Both offer attractive hardware, impressive cameras, and reliable software updates for less than $400.
This fabric case isn't cheap at $40, but it should fit like a glove on the Pixel 4a. The only other country getting these is France.
Users will still get to enjoy a 3.5mm audio jack, a rarity nowadays but one that has become at least somewhat more common on mid-tier phones. The processor and batteries are bigger, there's more RAM and double the storage capacity. All the models received positive reviews, except for the Pixel 4 series.
The adaptive battery inclusion is said to help limit background battery usage - which is a good step considering how comparatively sub-par the Pixel 4 battery is. While the Pixel 4 starts at $799, the Pixel 4a retails for less than half that at $349 in the US. While not as protective from drops as the Crystal Palace above, the Studio Color line does add some flashiness to the tiresome Pixel 4a exterior, and is covered in antimicrobial coating.
Things may change in time, though. It's the same as the Pixel 3a, which isn't ideal on paper. Despite its great price, you get all the power of the Apple A13 Bionic chipset: the same found on the iPhone 11 lineup.
The budget phone is priced at $349, marked $50 less than the Pixel 3a released past year. The Pixel 4a is also getting this mode as well as Night Site, which was excellent previous year. Lucky for us some alleged camera sample leaks indicate that it does. For security, Google has offered Titan M Security chip and there's a physical fingerprint sensor on the back of this device. In comparison to a notch, the hole-punch on this smartphone is less intrusive. It has a matte finish that feels secure and comfortable in your hand and includes Pixel's signature color pop power button in mint.
Apart from that, we'll have to wait and see just what the Pixel 4a has to offer.
It's also true that there will be no XL version this year.
Whether you prefer Android or iOS is entirely a matter of personal preference, and more than any other point on this list, should probably be the number one factor in making your decision. That's $50 less than the original RRP of the Pixel 3a. Ultimately, we consider both of these phones to be on the lower end of the pricing spectrum, especially with some flagship models selling for $1,000 and up. Google opted to go with a different name, it seems. The Moto G 5G Plus is also splash resistant and it supports NFC. Stay tuned for that one.
That's all we know for sure about these handsets, but we'd expect the Pixel 4a 5G to have similar specs to the standard Pixel 4a.
Pixel 4a is now available for pre-order in Australia. You can purchase it from September 10 online or in store from mid-October.