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Thesub-$400 smartphone segmentis going to be an interesting one to watch this year. We already have Apple’s contender in the form of the newiPhone SE. Samsung’sGalaxy A51also seems like a promising candidate in the under $400 price range. Then there’s OnePlus which is rumored to be working on the mid-rangeOnePlus Z. But for now, all eyes are on the upcomingPixel 4a.
We’ve been expecting the Google mid-ranger to be priced in the same ballpark as thePixel 3aseries which came in at exactly $399. Now, according to9to5Google’sStephen Hall, the Pixel 4a could be priced at $349 for a 128GB model (double the iPhone SE’s 64GB storage).
At that price, Google could definitely have a winner on its hands. The Pixel 3a series was great because of its amazing camera, software features, and of course timely Android updates. The Pixel 4a promises a similar experience.
It’s more or less confirmed to feature the same primary 12MP camera as thePixel 4and Pixel 3a. The selfie camera is also apparently borrowed from the Pixel 3 series.Recently leaked camera samplesfrom the phone looked pretty good, and also showed that it gains some popular Pixel 4 imaging features like theastrophotography mode.
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It’s a shame thatMarc Levoy, the architect of most of Google’s great camera features, is no longer with the company, but we’re pretty sure that the Pixel 4a benefited from his contributions before he left.
Nevertheless, the Pixel 4a is surely shaping up to be a hot contender for the best mid-range Android phone in 2020. Its timing and expected pricing is impeccable given how premium phones are crossing the $1,000 price mark. At a time like this, good, affordable phones could really make all the difference. The Pixel 4a is no flagship, but ifGoogle plays its cards right, it could definitely outshine the competition.