Without a doubt, the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were some of the most exciting devices launched last year. For under $400 you got most of what made the Google Pixel 3 great, including that amazing camera. Now it’s 2020, and all eyes are on the Google Pixel 4a.
Ostensibly, the Pixel 4a will attempt to replicate what the 3a series did: slash out the expensive hardware aspects of the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL while retaining the super-fast Android updates, rear camera experience, and Pixel-exclusive software features. That’s a tall order, but Google seems up for the task. Below, you’ll find everything we know so far about the Google Pixel 4a. Be sure to bookmark this page as we’ll update it often as new rumors come to light.
The Google Pixel series has stuck to the same naming convention since its inception. With that in mind (along with the leaks we’ve already seen), there’s little doubt as to the name of the upcoming mid-range entry in the series. Outside of some crazy situation arising, it’s a safe bet that we’ll see the Google Pixel 4a launch as Google’s next mid-ranger. Unfortunately, some reliable sources have confirmed there will be no Pixel 4a XL this year. This might be disappointing for some fans of the Pixel 3a XL, but this will likely reduce production costs for Google and help keep the Pixel 4a at a reasonable price.
In early April, a few pictures of some Pixel 4a packages surfaced online, which appear to confirm the name. The images look pretty legit, but we should still take them with a grain of salt.
Google Pixel 4a is On It’s Way… pic.twitter.com/rJclXg1Yqo
— TechDroider (@techdroider) April 9, 2020
The name might be solidified, but when exactly will the Google Pixel 4a land? Google launched the Pixel 3a series at Google I/O 2019, so it seemed reasonable to assume at first that it would launch the follow-up around the same time. Unfortunately, Google I/O 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We expected Google to go ahead with an online-only launch of the new phone on or around the same time anyway, but that didn’t come to be.
Eventually, evidence popped up that suggested Google moved the general sale date to June 5, 2020. This led us to believe the Pixel 4a would land at the confirmed Android 11 event on June 3. Of course, that didn’t happen, either. Now, we expect the device to land on July 13. The device has already hit the FCC and the IMDA (which are usually the last steps before a phone launches), so the release can’t be far off, whenever it might be. Interestingly, a known tipster hinted that the Google Pixel 4a could launch in July, but only go on sale in October. Another leaker reports that the phone could have a different name and could be part of the Pixel 5 lineup slated to launch later this year.