Google’s latest Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are good phones with plenty to offer, but some of you might be better off waiting for the cheaper Pixel 4a that’ll be available in the next month or so and here’s why.
The Pixel 4 isn’t bad, but there are only marginal changes and some outright poor decisions (battery life & storage) that makes waiting for the next Pixel not just a good idea, but a great idea. Plus, Pixel phones have a lot of competition right now between the Galaxy S20 and the upcoming OnePlus 8 Pro.
Obviously waiting for the Pixel 5 would be ideal, but you might be better off with the more affordable Pixel 4a coming in the next month or so. In early 2019 Google surprised everyone with the Pixel 3a, a budget model of the flagship Pixel 3. There weren’t a lot of trade-offs at the lower price, making it a very compelling device. With that in mind, several new leaks reveal an impressive budget Pixel 4a is coming in 2020.
Google Pixel 4a Rumors & Speculation (2020)
Given the poor reviews about the Pixel 4 and some early problems and the fact that we got a 3a last year, we’re fairly confident Google will refresh its smartphone in March or April of 2020. Over the last month we’ve seen leaked photos, videos, specs and now we have the image above from Evleaks on Twitter. One thing we don’t know is if they’ll release two models again this year, or just one. Rumors suggest only one device is coming. His photos confirm the design, cameras, and that awesome $399 asking price.
As 2020 moves ahead and more phones arrive, expect to see a lot more Pixel 4a rumors emerge. Small information regarding potential changes, upgrades, or differences while keeping the price low. We’re already seeing leaks, so more info is right around the corner if not the release itself. This phone will hold you over until the Pixel 5 later this year.
Update: As expected we already have our first Google Pixel 4a leak and full video review, before the phone is even official or been announced by Google. The video quickly got removed by YouTube, but it confirmed all the information we’ve heard so far. So, here’s another leak since the video is gone.
Google continues to make huge strides with each upgrade, and every phone is much better than the previous generation. That applies to the Pixel 3a earlier this year too. The only “downsides” to the affordable Pixel 3 was that Google removed the IP68 water-resistant rating, cut out wireless charging, and made the phone out of plastic, which is obviously more durable than glass — and less fragile. So is that really a trade-off?
In a way, the Pixel 3a didn’t seem like a downgrade, but more of a side-grade for those wanting a different type of Google experience without spending $900. It was and is a very affordable alternative that a lot of people bought. They even offered a slightly bigger Pixel 3a XL for $499 which was a great deal too. That said, a brand new rumor suggests we’ll only get a Pixel 4a this year, and no XL variant.
So while we haven’t heard too much about a Pixel 4a yet, if Google follows the same path as the Pixel 3a buyers will be in for quite the treat. A phone with plenty to offer and hopefully better battery life than the Pixel 4, most of the same useful features, perhaps a better screen and 5G support all while costing a lot less money. Sounds like a win-win, right? With that all said, here’s what we want to see from a 4a and a few reasons you should or shouldn’t wait for the Pixel 4a.