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Google Pixel 4A Review

After the disappointing launch price of Pixel 3a in India last year, and the decision not to launch Pixel 4, there is little reason to get excited about the new model launched this year. Google is not yet launching Pixel 5 or Pixel 4a 5G in India at least, but has launched Pixel 4a. The most affordable member of this year's Pixel series, the Google Pixel 4a is priced almost aggressively in India at the moment, at Rs. 31,999.

This year, Google is simplifying things. Pixel is just one version of 4a, so there is no XL option. It is also available in only one configuration with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and in only one color - Just Black. I've spent a lot of time with it since my initial impressions a few weeks ago, and now it's time to see if Google has done enough to get people interested again this year.

Design and Look

There is something very probable about the design of the Google Pixel 4a. It is not attractive or on-your-face; In fact it is the complete opposite and yet it looks attractive. Google has used a unibody polycarbonate shell with a soft touch matte finish. It looks good and does not attract fingerprints. The Pixel 4a is relatively thin at 8.2mm and is actually lighter, at only 143g. This is a very comfortable phone to handle overall compact dimensions and rounded edges of the body.

The volume and power buttons are placed on the right, and give good tactile feedback. There is a headphone jack at the top, a tray for a single nano-SIM at the left and a speaker and USB Type-C port at the bottom. The Google Pixel 4a accepts only a single physical SIM, but it supports an additional eSIM.

The back has a capacitive fingerprint sensor, so this phone does not have an in-display sensor despite having an OLED panel. This is not a big deal, as the fingerprint sensor works very well and can be used to pull out the notification shade with swipe gestures. However, there is no option of face recognition on the Pixel 4a.

Google has thankfully dug up the previous generation of giant bezels for more narrowing on the Pixel 4a. The boundaries are still a bit thick, but they are more or less around the display. You get a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera. This display is slightly larger than Pixel 3a Rs. 30,999, which is 5.8 inches in length. It is a full-HD + resolution OLED panel. It supports HDR10 playback and is built using Gorilla Glass 3 for protection from scratch.

One feature missing compared to last year's model is the active edge sensor. On previous Pixel phones, you were able to activate Google Assistant by squeezing the pressure-sensitive side panels. On the other hand, Google has introduced a No Playing feature, which automatically recognizes songs being played in the background and displays the title and artist on your lockscreen or always on-display.

In the retail box of the Google Pixel 4a, you will find an 18W Type-C charger, a USB Type-C to Type-C cable, which is a Quick Switch adapter for importing data from older phones, SIM tools and documentation. . You do not get any case or headset.

Performance and Battery Life

Google Pixel 4a uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC, which is not the most powerful SoC you can find in a phone at this price, but it is quite good. There is 6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB storage, which again is quite sufficient. The Pixel 4a 4G supports VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 5, NFC and four satellite navigation systems. There is no wireless charging or IP rating, but you get stereo speakers. Pixel 4a also has Google's Titan M security hardware for biometric authentication and other security-related tasks.

As for the software, the units in the market are running Android 10 out of the box at the time of India launch, but the last Android 11 update is available. My review unit was already running Android 11 when I started using it. If you have used a Pixel smartphone before, then you know what to expect. The interface is completely clean, with no bloatware and just the necessary Google apps installed. There is a personal security app from Google that lets you establish emergency contacts, and more. The Pixel Tips app helps Pixel users become familiar with their smartphones for the first time.

Google has included some basic gestures, which can be found in the Settings app. You can enable gestures to quickly access the camera, silence an incoming call, etc. Being a Pixel phone, Google offers a minimum of three years of OS and security updates.

The relatively powerful hardware combined with Google's lean software makes the experience of use amazing. Unlocking the phone with a fingerprint sensor is quick, the interface is fast, and the always-on display is great for timely or unread alerts. Google Assistant is very fast, tell what you just said or bring up search results. The Pixel 4a unfortunately misses a high refresh rate display, even at 90Hz, which would have made the experience even better.

I loved the performance to see the material. The colors are vivid, the blacks are dark, and the text is generally sharp. The screen gets very bright, but the whites look a bit murky even in full brightness. This is especially noticeable when compared side-by-side with something like the OnePlus Nord Rs. 27,999, which is in the same price segment. HDR content looks good, whether it's locally or through streaming apps. Stereo speakers sound good and sound decently loud, although the firing at the bottom is slightly higher than the earpiece.

Gaming was also enjoyable. Everything from a simple title like Mars: Mars to massive amounts such as Call of Duty: Mobile ran smoothly. I did not feel any heating issues, something other than the side of the frame was overheating.

The Google Pixel 4a has a 3,140mAh battery, a modest capacity until 2020 standards. Unexpectedly, it did not do very well in our HD video battery loop test, lasting a little over twelve and a half hours. However, I'm happy to state that with medium to real-world use, I could build the Pixel 4A for a full day on a single charge. With a lot of camera usage and video watching, it took over a little faster, so if you're expecting a phone that can last more than a day, you might be a little disappointed.

The Pixel 4a can charge its battery with a bundled 18W adapter about 52 percent in half an hour and up to 88 percent in an hour. It took about 15–20 minutes more to reach full capacity. Since it uses the USB power delivery (PD) standard, you can use any Type-C PD charger to quickly charge the Pixel 4A.

Camera and Image Quality

The Google Pixel 3a had an impressive set of cameras not just for its segment but in general. The Pixel 4a sticks to single front and rear cameras with resolutions similar to its predecessors. The rear camera has a 12.2-megapixel sensor and f / 1.7 aperture, dual-pixel PDAF and optical stabilization. The front camera uses an 8-megapixel sensor and has an f / 2.0 aperture. Sadly, this type of physical is not an ultra-wide-angle rear camera, as you find on the 5G variant of the Pixel 4a, and now on other phones at this price level. 

However, Google has not skimp on the camera features in the software, which are mostly what you will find with the flagship Pixel 5. It has Night Sight, Top Shot, Super Race Zoom, Motion Autofocus and Live HDR +. Frequent face is a feature that, when enabled, is recommended to focus on and identify the specific faces that you capture when selecting a top shot or motion photo. When shooting stills, the Google Pixel 4a lets you tweak the exposure and shadows independently before taking a shot, and even shows you the effects of each adjustment in real-time in the viewfinder. For video, you can also manually adjust exposure, and will tap the viewfinder once focus tracking is started.

The camera app has almost all the shooting modes one would expect. There is no manual mode, but you can enable RAW through the Settings menu.

Landscape photos shot during the day looked stunning. The Google Pixel 4a managed to capture natural-looking colors and well-balanced exposure. The details were quite good, but when magnified, I noticed a slight noise, and the fine texture and edges were not very well defined. The close-up shots had very fine details, rich colors and the blurring of a pleasing background. In portrait mode, I could digitally zoom up to 4x. Portrait shots usually looked striking with good edge detection, details and colors.

The Pixel 4A worked equally well with low-light photos. Even without the Knight site, the images looked clear with minimal noise, the colors were vivid, and the details well defined. Night Sight helps correct a little exposure, and in very dark scenes, it can make an impressive difference.

Thus the Pixel smartphones have been very good for selfies, and it still continues. The selfie is shot very well in the daylight pack, and thanks to the wide area, you can get quite a bit of background in the frame. Portrait mode also works well for selfies. In low light, Night Sight makes a big difference on the type of photos you capture. When used in combination with screen flash (which is more fill-light than flash), the results are even better.

Google Pixel 4a can shoot up to 4K video at 30fps. During the day, I liked the quality and stabilization very well. Videos captured with a selfie camera are also electronically stable. Even in low light, the video quality is very good, with good exposure and a twinkling amount when you walk.

I really wish Google included an ultra-wide-angle camera, as this would have made the setup a lot more accurate. Nevertheless, both cameras on the Pixel 4A give consistent and reliable results.


Google Pixel 4a is being sold on Flipkart for Rs 31,999 at a promotional price of Rs 29,999, which is slightly less than its official retail price of Rs 31,999. I think this is a good buy at this price for anyone who wants to capture good photos and videos with their smartphone. Unlike last year's Pixel 3a, the Pixel 4a is not crippled much in terms of processing power. It provides enough RAM and storage to provide a good SoC as well as a good gaming performance. Battery life may not be as good as the competition gets, but despite its small capacity, you should expect this phone to last almost a full day on average.

The OnePlus Nord is a very attractive competitor to the Google Pixel 4a, and it manages to make this phone one-up in almost all areas, on paper anyway.

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