Earlier this month, Google unveiled the Google Pixel 4a. The Pixel 4a is not the tech giant’s latest flagship device. But, it’s not too far off with a few minor trade-offs as you can see from the specifications listed below.
Technical specifications of Google Pixel 4a
|Screen size||5.8″ display|
|Memory and storage||6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G with Titan M Security Module|
|Cameras||Front camera 8 MP with an aperture of f2.0; and|
Rear Camera 12.2 MP dual-pixel with an aperture of f1.7
|Ports||USB Type-C and 3.5mm headphone jack|
|SIMs||Single Nano SIM and eSIM|
|Battery Life||3,140 mAh|
That said, it is still worth taking a look as you scour the market for your next device. Here’s why.
- Great specs are secondary
- Excellent image quality
- Price of the Google Pixel 4a
- Frequently asked questions
Great specs are secondary
While the smartphone industry puts a tonne of emphasis on graphics, gaming and cameras, they are secondary to your needs. That’s probably because your mobile routine looks like this:
- update/check your social media accounts;
- write down some quick notes;
- reply your emails; and
- the occasional snapping of photos.
If that’s true, you are as boring as me. Just kidding.
Anyway, the Google Pixel 4a is more than good enough to suit these needs of yours. You can probably stretch it a bit more and download a couple of games to pass the time. But nothing graphic intensive, yeah? 😉
Excellent image quality
If you have not gotten the memo (ahem… above), one of the trade-offs of the Pixel 4a is the cameras. There are only two cameras on the device. Each on either side. Disappointed? Don’t be just yet.
The strongest suit of Pixel cameras is never really on the hardware but the software. According to Google, images taken on the Pixel 4a will have the same image quality as its flagship devices. You will also have access to the various highly lauded photography features such as portrait mode, night sight and top shot. Having own a Pixel device, I would say, it’s a great bargain.
Price of the Google Pixel 4a
Speaking of bargain, if you have not heard, the Google Pixel 4a retails at S$499. I know, I know. For that same price point or even lower than that, you can get some other mid-range devices with better specs. However, what you are paying for includes the stock Android experience. No bloatware, nothing.
You will get the latest push down updates from Google directly and have them much faster than any other devices. I remember having to wait for a year to get the latest version of Android on a Samsung device that I had awhile back. By then, I was ready to trade it in for something else.
As the saying goes, you get what you paid for. Not sure who said that but you get what I mean. Though the Google Pixel 4a might not have the best specs, it makes up with their software and that’s where they excel in. The best demonstration of its software capabilities is how it helps you take great images with mediocre hardware. And that’s one of the best genes that the Pixel 4a inherited from its predecessors, including the flagship devices.
At S$499, the Google Pixel 4a is truly a bargain. Is the Google Pixel 4a worth it? If you do not wish to spend big during this pandemic and economic uncertainty but need a phone for one that you are retiring, the Pixel 4a is worth it.
If you wish to purchase the device, you can pre-order now on the Google Store, Challenger and Courts. The Pixel 4a will be available online from 10 September, on the Google Store and retail partners Challenger, Courts and Amazon SG.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Google Pixel 4a
- Is the Google Pixel 4a water and dust resistant? Sorry, no. The Pixel 4a has no IP rating.
- Does the Google Pixel 4a support dual-SIM? Yes. A nano SIM and eSIM.
- Does the Google Pixel 4a support wireless charging? Nope.
- Is there a Pixel 4XL? Nope.
- Is there a 5G version of the 4a? It will probably be announced together with the Google Pixel 5.