Alongside the launch of the Pixel 4a today, Google has made a mention that it’ll be launching the Pixel 4a (5G) later this year at a price point of $499.

We don’t have any further details on this variant of the Pixel 4a, however if the only feature upgrade on the phone is a 5G compatible SoC and cellular connectivity, it would mean quite a steep price increase.

To achieve 5G connectivity, Google has two options in the mid-range: The Snapdragon 690 and the Snapdragon 765. Both would be good upgrades over the Snapdragon 730G in the 4G Pixel 4a, however only the latter would have a modem which would be capable of mmWave connectivity. It would make sense for Google to go with the Snapdragon 690 in a mid-range device, however the steep price increase of the regular Pixel 4a could point out to a S765 with mmWave connectivity.

Google also confirms that the Pixel 5 is coming, and it will too have 5G connectivity. We don’t know much about the Pixel 5 or how Google will be positioning the phone – either as a premium tier model with a Snapdragon 765 at a more competitive price, or again as a full flagship device with the Snapdragon 865.

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  • Polezzz - Thursday, September 3, 2020 - link

    You are wrong. With the extension of the Samsung warranty, you have the right to repair, for example, a broken display and automatically replace the battery with a new one.
  • DanNeely - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    mmwave seems plausible. Pixels tend to be US centric in availability, and US carriers have started with mmwave deployments that are great for headline speed numbers, even though utterly useless for general connectivity due to tiny footprints; made worse by doing early deployments in sportsball arenas that are closed indefinitely.
  • Krysto - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    Shame about the battery size. Last year, most $200+ phones had 4,000 mAh batteries, Pixel 3A had a 2,800 mAh battery. This year, it's 4,500 mAh for most, Pixel 4A has 3,1000 - BIG WHOOP.

    No, I don't care the Pixel is "more optimized", especially given Google's track record with crap batteries in its phones that lost a significant portion of their capacity after 2 years, if not less.
  • danbob999 - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    Most phones with a 4000 mAh battery are bigger however.
  • blurtested - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    my two pixel 3A's battery life started plunging after 6 months. I thought it was from fast charging, so one the second one i slowed charged but it made no apparent difference.
  • Alistair - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    I was interested, then I signed into Google and got a late September delivery date lol... might as well wait until after the iPhone comes out and everything is discounted (fall pricing)

    The Oneplus Nord will crush this phone if it comes to Canada by September.
  • Quantumz0d - Thursday, August 6, 2020 - link

    Every Android phone looks garbage to my eyes now from design to the HW price to performance and worthiness.

    First of all the design of every phone is inspired by Apple. And lack of HW features like expandable storage and 3.5mm jacks. Which is actually should be basic. Then you have the awful SW for which Google is to blame, every camera UI on Android phones is inspired by Apple, except Sony. And partially LG. Multitasking and every UI now has a bottom bar imitating iOS, same copy paste formula, even PlayStore Icons are now like AppStore. Then you have the price to perf ratio, these budget phones in specs but not price. Google asks a ton of money for the US market to spend for the garbage bin performance. India and EU get all those Chinese phones with top processors and cheaper price.

    Finally the Flagship ! None of them are worth, $1000 for a dead phone in 2 years. Battery depleted and poor health of battery no way to take it to a brick and mortar shop and get it done properly quickly. Sealed shut design damn it..

    Apple has those shops all over the world to do that part and genius people are very dumb so a machine does it. With these phones you have to ship the goddamn thing to them and wait for it to reset or bullshit, application backup on Android is SHIT. So can we take advantage of the filesystem for all our data ? Nope, from Android10+ bullshit scoped storage disaster you won't be able to find your own fucking files on your own phone nor there's expandable storage (Chinese flagships, Pixel). An insult it is tbh for people paying such money. Didn't even mention the A series performance because in the end the top androids and iphones both do the work in the same time with slight differences. Probably the video playback and camera processing features are definitely faster on iPhone and also probably the OS responsiveness due to the C++ for entire iOS vs Java and Kotlin for Android and probably more HW to support etc.

    It's getting worse and worse, with Android tbh, using since 2.2 and never considered an iPhone. With the current copy paste bs formula and always having to pay more for second class clone and same locked down experience. I'm seriously thinking to move to either a KaiOS phone or a cheap iPhone, I do not want to support Apple ever but with navigation requirement on a phone and video calling, fucking out of options.

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