Beyond all that, though, we’re not expecting the Pixel 4a to be the world’s most exciting device. As mentioned earlier, it’s meant to run well, take great photos, and not cost too much money. The cost constraints that go into making a phone like this also mean that niceties like wireless charging, an IP rating for water and dust resistance, and the Pixel 4’s MotionSense feature are absent here. That may not be the most thrilling recipe for a smartphone, but we loved last year’s Pixel 3a and 3a XL because of how competent and un-fussy it was. If Google can keep that trend going in 2020, the Pixel 4a may shape up to be another fan favorite.
When will it launch?
Last year, Google launched its Pixel 3a smartphone at the start of its I/O developer conference in Mountain View. From what we've heard, that was the plan for this year too until the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak forced the company to reassess its launch plans. Despite some earlier rumblings that Pixel 4a could make its debut as late as October, Google itself has confirmed — by way of a cryptic teaser page — that the phone will be revealed on August 3rd. According to 9to5Google's Stephen Hall, Google is targeting a $350 price point, presumably for the base Pixel 4a with 64GB of storage. If true, that would give the company's latest cheap phone a slight — and potentially crucial — edge over its biggest rival, the iPhone SE.
*These specs are based on current leaks and have not yet been fully confirmed.