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Google Pixel 4a | Camera Powerhouse at budget price

Google Pixel 4a
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Google has pushed the pedal really hard to get into smartphone market, especially in the budget segment by launching Google Pixel 4a. From 2015, google has been launching flagship phones. The main selling point of the phones are their incredible camera and image processing algorithm. They didn’t have incredible hardware like Samsung, but could produce amazing images just from software. Since the very first pixel device, Pixel and Pixel XL, the company has just done better in improvement of photography of smartphones.

The gap between best camera experience between flagship phones and budget oriented phones has been narrowed with the launch of some great phones in 2020, like Iphone SE 2020, OnePlus Nord and now, Google Pixel 4a. The Pixel 4a is a successor of previous year’s Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, which were already a great camera phone for the price. So apart from being a great camera phone, what are other areas that this phone leaves a mark on? Let’s find out.

Google Pixel 4a overview

Google Pixel 4A screen size

Google Pixel 4a consists of all the necessary specifications to be a good mid-ranger. It’s got 5.81″ Full HD+ OLED HDR display panel with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution. This is an excellent display with good viewing angles and great color saturation and contrast. But, the refresh rate is just 60Hz, which should be kept in mind. Corning Gorilla 3 protects the front of the device. This is an old glass from Corning, but for the price, it is acceptable.

Google Pixel 4a camera

The Google Pixel 4a, as mentioned earlier, has great cameras. Looking at the hardware, the device features a single camera module on the back. It is a 12.2MP, f/1.7 sensor with OIS. This is a rare feature, especially in a budget phone. So, we can expect super stable videos from the phone. The phone can record 4k at 30fps, 1080p at upto 120fps. Not having capability of 4k at 60fps is a bit of a bummer considering similarly priced Iphone SE. The front camera is an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, placed at hole punch cutout on the front. The hardware, along with google’s image processing, produces some extra-ordinary images. It’s the best camera on any phone you will get for the price, for sure.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G

Apart from camera, the phone is powered by 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G. It’s a relatively old processor having mid-range performance. The phone handles day-to-day tasks effortlessly, but gaming is not a paradise for the phone. It suffers on heaviest games at best graphics settings. There is Adreno 618 GPU for the graphics processing as well. So, we can expect medium performance, if not the best from the phone.

Other Features

The other features include 3140mAH battery. This is very small battery for a budget phone. But, with efficient chip-set, the battery life should be acceptable. However, there is 18W fast charging support which can charge the phone pretty quickly. The phone also comes with Android 10 with 3 years of software update promise from google, as always. Google has decided to provide only storage option, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. It comes in only color option, Just Black.

Google Pixel 4a specifications

  • Dimensions: 144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 143 g
  • Screen: 5.81 inches
  • Display: FHD+ 1080 x 2340 pixels OLED HDR
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G (8 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 618
  • RAM: 6GB
  • ROM: 128GB UFS 2.1
  • Primary Camera: 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 1.4ยตm, OIS
  • Selfie Camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, 1.12ยตm
  • Battery: 3140mAH, USB-C, 18W charging
  • OS: Android 10
  • WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • 4G/5G: 4G
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, Barometer
  • Other Features: NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Radio, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS

Price in Nepal (Expected)

The phone is launched in US at $349 (approx. NPR. 41,000). Looking at history, it’s unlikely that google will launch the phone in Nepal. However, if the phone comes to Nepal, it should be priced around NPR. 55,000. Anything above that will be very difficult for the phone to survive in Nepali market.

PhoneExpected Price in Nepal
Google Pixel 4a(6GB/128GB)Rs. 55,000
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