Google’s Pixel 4a is one of my more anticipated devices of the year, simply because I’m keen on seeing how Google presents their latest wallet-friendly Pixel. So far, we’ve heard rumours of the Pixel 4a from 9to5Google who reported the phone would go for a low price of $349 (~RM1500).
That’s an arguably acceptable price for Google’s iteration of Android, and even undercuts the current value champ, the iPhone SE 2020 which retails for $399 (RM1999 in Malaysia). Not to mention leaks show the Pixel 4a looking somewhat modern, in comparison to the iPhone SE’s dated form factor.
However, there’s another piece of the puzzle when it comes to the Pixel 4a’s price tag. Google recently released a survey which proceeded to ask respondents if they’d be interested in a $349 smartphone and described features that resonate with leaks about the Pixel 4a.
Another way the Pixel 4a could reportedly beat out the iPhone SE, as Hall mentions, the Pixel 4a will have a 128GB base storage variant. The iPhone SE starts off with a meager 64GB model for a higher price.
But the crux of Google’s branding will be the reason it can’t really compete at the same level as Apple. Apple is well-known, while the Pixel lineup still isn’t as prominent worldwide. On paper, Google should have the advantage, but I’m not really sure they do.
Previous leaks and rumours indicate the Pixel 4a sporting a 5.8-inch OLED display, 3080mAh battery, but a meager Snapdragon 730 chip in comparison to the iPhone SE 2020’s flagship A13 Bionic chip. But like I said, both have their own pros and cons, and it’s really based on what you’re looking for. If you were willing to compromise on some performance for the Pixel’s cameras, and wasn’t a fan of Apple, the Pixel 4a may be for you.
Or the other plethora of smartphones out there. You’re spoiled for choice, really.