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Google announces Pixel 4a starting at $479 in Canada

The Pixel 4a is available for pre-order now and will launch in Canada on September 10th

After many leaks and many weeks of wondering where Google’s Pixel 3a successor was, the search giant finally announced the Pixel 4a.

If you’ve been following the rumours, anything coming out today will feel more like a confirmation. Almost everything you’ve heard about the Pixel 4a is true.

Google latest mid-range Android phone brings Pixel features in a sleek new package at a more affordable price. In Canada, the Pixel 4a starts at $479 outright, and you can probably get it cheaper on a plan with a carrier next month. Google is also offering up to $180 in trade-in credits for select devices (you can learn more about that here).

The Pixel 4a will be available at the Google Store as well as with Bell, Rogers, Telus, Freedom Mobile, Videotron, Best Buy and more when it comes to Canada on September 10th. You can also pre-order the phone now.

Some of you may have noticed that there is no Pixel 4a XL. This time around, Google said it felt like offering two sizes didn’t make a lot of sense. In part, that’s because the search giant opted to include an edge-to-edge display with a hole-punch selfie camera. The result is a 5.8-inch screen squeezed into a body smaller than the Pixel 3a. For reference, the Pixel 3a XL had a 6-inch screen while the 3a measured in at 5.6-inches.

Solid internals

Pixel 4a

Pixel 3a

Pixel 3a XL

Google Pixel 4

Display

5.81-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2340) OLED display, 443 ppi, 19.5:9 aspect ratio

5.6-inch gOLED, 2,220 x 1,080 pixels, 18.5:9 aspect ratio

6.0-inch gOLED, 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio

5.7-inch, OLED display, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 90Hz refresh rate, 19:9 aspect ratio

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G

Snapdragon 670

Snapdragon 670

Snapdragon 855

RAM

6GB LPDDR4x

4GB of RAM

4GB of RAM

6GB of RAM

Storage

128GB

64GB

64GB

64GB, 128GB

Dimensions (in.)

144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm

151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2mm

160.1 x 76.1 x 8.2mm

147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm

Weight

143g

147g

167g

162g

Rear Facing Camera

12.2-megapixel dual-pixel camera with autofocus, OIS and EIS, f/1.7 aperture, 77-degree FOV

12.2-megapixel (f/1.8, OIS, EIS)

12.2-megapixel (f/1.8, OIS, EIS)

16-megapixel (f/2.4, OIS, wide angle) + 12.2-megapixel (f/1.7, OIS, telephoto)

Front Facing Camera

8-megapixel f/2.0 fixed focus 84-degree FOV

8-megapixel (f/2.0)

8-megapixel (f/2.0)

8-megapixel (f/2.0, ultra-wide)

OS

Android 10

Android 9 Pie

Android 9 Pie

Android 10

Battery

3140mAh

3,000mAh

3,700mAh

2,800mAh

Network Connectivity

LTE, GSM, EDGE, CDMA

GSM/HSPA/LTE

GSM/HSPA/LTE

GSM/HSPA/LTE

Sensors

Proximity, ambient light, accelerometer, gyrometer, magnetometer, barometer

Fingerprint (rear-facing), accelerometor, gyro, proximity

Fingerprint (rear-facing), accelerometor, gyro, proximity

face unlock, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

SIM Type

Nano SIM and eSIM

Nano SIM, eSIM

Nano SIM, eSIM

Nano SIM, eSIM

Launch Date

September 10, 2020

May 7, 2019

May 7, 2019

October 15, 2019

Misc

Colour: Just Black

Colours: Just Black, Clearly White, Purple-ish | Google Lens, Active Edge

Colours: Just Black, Clearly White, Purple-ish | Google Lens, Active Edge

Colours: Just Black, Oh So Orange, Clearly White | Motion Sense, face unlock, New Assistant (coming to Canada), Active Edge

Display

Pixel 4a

5.81-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2340) OLED display, 443 ppi, 19.5:9 aspect ratio

Pixel 3a

5.6-inch gOLED, 2,220 x 1,080 pixels, 18.5:9 aspect ratio

Pixel 3a XL

6.0-inch gOLED, 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio

Google Pixel 4

5.7-inch, OLED display, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 90Hz refresh rate, 19:9 aspect ratio

Processor

Pixel 4a

Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G

Pixel 3a

Snapdragon 670

Pixel 3a XL

Snapdragon 670

Google Pixel 4

Snapdragon 855

RAM

Pixel 4a

6GB LPDDR4x

Pixel 3a

4GB of RAM

Pixel 3a XL

4GB of RAM

Google Pixel 4

6GB of RAM

Storage

Pixel 4a

128GB

Pixel 3a

64GB

Pixel 3a XL

64GB

Google Pixel 4

64GB, 128GB

Dimensions (in.)

Pixel 4a

144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm

Pixel 3a

151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2mm

Pixel 3a XL

160.1 x 76.1 x 8.2mm

Google Pixel 4

147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm

Weight

Pixel 4a

143g

Pixel 3a

147g

Pixel 3a XL

167g

Google Pixel 4

162g

Rear Facing Camera

Pixel 4a

12.2-megapixel dual-pixel camera with autofocus, OIS and EIS, f/1.7 aperture, 77-degree FOV

Pixel 3a

12.2-megapixel (f/1.8, OIS, EIS)

Pixel 3a XL

12.2-megapixel (f/1.8, OIS, EIS)

Google Pixel 4

16-megapixel (f/2.4, OIS, wide angle) + 12.2-megapixel (f/1.7, OIS, telephoto)

Front Facing Camera

Pixel 4a

8-megapixel f/2.0 fixed focus 84-degree FOV

Pixel 3a

8-megapixel (f/2.0)

Pixel 3a XL

8-megapixel (f/2.0)

Google Pixel 4

8-megapixel (f/2.0, ultra-wide)

OS

Pixel 4a

Android 10

Pixel 3a

Android 9 Pie

Pixel 3a XL

Android 9 Pie

Google Pixel 4

Android 10

Battery

Pixel 4a

3140mAh

Pixel 3a

3,000mAh

Pixel 3a XL

3,700mAh

Google Pixel 4

2,800mAh

Network Connectivity

Pixel 4a

LTE, GSM, EDGE, CDMA

Pixel 3a

GSM/HSPA/LTE

Pixel 3a XL

GSM/HSPA/LTE

Google Pixel 4

GSM/HSPA/LTE

Sensors

Pixel 4a

Proximity, ambient light, accelerometer, gyrometer, magnetometer, barometer

Pixel 3a

Fingerprint (rear-facing), accelerometor, gyro, proximity

Pixel 3a XL

Fingerprint (rear-facing), accelerometor, gyro, proximity

Google Pixel 4

face unlock, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

SIM Type

Pixel 4a

Nano SIM and eSIM

Pixel 3a

Nano SIM, eSIM

Pixel 3a XL

Nano SIM, eSIM

Google Pixel 4

Nano SIM, eSIM

Launch Date

Pixel 4a

September 10, 2020

Pixel 3a

May 7, 2019

Pixel 3a XL

May 7, 2019

Google Pixel 4

October 15, 2019

Misc

Pixel 4a

Colour: Just Black

Pixel 3a

Colours: Just Black, Clearly White, Purple-ish | Google Lens, Active Edge

Pixel 3a XL

Colours: Just Black, Clearly White, Purple-ish | Google Lens, Active Edge

Google Pixel 4

Colours: Just Black, Oh So Orange, Clearly White | Motion Sense, face unlock, New Assistant (coming to Canada), Active Edge

On the inside, the Pixel 4a boasts a Snapdragon 730G system-on-a-chip (SoC) with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Google’s Titan M chip makes a return, and an Adreno 618 powers the graphics.

Google included a larger 3,140mAh battery to keep users juiced up.

Around back is the single rear 12.2-megapixel camera. There’s no second lens, but Google did say that the primary camera is the same as what’s available on the Pixel 4. That means it’s also got Google’s ‘dual-pixel‘ tech, which splits each pixel to gather data for features like portrait mode.

The front camera is an 8-megapixel shooter with an 84-degree field of view.

And of course, the headphone jack makes a return as well.

Pixels aren’t always about the specs

While some find the specifications to be the most critical aspects, Google long ago proved that sometimes the specs don’t matter that much. For example, Google’s camera software has made the last few Pixels photography powerhouses despite the company not adding a second lens until last year’s Pixel 4. That said, some things — like battery life — cannot be so easily improved with software.

In short, that means the Pixel 4a includes many of the great software-based features present on the Pixel 4. For example, the 4a supports portrait mode and Google’s Night Sight for low-light photography. That also means the 4a supports the astrophotography capabilities of the Pixel 4.

Google also confirmed the Pixel 4a would support features like Call Screen and Now Playing. It will also have Live Caption, which can provide captions for audio playing on the device.

Interestingly, Google also said the Pixel 4a would allow users to Live Caption phone calls, a significant addition to the feature.

Finally, the Pixel 4a will include the new Google Assistant that rolled out to the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. Aside from a slight visual tweak, the most significant difference is that the new Google Assistant operates on device, making it faster, and it can control some apps on your phone to a surprising degree.

Google says Pixel 4a users will get a three-month free trial of YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass and Google One when they sign up for a recurring subscription.

Those interested can pre-order the Pixel 4a here. Also, stay tuned to MobileSyrup for a full review of the Pixel 4a in the coming weeks.

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