Pixel 4a Full Review: Single Camera To Dominate The Industry?

The Google lineup of devices right from the very beginning till today is arguably the best when it comes to pure Android software experience and fluidity. It all started with the Nexus lineup of devices that gave Google new opportunities to partner up with various OEM’s and make more and more Android devices reach a large userbase.

The latest devices from Google come with the Pixel brand under the Pixel family of devices, which are not limited to just smartphones but also Chrome-OS powered Pixel Books.

After the launch of the Pixel 4 & the Pixel 4XL, many were waiting for the Pixel 4A to arrive soon. And here we are halfway through 2020 and, the Pixel 4A is finally here and starts at $349 or Rs.29,999 as an introductory price.

Pixel 4A Specifications:

Display

5.81-Inch FHD+ OLED

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G

RAM

6GB

Storage

128GB

OS

Android 11 With Pixel Exclusive Features

Rear Camera

12.2 MP Single Camera With Google Camera App

Front Camera

8MP With Face Unlock

Battery

3140mAh Battery With 18W Fast Charging

Build & Design: Same Design Different Looks

Pixel 4A

The Pixel 4A comes with a similar design and form factor as we saw last year on Pixel 3A with some minor design tweaks like the move from dual-tone colored back to a single colored one and the rear camera arrangement.

The device comes with 144 x 69.4 x 8.2mm dimensions and weighs around 143g, keeping the overall weight balanced, making the device lighter on the hands and not too heavy.


The Google Pixel 4A comes with a polycarbonate unibody, which is acceptable for a mid-range phone considering the price and that too from a brand like Google.


The single rear camera and dual-LED flash are present within a square camera layout that bulges out and resembles similar to Pixel 4 & Pixel 4XL. The Pixel 4A has a physical fingerprint scanner located on the back and a mint-colored accent power button for the black color model.
On the top, we find a speaker grille along with a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the frame. The bottom part contains the speaker grill and the microphone.

And finally, on the left side, we find the single nano sim slot as the device comes with support for E-Sim.

Display:

On the display front, we find a 5.81-inch FHD+ OLED panel with a resolution of (2340×1080) and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display comes with a standard refresh rate of 60Hz and a touch sampling rate of 120Hz.

The display used here comes with a hole-punch cutout, located at the top-left corner, and houses a single front-facing camera that can be used for face unlock and taking selfies. The display is HDR certified and also comes with support for Widevine L1
certification for HD playback in various OTT apps.

Performance:

Powering this device is the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G. The Snapdragon 730G features an octa-core CPU clocked at up to 2.2GHz, while the Adreno 618 GPU handles the GPU part.
The processor is powerful enough to handle everyday tasks and also intensive games without any issues and also helps in saving battery thanks to the 8nm manufacturing process.
The device comes paired with 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage and comes only in a single variant.

Other Hardware Features Include:

USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Port | 3.5mm Headphone Jack, 2 Microphones | E-Sim | Qualcomm Snapdragon X15 LTE Modem | NFC | GPS | GLONASS | Galileo | QZSS | Dual Band Wi-Fi | 802.11A/B/G/N/AC | 2×2 MIMO | Bluetooth 5.1.

Software:

The perks of having a pixel device are the software, overall fluid, and bloatware-free UI.
Google promises the Pixel 4a will get Pixel Feature Drops alongside the other Pixel devices, which means new features get added every couple of months. Google promises three years of Android OS upgrades alongside monthly Android security patch updates.

Cameras:

Cameras are the USP (unique selling point) of the entire Pixel lineup of devices. On the Android side of things, Pixel devices are insanely popular for the camera and the Google camera app.


Google added two cameras to the Pixel 4a: one on the front and one on the back. The single-camera on the rear comprises of a 12.2MP Sony IMX363 image sensor with an f/1.7 aperture lens, 1.4µm pixel size, 77° field-of-view, Dual Pixel Phase Detection, OIS, and EIS support. The front-facing camera, embedded underneath the hole-punch cutout at the top left of the display, is comprised of an 8MP Sony IMX355 image sensor with an f/2.0 aperture fixed focus lens, 1.12µm pixel size, 84° field-of-view, and EIS support. For standard video capture, the Pixel 4a is capable of 4K resolution at 30fps from the rear and 1080p resolution at 30fps from the front. For slow-motion videos, the device is capable of 1080p resolution at 120fps.


Google has brought many of the best Google Camera features to the Pixel 4a, including Live HDR+, dual exposure controls, Night Sight with astrophotography, Social Share, Portrait Mode, and Super Res Zoom.

Battery & Charging:

The device comes with a 3,140mAh battery, thanks to the power-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, and a relatively small 5.81″ display. None of the components in the Google Pixel 4a are power-hungry, so the 3,140mAh battery should be more than enough to get most of it throughout the day.


The Pixel 4a supports 18W USB Power Delivery from the USB Type-C port and comes with Type-C to Type-C charger in the box. However, there’s no support for wireless charging.

Pros:

Lightweight | Compact | Cameras | Stock Android Pixel Drop Features | 3-Years Of Updates

Cons:

No IP-Rating | 60Hz Refresh Rate | No Wireless Charging | No Premium Design

Pricing & Availability:

Pixel 4A

The Google Pixel 4a is available in only a single color: Just Black and will be available exclusively on Flipkart.com starting October 16th as a part of Flipkart’s Big Billion Day sale.

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