its flagship Pixel 4 final yr, and even this yr, India will not be getting the Pixel 4a 5G or the Pixel 5, at the least not for now anyway. Google has struggled to compete with flagship smartphones from Samsung and Apple, however the introduction of a funds mannequin final yr, the Pixel 3a, gave us some hope for the premium phase. Now, the corporate has simply launched its successor, the Pixel 4a in India at a advised worth of Rs. 31,999.

For starters, I believe Google has finished a a lot better job with the pricing this time with the Pixel 4a, than it did with the Pixel 3a at launch. This new telephone goes on sale on October 16 and you will get all of the particulars proper right here. I’ve been taking part in round with a unit that I simply acquired, and listed here are my first impressions.

The Pixel 4a is an enormous improve over the Pixel 3a in just about each means. It’s lighter and extra compact, but packs in a bigger 5.8-inch full-HD+ OLED show (in comparison with 5.6-inch on the Pixel 3a). It’s solely a 60Hz panel however I do not assume that ought to be a dealbreaker. It has a polycarbonate physique and is barely out there in black, however the end is clean to the contact. The rounded edges make for a cushty grip, and general, it matches fairly snugly in my hand. The Pixel 4a continues to characteristic a contrasting energy button and similar to the 3a, the 4a retains a 3.5mm headphone jack.

I’ve discovered the show to be vivid and vibrant thus far. It has slim borders throughout and a modern-looking hole-punch cutout for the selfie digicam. There are additionally large upgrades to the specs. The Pixel 4a encompasses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC and is barely out there in a single configuration — 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You get Android 11 out of the field, which is snappy to navigate via. Being a Pixel telephone, there’s additionally the assure of receiving OS and safety updates for at the least the subsequent three years, and a 3 month subscription to Google One cloud storage supplying you with 100GB.

The Pixel 4a has a easy and minimalist design


The Pixel 3a had nice cameras, not a lot as a result of {hardware} however extra due to Google’s experience in post-processing. The Pixel 4a additionally has a fairly modest digicam setup — a single rear 12.2-megapixel sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, OIS, and an 8-megapixel selfie digicam. While there’s nonetheless quite a lot of testing to be finished, I’ve a hunch that I’m not going to be disenchanted by the 4a’s cameras, if the 3a was something to go by.

Google guarantees “all-day” battery life for the Pixel 4a, which ought to be adequate for most individuals. The battery capability has solely elevated barely from the Pixel 3a, to three,140mAh, so I’m hoping the optimisations made in Android 11 are sufficient to get good battery life. An 18W quick charger is included within the field, which is nice to see.

The Pixel 4a additionally has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, stereo audio system, and a single Nano-SIM slot (with assist for an extra eSIM).

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You get the recognisable contrasting energy button on the Pixel 4a


Overall, the Pixel 4a is an enormous enchancment over the Pixel 3a on paper however none of those upgrades would imply something had Google tousled the pricing. The excellent news is that it hasn’t. If you are evaluating simply specs, the Pixel 4a is outranked by the competitors at across the Rs. 30,000 mark, comparable to Realme’s X3 sequence, the Asus 6Z, and so forth, however what this telephone lacks in {hardware}, Google often makes up for in software program. I’ll be testing the Google Pixel 4a over the subsequent few weeks, so keep tuned to Gadgets 360 for the total assessment.

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