Google has given the go-ahead for the launch of its newest smartphone after the coronavirus pandemic has been belatedly delayed. The Google Pixel 4a should again offer the best possible Android experience for comparatively little money – which apparently also succeeds.
After more than a year, the Pixel 4a succeeds its predecessor, which is still available in two sizes. Now there is only one model that starts with a 5.81-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels. As with many other current smartphones, there is also a hole in the display for the front camera.
Inexpensive package of usable hardware and excellent software
Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, a somewhat older octa-core SoC that achieves clock speeds of up to 2.2 gigahertz and is combined with six gigabytes of RAM and 128 GB UFS-2.1 flash. You can find a microSD card slot here Google – typically in vain.
Thanks to intelligent software from Google, the cameras should again be the highlight of the Google Pixel 4a. Although only a single main camera with a resolution of 12.2 megapixels and a Sony IMX363 sensor on the back and an 8-megapixel camera on the front is installed, the internet company seems to be able to do it again, one in the price range, thanks to software optimization to offer 400 euros unmatched performance.
There is also a relatively small 3140mAh battery, a headphone jack, and a fingerprint reader placed in the center of the back. Android 10 is initially used as the operating system.
Testers are excited
As is so often the case, Google had tested various media representatives in the USA and Europe with test devices weeks before yesterday’s launch date. As a result, extensive test reports from various sources are already available for presentation – all of which are generally surprisingly positive. At the price of 349 euros or 349 dollars, there is currently hardly a better smartphone available, says Engadget.
Also with AndroidAuthority, you are full of praise for Pixel 4a. The device offers one of the best Android user experiences in a well-designed housing at a third of the price of current flagship smartphones. Those who can do without unnecessary features, but are looking for a well-functioning smartphone, are in the right place here, they say. The Verge, it praises the good camera, which is due to the software able to offer better results than many more expensive smartphones. While the Sony sensor delivers good pictures as expected in good lighting conditions, the capabilities of night mode are particularly evident in low light, where the Google phone can also impress.
At the same time, it must be clear to the user that due to the loss of a dedicated chip for image processing, it can take a little longer for the finished photo to end up in the memory. In addition, the video quality should be average at best. Overall, however, Google has again succeeded in delivering a convincing smartphone that comes with pure Android and appears almost unrivaled in its price range.