Google Pixel 4a 

price₹ 29,999 onwards

launchOct, 2020

69.0

excellence score

70.2

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Design

  • Cute, minimalist design - the matte textured polycarbonate back makes it feel much nicer and less slippery
  • One of the more compact Android smartphones - the result is a handset which is extremely easy to handle, and one-handed use is almost effortless
  • Extremely light-weight, tipping the scales at just 143g
  • The signature coloured lock button is still present and adds a little flair to the overall esthetics
  • The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back, and recognition is fast
  • The materials used don't look or feel particularly premium

Display

  • The screen is a 5.81-inch, Full HD+ OLED panel, and it looks fantastic - the screen provides bright, clear and colourful visuals, watching the HDR content is a pleasing experience, with excellent detail and colour reproduction
  • The Google Pixel 4a also features an always-on display, which will permanently display some useful things like the time, date, battery level, weather and notifications

Software

  • Of course, one of the key selling points of the Pixel series, is the clean, stock version of Android directly from Google, along with three years of promised updates (which are generally delivered almost as soon as they are launched)
  • Then there are some interesting Pixel-only features like the search giant's Recorder app, which can live-transcribe meetings and conversations, help you make notes and some other useful stuff

Performance

  • Good performance from the reliable Snapdragon 730G - it can handle any app or game that you run with ease - the heavy games like COD: Mobile also runs well with medium graphics
  • The performance isn't the best for the price - there are plenty of similarly priced handsets offering newer chipsets, more RAM, and a variety of storage options, like the OnePlus Nord

Camera

  • Excellent 12.2MP camera at the back - the camera shines in bright daylight photography: details are well resolved without oversharpening and there's barely any noise - images have great colour and dynamic range, and maintained more contrast than other devices currently on the market
  • Low-light photos are quite good, dynamic range and details are great - adding the Google's Night Sight to the mix and the photos are generally more exposed in the shadows and offer a white balance that's more true to life - it improves the detail and reduces the noise
  • The Pixel 4a supports Astrophotography - it is meant for capturing the starry night skies or moonlit landscapes, depending on the scene, the camera can take anywhere from 1 to more than 3 minutes to capture a shot
  • Portrait mode is impressive with good subject separation and natural background blur
  • The front-facing 8MP camera on the Google Pixel 4a is a solid snapper and produces selfies with good colour and detail
  • There's the obligatory selfie portrait mode, which can apply background blur for artsy self-portraits, and Night Sight is also available on the front camera - this worked well when you try to snap a selfie in lighting that is less than ideal
  • Overall, the images are nearly indistinguishable from the much pricier Pixel 4, that never launched in India - which makes the Pixel 4a arguably the best camera at this price

Battery

  • Decent battery life from the 3140 mAh battery - it can last a full day of regular use
  • Decent fast charging from the 18W fast charger in the box, it can fill the phone up in about 90 mins (though, at this price there are better fast charging options available from competition)

Verdict

  • The Pixel 4a is a simple, no-nonsense phone, it isn't trying to do anything flashy, and if you’re tired of big, expensive phones and just want something compact that works, and works well, it is a good choice to consider
  • However, if you want more from your phone, there are better options available that offer better design, performance, battery and fast charging, like the OnePlus Nord

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  2. Google's impressive single-camera smartphone photography arrives in an affordable, one-hand-friendly design
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  3. A compact phone that's easy to use, a beautiful screen, and one of the best cameras in this price range, the Pixel 4a is hard to beat
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  4. If you’ve always wanted the better camera system but prefer a smaller and compact sized Android smartphone, the Pixel 4a is your best option
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  5. Equal Parts Impressive & Discouraging, Depending On What You Need From It
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  6. The perfect phone for 2020
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  7. Pixel 4a is the photography relief the budget segment needed
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Google Pixel 4a Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10, Upgradeable to Android 11Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.81 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2340 pixels (~ 444 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignPunch Hole
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Display Features
  • OLED
  • Always-on display
  • HDR
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sensors
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Sensor Hub
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 618
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3140 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 18W Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight143 gmLight
Thickness8.2 mmMedium
Width69.4 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera12.2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • F/1.7 Aperture
  • 27mm Focal Length (Wide)
  • 1/2.55" Sensor Size
  • 1.4um Pixel Size
  • OIS
  • Dual Pixel PDAF
  • Auto-HDR
  • Panorama
Secondary Camera8MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 24mm Focal Length (Wide)
  • 1.12um Pixel Size
  • Auto-HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO + QZSS
CompassYes
DLNAYes
NFCYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM + GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
More
  • UFS 2.1 Storage
  • Google Cast

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