News: Google Pixel 4a Spec Sheet, Shipping Date, Preorder Links & Box Contents

Google Pixel 4a Spec Sheet, Shipping Date, Preorder Links & Box Contents

Last year, many were caught off guard when Google released a midrange Pixel device. It was quickly crowned the best value-buy phone on the market, as it brought most of the camera tech people loved in the flagship Pixel for almost half the cost. Google's 2020 entry in this series has finally made its long-awaited debut.

The Pixel 4a appears to be a worthy upgrade for Pixel 3a owners looking for more power and a better camera. Google also simplified the choices. There are no multiple RAM and internal storage variants or an XL version. There is one 6 GB/128 GB model, and it only costs $349. The new price-to-performance king is here!

Jump to a section: Standout Features | Dates | Storage | Price | Body | Basics | Software | Skin | Display | Performance | Battery | Front Camera | Rear Camera | Audio | Media Formats | Sensors | Connectivity | Security | Box Includes

Standout Features

The Google Pixel 4a will be the first Pixel device to run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 700 series chipset, an SoC that brings much of the power and efficiency of older 800 series chips at an affordable price tag. It will also come with a new punch-hole display, giving it flagship look while cutting the top and bottom bezels. It will retain the headphone jack and fingerprint scanner.

Important Dates

Google is giving away a few free things when you activate your Pixel 4a. Namely, three months of YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass, and Google One (100 GB of cloud storage), a $57 value.

  • Announcement date: August 3, 2020
  • Preorder date: August 3, 2020
  • Release date: August 20, 2020
  • Earliest delivery date for preorders: August 18, 2020

Storage Capacity

  • Storage available: 128 GB
  • Expandable storage: no
  • Standard: UFS 2.1

Price for Everything

There is only one model of the Pixel 4a which is priced at $349. If you activate it today at Best Buy, you can get it as low as $249.99 (Sprint) or $299.99 on (Verizon or AT&T).

  • Price: $349

Body

  • Frame: polycarbonate plastic (unibody)
  • Finish: Just Black
Image via Google

Basics

The Pixel 4a is smaller than both the 3a and 3a XL while remaining just as thick. It is lighter as well.

  • Height: 5.7 inches
  • Width: 2.7 inches
  • Depth: 0.3 inches
  • Weight: 5.02 oz
  • Dust/water resistance: Unrated
  • Supported carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular
  • Infrared blaster: no

The Pixel 4a will have operating temperatures between 32°F to 95°F, similar to most smartphones.

  • Operating temp: 32º to 95º F
  • Nonoperating temp: Unknown
  • Relative humidity: Unknown
  • Operating altitude: Unknown

Software

Skin

Google's skin doesn't have a name, but it's essentially stock Android with a few useful additions. Almost all of the flagship Pixel's exclusive features are available, including Now Playing, Call Screen, the new Recorder app, and more.

  • Version: stock Android (Pixel version)
Image by Marques Brownlee/YouTube

Display

  • Screen size: 5.81 inches
  • Screen resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels
  • Total pixels: 2,527,200 pixels
  • Pixel density: 443 pixels
  • Screen type: OLED
  • Notch: no
  • Punch-hole: yes
  • Screen-to-body ratio: 83.3%
  • Aspect ratio: 19.5:9
  • Minimum brightness: Unknown
  • Maximum brightness:#Unknown
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz (60 Hz for touch-sensing)
  • Color temp:Unknown
  • Color gamut: Unknown
Image by Marques Brownlee/YouTube

Performance

  • Memory: 6 GB LPDDR4X
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  • Chip size: 8 nanometer
  • CPU frequency: 2.2 GHz (2x Kyro 470 Gold) + 1.8 GHz (6x Kyro 470 Silver)
  • CPU cores: 8 cores (2 Gold, 6 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 618
  • GPU frequency: 700 MHz

Battery

  • Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Capacity:3,140 mAh, 3.87 volts (12.15 watt-hours)
  • Wired charging: yes, USB PD (18 W)
  • Wireless charging: no
  • Reverse Wireless charging: no

Front Camera

The front camera supports up to 1080p at 30 fps video recording.

  • Resolution: 8 MP
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.0
  • Pixel Size: 1.22 µm
  • Zoom: yes, 2x digital
  • Flash: yes, screen flash
  • Image stabilization: No
  • RAW support: yes
  • Object detection: Unknown
  • Formats: JPEG, RAW

Rear Camera

The Pixel 4a will come with the same primary sensor as the 3a and 4, the Sony IMX363. It also shares all of the new camera features, including dual exposure controls, improved Night Sight, and more.

  • Resolution: 12.2 MP
  • Pixel size: 1.4 µm
  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Zoom: yes, 5x digital
  • Flash: yes, LED
  • Image stabilization: yes, OIS and EIS
  • RAW support: yes
  • Lens cover: sapphire crystal
  • Object detection: Unknown
  • Formats: JPEG, RAW
Image by The Verge/YouTube

Video recording maxes out at 4K at 30 fps.

  • Resolution: 720p, 1080p, and 4K
  • Max frame rate: 60 fps at 720p, 60 fps at 1080p and 30 fps at 4K
  • Slow motion: yes, 720p at 240 fps, 1080p at 120 fps
  • Time-lapse: no
  • Photos: 8.3 MP stills while recording 4K
  • Zoom: yes, see above
  • Flash access: yes, see above
  • Image stabilization: yes, see above
  • Object detection: Unknown
  • Autofocus: dual pixel phase detection
  • Audio: stereo
  • Formats: H.264, H.265

Audio

  • 3.5 mm headphone jack: yes
  • Stereo speakers: yes, one front- and one bottom-firing
  • Mics: 2
  • Max speaker volume: Unknown
Image by Marques Brownlee/YouTube

Media Formats

  • Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY
  • Video: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM

Sensors

  • Sensors: accelerometer, ambient light, barometer, compass, gyroscope, proximity

The Pixel 4a doesn't support dual-frequency.

  • GPS: yes
  • aGPS: yes
  • Glonass: yes
  • BeiDou: no
  • Galileo: yes
  • QZSS: no

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO
  • Bluetooth: 5.1 + LE, A2DP (HD codecs: AptX, AptX HD, LDAC, AAC)
  • NFC: yes
  • Cellular: nano-SIM, eSIM
  • Port: USB Type-C 2.0

The Pixel 4a doesn't support 5G. A 5G model will release later in the year.

  • GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA: 1/2/4/5/8
  • CDMA EVDO Rev A: BC0/BC1/BC10
  • LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14/17/18/20/25/26/28/29/30/38/39/40/41/66/71

Security

The Titan M security chip is onboard, providing a secure place for all sensitive transcation.

  • Fingerprint scanner: yes, rear-mounted
  • Face scanner: no
  • Iris scanner: no
  • Manual authentication: password, PIN, pattern, swipe

Box Includes

  • Google Pixel 4a
  • USB-C to USB-C (USB 2.0) Cable (3.3 ft)
  • 18 W USB-C power adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Quick Switch Adapter
  • SIM card tool

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