Google Pixel 4A has ultimately launched after months and months of speculation.Most of the tech world had given up and the question still remains whether the phone has launched at the perfect time but its better late than never.
It will have serious competition from the iPhone SE and the recently launched OnePlus Nord.On paper the specs sheet of the Google Pixel 4A is no match for the Nord but that won’t be the whole picture.
The price of 349$ is lower than both the competitors I mentioned.I am sure this is a strategy from Google to price it lower and originally it was to be released at 399$ same as that of the iPhone.It is also my opinion that as soon as the rumours of a OnePlus Nord model to reach US started floating Google launched the Pixel 4A.In India it has been priced at Rs.29999.
Well to describe the phone I have no better words than smart and simple.Neither it is nor does the phone try to be outrageous in any aspect.But there are shortfalls and let’s find them out in the details.
DESIGN AND BODY
Again the word simple describes the Google Pixel 4A the best in terms of looks.There are minimum bezels,a single punch hole front camera,a single rear camera and flash housed in a rectangular module on the back below which is the physical fingerprint sensor and a greenish power button on the right side.The body is plastic unibody i.e made of a single plastic mould.A 3.5mm jack is present on the top and the USB Type C port and stereo speaker grill on the bottom.
Though plastic it is not lightweight nor does it feel cheap.It comes in only Black colour.The dimensions are 144mm×69.4mm×8.2mm.The phone weighs 143g.
A 5.81″ OLED display is featured with 1080×2340 resolution.It makes the phone very compact and easy for one-handed use.The display is crisp and ensures good video watching experience.HDR is supported and it is an always on display which is absent in the Nord.High refresh rate is missing and the Pixel 4A features 60Hz refresh rate only.
OS, PROCESSOR AND STORAGE
The Google Pixel 4A obviously runs on Android 10 and comes with stock Android experience added on with some Google features.For example live caption is possible not only for any videos but also for phone calls.Latest version of Google Assistant is present.Moreover you get 3 years of OS update and extra two years of security updates.
Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset with octa core processor (2×2.2GHz,6×1.8GHz) and Adreno 618 GPU.To be honest the chipset is not at par with current competition and also makes the phone non 5G ready.
Only one RAM/STORAGE variant is available – 6GB/128GB.There is no option of expandable storage.Infact the phone has only one Nano sim slot though it supports an extra e-sim.
On the back Google Pixel 4A has only one camera,a 12MP f/1.7 shooter with OIS and the best image processing software in the world.Images from this camera outsmarts the 48MP of the OnePlus Nord be it in daylight or extremely low light conditions.HDR is also excellent with detailed difference between the dark and lighted portions.There is no dedicated macro lens but with software enabled zoom the images are not blurry.Even a depth sensor’s absence will not be felt.Portrait images are beautiful.
Night Mode is present and again with the help of software produces beautiful low light images.This is a key difference with the iPhone SE as the latter doesn’t have a dedicated night mode.Astro photography i.e pictures of starry sky can also be done if you have a tripod and the results are outstanding.
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On the front is a 8MP f/2.0 selfie camera with auto HDR support.Again the software processing makes the images better than most of the [email protected] videos can be captured.
A 3140mAH battery is present which supports 18W fast charging.The battery is well below par compared to other phones in the same price range but battery life is pretty decent.
Google Pixel 4A has a single colour variant, single storage variant and single camera modules for both front and back.It cannot be simpler than this.The 5.81″ display makes the phone compact.Actually if compared to the OnePlus Nord and iPhone SE the Pixel 4A lies in between in terms of size.
Camera is the best thing in this phone.Videos won’t beat the iPhone but is good enough.The complaints I have is about the processor and battery size.Yes an ultra wide sensor will also be missed.But the price makes up for a lot of the shortcomings.At 349$ the Google Pixel 4A is very easy to be recommended.
What do you think? Please let me know in comments.