After the disappointing launch price of the Pixel 3A in India last year and the decision not to launch the Pixel 4, there was little reason to rejoice in the new models launched this year. Google has not launched the Pixel 5 or Pixel 4A 5G in India, at least not yet, but it has launched the Pixel 4A. The lowest member of this year’s Pixel series, the Pixel 4A, is much more aggressive this time in India.
This year, Google is keeping things simple. There is only one Version of the Pixel 4A, so no XL option. It is also available in a single configuration with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory and in a single color – black only. I spent a lot of time on it after my first impressions a few weeks ago, and now it’s time to see if Google has done enough this year to get people interested again.
Google Pixel 4A-design
The design of the Google Pixel 4A has something very friendly. It’s not visible or in-your-face; in fact, it’s exactly the opposite and yet it looks attractive. Google used a Unibody polycarbonate shell with a matte soft-touch finish. It looks good and does not attract fingerprints. The Pixel 4A is relatively thin with 8.2 mm and really light with only 143g. The overall compact dimensions of the cover and the rounded edges make it a very comfortable phone.
The volume and power buttons are located on the right and provide good tactile feedback. At the top is a headphone jack, on the left is a compartment for a single Nano-SIM card, and at the bottom is the speaker and USB Type-C port.The Google Pixel 4A accepts only one body SIM card, but supports an additional eSIM.
The rear panel has a capacitive fingerprint sensor, so there is no In-Display sensor, although this phone has an OLED panel. This is not a big deal, as the fingerprint sensor works very well and can be used to pull down the notification shadow with a swipe gesture. However, there is no Option for facial recognition on the Pixel 4A.
Google fortunately has the massive bezel of the previous generation for much narrower on the Pixel 4A. the edges are still a little thick, but they are more or less even around the screen. You get a perforated cutout for the Selfie camera. The screen is slightly larger than the Pixel 3a and measures 5.8 inches diagonally. It is an OLED panel with full HD + resolution. It supports HDR10 playback and comes with Gorilla Glass 3 for Scratch Protection.
One feature that is not found compared to last year’s model is active edge sensors. On previous Pixel phones, you can activate Google Assistant by pressing the pressure-sensitive side panels. On the other hand, Google has retained the Now Playing function, which automatically detects songs played in the background and displays the title and artist on your lock screen or always on The screen.
In the sales package of the Google Pixel 4A you will find an 18W Type-C charger, a USB Type-C to Type-C cable, A quick-change adapter to import data from an older phone, a SIM tool and documentation. You do not receive a cover or helmet.
Google Pixel 4A performance and battery life
The Google Pixel 4A uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730g SoC, which is not the most powerful SoC you will find in phones at this price, but is quite good. There is 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of memory, which is quite enough. The Pixel 4A supports 4G VoLTE, dual band Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 5, NFC and four satellite navigation systems. There is no wireless powered or IP rating, but you get stereo speakers. The Pixel 4A also features Google’s Titan m security hardware for biometric authentication and other security-related features.
For software, units on the market at the time of launch in India run Android 10 out of the box, but a recent Android 11 update is available. On my test device, Android 11 was already working when I started using it. If you’ve ever used a Pixel smartphone, you know what to expect. The interface is completely clean, without Bloatware and only essential Google apps pre-installed. There is a personal security app from Google that allows you to set up emergency contacts, etc. There is a Pixel tips app that allows novice Pixel users to familiarize themselves with their Smartphone.
Google has integrated some basic gestures that can be found in The Settings app. You can enable gestures to quickly access the camera, silence an incoming call, etc. as a Pixel phone, Google offers at least three years of operating system and security updates.
The relatively powerful hardware combined with Google’s elegant software makes the use experience wonderful. Unlocking the phone with the fingerprint sensor is fast, The user interface is eye-catching, and The Always-On display is great for watching the time or unread alerts. Google Assistant is also fast, whether it’s transcribing what you just said or retrieving search results. Unfortunately, the Pixel 4A lacks a higher refresh rate, even 90Hz, which would have made the experience even better.
I found the display good enough to watch content. The colors are bright, the black is deep, and the text is generally strong. The screen also gets very bright, but the whites look a little cloudy even at full brightness. This is especially noticeable compared to the OnePlus Nord, which is in the same price segment. HDR content is beautiful, whether played locally or through streaming apps. The stereo speakers sound good and get decently loud, although the bottom is a little louder than the earpiece.
The game was also enjoyable. Everything from simple titles like Mars: Mars to heavier ones like Call of Duty: Mobile went well. I also had no heating problems, except that the side of the frame was a little hot.
The Google Pixel 4A has a 3,140 mAh battery, which is a modest capacity for 2020 standards. Not surprisingly, this did not go very well in our HD Video Drum Loop Test, which lasted just over twelve and a half hours. However, I’m happy to report that with medium to light use in the real world, I was able to hold the Pixel 4a on a single charge for an entire day. On days when there is a lot of camera use and video viewing, it has gone a little faster, so if you are waiting for a phone that lasts longer than a day, you might be a little disappointed.
With the supplied 18W adapter, the Pixel 4A can charge its battery to about 52% in half an hour and up to 88% in one hour. It took about 15-20 minutes more to reach full Capacity. As it uses USB Power Delivery (PD) standard, you can use any Type-C PD Charger to quickly charge the Pixel 4A.